Lea St. Barth • Lea St. Barth Extreme LE version • Fragrances
|Would buy this product again.||43%|
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Brunette Eyes: Hazel
I got this just before Luckyscent sold its last bottles, and alas now for lovers it has been DC'd. Anyway lucky for me Im not that big a fan, I cant compare this to the regular Lea yet cos Im still waiting for my bottle of that to arrive. Lea Extreme is simply a nice gourmand chocolate with some vanilla there as well. I got a burst of almond immediately after applying it, and for a few minutes I thought it was actually going to be an interesting scent. However, the almond disappears within minutes, and if musk is there then its all so well blended that I can't really separate it out. All in all its a nice scent but certainly not what Id call a niche or high end scent, and I am POSITIVE that I could find some reeeally cheap perfumes that smell exactly like this if not better. I love gourmand stuff but this was just too boring.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Normal, Fair Hair: Brunette Eyes: Blue
I love this in the bottle and when first applied, but sadly the dry-down on me has a nasty damp, musty, haven't-cleaned-the-bathroom-in-a-while smell. I guess it just doesn't work with my body chemistry.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Brunette Eyes: Brown
I love this comforting gourmand scent! It's stronger than regular Lea. I can detect the musk and chocolate that the regular scent lacks. Great staying power.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Brunette, Medium Eyes: Brown
Although this does have more staying power than Lea -- it has a harshness that I don't care for. More of a caramel, burnt sugar note that takes away the original Lea loveliness. Sample before you buy.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination Hair: Black Eyes: Hazel
I bought a full bottle of this fragrance after rapidly burning through a decant. The price was a bit steep, but I was able to justify it to myself and DH by repeatedly pressing my wrist beneath our noses.
It was love at first inhalation. I received this along with several other decants, one of which being P&L's Exact Friction of Stars. While I am fond of foody fragrances in general, the deliciousness of Lea Extreme made TEFOS pale in comparrison. Lea Extreme just seemed so much more rich and gourmet, while P&L's felt more unpolished and not quite as smooth.
Lea Extreme is full of honeyed sweetness, but the musk keeps it from being too sweet and sticky, adding a warmth and depth to the almond and vanilla notes.
It seems to work beautifully with my chemistry, as I haven't experienced any of the unpleasant notes mentioned in other reviews. I plan on buying at least another bottle before the stock runs out. I can't imagine my collection without it, and wish I could stop using it as frequently as I do!
Age: Unknown Skin: Other Hair: Other Eyes: Other
I scored the original extreme version (not the re-issue). While I do agree that the Lea line in general is overpriced and cheaply packaged, here is my story.
This Lea begins with a blast of cherry marzipan tart, followed by a distinct dark chocolate liqueur. Like a fine truffle, until a powdery vanillic musk emerges to soften the scent and make it less edible. I wait, my fingers crossed and nostrils flared--No goat, cat pee, or tobacco thus far; I exhale... hmm, what's this? Could it be?
Lo and behold... I smell... clean... GRASS(!) A drydown of fresh grass and bourbon vanilla. It reminds me of how some people describe POTL evolving on their skin. For a Lea, it's unspeakably bizarre. And I like it. I attribute it to my chemistry and this particular batch working some strange molecular magic together.
Somehow, it becomes a weirdly magnetic scent on me, though I have no idea how this og version smells on other people. It lasts more like an EDP. However, it is just not varied enough to encourage me to repurchase any Leas in the future. Anyway, there is always another perfume beckoning with its siren song, deceptive though it may be...
Age: 25-29 Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium Hair: Brunette Eyes: Green
Gourmand meets the beach. Yum! This is a balmy, foody scent that has some lush tropical blooms nipping at its heels. I'd love to wander around a desserted beach somewhere far from here with this on.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Sensitive, Fair-Medium Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown
I'm truly surprised by how much I love this fragrance. Started with a sample vial from Luckyscent, moved onto a decant from e-bay, and finally bit it and got a full bottle (at a discount on e-bay, though still paid a hefty $90.) For such a simple scent, the exorbitant price really doesn't seem to make sense. To my nose Lea Extreme is mostly a really nice soft fluffy musk with a touch of chocolate/vanilla. I've never been a musk lover or wearer though I've admired it on others. However, I'd happily wear Lea Extreme everyday, to special events, to the grocery store, anytime, anywhere. Sometimes when I'm not wearing it, I crave it. That's never happened to me with any other perfume before. It's love, no doubt about it.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination Hair: Brunette Eyes: Brown
Overall this scent smells nice and pleasant. But for that price, it was nothing special at all. I mean it just smells like vanilla and chocolate to me. Which I LOVE chocolate-vanilla but I would just go and buy it cheap from the million other places selling chocolate/vanilla scents...
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Brunette Eyes: Hazel
The Extreme version has a faint chocolate/vanilla scent that is warm and very foody. I thought it smelled nice on me but even though I wasn't too anxious about running out and spending the $100, I did and I do not regret the purchase. It's warm and foody and it's amazing with my body chemistry!
