Heart of serenity, La Parfumerie Moderne Belles Rives

While traveling and discovering new places around the world there are many ways of accommodation. You can rent full appartments, stay with local people via Airbnb, use cheap hostels or top class hotels. La Parfumerie Moderne tells stories inspired by luxurious hotels and their history, which is not surprising knowing that Philippe Neirinck, the founder, comes from a family of hoteliers. New launch takes us to Beau Rivage Palace hotel in Lausanne, a place where Albert Cohen wrote Belle du Seigneur. The perfume reflects a silent serenity of the lake of Geneva.

Belles Rives starts with a bergamot essence that is like trying to capture a thunderbolt in a frame of a photograph, it’s so hard to notice. It appears as a zesty flash that is already gone the next time you try to smell it. Subsequently the perfume reveals a magnificent iris accord. The moment bergamot is gone I begin to smell something deliciously buttery. Iris unveils boldly yet gracefully. Texture it provides is very satisfying and it evolves into a multi-dimensional accord. Buttery facet is very rich, you can tell that it’s rich in irone – fragrant molecules responsible for the smell of violet and iris.

This buttered Florentine iris gradually evolves into something even more substantive. It blends with a hint of myrrh. Because of that it becomes more resinous. Splendid thing is that myrrh makes the iris smell even better! It accentuated its best values without making it too heavy or cloying. Plus in the next step there’s also some frankincense that guarantees the balance of notes in Belles Rives in some way. After a while I noticed an apricot-like facet appearing in the 2nd plan of this fragrance. From now on the perfume gets only more and more interesting & my level of attraction rises.


Apricot sensation becomes a tad more floral after 15 minutes, proving that it was actually osmanthus that created such impression. I truly love osmanthus note for the multiple facets it has. Speaking of which, further into Belles Rives development it begins to smell like a suede. When combined with iris it creates a beautiful fuzzy accord that feels elegant & sophisticated, yet not old-fashioned. It feels warm and embracing, like a blanket. Ideal for a gloomy days of autumn or winter. At some point iris loses a bit of its presence so that other notes can be perceived. It evolves beautifully.

One of them is sambac jasmine. White flower aura it introduces is gently and light as a feather. It really feels like a bunch of petals resting on a plush cushion scented with iris and apricoty-suedy osmanthus. It feels glamorous, maybe a little bit retro at this point but I feel totally attracted to Belles Rives. This quality of iris is like a magnet to me. Drydown reveals a hefty dose of cedar from Texas. Its dryness make it feel a little bit more masculine. Vetiver adds a little bit of earthy rootiness. Newest La Parfumerie Moderne also contains Cosmone®, a powdery & musky molecule from Givaudan.

From the words I’ve written above you can easily tell that Belles Rives from La Parfumerie Moderne is a love for me. This perfume was one of my top things that I sampled during Pitti Fragranze. It’s also one of the most wonderful iris fragrances I’ve smelled so far. I definitely want to add it to my collection. Marc-Antoine Corticchiato worked for over 2 years to master this composition – he nailed it perfectly. Made in eau de parfum concentration it lasts throughout the day and has a nice sillage. Belles Rives comes in a simple 100 ml bottle made of dark green glass. You’ll love it! I know I do!

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14 thoughts on “Heart of serenity, La Parfumerie Moderne Belles Rives

  1. Jillie says:

    Oh my! Each successive note you mention had me thinking “wow – just my sort of perfume”. All my favourite notes and ending up smelling like an apricotty, irisy, violetty suede. Yum. I’m not surprised you loved it.

    Thanks for telling us all about it!

  2. shiva-woman says:

    Though not an Iris lover like some, I dig the Osmanthus, myrrh and cedar. I’ll have to find a decant of this! Good and compelling review!

  3. Holly says:

    Great review, and I hope to try this one because iris! I will even overlook the osmanthus, which smells like apricots and elephant hide to me. 😉

  4. rickyrebarco says:

    This sounds so beautiful. When I saw the words “high quality iris” I was all in for this one. I’ll be sampling it soon.

  5. Undina says:

    I do not like the idea of perfumes inspired by hotels (luxury or not), I’m not a big fan of this brand’s bottles (especially their size) and I dislike apricot note in perfumes – and despite all that you made this perfume sound the way that I want to run and look for a sample. What are you doing?! 🙂
    If you were to compare the iris part to your other favorite irises – let’s say, two your best Pradas – what would you say?

    • lucasai says:

      Shame that you don’t like their concept and bottles but at least I’m glad that a lemming for a sample was born.
      Belles Rives iris is a more buttery and rich compared to Prada Purple Rain or Infusion d’Iris Absolue. It lasts much longer. It also has a bit of similarity with Masque L’Attesa

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