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Belle en Rykiel (2006)
by Sonia Rykiel

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Belle en Rykiel information

Year of Launch2006
GenderFeminine
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 64 votes)

People and companies

HouseSonia Rykiel
PerfumerJean-Pierre Béthouart
PackagingThierry de Baschmakoff
Parent CompanySelective Beauty > Selective Beauty Luxury division
Parent Company at launchSelective Beauty

About Belle en Rykiel

Belle en Rykiel is a feminine perfume by Sonia Rykiel. The scent was launched in 2006 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Jean-Pierre Béthouart. The bottle was designed by Thierry de Baschmakoff

Belle en Rykiel fragrance notes

Reviews of Belle en Rykiel

An updated fruity version of Jicky!

The lavender and vanilla/heliotrope mix here is excellent, all subdued and working well together, very reminiscent at opening of the classic Jicky, but less harsh, less sharp.

There is an equally subdued red currant berry note, which adds class and interest, without going over the top as happens with most modern fruity florals. The base notes are many (amber, patchouli, mahogany, olibanum), but all work well together to anchor the florals and fruit.

What's most impressive about Belle is its balance of ingredients, a rarity in the modern fragrance world. Very nicely done and a quite pleasant addition to the world of fruity/woody florals.
23rd February, 2016
Belle en Rykiel had a very nice mellow equable opening, which started becoming more citrusy and sharp after 15 minutes. Gradually the sharp note became somewhat harsh, then finally in the dry down it became discordant. I recognize the signs of a synthetic note reaction on my skin, which is what was happening. Not awful, but certainly not a pleasure. Unwearable.
04th April, 2015 (last edited: 06th April, 2015)
Genre: Fruity Floral

A beautiful sweet mandarin rind and a melon note that I could live without headline Belle en Rykiel’s top notes. The opening fruit accord gains particular interest from an anisic herbal accent so subtly applied that it hovers on the very verge of olfactory perception.

While in its later stages Belle en Rykiel cleaves fairly closely to the accustomed fruity floral formula, it distinguishes itself by a few clever variations. First is a very quiet animalic note that peeks out from among the florals to tease the nose from time to time. Also of interest is a carefully integrated peppery green note that enlivens the floral arrangement beyond the usual standards of the genre. Perhaps most importantly, the scent’s weight and proportions are unusually well balanced. The funny little animalic note comes into its own during the drydown, which to my delight offers a warm woody accord in lieu of the expected laundry detergent white musk convention.

In a fragrance family that too often descends into hair care product triteness, Belle en Rykiel stands out for its pleasant surprises, its subtle poise, and its quietly expressed complexity. It smells as if a great deal of thought went into its composition and offers proof, along with Tommy Girl, Le Parfum de Thérèse, Lovely, Amazone, and Ça Sent Beau, that the fruity floral genre is not degenerate by nature.
09th June, 2014
Consider this: Belle de Rykiel is the contemporary Jicky. It has lavender and vanilla, yes, but so do many other perfumes that seem nothing at all like Guerlain’s Jicky. Jicky backs up its lavender/vanilla food elements with civet and a hint of coumarin, taking it a half step out of the realm of dessert. (I’ve never seen Jicky as a fougère. It feels like an oriental to me.) Belle adds a somewhat disparate combo of heliotrope, amber, incense and anise to side-step the gourmand trap and keep the lavendar/vanilla accord the focus from top to bottom. Although is it crisp where Jicky grows warm, Belle does wind up with a sweetness that makes its drydown come closer to gourmand than Jicky, though not by a lot.
08th July, 2011 (last edited: 27th July, 2011)
Ooooh! This reminds me very much of Angel, even though I do not like Angel, it is too cotton candy/pine needle smelling on me. But something about this reminds me of Angel. Belle en Rykiel is what Angel WANTS to be, but isn't. It is sexy and sweet, with just the right abmount of Oooomph at the end. Fantastick, and truly overlooked. I am in love!
28th June, 2011
I'm sorry, I couldn't hear you. Could you scream, "ORIENTAL" a little louder? The fruits in Belle en Rykiel are swimming about ignorantly in the lighthearted top when the powdery, smoky-sweet mids rise like Jaws from the deep and swallow them whole. This is a powerful beast, but a really attractive powerful beast. Put some vanilla bean powder on your vanilla cappuccino and walk into a head shop and maybe you'll get the idea. Love it.
02nd February, 2011

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