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C'est la fete by Lacroix was given to me by my fiance's sister and I'm glad that I didnt pay for it. it's easy to be seduced by the stunning colours of the bottle. The bottle is in the shape of a human heart, strange but alluring. However the fresh zesty promise of the initial spritz soon gives way to a strange odour which is difficult to describe. I thought it was just how it reacted on my skin but I see that there are many similar reviews so its not just me. I have never seen a perfume fade so fast and so torturously. I hav only worn this once in public, and never again.if its club tropicana you're after then i recommend 'beyond paradise' which is so good you can taste it. In club tropicana the drinks are free but someone had a little too much to drink when it came to taking this monstrosity to market
After loving the Rouge perfume Christian Lacroix developed for Avon, I jumped at a bargain bottle of C'est La Fete when I saw it on special offer in Boots. I used the tester and liked the fruity fragrance, but made the classic mistake of buying the perfume based on the top notes alone and didn't find out until too late that C'est La Fete is not a long lasting perfume and doesn't smell half as good after half an hours wear.
The bottle's nice, it's a tropical looking yellow and blue design with glassy detail on the top. It looks very carnival-like and bright, much more down to earth than the sexier packaging of Rouge and to me the statement this bottle makes is more suited to younger women than other Lacroix fragrances.
This is a very synthetic perfume, the fruity tones which are first apparent in the fragrance are about as natural as you're going to get. Apricot, blackcurrant and pear are blended with passion fruit to give a fresh and refreshing fragrance, while the passion fruit slowly works its way through to create the tropical perfume which C'est La Fete is so obviously trying to find. This would be good as a well thought out exotic perfume can be easy for any woman to wear, but I personally think the passion fruit needed to be combined with some other tropical scent to really allow it to stand out properly.
This fruit tone all but disappears within an hour, or probably an even shorter time! It's replaced by more floral notes, including jasmine which gives the perfume quite a musky fragrance and this is also complimented by the sweetness of a very subtle vanilla note. The vanilla doesn't smell natural at all, and for me this is where C'est La Fete starts going downhill due to the fact that as soon as I noticed this about the vanilla all I could think about was how synthetic the overall fragrance was. The notes are blended quite well but they do mash up against each other a bit and that makes the perfume quite messy after a while.
Too soon the sweet and floral fragrance is replaced by a sickly musk and woody perfume. Sandalwood is the main culprit, but again it doesn't smell natural and has the effect on my nose of having been mixed in with the perfume for the sake of it. There is a strange rose fragrance which struggles to come through the sandalwood, I feel this has been added too late and doesn't add anything to the perfume other than a floral note which shouldn't really be there at the same time as the musky base.
The lifespan of C'est La Fete is around four hours, which is quite surprising as it's not a particularly light perfume. I personally think the quicker it fades the better as although the initial notes have that gorgeous fruitiness, this quickly becomes overpoweringly synthetic and not very pleasant. I usually find musky perfumes very sexy, but this isn't and I'm not struck on how Lacroix can't seem to decide on what direction he wants the perfume to take.
You can't have a particularly sexy tropical fragrance, tropical should be fun and vibrant. I think C'est La Fete could be this fun and vibrant perfume, but it then tries to transform itself into something completely different. And fails miserably. The floral notes come through at completely inappropriate times and I do think more time should have been taken over the blending to make sure each different tone was made apparent correctly. I'm not an expert but know what smells good and what smells rushed, unfortunately this is definitely not as good as Rouge and seems to me like Lacroix should have stuck with the whole designer thang instead of trying to get down with the kids (ha!) by creating a trendy and tropical fragrance.
£9.99 (50ml bottle) from The Perfume Shop.
I can honestly say that until I unwrapped Christian Lacroix's perfume C'est La Fete on my birthday a few months ago, I had never heard of the perfume or Christian Lacroix. I have since discovered that Christian Lacroix is a renowned French fashion designer. That is probably why I hadn't heard of him - fashion designers have never interested me. I have never been much of a believer of buying into the whole celebrity brands or in this case the fashion brand. The one exception to the rule for me is Jean Paul Gaultier's perfumes which I am an avid user of but can honestly say I have never bought any of his perfume ranges because his name is attached to the fragrances - I just genuinely love the scents. I know that this perfume wasn't bought because of the name on the packaging as it was my boyfriend who bought it and he is even more clueless with fashion than I am.
