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I originally bought my 80ml bottle of L by Lolita Lempicka in a duty free. I'd sprayed it a couple of times on the way out to Greece and had loved the fragrance, but, not wanting to use my spending money straight away, decided to wait until the trip home. The loveliness of the fragrance must have stayed with me, because one of the first things I did when we landed in England was rush to buy one. This was in 2011 and, unfortunately, on my latest visit to duty free in March this year, I was informed by staff that the Lolita Lempicka stand had been removed not long ago. After a bit of research online it would seem that L itself is in the process of being discontinued. The bottle for this perfume is stunning. It's a curved glass heart in a bright teal/blue colour, reminiscent of tropical waters. There's a golden coloured section of netting attached to the lid, with a sparkly 'L' hanging from it as well as a tiny white star fish and teardrop charm. Considering that one of the inspirations for this perfume was the mythical figure of the mermaid, the decorations fit in perfectly. As well as the uniqueness of the bottle, the scent of L is like no other perfume I've smelt before. The complex top notes of bergamot and bitter orange come through straight away and each vie for attention before the heart of vanilla and cinnamon and base of musk warm and soften the scent considerably. It's described as an 'oriental' fragrance on many websites, though personally I don't find it particularly spicy or strong. The scent has a cleanness to it that I find hard to attribute to any one note. Rather than being a soapy kind of clean, it's like that hit of citrus you get when you eat a citron tart, that washes away the heaviness of the pastry. This being said, the zing of the bergamot and orange are not so acidic as to keep this fragrance from at the same time smelling deeply warm and subtly sweet. L lasts on my skin and clothes all day and is the type of fragrance that can be smelt by those directly around you, rather than the entire room. Formulated by perfumer Maurice Roucel and launched in 2006, L is an absolutely masterful fragrance that truly has the ability to transport your mind to warmer, wilder shores. I'm devastated that it might be being discontinued and urge anyone with the opportunity to try to smell this perfume. It's not one to be missed.
I bought this perfume a few weeks ago. I had had my eye on the pretty bottle for a while, but I had never tried the perfume so it was a blind buy.
I have tried other Lolita Lempicka fragrances and liked them so I figured this wouldn't be too much of a risk.
~ Bottle ~
The bottle is gorgeous. It is a flat bottle, which is discreetly shaped a bit like a heart. The glass is actually clear glass, but the perfume inside is a blue/green colour. I think the colour of the fragrance really suits the bottle.
On top of the bottle is a triangular shaped clear spray nozzle with gold decoration. This sits on top of a gold decorated cylinder.
There is a gold coloured mesh that decorates part of the top of the bottle and it has is decorated with three charms. One is a large gold diamante studded letter 'L' charm and there is also a clear bead, which reflects all of the colours of the spectrum. The third is a little clear starfish shaped charm.
There are also two small starfish shapes embossed onto the top left of the heart shaped bottle.
It is a very pretty bottle. It reminds me of the beach with all of the starfish shapes and the exotic green/blue liquid representative of the sea. I don't think that the bottle will look very good without the bluey green exotic sea coloured liquid inside.
I watched a youtube video review of this perfume before I bought it and the reviewer's perfume had gone a very dark brown colour and she said she found out that it was because it had spent too much time in the sunlight.
~ Price and availability ~
L or L de Lolita Lempicka is available as an eau de parfum in 30ml, 50ml and 80ml bottles.
I have the 80ml bottle and it does not look very large so I think the 30ml bottle will be mega cute and small.
I bought my 80ml bottle from cheapsmells.com for £30.65 (recommended retail price £60.00).
The 30ml and 50ml bottles are currently unavailable on cheapsmells.com, but the 30ml bottle is available on feelunique.com for £29.75 and the 50ml bottle is also available on feelunique.com for £41.65.
~ Scent ~
The scent is strong, heavy and dark.
The top notes are bitter orange and bergamot.
The heart notes are immortelle, cinnamon and musk.
The base notes are tonka bean, vanilla and sandalwood.
The scent initially is very strong and spicy. The cinnamon and vanilla are the main notes that I can pick out in this perfume.
