Monday, March 29, 2010

Lolita Lempicka Fleur de Corail

I have the same issue with the juice inside Lolita Lempicka Fleur de Corail bottle as I have with the packaging. I can't decide if it's cute or tacky. In both cases it's quite overdone, but I actually like it, except for the moment the perfume takes an over-sweet turn and for a brief minute or two makes me queasy as though I was  quickly descending down one of those too big and too modern theme park roller coasters. Then something else surfaces, a light woody incense note and the world stops spinning.

I'm not a huge fan of Lolita Lempicka fragrances and never found a reason to own any.The coral-colored box made me a bit suspicious that  Fleur de Corail was going to be a fruity mess, but the bottle inside is actually light blue (though that's hardly a recommendation. I like aquatic even less than I like generic fruity florals) and somewhat clashes with the box. But this is a Maurice Roucel creation, and that's a good enough reason to give Fleur de Corail a chance.

So, yes, it's sweet. An ambery vanilla with some spice: cinnamon and anise. There's a huge tropical thing going on there, frangipani flowers and orchids (vanilla orchid, according to OsMoz). While the opening and the initial development feel a bit dense and take up all the air around them (that's what causes my occasional stomach reaction. I'm usually pretty immune to syrupy sweetness), things lighten up later and I find myself really enjoying the drydown, including its sweet musky end tail. Maybe it's somewhat of a guilty pleasure, but I do find the composition quite unique.

Lolita Lempicka Fleur de Corail ($69, 1.7 oz) is available from Sephora.


  1. I have this and quite like it. It's a little fresher than her sister's.
    And I got my 1.0 oz. at Marshall's for 14.99. Can I hear Amen!

  2. Tropical spice? What? That's either really innovative or really horrendous. Like the original Lolita Lempicka. I still can't decide whether I hate that or not.

    But the bottle for Fleur de Corail is adorable, and I'm a sucker for gimmicks.

  3. Love it, like it even a tiny little bit better than the original "L". It's tropical/milky/soapy/summery and a guilty pleasure one can be proud of. Maurice Roucel has always something for me. If i want or not! ;-)

  4. Gaia fab post as usual :) Do you suggest we use this as a daytime fragrance or is it best for night out?


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