The box that the fragrance comes in is quite misleading. I initially looked at and thought the perfume was going to be awful. I am really not keen on the box - it has a bit of an odd design. It is a bright yellow box decorated with stripes, flowers and leaves in blues and browns. I don't think I would have given it a second look if I had been shopping for perfume. However, when I opened the box I absolutely loved the bottle. Perhaps that should teach me not to judge a book by its cover!! The bottle is very pretty. It fits perfectly into the hand and is quite a plump, rounded bottle. It is also two tone - the top of the bottle is yellow blending into blue at the bottom. It is a very summery and exotic bottle. I do question the lid though - it is a bit odd and bizarre. The perfume name is displayed across the front of the bottle in pretty, curly writing. Apparently, C'est La Fete translates into 'it's party time'.
The top notes of this fragrance are a fruity mixture consisting of pear, passion fruit, apricot and blackcurrant. The heart notes are a mishmash of jasmine, rose, orchid and vanilla accord. The base notes are comprised of sandalwood and musk. It is a very light and fruity fragrance. I really like the smell of this perfume. I must admit when you first apply it, it does smell of alcohol slightly. The scent is very strong when you initially apply it but it really fades and quite quickly. When I have worn it, I have had to keep reapplying the scent because it has worn off. I haven't worn this perfume very much but after writing this review I think I will try to wear it more often.
This fragrance is a very light scent once it has settled after you first apply it but as I mentioned you do need to reapply. It isn't very long-lasting but I still like it. I think that this scent is quite a young and fruity perfume - I also think that it is ideal for young women. This perfume would be best worn during the day but I also think that it could be worn in the evening as well. I wouldn't wear it on a night out; I don't think it is strong enough.
This fragrance seems very cheap in price in comparison to other perfumes I own. I have seen it in a few shops so its availability seems good and I have also noticed that its price seems to vary. I have seen it priced between £10 and £20 so I think it is worth looking around.
Overall, I think that this is a lovely, fruity perfume that is very light and comes in a beautiful bottle that looks great when displayed. The packaging lets it down but it is worth a try. I would recommend this perfume.
On the plus side I can at least be grateful that I did not spend my own money on this scent as it was given to me as a gift by a relative, the downside is that it was a wasted gift as I do not like this fragrance.
The one plus side for this perfume is the fact that the bottle and packaging are a really cool and funky design, the box is a real spalsh of colour combining blue and yellow while the sleek design of the bottle has a lower half that is an acqua pale blue which merges into a strong vibrant yellow colour, it is a good thing that this is an attractive looking bottle as it now resides in the guest bedroom available for anyone to use.
For me the scent is not nice enough and it does not last very long, it is quite a sweet scent and also a bit sickly as well which was rather off putting, it does smell very cheap and nasty and it just did not combine well with my skin because it was rather unpleasant. The one positive I guess was that the scent did not last very long either however if you like the smell, and of course fragrances can be different oin different skin types, then you may not be happy if you continually have to top this one up.
I guess if I had to try and describe the smell of this fragrance more accurtately I would say that it has a very fruity smell to it, supposedly it is pear but it was not really a smell I recognised or associated with any one fruit. Needless to say I do not recommend this fragrance. Price wise a 50ml spray is £10.99 on Amazon.
When it comes to bottles of perfume I own loads of them. I use perfume every single day whether I'm simply dossing about the house in trackies or out and about. I swap and change them to suit my mood and always like having plenty of choice around me....believe me its a big thing for me and I really do spend a lot of money on fragrance...and far to often lol!
I do alot of my shopping in Asda and always browse around at the toiletries whether I need them or not and on one occasion doing this I spotted a bottle of this on offer for £10.00. There was no tester but I have heard of the name 'Christian Lacroix' and decided that even without sniffing it I would make the purchase because even if I didn't like it I could give it to someone as a gift!
The box is bright yellow and bright blue and I'm told that it is C'est Le Fete! Christian Lacroix, Christian Lacroix Parfums and the contact details for Inter Parfums (the manufacturer) is given at the bottom in very small writing on two sides of it. On the base of the box ingredients are listed and I'm told that the bottle is 80% volume. The bottle is made of chunky glass and is a green and blue in colour and has a gold push button sprayer to the top of it and a light blue plastic cap and on the bottom of the bottle the size is stated (which in this case is 30ml). Quirky, upbeat packaging and the bottle is rather unique and the information on the bottle is limited with me just being told on one side of it that it is C'est Le Fete! and Christian Lacroix written on.
The Perfume Itself:
Well this is an incredibly rich and sweet smelling perfume and really, you don't want to be using too much of this at all...be warned lol!
It sprays out a little oily this one onto the skin and for a time I can feel it on my skin though after a few minutes it does seem to absorb. The fragrance of this is really, really fruity and somewhat tropical. It has a blackcurrant and pear fragrance to it with a hint of vanilla, jasmine and a musky background to it...but its fruity and that is that really.
