Lolita Lempicka EDP

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.

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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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21 responses

  1. It’s interesting that you’ve mentioned Angel in this post: back when Lolita Lempicka For Women was released I tried it and dismissed because it smelled too similar to Angel – and I considered it as an offence :) I haven’t re-tried it since so I don’t know how close or far these two are for my nose today especially when there is no such thing as too many LBDs in one’s perfumes collection (however each person defines which of their perfumes serve that purpose).

    • Interesting! I can’t say that I necessarily think they smell alike to me, but I don’t know Angel as well as you. I do definitely think they are in the same style, though. (Off topic, I have been meaning to tell you I finally sprung for a bottle of Angel – not the edt I was planning to buy, but the Taste version. So now I have an Angel in my collection.)

  2. I like LL and used to wear it a lot. I never got the licorice or green notes in it. It was sweet and gourmand. I got bored with it and stopped wearing it for a while but recently with this cold weather I’ve been giving it a try again. I don’t think I’ve smelled any of the flankers.

    • I have heard that one of the flankers, the one in the white bottle, is quite good, but I haven’t smelled it. It isn’t so easy to find. I thought I would really like the “Minuit” one – the one in the black bottle – but I didn’t care for it.

  3. I love Lolita! And the bottle is great. Lolita was the first time I smelled licorice in perfume. I normally don’t care for black licorice, but I really like it with the vanilla in LL. I have also fallen for Reglisse Noire by 1000 Flowers, which also has a prominent licorice note and vanilla.

  4. Hmmm. I remember snobbishly ignoring this one, because it was “too popular.” I’ve somewhat gotten over my snobbish ways, plus at ten years old it’s practically a classic now. :) I should give it a try.

  5. You know, with your love of licorice and almond notes and my intolerance for them I’m keeping my fingers crossed we’re not actually Evil Scent Twins :)

    I wish I did like this one because I love that ad and the bottle. Someone on the Monday Question this week thought this perfume was too “girly” for her to wear. I said I didn’t think it was but I don’t know it well. What do you think?

    • I think we have too many likes in common to be Evil Scent Twins, don’t we? I think there is just one edge of my taste that veers too wacky for you, and probably one edge of your taste that is too quiet for me, but we meet in the middle. :)

      Too girly? I can see why she would ask, as it is pretty sweet and fairly gourmand. I would recommend she looks at Victoria’s take on Bois de Jasmin. I think she calls LL an LBD, if I remember correctly. It might help her find sophistication in LL.

  6. The lure of the Chinese market has compromised the intentions of many a cosmetic company to bring us cruelty-free products. Last I heard, The Body Shop was deliberately not trading in mainland China, but then TBS is owned by L’Oreal, which surely does. I try to buy cruelty-free where possible, but finding genuinely cruelty-free brands for all the household and personal care products I buy is quite tricky. On the whole, I trust small local brands the most, but that excludes most of the mainstream perfume brands. Sigh. Props to you for raising the issue.

    • You are so right, Anne Marie. I have been attempting to buy cruelty free (and in fact attempting to avoid all products made in China) and it is difficult if not impossible in some categories of items (like household cleaners, in terms of cruelty free) and electronics (in terms of not made in China). I figure all we can do is be aware and do what makes sense for our lives.

  7. Heya Lovely Natalie,
    I spent this morning after I woke up wondering why you hadn’t dropped into my inbox lately and was wondering if you’d been too busy to post.
    I came over to check everything is OK and you have been posting regularly, so I have been having an APB fest. This is one of my faves and I often steal a spritz from my BFF Kath’s bottle. You give such fair and real reviews. Thanks for the inspiration today.
    Portia xxx

  8. Fun to see you post on a perfume I actually already have in my collection! This isn’t an everyday perfume by any means, but I do have those days I turn to it and really enjoy it!

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