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Lolita Lempicka Forbidden Flower is the first Lolita Lempicka fragrance that I got.
I asked for this for Christmas from my fiancé last year.
I greedily opted for the 100ml bottle of eau de parfum.
~ Bottle ~
The bottle is made from clear glass and is in the shape of an apple. The bottle is decorated with gold and white leaves and flowers, which are imprinted on the bottle.
'Lolita Lempicka' is written in gold curly joined up lettering on the front of the bottle.
On the top of the bottle is a gold coloured wood textured cylinder shape with a heart shape with an arrow through it imprinted on it, as if it has been carved in the wood.
Then on top of that sits the apple's stalk. This is made from frosted light yellow plastic and when the stalk is pushed downwards into the bottle the perfume is sprayed. The spray comes from a tiny hole, which is also in the stalk.
The perfume itself is a yellowy green colour.
The bottle is about the size of a real apple. I think it looks a little bit too big and would prefer it to be a little bit smaller. I have another Lolita Lempicka bottle the same shape that is 80ml and I think that is much more suitable size, but Forbidden Flower is not available in an 80ml bottle.
I also have a 30ml bottle of a Lolita Lempicka fragrance (L'eau en Blanc - see my review) and I think the 30ml bottle looks a bit small - it is about the size of a plum.
I have not seen the 50ml bottle so cannot comment on how that one looks.
It is a really nice, pretty bottle all the same and I do like it. It suits the yellowy colour of the perfume inside, which I think goes well with the gold lettering and the gold leaves on the bottle.
~ Price and availability ~
Forbidden Flower is available in 30ml, 50ml and 100ml bottles.
The 30ml bottle is available on cheapsmells.com (you'd think I was on commission, the amount of recommendations I've given them in my recent perfume reviews).
The 30ml bottle costs £18.33 (RRP £34.00).
The 50ml bottle is available on cheapsmells.com for £22.95 (RRP £46.00).
The 100ml bottle is available on cheapsmells.com for £28.40 (RRP £60.00).
It is also available on amazon.co.uk and feelunique.com.
~ Scent ~
This perfume has a very unique scent. It is quite sweet, but not sickly. The sweetness is combined with a slightly harsh almond scent, which helps to balance the scent out.
The top notes are strawberry leaf, mimose, green notes and wormwood.
The heart notes are peony, violet, anise and iris.
The base notes are almond, cherry and musk.
I think it is the anise and almond notes that make this perfume stand out from others.
The perfume is light, fresh, soft and powdery. It is quite subtle on your skin and it is not offensive at all. It is very feminine.
I can detect the floral notes, which are light and pretty, but it doesn't strike me as a typical floral fragrance and it is not what I expected from a fragrance called Forbidden Flower. I do like this perfume though.
I have found it to be long lasting on my skin, still detectable a good 8 hours after application, which I have been impressed with.
I think this fragrance would appeal to women of all ages. I don't think it is too sharp or harsh and I wouldn't say it is a particularly young scent. Although it is a light perfume it is quite deep.
It is probably more of a spring/ summer scent as it is so light and fresh and I tend to use this as a day time fragrance rather than one I put on for special occasions or nights out.
I really like this perfume. It is very different from anything else in my collection, although I can 'smell' the resemblance between this and the original Lolita Lempicka fragrance, which comes in the same bottle, but is purple in colour.
~ Conclusion ~
Although it is not my favourite, I would recommend this perfume and I would buy it again if my bottle ran out.
The bottle is a lovely design and the perfume is light, fresh and feminine. It is also reasonably priced, which is more than can be said of many other perfumes out there.
In a garden full of mysteries, sensual flowers reveal themselves and shy away when touched / Blossoming at the heart of this sensual garden, Forbidden Flower has made nature its most bEautiful backdrop / Seemingly angelic, this forbidden flower, that is only innocent in appearance, is unsettling and dazzling / Top Notes: Strawberry leaf and mimosa stem / Heart Notes: Peony, violet and aniseed flower / Base Notes: Morello cherry and musk /