Poeme by Lancome was first launched in 1995, and I bought my first bottle in that year. I had just started working part time again, when my youngest started in nursery school, and as a treat out of my first wage I bought a 30ml bottle of the eau de parfum.
I had never owned an expensive perfume before, mostly using 'Just Musk' or 'Blase' as a young woman, and not really bothering with perfume much during the early years of child rearing; so this was a new experience. I must have sniffed every perfume bottle in Boots and Debenhams; and filled my bag with little strips of sample sprayed paper. Over the next few days I kept coming back to Poeme, so a week later I returned to purchase my bottle, and I'm glad I did. It became my favourite scent for years - partly because I couldn't really afford to experiment with others, my pay being quickly swallowed into the family budget - I didn't buy another perfume for myself for another ten years; but the hubby did buy me the odd bottle or two of this perfume during that time.
The perfume when first sprayed is for me is a little heavy and heady (though not as much as some) and this is perhaps why I didn't take to it immediately and took a couple of days to make up my mind. Later on in the day I tried the sample I kept getting a waft of a heavenly scent that I couldn't put my finger on, and wasn't sure where it was coming from, until my mother asked me what perfume I was wearing and then it dawned on me.. you're way ahead of me, yup it was me, and that was pretty much the moment when I made my decision to go back and buy the perfume.
I have had more compliments about my scent when wearing this than other perfumes that I like. I was still aware of the scent lingering when I went to bed on the night of testing, and that has become one of my favourite things about this perfume, the fact that it lasts well on the skin, with each subtle change in the scent as it fades being as delicious as the last. On me the amber and vanilla base notes seem to be the ones that come to the fore, but the floral aspects are there to bring everything together very nicely, which lifts this into more of a pretty scent than a sultry one.
The list of ingredients alone sounds mystical and enticing, to my ear anyway, and they are listed as follows : Himalayan blue poppy, white and yellow flowers, and vanilla flower. Top note: black currant, Peach, mandarin, Bergamot. Middle note : Orange blossom, freesia, jasmine, tuberose. Base note: vanilla, tonka, amber, musk, datura flower - I love the sound of himalayan blue poppy ! These notes seem to vary depending on which site you check on but they all emphasise the combination of Himalayan blue poppy and datura flower as being key elements to the floral boquet.
The solid glass bottle hasn't changed since its release, it is fairly simple in design, with chamfered edges, which look a little like a truncated bar of imperial leather. The lid echoes this shape, but I always found it slightly unattractive and reminiscent of the shape of the head of a hammer head shark, or a tap. The gold lid fits fairly well onto the bottle, but if you're carrying it in your bag it will probably pop off. The bottle is clear and you can see the lovely golden colour of the perfume filling it like a nascent warm fragrant hug.
I think Poeme might be considered more of an evening perfume, but I like it so much I often wear it during the day, I live on the edge me. A weird technique I employ to wear it 'light' for the day is to just before dressing spray a squirt or two up into the air and just let it settle onto me, also being slightly mental I occasionally squirt it into the air and flap my top through the suspended droplets like a very uncoordinated trainee smoke signaller. This seems to be enough to give a hint of one of my favourite scents most of the day, without suffocating anyone who stands next to me. I haven't been able to track down any body lotions, or bath products in this scent which would have been nice to use on their own if a more subtle hit was desired. I think they used to make them but perhaps the perfume is not as popular as it once was making it less cost effective.
Poeme is a lovely warm scent with a rich floral bouquet which is not overly complicated, the spicy notes are not overpowering as they can be with some oriental florals, and the vanilla gives a lovely comforting base over which it is all laid. One I would recommend.
Examples (at cheap smells) of price range and sizes
30 ml eau de parfum £28 with a saving of £9.05
Pure perfume 1oz £46
50ml eau de parfum £40.90 giving a claimed saving of £13.10
Poeme is also sold in 100 ml size
This product is available in many places, Debenhams and Boots for example, and easy to find online.
I discovered Poeme whilst browsing the shops for a birthday present for my great-aunt. She has always been very fond of perfume, and I remember as a small child trying on the countless bottles of scent which had been neatly arranged around her dressing table. Her favourites were always the strong, heavy perfumes such as Opium. As it was her 80th birthday, I decided to get her something a bit special that she had never had before but, not being a perfume person myself, I wasn't really sure what to get for her.
I'd spent about 30 minutes sniffing various different perfumes and, to be honest, all the smells were beginning to merge. Then I came across Poeme. The bottle has a classic design, clear glass with a gold lid and looks quite expensive, and inside, a delightful sunshine-amber coloured perfume. The scent is quite heady, distinctive and rather sensuous. It has a rounded, deep, sweet, flowery smell with a tiny hint of spice in the background. It did strike me as a perfume suitable for the more mature lady, and I decided that my great-aunt would be very pleased to have it, so I bought it for her. However, at present giving time, my aunt glumly informed me that she had recently been diagnosed with a skin condition which doesn't allow her to wear perfume any more and asked if i could exchange it and get some pyjamas instead. I readily agreed, but after a few moments thought, decided against exchanging it. As I said before, I'm not a perfume person, and certainly not in the habit on spending £40 on myself for something so frivolous. However, I thought it was so lovely I decided to keep it, and now I wear it most days.
