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Idôle (2019)
by Lancôme

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Idôle information

Year of Launch2019
GenderFeminine
AvailabilityIn Production
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People and companies

HouseLancôme
PerfumerShyamala Maisondieu
PerfumerAdriana Medina
PerfumerNadège Le Garlantezec
Parent CompanyL'Oréal Group

About Idôle

Idôle is a feminine perfume by Lancôme. The scent was launched in 2019 and the fragrance was created by perfumers Nadège Le Garlantezec, Adriana Medina and Shyamala Maisondieu

Reviews of Idôle

It’s not bad, but it’s such a boring fruity floral like many... how dare them still make this kind of things?
01st February, 2020
rbaker Show all reviews
United Kingdom
The expected rose impression is what I get from the start: a rose, clean, bright and without any hints of leaves or stems. A bergamot with touches of a berry-like undertone provides additional brightness.

Later on a fruity side is more emphasised. It is based mainly on a pear note, and by now it has established itself as a sweet composition, but not overly cloying on me. Towards the end a jasmine is evident too, but it never really succeeds in taking on a leading lose in this olfactory ensemble.

I get moderate sillage, good projection and six hours of longevity on my skin.

Obviously this spring scent was designed for aficionados of rose fragrances, but it is too generic and too egregiously synthetic to entice. The laboratory character is too blatant and there is a lack of sufficient creativity to compensate for this. 2.5/5.
22nd October, 2019
What you are smelling here is the desperation of a good half-dozen cosmetic-conglomerate corporate suits knuckling down to a three-martini concept-ing lunch: "We'll make it pink!" "Yeah, yeah . . . and smell of roses!" "And musk!" "And let's put it in the slimmest bottle ever manufactured!"

In other words: what you are smelling here is the death of perfume artistry.


06th September, 2019
Whenever a major perfume house launches a new staple in its collection, I feel an imminent dread. Always hopeful, and almost every time my hopes are dashed. Say what you want about reviewing perfumes, but a resilient heart is one of the major attributes to have if you want to be honest.

Lancôme’s new Idôle is up to the chopping block (or, rather, we’re going to be subjected to it for the immediate, bleak, future), and it boasts that it is a musky, floral chypre. There’s a whole schtick about the new bottle as well (which I have yet to see in person, I am writing this after trying an official sample), but what matters is the smell.

And the smell is…not pretty. Lancôme says this has Isparta Rose Petal Essence made especially for them, some Centifolia Rose, notes of bergamot, pear and something called a “clean and glow” accord, whatever the hell that may be. I won’t beat around the bush: this is an extremely synthetic musky affair, that smells of roses for about 15 minutes, then morphs into a sugary jasmine beast one wouldn’t want to be caught in the same neighbourhood as. Then a little metallic pear and so many nuclear-powered laundry musks it’s hard to describe. Needless to say, Pleasures this is not.

This thing obliterated my nose with one spray, I had to go outside just to get a grip on myself. I couldn’t smell anything else for hours, the aroma chemicals here were so overpowering it was almost like having a cold for a while. And this was one spray, each time I tried it. I’d also like to understand why this is called a chypre. There is absolutely nothing here that would even remotely tie it to the genre (already maligned beyond recognition). This is a chypre as much as I am the famous choreographer Mikhail Baryshnikov.

Now, on to the really bad news. I have a feeling that, given the way it smells and goes on for hours, the obscene way it’s front-loaded (this is a discussion in of itself) and the advertising campaign featuring Zendaya (why, oh, why?), it will sell like crazy. I give it a couple of months until this replaces La Vie est Belle as the standard perfume for people who don’t care about perfume.

One final note: I will not comment on the marketing thing further than asking you if whether a perfume that looks like a phablet, is washed-out pink and smells like cheap laundry detergent really does “question the status quo”, if it really breaks “free from tradition” and re-defines “the meaning of succes” for women. How is selling another bland musky floral bomb breaking free from tradition? If this is breaking the status-quo nowadays, what the hell were Bandit, Tabac Blond and countless others in their hey-day? We all need better idols than Idôle.
22nd August, 2019

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