This fragrance is “inspired by passion for life. The scent is a reflection of the woman who lives each day with joy, whose life is filled with beauty and inspiration. For her, there is no other way to live- she loves life.“ According to the press literature, Live in Love is an expression of Oscar de la Renta’s desire to make every woman feel like the most beautiful woman in the world. With live in love, he has created an unforgettable scent for a woman to fall in love with.
But that being said, Joi de Vivre is apparently, primarily floral in smell. The fragrance starts out with top notes of sparkling ginger orchid and light, girly romantic lily of the valley (one of my favorite florals, perfect for Summer) plus, hyacinth. The heart of more florals includes jasmine sambac, orange flower, and then there is rose. The base, however, is sensual: musk with amber, white woods, sandalwood and cedarwood. It smells almost fruity for an instant, but the florals quickly melt into your skin, offering a fresh bouquet that smells lovely, feminine and expensive. The mark of a great fragrance is one that adjusts to your skin as time moves forward. The fragrance will last on your skin for a while, but unlike heavier florals that might just smell too intense and change character in the heat, Live in Love stays like a feather on your skin, not like a heavy Winter coat!
Oscar de la Renta is first and foremost, a fashion designer and when he creates something, it is bound to be breath-tasking. The Live in Love bottle has couture touches that reflect the designer’s attention to luxury, and detail because he designed it! Only a true creative could come up with such a stunning package! The bottle is clear, round, faceted glass that lets the nearly clear juice show itself in the various facets. The elegant, luxurious topper over the spray diffuser is a bulbous, round, ribbed clear top that reminds me a bit of cathedral dome. The ribs of the topper are defined by golden wires radiating from a tiny, green and gold enamel detail at the center. It feels like you are holding a precious jewel in your hand, heavy, significant and yet, not gaudy or cheap. The bottle supposedly represents the many dimensions of a woman’s life, each aspect lived to the fullest, in love. However you want to interpret the vision, fragrance collectors and women who love beautiful, elegant things, will love to look at the bottle before spritzing on the equally elegant, scent. The outer carton is gold and green, adding excitement and anticipation to discover the beauty, inside the box.
This would make the perfect wedding fragrance, romantic and appropriate for her special day. But if you’re not feeling so flush, the Body Lotion is a lovely (and affordable) way to lightly cover your body with a sensational scent, and give your skin much needed moisture, as well.
live in love 3.4 oz Eau de Parfum Spray – Suggested Retail $98.00
live in love 1.7 oz Eau de Parfum Spray – Suggested Retail $78.00
live in love 1.0 oz Eau de Parfum Spray – Suggested Retail $58.00
live in love 6.8 oz Body Lotion – Suggested Retail $49.00
Live in Love is available at Oscar de la Renta boutiques, www.oscardelarenta.com, and select department stores worldwide.