Oh, Poeme, I remember well how I first came across this perfume. I had recently split up with my husband and had developed a social life. On a night out I was passing a mixed group of people standing in a pub and noticed this great smell. I could not help myself and had to say:" somewhere here smell absolutely georgeous!" A woman stretched out her arm and let me smell her wrist, this was it. She then said that it was Poeme, this was the first time I had ever heard of it. The following day when I was in town I remembered the smell and went into the local department store, and there it was. It comes in a lovely chunky, clear glass bottle and all you can see is the word Poeme and the golden liquid. Even just looking at it makes me feel great, even now, ten years down the line. At the time, if I remember correctly, the price was about £35.00 for 30ml and that was a lot of money, so I had to make do with spraying myself with a good helping from the tester. For the next week, everytime I opened the wardrobe door where my coat was hanging up, I could smell the perfume, I could not get enough of it. The following Saturday I had to buy a bottle. This is my absolute most favorite perfume, I love the distinct, quite heavy smell of it, it last for a very long time, the smell lingers on any clothes you have worn. And I can say from experience, whenever I wear Poeme, at least one person will comment on me smelling really nice. They say it's a perfume for the mature woman, hey I am mature, but this makes me feel sexy and desired. It is now a good ten years later, I am even more mature than when I first started wearing it and I still love it.
I first came across this perfume while out and feeling fed up! I was looking for something to make me smile and spoil myself with. Not having a huge budget at the time I headed to the perfume shop. I was looking for something under £20.00 when I found this 50ml bottle of Poem by Lancome and it was on offer for £15.00!
Poeme is an Oriental, floral fragrance. Vanilla is combined with a blend of many florals including, Rose, white flowers and Mimosa.
I was instantly attracted by it. To me it smells mainly of Vanilla and is syrupy sweet and I love heavy Perfumes , i.e Jean Paul Gaultier and Obsession so this was just up my street!
On application it is heavy and don't be fooled it, stays heavy all day long. Its a long laster and because you don't need much it lasts forever! Its a fragrance you either love or hate cos it makes a statement.
I've found men think its heavenly and seductive and one said mystical! My mother loves it my step-dad hates it. Its can only be described as a warm fragrance. No doubt in my head by the rather clumsy bottle shape that it is meant to be a classic and being made by Lancome tells me its made with the more 'mature' lady in mind as it isn't very modern.
However for me it is classy and elegant and doesn't have a cheap note in it! The prices for this perfume are not cheap and the packaging being not that great it is a fragrance that isn't that popular I doubt many people even know it exists so at least it isn't common! It can only be defined at being a divine perfume!
Rather dated looking looking box in an orange colour. Unappealing to younger people without a doubt. Clearly states what the product is and who its by.
The bottle is a chunky shape, a real pain to hold it with a gold t screw on lid and a gold sprayer underneath. The perfume itself is a rich gold colour.
All in all nothing about it is attractive but as I said before the fragrance is divine so I for one can overlook that!
50 ml Eau de Parfum £46.50 Boots
50ml Eau de parfum £31.95 Fragrancedirect (online)
Also available in 30ml
I tried this perfume originally out of pure curiosity. As someone who was always reluctant to spend huge amounts of money on perfume, I was very hesitant to buy. However, months later I found I simply could not resist it anymore!
Paying over £25 (as I did) for a perfume for many is normal, but for me is both outrageous & miles out of my budget. I looked around for some time in the hope this one would go down in price but no such thing happened.
Instead, I tried it again. There is something very warming & comforting about this perfume. In the airport, I pretended I was looking for a friend of similar age (back then about 20), but the lady made a funny look at me, saying my friend would really not appreciate that & that it is for the 'older customer'. I was embarrassed, but to be honest, all those strong, fruity fragrances she recommended could never float my boat - I'd have a headache in seconds! This perfume, on the other hand, was gentle.
Packaging & appearance
I bought the 30ml (1 Fl Oz) bottle. It is also available in a 50ml bottle & I have seen it as part of a set of sampler perfumes, although the shop assistant who saw me looking at the samplers told me straight that they are a bad idea! Given that I do not wear these things often, a small bottle was sufficient for me. I thought about the saving I might make buying a larger bottle, but perhaps these things do not last long enough, so for 12 months I would not expect to use more than 30ml.
The bottle is an elegant shape with a golden colour, kept in a square-shaped orange & gold box. It is attractive without being over eccentric or giving false impressions. I think the appearance in fact well reflects the fragrance inside. It has a large, chunky, gold coloured, t-shaped lid to pull off. It is a typical spray perfume, which I find on this bottle a little fiddly but easy enough to use. The liquid inside is also an orangey-gold colour & stands out as very bright without the need for coloured glass. When sprayed, a fair amount of mist is released.
It is, as the name suggests, very much a poetic smell that left me feeling warm but inspired. I'm afraid I am just not very good at distinguishing or comparing scents to specific things - for me, perhaps a hint of vanilla came through, but I really have no idea how to tell what it is I liked so much about the perfume - it was just a perfect blend of whatever for me. Perhaps I am wearing something that is designed for people a lot older than me, but I can't help but be attracted to this particular perfume.
The scent is also very long lasting. It remains quite subtle throughout the time it is worn, perhaps why it is aimed at the older generations - I suppose the assumption is that young people want a good strong perfume for clubbing that will disguise sweat & remain strong for a few hours, whereas I want something nice to go to dinners or family do's with. The next day, before I throw my clothes into the laundry basket I catch that scent again on the sleeves or collar area, still smelling sweet. It also catches on jackets. It's such a shame my washing powder does not smell like this!
(with parts from my Ciao review of this product)