Once it has dried it is not as strong and overpowering. While I do find the scent bearable, this perfume is too spicy for my tastes and I don't imagine it will be a perfume that I choose to wear very often!
It is a warming scent. It is very dark and deep.
I don't think the bottle represents the scent at all. I'd expect an exotic summery scent, but this is just spicy and heavy.
Despite it being so deep and heavy, the perfume is not the longest lasting and I find that it is virtually undetectable after around 4 hours, which would be disappointing if I liked the scent to start.
~ Conclusion ~
I really like the bottle for this perfume, but that is about it.
The scent is sharp, harsh and pretty awful. I am not a fan of spicy scents as they tend to be too harsh for my tastes.
Although I really like the bottle, I would not have purchased this perfume if I had smelled it prior to parting with my cash.
I would not recommend this perfume unless you like spicy scents and like the sound of the notes. It has had a lot of positive reviews on www.fragrantica.com, a fragrance review website, but I don't think I will be the only one who finds this too harsh.
L by Lolita Lempicka is one of those fragrances that drew me in purely by the bottle at first. I first saw this eau de parfum on sale in a posh department store and the pretty, unique bottle was immediately eyecatching.
With imagery designed to represent the sea, mermaids and all things nicely watery, the oyster shaped sea blue bottle is very cute indeed I think, and the lid is the pearl of the 'oyster'. Around the neck of the bottle is a gold 'fishing net' entangled in which are a small gold starfish charm, a drop of water charm and a pearl-encrusted 'L' shaped charm to represent the name of the perfume.
Overall, I love the look of this sea treasure themed perfume bottle, and I had high hopes for the perfume after looking at the bottle.
After first applying the perfume, the most noticable scents to me are a pleasantly acidic citrussy orange aroma and a sweet and warming vanilla scent. I really like the first aspect to this scent and the top notes are very nice,. fresh and sharp to my sense of smell.
After about 30 minutes the top notes fade and to be honest I can't really pick out any individual notes after this point, there is just a mix up of floral aromas which I believe are meant to be 'immortal flower' whatever that is, neroli and patchouli. I do know what most of these smell like, but I still couldn't pick them out. Not long after though and I could pick up the lovely warming scent of cinnamon, and this gave this perfume quite a winter warmer feel, which was not expected for something that I thought would be quite an aquatic fragrance given the sea theme. The orange and cinnamon combined are a bit festive even, and the tonka bean base note adds another touch of nutty vanilla to the fragrance.
Considering the sea theme, I was expecting something a bit more 'watery' in aroma, so this perfume did confuse me a bit with it's cinnamon, orange and vanilla being the most noticeable aspects to me. Still, even if it was not what I thought it would be, the fragrance is quite enjoyable and I don't regret my purchase.
Notes: Bitter orange, vanilla, immortal flower, neroli, cinnamon, patchouli, solar notes, musk, precious woods and tonka bean.
The staying power for this eau de parfum is pretty good I have to admit. After an application in the morning, 3 or 4 spritzes usually, I am still just about able to smell the perfume on my skin by the end of the working day, which isn't bad. If you wanted to wear this into the evening though, you would definitely need to reapply. Personally I use this as one of my daytime perfumes, particularly in the summer.
The perfume is available in 30ml, 50ml and 80ml sizes, and costs around £35, £45 and £60 respectively, depending on the size you choose and if you shop around. This is by mo means a cheap perfume for me, so I'm not sure if I'd buy it again, but for a little splurge, my small 30ml bottle was a nice treat.
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L is inspired by a "mythical mermaid, protected by the sea" and the oriental fragrance is a "dangerously feminine myth" that is "between desire and abandon". I was already sold by this point without smelling it, as it reminded me of pretending to be a mermaid throughout my childhood and how I used to spend all of my weekends in my room reading books on all kinds of myths, legends and monsters [I wasn't a popular child].
I love the top notes; The orange is sweet but does have a bite to it; A lovely sweet/sour contrast. The vanilla adds a lightly powdered depth to the sweetness, yet it also seems to lighten it for a airy feel.
