I spent almost 10 years thinking I didn’t like Lolita Lempicka For Women (created by Annick Menardo). Since I love licorice and anise notes in perfume, Lolita Lempicka came up a lot. It is, after all, practically the reference licorice perfume. I’m also a big fan of almond and heliotrope, which feature prominently in Lolita Lempicka. But, I clearly remembered picking up the poison apple bottle, spraying it on a tester strip, and thinking it was shrill, gauche, and way too sweet.
After reluctantly giving Lolita Lempicka “another try” earlier this year, I think maybe that super-clear memory I have involved one of the flankers or other Lolita Lempicka perfumes that come in the same bottle style, not the original Lolita Lempicka For Women. Lolita Lempicka is at the edge of my tolerance for shrill, but it doesn’t cross the line. What I like best about the perfume is the opposition of the notes. A fresh side of green violet is juxtaposed with woodsy notes and black licorice. The entire thing is dusted with a fine layer of toasted almonds and powder.
Although it was launched in 1997, Lolita Lempicka continues to feel very modern. Like its cousin Angel (launched in 1992) it has a unique stamp that hasn’t been replicated in similar perfumes, even though the enchanted forest theme is one that is commonly riffed upon. I’m so glad I gave it a try. I love a fragrance that isn’t milktoast.
For a review of Lolita Lempicka For Women, see Katie Puckrik’s video.
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