Handsoap is what I get from this fragrance. Vanillary, floral handsoap.
About 8-10 years ago, in Oct or Nov, I was putting on a recently-worn sweater, and I smelled the remnants of a perfume I had worn. And it smelled *spectacular*. OMG, what had I worn the last several days? What was that awesome scent -- I HAD to know! I had to remember! I was almost panicking a little bit. It was so good. Then I remembered, and I was soooo grateful that I finally remembered. It was Miracle. Light and delicious.
It's the ginger & pepper that sets this light floral apart and makes it very unique. To me, there's nothing else out there like it, and its unique combination of notes dries down to something very delicious.
Here are the notes from Lancome's website:
Top Notes: Lychee Fruit, Freesia
Heart Notes: Magnolia, Ginger and Pepper
Base Notes: Amber, Jasmine, Musk
It's light & fresh, sweet, yet that twist of ginger & pepper make it truly delectable & different from anything else. Good any time of year, any occasion, yet because of the spices, my favorite time of year to wear it is in the Fall. Bottle stores easily and is clear, so you can see how much you have left. Uma Thurman was the original face of Miracle, when it first came out. It's been out for several years now and has maintained its popularity, I think.
ADDENDUM: You might want to assess your tolerance for spice and/or the weather -- before wearing Miracle. I'm in hot humid weather at the moment, and the spice is too pronounced -- and it seemed to intensify all day -- and it kind of got on my nerves. It seemed to get more gingery & peppery as the day wore on (at least to myself)
When I said to the fragrance counter lady that I was looking for something 'light', she immediately led me to this one... Don't like this one. She was right, it is light, I just didn't fall in love with the smell. This would be something I'd consider as a gift idea for my teenage niece, as it seems like a 'young girl' kind of perfume :-)
This reminds me so much of Clinique Happy and a slew of other rose/peony dominated fruity-floral fragrances that were popular around the year 2000, give or take a few years. It features a rose/peony/floral accord that is lifted by undifferentiated fruity notes (whether these fruits are called lychee, grapefruit, mandarin, etc doesn't seem to matter - they seem to always smell the same in this style of fragrance). It's pleasant and I enjoyed this kind of scent when I was in my early 20s, back when they came out. But this style has been done to death. Not uniquely beautiful or original anymore, but certainly still pretty.
This is clean, soapy and sharp. I really do not smell much floral
whatsoever. Do not like this at all. I tend to like soft, come closer to
Miracle is my Signature - all year round - scent! I can feel a bit down, and when I spray Miracle on, I instantly feel energized! It's a gorgeous, mesmerizing scent by Lancome!
I saviour my Miracle for evening/special occasions. Can be worn in both warmer and cooler months - it's very versatile! I feel extremely sexy and alluring yet young and playful when I wear my Miracle! It's light, sweet but not oppressive, long lasting and I just find it completely intoxicating!! It's addictive :-) My husband cant get enough and I always get told how wonderful I smell whenever I wear Miracle! Husbands and Boyfriends/Partners can't go wrong in gifting their loved one Miracle!!! I will always wear Miracle - I can never get enough of it!!
I agree with the Turin & Sanchez guide to perfumes on this one: "an eensy-weensy, cutesy fruity floral of the worst vintage (2000)." If I didn't know this was Lancome, I'd guess it was a Bath & Body Works or drugstore cheapie, maybe a Celine Dion or Kim Kardashian flanker, utterly bland and devoid of character. Flat, lifeless, not worth it.
I found a small sample of this tucked away in my dresser and decided to give it a try; after applying I immediately got a whiff of a delicious, floral, powdery smell that I can't really compare to anything else. :) It starts out sharp (albeit oh so gooood) and dries down to a classy scent with moderate sillage. I usually prefer über clean scents like CK one, but Miracle definitely has my attention now: it's luxurious and womanly, without being loud, juice like, or exceedinly sweet. I'll grab a full size with my next paycheck!
This is the best perfume from lancome ever and this is also my first perfume in life. The fragrance is just so amazingly attractive and aristocratic. I suppose this one last for quite a while and it just really worth the price. Just a legend perfume i suppose. My friends really love it and I think it attracts males because ... i remembered there were a few guys came and asked me what perfume i use which i feel so funny.
I adore lancome fragrances, but this one is a terrible failure for lancome. It has none of the character, none of the je ne sais quoi that most of the house's fragrances hold. It's just a flowery, soapy, bland scent for me.