Fragrance Icons: Poême by Lancôme

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Frangrance Icons: Poeme by LancomeI adore Poême by Lancôme, and have done ever since the first time a chanced upon it in a little cobbled side street off the Praça da Figueira in Lisbon, more than a decade ago. Perhaps part of my ongoing love affair with Poême is wrapped up in my passion for travelling. I know that every time I enter the duty free in any airport in the world and start wandering around the little islands of enchanting beauty products I smell Poême wafting up from somewhere.

Or maybe it’s to do with the name: Poême. How lovely.

Or maybe it’s just to do with the scent, a heady, sensuous mix of bergamot, jasmine, orange blossom, freesia, ylang-ylang, vanilla, amber and musk (a list which sounds like a poem itself). Either way, all I know is, whenever I catch a warm breath of it as I go about my day, it makes me feel happy and on holiday.

The fragrance was launched in 1995 and was groundbreaking for two reasons: it didn’t follow the traditional composition of a perfume (that is, top, middle and base notes) but rather worked like an echo where the notes repeat and emerge alternatively; and it used two flowers that had never been used in a fragrance before (the Himalayan blue poppy and the datura desert flower). A warm floriental (that’s floral oriental, in case you didn’t pick that up), Poême was created by Jacques Cavallier (who also created, amongst others, Issey Miyake L’Eau d’Issey, Jean Paul Gaultier and Stella by Stella McCartney).

There is a reason that Poême has been around for 22 years and I smell it every morning when I get ready for work and spray the scent of holiday and freedom and happiness onto my pulse points.


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  1. Debbie

    Poeme has and will always be one of my favorite perfumes. My girls got me my first bottle for one of my birthday’s about 10 years ago. I absolutely love this one and it brings back loving memories

    7 years ago •

  1. mel

    Poeme was my favorite fragrance when I started working in 2005 and I remember wearing this fragrance was when I received my first compliment on how i smell. My male colleague told me ‘you smell beautiful’ and I asked him, doesnt he mean i smell good, and he said ‘NO, you smell BEAUTIFUL’. Since then i am addicted to this – however I only wear it in winter…

    7 years ago •

  1. ricebunny

    never really been a fan of lancome perfumes

    7 years ago •

  1. Mohamed

    My mom wears Poeme, not many people know about it which makes it even better!

    7 years ago •

  1. kunene

    yes i also love this scent,had t a few years back, there is so many to choose from*sigh*

    7 years ago •

  1. Clarad

    This is one of my very favourite. I bought my first bottle at an airport duty free shop and everytime time i wear it or smell it, takes me back to that special feel of an airport! Love it!

    7 years ago •

  1. Cat

    I remember my mom wore this all the time, she was a huge fan of this

    7 years ago •

  1. honey_child

    My mum is an avid fan of Poeme and i think when she wears it smells great.

    7 years ago •

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