Considering how Lolita Lempicka by Lolita Lempicka (1997) is always mentioned as an Angel spawn or a recommendation for Angel lovers, I would have never expected to like this fragrance. Add to that the first ten minutes of so after application, when it smells like a fermented bad fruit with a musky future, and you get something that I would rather not wear.
The thing is that if one can survive the twisted cherry note, the reward is a truly lovely anise and vanilla gourmand. It's not even that loud if applied responsibly, and the checks and balances system of green veins woven into Lolita Lempicka hold things together in a very wearable way, being neither noxious nor obnoxious. It is sweet, though, and you need to really like anise and licorice notes mixed into your praline and truffles if you're going to enjoy this fragrance. I most definitely do.
Which brings us to the reason I never graduated past a mini of Lolita Lempicka onto a full bottle. There's that initial unpleasant business with the opening notes. I don't believe in perfumes that make me suffer. But more than that, as much as I like Lolita Lempicka and its licorice dessert, I get my fix in a more interesting and satisfying way from Uncle Serge's Douce Amere. I've been experimenting with anisic fragrances in recent weeks and in the end of the day, Douce Amere is the one that calls to me the most.
Lolita Lempicka was first launched in 1997. I've compared my decade old mini with a brand new sample and couldn't find a definite difference. I have a feeling that the new juice is... rushed, I guess, dives more quickly past the opening notes while the old one moves in a slower pace, but that could be the result of the new sample being a spray and the old mini a dab-on.
Notes: ivy leaves, aniseed, Amarena cherry, violet, iris , vetiver, tonka bean, vanilla, praline, musk.
Lolita Lempicka by Lolita Lempicka ($50, 1oz EDP) is available at Sephora, online and in store.
Lolita Lempicka 1997 perfume ads from couleurparfum.com