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination Hair: Blond Eyes: Brown
Okay, I've done it again - buying something unsniffed because I love the regular Lea so much. Bad me! While regular Lea is like a yummy, comforting vanilla w/ a touch of almonds and cream, this is it's dark haired evil twin sister/cousin - You know, "I Dream of Jeannie"'s sister Jeannie or "Bewitched" cousin Serena. Wait, actually, forget that, even *they* were too cool to be this, this is more like Cinderella's ugly stepsister. The extreme is like a milk chocolate bar drenched in honey (the super tangy orange blossom kind, not the nice clover kind either) and then drenched in more honey and maybe some flowers. Do you want to eat that or smell like that? I don't. This was just way too cloying and overpowering upon application (cough, cough), but then disappeared fairly soon after application. I'm sticking with regular Lea! Up for sale this goes!
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination Hair: Brunette Eyes: Hazel
I love this scent - chocolatey and delicious without being too sweet, a little musky, not too heavy on the vanilla. But it does not last AT ALL on me! I cannot justify paying $125 for a bottle of this, as I'd go through it in a matter of weeks! Very sad, because it is a lovely scent, but with the little-to-no staying power, I just can't bring myself to buy it.
Age: Unknown Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Brown
The only reason I'm saying I would repurchase is because, at the moment, I'm keeping myself in decants and samples with this one. I know it's limited, but I can't say I'll be kicking myself if it ever disappeared and I didn't end up getting my hands on a full bottle. Still, this is creamy, warm, and enveloping, although it isn't "dark," per se. The only darkness this has is its chocolate note, but I wouldn't consider this a sexy scent - at least, not past the sweet and cuddly I-can't-believe-I-love-you-this-much hugs of a just-slightly-longer-than-newly-wed couple. I love Lea; I merely like Lea Extreme. I don't know that I'd spend $125 on something that I only feel so-so about.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination Hair: Black Eyes: Black
After sampling both Lea and Extreme, I bought Lea first because it was cheaper. But I scored a generous decant of the X in a swap, and after a couple wearings, I was hooked. Both Leas have their merits: the almond is more prominent in the new Lea, and it's light, pretty and modern; X, on the other hand, is deep, musky and chocolatey. Its effect is gentle coercion, like an iron hand in a velvet glove. It lingers in the mind and stays in the soul. The thought of all those original bottles of Lea X slowly disappearing from Luckyscent's shelves forever preyed on me until I had bought myself a bottle. Now I have both, and am finally at peace.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium Hair: Brunette Eyes: Brown
Bought Lea when it first came out and this is the version I bought and I hated it. It was thick with vanilla and chocolate. Not what I wanted. Well I retested the Lea and the Lea extreme version. I love the Lea and I do see how some could love the Lea Extreme. I am now a lover of vanilla in scents and I can see how and why someone would love the Lea Extreme. It is thick, rich, and full bodied. I love just the Lea for myself, but those that love the Extreme should wear it and be proud. I am sure the men go nuts :)
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination Hair: Other Eyes: Other
Apparently this has almost the same notes as the original Lea, but the substitution of light musc for musc and the different blend evoke a dominant chocolate note that's slightly powdery. To me it's a different scent than Lea, it's chocolately where the original is doughy. At first the musk is rather prominent, but then it dissapates and the scent becomes powdery. After some time it starts to resemble my beloved Lea in all of its almondy-musky glory. Like Lea, it's also never too sweet.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Very Oily, Fair, Neutral Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Coarse Eyes: Hazel
I finally got to try this after being disappointed by the non-extreme version, and being utterly bessotted with Dream Esscents' version. It is nice, no doubt, but I cannot imagine spending $100+ or whatever this costs. It's a semi-foody, semi-powdery fragrance that does not really blossom on my skin as all of my HG fragrances do. Thankfully the violently plastic topnote of regular Lea is nowhere to be found, but if I'm going to spend heaps of cash on a fragrance, I'd rather get a Serge Lutens or Frapin than this.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Oily, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Brown, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Brown
I, too, think the fragrance is pleasant enough. It smells like chocolate, almond, vanilla... However, the price is outrageous; there are many chocolate-y fragrances out there you can buy that smell just as scrumptious. If you shell out $75 for a good one, you'll still be getting a bargain compared to Lea Extreme.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Acne-prone, Warm Hair: Brunette, Straight, Fine Eyes: Green
lovely, chocolately-- not worth the $$, not alot of staying power on me... many chocolate scents out there, they are good, but not *great!
Age: 44-55 Skin: Combination Hair: Brunette Eyes: Brown
I have to qualify this review by saying I'm testing from a sample vial that may be old. At first, this version is OK although it lacks the beautiful subtlety of original Lea. Then, the chocolate note gets weird and plastic-y. Simply awful. If you are looking for a gourmand chocolate/vanilla scent, try Serendipitous.