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Julia Roberts keeps it vanilla

Julia Roberts thinks vanilla is a key fragrance note because it "transports all of us".

The 47-year-old has been working with Lancôme for around five years and was heavily involved in the development of its La Vie Est Belle fragrance. A new scent has now been created, called La Vie Est Belle L'Absolu, and Julia was one of the driving forces behind the finished blend.

"Here's the thing about vanilla: it transports all of us. It's your grandmother, but it's also your first kiss. It reminds you of going to your best friend's house and her mother is making cookies," she enthused to British magazine Hello! "Then you become the mother who is making the cookies when your kids and their friends get home from school. So it's all of those things; which is why vanilla makes everyone feel good in some way. Lancôme wanted the new version of the fragrance to have a drop of my essence and I said, 'Let's go for vanilla bean.'"

While many stars have deals with beauty firms, they aren't all asked to give their opinion in the way Julia is. She is proud she's got so involved with Lancôme; although it's been stressful at moments too. Apart from anything, she had no idea how much went into creating a scent, so La Vie Est Belle was a baptism of fire.

"Well I went into it without knowing how dog-eat-dog competitive the fragrance business is. So much time, money and effort goes into creating a scent, so I started to get nervous about the launch. I thought, 'I hope this fragrance doesn't go bust, because everyone has worked so hard on it,'" she recalled. "But I have to say, I take a lot of pleasure and joy in how incredibly successful the fragrance has become. It's my mom's favourite. Whenever her bottle gets low, she's like, 'Knock, knock!'"

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