The middle phase is very busy and the jumble of scent notes puts me off this perfume slightly; The sweet fruit and vanilla and the [mostly unidentifiable] florals combine with the other notes to make the fragrance heavy and a bit sickly. After wearing L for five minutes or so the first thing that comes to mind is biscuits. The cinnamon mingles with the remaining vanilla and orange for a smell that screams Christmas cookies. The neroli is the most developed floral note and is easily identifiable, but there is a hint of a few other florals too [that combine to make the awesome sounding 'immortal flower'*], but these notes are sort of buried under the others, so I'm only guessing when I suggest that one may be lily.
After the cookie-like scent dies down and the floral begin to fade too I begin to notice that my skin smells lightly salted, the same why it does after spending the day at the beach. These mineral accords must be the 'solar notes', anyway the vague saltiness makes a lovely combination for the wood notes = driftwood. The tonka bean warms up the base and is nice and nutty. I can't separate the musk or the patchouli.
* Immortal flower is a very nice name for immotet flowers, which are said to be similar to the amorphophallus titanum [aka Corpse flower], and I'll give you three guesses as to what that plant smells like...
Yeah, you can understand why they decided to make up their own version of the flower for this perfume - we don't want our mermaid to be that dangerous.
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Bitter orange, vanilla, immortal flower, neroli, cinnamon, patchouli, solar notes, musk, precious woods and tonka bean.
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The bottle is absolutely gorgeous and represents "treasures from the sea bed"; It's a fascinated pebble shape in a lovely aqua shade. The neck of the bottle has a gold coloured fishnet around it. A starfish and a water drop shaped charm are entwined in the net.
There is also a pearl studded 'L' shape charm around the bottle's neck.
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Other buying considerations
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The staying power is good [although not quite as good as Lolita Lempicka]; It lasts though my working day without any need for a top up, so no complaints there.
It is easy to wear and inoffensive to my work colleagues, so it is a good choice for an every day perfume - both casual and work. Being long lasting it is also nice for evening wear too, although some people may think that it's a bit too subtle.
I wouldn't recommend wearing this in warmer weather, as the sweet notes can be strong enough to cause dizziness and/or headaches. Plus the middle phase seems Christmassy - but it seems that I'm the only person that I know who thinks that.
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I used to wear L obsessively, but after a while whenever I applied it my stomach would turn as the middle phase developed - in other words I wore it until I was sick of it.
I still don't think L is a 'bad' fragrance; On the contrary. I love the 'biscuit' sensation and I love fragrances that contain cinnamon and tonka bean, plus I've not found another perfume with such nicely rounded mineral accords. But on the practical side; Its pricier then other similar EDPS, it's only available in selected higher-end department stores, it's not good in warmer weather and, yeah, it is still a bit sickly on me even now.
There are just so many sense-friendly alternatives available nowadays that work better with my body chemistry, there's no need for me to make myself ill over a perfume.
Having said that; The next time that I come across a bottle at a good discount I'd be very tempted to pick up a bottle. I'm a sucker for fancy marketing and a pretty bottle. Reel me in...
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This is Lolita Lempicka's second perfume and after falling in love with the first I had to try this. The bottle is very eye catching as it is themed to look like the sea with a gold effect netting made to look like fishing net and a gorgeous little L charm for added bling. It is a much heavier scent than the other so I wear it in the evenings only as I think it is to overpowering during the daytime. This smells like orange with cinnamon and vanilla overtones. It also has a musky smell which is only noticeable after the perfume has been on a while. It lasts well and it is a eau de parfum so a little goes a long way. The smell lasts well and changes slightly as it fades. It is expensive so if you are not used to strong perfume get a small bottle to see how you like it. I would recommend it to anyone!
Olfactive group: Oriental vanilla
What's in a name?
Since childhood I am instinctly drawn to the letter 'L' it being not only my initial and having 3 'l'-s in my first name; the letter L is the symbol for softness and kindness and it was how I was described by my family when I was little. (Not that has changed since! )
Having launched in 2006 I only recently discovered this perfume when browsing in a duty free on my way back to London. I didn't like their signature scent but fell instantly in love with this one !