It really is very strong indeed and once sprayed onto the skin stays fragrant (and in your face) for a good couple of hours so it is a long laster.
For me this is a really old fashioned scent though and reminds me of something my granny would wear. Sure it's clean and crisp being fruity but I wouldn't classify it as particularly modern scent at all. For me, its too pungent and in your face and I'm not one bit keen on the oily film it puts on the skin either.
It's a basic scent, with no layers to it really this one and I prefer more well rounded scents that are far more complex. The top notes of this (the fruity ones opposed to florals) over takes everything and it really does have a cheap feel to it. Not for me and yes I gave it away pronto!
This is available from Amazon for £9.60 and available from many online stores
I first received this perfume about two years ago from a friend. Before that I had never heard of it, as most of the perfumes in my collection as by celebrities. As soon as I smelt it I fell in love with it and now I ask for a bottle of this for my birthday and Christmas each year!
I personally think that C'est la fete is a gorgeous fragrance and even writing what it smell like doesn't do it justice. But I'll try anyway. The first thing you notice when you have sprayed this perfume is that it is sweet, but that is not to say that this is a weak scent at all.
C'est la Fete has a good staying power, which lasts a couple of hours, which I think is really good.
This perfume has a fruity, refreshing smell about it, which makes it brilliant to wear during the day and also at night time. I have actually been complemented many times when wearing this perfume, so it's not just me who thinks it's delicious!
The Look :-
The bottle of C'est la fete! Is beautiful. The lid is a light see through blue colour and the nozzle is a gold colour. Starting at the bottom of the colour is blue, then as it moves up it turns into a lighter colour that is a yellowish-green colour. On the found of the bottle is the name of the perfume, "C'est la fete!" in gold writing and below this is Christian Lacroix's name.
The bottle itself reminds me of summer, because of the bright colours. Even the box it comes in is lovely and is yellow and blue.
Because this perfume is so beautiful I think I would pay a heck of a lot more than the price for it. But in saying that I do find that it is good value for money. I actually haven't seen this perfume anywhere than the Perfume Shop, but I'm sure you may be able to find it in some health and beauty shops.
A 50ml bottle of this is £10.00 in the Perfume shop and you can purchase this on the Perfume Shop website.
I think this is the most beautiful smelling perfume and one that I would defiantly recommend to anyone. This has to be one of my favourite perfumes and I think I will never stop using it!
I am actually really low on my bottle, so me thinks I'll be heading out to myself one (I really cant wait to my birthday in a couple of months!)
I usually love Christian Lacroix's stuff- but I've never tried a Lacroix perfume before this one. And I don't think I ever will. When it comes to buying perfume, I'm quite biased in the sense that I judge the perfume by the price first- the more expensive usually means better quality and I really should have kept that in mind when purchasing this one. I have to say that the very trendy bottle really drew me in- along with the really great smell on the tester. But as beautiful as the bottle was, it was filled with empty promises and nothing else. The perfume smells nice at first, but after the initial sweetness wears off, it ends up smelling quite strange- and that's not to mention the fact that it barely lasted two hours. When I wore this, I had to constantly re-touch on perfume- and this really annoyed me because the majority of my perfumes are long-lasting ones. That's not to mention the fact that this is not at all gentle on sensitive skin and really burned me at first.
The bottle is definitely eye catching and alluring: The box itself is a very zesty, very summery blend of yellow and blue; the same colors that are vividly splashed all over the bottle. Moreover, it's very softly rounded in a rather oval and slightly rectangular manner which allows a firm grip and ease of use. The cap is just as beautiful in transparent blue. This was by every means, the bottle of my dreams and literally the kind that doesn't make me pause before whipping it up in my purchases.
The perfume promises a zesty blend of jasmine, vanilla, pear, apricot and must to make you feel alive and energized. Frankly speaking, when I spray it, there's an overwhelming, albeit sweet smell of jasmine and pear. It's quite overpowering but gradually fades to something which can be described as a blend of zesty, fruity and sweet. I still had strong hopes pinned upon this fragrance since despite the somewhat heavy scent; it smelled quite nice and original. I think I've never had a perfume with pear before and it certainly added a touch of fun to the overall smell. But barely thirty minutes (or so) later, the perfume had really lightened up and revealed strange notes of musk, roses, and something fruity but not at all pleasant. I have no idea what that mélange was but whatever it was, it was really far from being nice. Truth be told, it was rather like stale or really, really old perfume, or like these really, really cheap colognes that are packed with alcohol. The floral scent was still very much present but by then, all fruity smells seemed to have evaporated- which was a shame since the sweet pear smell was among the main factors that encouraged me to buy this in the first place. In fact, the blend of pear along with floral notes brought to mind tropical smells that was so wonderful that I just couldn't help but feel seriously disillusioned when it wore off so, so quickly.
