The definition of “Idole”(idol) is a person who is admired or loved. So we can all aspire to be an Idole! In 2021 advicesisters.com reviewed Idôle L’Intense by Lancome. It was the newest fragrance from Lancôme and a flanker to the 2019 Lancome Idôle scent. But as Summer roses bloomed, so did a new flanker to Idôle, Idôle Aura. Here are the details:
The Idôle Fragrance Family:
As you can see from the photo, there are two roses in this feminine floral fragrance. One is the Damask rose from Isparta. The other is a Centifolia rose (the cabbage rose).
Roses are Key Notes:
Idôle Aura was created by the Givaudan trio who created Idôle and Idôle ‘L’Intense: Shyamala Maisondieu, Adriana Medina-Baez, and Nadege le Garlantezec. To me, perfumers are rock stars and these ladies have each made some wonderful fragrances. For Idôle ‘Aura, they moved away from the Chypre of Idôle ‘L’Intense. Lancome calls it “sun-kissed” due to Salted vanilla and jasmine, and a squirt of Bergamot.
At first, all I could smell was the mid-note of the bergamot. But as the fragrance matures on the skin, the roses come through along with a hit of jasmine.
The dry-down doesn’t take too long, and then you really smell what the perfumers envisioned: warmed florals with sun-beachy skin. It reminds me of a flower arrangement left on a table in the sun.
TOP: Essence of Isparta & Centifolia Roses
MIDDLE: White Jasmine & Bergamot
BASE: Salted Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla and musk.
Zendaya is Lancome’s Face of the Fragrances:
Zendaya is everywhere, and she is the face of Idôle yet again. Her carefree look for Idôle Aura goes with the idea that this is a “shine a light on you” fragrance, young and spirited.
The creme-colored carton is framed with metallic rose gold and black lettering. the actual bottle is simlar to the original, but to keep things consistent, the Idôle Aura bottle has the same basic shape as the original Idôle from 2019. It is meant to lie flat, but the base is slighty wider this time, so it will stand up.
Chafik Gasmi who made the original bottle design thought that it would be nice to make this super slim and flat to fit into an evening bag. When you pick it up it’s about the same weight and size as a mobile phone. Therefore, it feels familiar and comfortable in your hand. However, for those who like to display their fragrances, the wider base on the still slim bottle is helpful.
The Eau de Parfum fragrance is available at all Lancome Counters in 25ml ($59), 50ml ($99) and 75ml ($123), and Idôle Aura launched this Fall 2021 in the U.S. in 3 sizes and in a travel size.
10ml $30 on the Lancome website
The Bottom Line:
Lancome’s Idôle ‘Aura blends sophisticated elegance with a young and spirited approach to fragrance. Wear this fragrance and create your own “aura.” Become an Idôle ‘in your own right. This is a great Summer fragrance but will work for “date night” all year long.