I never smelled the original 1937 version of Lancome Peut-Être (discontinued in the late 1950s or early 60s). The first time I came across Peut-Être was in the 2008 La Collection reissue that didn't survive for long. It was discontinued about two years later, though one could find it from various discounters for quite a while afterwards.
|La Collection 2008 Bottles|
I remember thinking it was too musky-rosy for my taste, but I no longer have any samples around to verify. Recently, Lancome brought back three of La Collection fragrances: Mille et Une Roses, Balafre, and Peut-Être. They were reintroduced in Europe during the 2011 holiday season, and arrived in the US about a year later. This review is of this version.
|Lancome La Collection 2011/2012|
The dry-down is all about an ambery musk. Peut-Etre is sweet but not overly so, and it feels very warm and skin-like. I'm missing an edge, but pretty sure it's not there on purpose-- this fragrance is a comfort scent for lovers of floral musks and it pushes hard on the "pretty" button. I enjoy this perfume and think that it's miles above Lancome's recent mainstream (lack of) effort, La Vie Est Belle. Sometimes a cuddly floral is the just the right thing.
Lancôme Peut-Être ($175, 75ml EDP) is available from Bergdorf Goodman in NYC and select locations abroad.
Vintage Peut-Etre ads via hprints.com.