In trying to remain true to the fun-packed spirit of this perfume, I'd worn it to a party and like I said, the perfume was extremely short-lasting. I had to (very unwillingly) retouch every few hours; in a way that was a good thing since the fresh application masked the rather weird smell that emerges after the base notes wear off. I do know that I shouldn't complain that much at the price I paid for it but I was seriously miffed since this is a Christian Lacroix product. I think that despite the fact that it seems to evaporate after barely an hour, I would still have liked this perfume had it retained the initial sweet-fruity smell, instead of fading into the bizarre scent.
Overall, recommended for short-time use only (or if you just want a pretty bottle to place on your vanity table). Be really careful if you have sensitive skin though since this is not sensitive skin friendly. The initial scent is good but shame about the weird smell. I don't think that I'll be buying this one again. However, if you want to try it out, it's available on Amazon.uk at £9.60 for a 30ml bottle. Good thing I paid only about £5 for mine!
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I am never one to pick up bargains. I hear of others having great deals and I always wonder why I never get to see or hear of these great price reductions. However, I was thrilled a couple of weeks ago when I seemed to bag myself what I though was a mega bargain!!
I was browsing through the perfume isle up in my local Asda a couple of weeks ago, as all my perfumes seemed to be coming to an end at the same time. I felt I wanted a change from my normal choices, and so was just browsing for a bit of inspiration.
As I looked through the perfumes, I noticed a rather attractive and vibrant package. It had the name of the designer Christian Lacroix on it. I always associate Christian Lacroix with Absolutely Fabulous as Eddy would always say 'Its Lacroix darling!'
This Christain Lacroix perfume is called C'est la fete which when translated into English means It's party time. The bottle or packaging does not really go with this name as I think the packaging is quite sophisticated and attractive rather than screaming 'party'.
The bottle itself is quite odd. It offers nothing special in shape, as it is just a regular rounded shape. But the top of the bottle is most odd in design. There is a glass stopper on the lid of the bottle which I can only describe as looking to me like the tubes of the heart. Everytime I look at it I am transported back to my uni days when studying anatomy and physiology at nursing school.
I do not understand what this odd shaped topper is suppose to be representing. It certainly does not look attractive or appealing. I think, in all honesty it looks rather silly. It is certainly not something I would have expected on the bottle of a great designer.
So now to the scent....... When I first sprayed this scent, I was immediatley impressed by the delicious fruity aroma of this perfume. It is not bitter, it is delightfully juicy and has tones of blackcurrant and apricot which I could immediatley pick out. It is very zingy, fresh and summery. I was also drawn to the more subtle scent of pear which I thought added a woodier dimention to the scent.
After a short while this perfume lost it's initial fruityness and became a lot more subtle. There is heart notes of jasmine, rose and vanilla to this scent although I found that they were not strong enough to make a statement or be noticed. Yes, I could certainly detect the undercurrant of Jasmine, but it could have done with being much more powerful.
The base notes, tended to come into play quite soon after spraying. These are musk and sandalwood. There is certainly a musk overtone to this perfume which again is quite subtle although most welcome. It adds a deeper dimention to the perfume. Making it somewhat more sophisticated.
All in all, the perfume is very pleasing. It is not something I would class as a night time perfume as it is neither strong or bold enough to make a statement. However as a daytime perfume it ticks all the boxes. It is light, refreshing and vibrant. It's fruity top notes offering a somewhat summery scent.
There is one downside to this perfume though, It has rubbish staying power. Within half an hour of putting this scent on I can not smell it. I find that if I am going to wear it in the day, I have to keep respraying as the scent does not last on the skin for very long at all.
In all fairness, If it hadn't been for the amazingly £2.50 price tag for a 30ml bottle. I would not have bought this scent. I like the initial fruitiness and I especially like the musky overtones, but the inability to make a lasting impression made me feeling slightly cold in regards to the scent.
I have to state, that I would nto buy this scent again. It is well worth the £2.50 price tag, but I am so glad I didn't pay the full price for this scent. Some internet sites are selling this scent for over £20. I really do not think this perfume is worth that price tag. However for £2.50 you can't help but be a little smug with the low cost price tag. I am wearing it at the moment for day time use.
I would'nt recommend this perfume though. It is neither attractive in packaging or long lasting enough to make a good impression. But for £2.50, I couldn't sniff at that price!!