Lea by Calypso St. Barth

Hello Lovelies,

Quite often I check out the Weekly Chance Specials on Surrender To Chance and last month they had a couple of things I’ve been longing to try and this little number that I’d never heard of. On looking through the WWW I found very little information about it but a short and interesting reading note list, so I pulled the trigger on

Lea by Calypso St. Barth

Lea Calypso St Bath Lucky ScentPhoto Stolen Lucky Scent

Fragrantica gives these featured accords in one line:
Almonds, vanilla, musks

Do you ever want to smell delicious and pretty? Are the freaky niche frags getting you down? Sometimes all I want is to smell good. To smell rich, elegant, calm and sweet. Here is that scent. I can completely understand why Lea has become a cult hit, this is how I dream my skin should smell. I smell clean, fresh and healthy without resorting to “clean” scent of laundry or air. I am fragrant, smell gorgeously snuggly and I am smiling because my body smells so good and young. I know! What a dumb thing to write but this is the sort of fresh scent that really makes me feel so young and, dare I say it, coltish! And if you knew me I am anything but coltish, in fact I am the original old grey mare.

The notes tell the story almost exactly and this is no bombastic fragrance, it is a warm and cuddly, just above skin scent, aroma that is foody: as in smells like almonds and vanilla but only sort of foody, though very early in its development it does have an almond cookie smell. Lea feels sweet in a natural way but without the feeling of a natural perfume. The muscs keep everything skinnish and are very slightly lived in, the sweet smell of healthy flesh in the morning that has bathed before bed, MMMMMMMM. Other reviewers have smelt chocolate but I don’t get it, there is a ylang tint to me a buttery, milky, sensual wash that arrives about 2 hours in and stays till dry down.

Lea Calypso St Bath Almond Cookie MorgueFilePhoto Stolen MorgueFile

Edited from Lucky Scent: Indescribably luscious Léa… Liliane, the owner of the ultra-chic boutique, Calypso, in St. Barth… visits Manhattan, Paris, London and Milan and selects the cream of the crop of fresh new designers and standout designs from established lines and creates a cohesive and trend-setting fashion vision. As it happens, she also loves fragrance, and created Léa for herself, with her daughter as inspiration. Other people fell in love with it, it became a cult favorite….

Excellent longevity upwards of 7 hours on my perfume thirsty skin and I think wearable for any occasion: sloppy, formal, studying, dating, eating and even the closest of workplaces.

Lea Calypso St Bath Sleeping Man MorgueFilePhoto Stolen MorgueFile

Further reading: Now Smell This and For The Love Of Perfume
Lucky Scent has $100/100ml and samples
Surrender To Chance starts at $4/ml

Have you succumbed to the beauty of this little gem? Are you a follower of the Lea by Calypso St Barth? Is it something you’d like or not? Too simple for you or maybe you are annoyed by vanilla scents?

See you tomorrow,
Remember to be nice to yourself, it’s hard to be happy when someone is constantly mean to you.
Portia xx

16 comments on “Lea by Calypso St. Barth

  1. Azar says:

    I’m so ready to take a break from bombast, complexity and busyness. Milky and buttery seem a great antidote. Portia, how did you know I’ve been hard on myself lately? In fact I’ve been so busy and frantic that I literally ran into a door and made a big divot in my forehead! Ouch! Thank you for the review and the advice. I will be nice to myself, stop running into doors and treat myself to a sample of calm and sweet.

    • OMG! No more banging into things unless it’s SEXY BANGING.
      I am really enjoying this decant Azar, so comfortable and cuddly. I know why it’s a fave among the celebs and jet set, simply gorgeous, like YOU.
      Portia xx

      • Azar says:

        Beautiful Portia!
        I WILL try redirect my banging, but those pesky doors, trees, etc. just keep getting in my way!
        I’m so looking forward to my decant of Lea, but first I have to order it.
        Azar xx

  2. laniersmith says:

    It sounds like a perfect fragrance to take a nap in…and not alone.
    As always I am entranced by and educated to new things by you all the time. Thank you.

  3. Mary P. says:

    It was only on the third try that I feel I really “got” Lea. The first two times it was sort of just a meh for me. So I really learned that I can’t really make an accurate assessment of a fragrance with just one try – especially the ones that don’t initially impress me 🙂 Anyway, the third time for Lea was the charm…. that ylang, so yummy….. I didn’t get the chocolate either Portia, but there was something a little smokey and musky in there for me that makes it, like you said, warm and cozy. It lasts forever on me too. It’s lovely.

  4. pelicano says:

    I’m pretty sure I would like this one! Nice review… Brent L. did a similar scent for Smell Bent which I am currently relishing in small bits- one of the Franken Smellies named “S12#599”, and it too has that white cake+skin scent (and a hint of a “low floral”) vibe which I really love on days when I want to feel cozy without a need to make a bold, high-sillage statement- will check out ‘Lea’!

    • I love it when Brent plays with flavour and scent, he is master of the unexpected twist, I’ve not tried that FrankinSmellie but I bet it has a quirk that Lea is without. Lea is plain, straight, pretty
      Portia xx

  5. SerachShiro says:

    You make me curious and I would like to try it ! 🙂

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