The bottle and packaging
"Far out in the ocean, where the water is as blue as the prettiest cornflower, and as clear as crystal" -- starts the story of The Little Mermaid written by Hans Christian Andersen in 1836.
The shape of the bottle is used to evoke this blue, crystal-clear sea and the pebbles on the seaside as the light skids off their wet surface. Gently irregular but round, the azure blue (cornflower blue is one of the shades of azure) bottle it nestles nicely into the hand.
The stopper is in fact a pearl caught up in the fisherman's net - a golden mesh cast across the top of the bottle and the stopper. A golden threaded curvaceous L hangs off the edge of net.
There's one thing that annoys me though : the stopper breaks easily, like on all perfumes that use the same sort of stopper. The reason for this is that the atomizer does not have a proper neck that would withstand the pressure when you press down on it to spray. The reason you will want to press hard in the first place is because obviously with this type of design you cannot spray the same amount of this perfume in one go as you would from other bottles - so caution is recommended.
The dark orange box looks charming and rustic with the 'handwritten' girlish L and the leafy motive behind it on the outer package. I wondered why the box was orange and not the greenish blue oceanic keeping with the colour theme of the bottle then I thought about the little mermaid story and how she yearned to become human and set foot on the land. Orange and azure are the complementary colours of each other meaning the sea actually absorbs orange light to display its azure colour. Thus the embrace of the two inseparable but very different, almost incompatible worlds.
Launched nine years after Lolita Lempicka this fragrance is very different from its older sibling. It will equally surprise Lolita fans and those who didn't like the signature scent alike.
After the card test, I only tried this intoxicating, sensual fragrance on my skin at home. I prefer not to know what notes the perfume contain so I can let my imagination go wild and guessing...
Top notes: bitter orange, cinnamon bark
Just after a few seconds of spraying I was greeted with the smell of a deep, juicy scent that reminded me of black cherry - tart, spicy, infused with cinnamon - found out to be fresh cinnamon-spiced bitter orange. The fragrance is overpowering at first but not in an unpleasant way - more like tasting a fruity liqueur.
Middle notes: immortal flower, vanilla
The magic on my skin happened about half an hour later. It suddenly settled and sort of became part of my skin, a warming, delicious blend in a way a perfumed body lotion would as the skin absorbes it.
It smelled like caramelised sugar and warm vanilla, something like the aroma around the waffle shop outside Ealing Broadway station I pass by every day.
As I child I remember collecting strawflowers in the wild and our summer house almost always had a bunch of these dried flowers hanging off the verandah window. Strawflowers belongs to the same family as everlasting but do not smell really flowery.
They dry easily and after they dried they have a straw hat-like, dry and woody odour. This is what I smelled on L de Lolita together with its vanilla note as a backdrop to the dry floral, spicy and slightly salty immortal flower (also known as everlasting, immortelle or curry plant)
Base notes: sandalwood, patchouli, agarwood, solar notes, musks
The dry down goes spicy-powdery like compact powder, slightly woody and I smell a lot of white musk too. This drydown smells very similar to Hypnose from Lancome but luckily the still lingering traces of spice and cinnamon make it slightly different.
(I refuse to comment on the solar notes - they are synthetic stuff that make the base smell clearer and brighter, a strikingly similar base notes description as Lancome Hypnose.)
The fragrance has great lasting power. I kept the jumper I was wearing when I had this fragrance on and didn't wash it and after 3 days it still has this warm, earthy scent on it !
It is a perfume to love or hate. I find the top and middle notes intriguing, new and unusual. Wearing it in winter is a delight, as it acts as a warm, velvety layer to your skin in the cold. To make it long-lasting you do not need to spray more than once on each arm and it will stay with you for the whole day. You can combine it with using the perfumed shower gel and body lotion to make it even more long-lasting.
I love wearing it daytime and going out with it alike. It's great when I get a waft of the spicy vanilla undertone mixed with the fluffy, wooly jumper I'm wearing on top of it. I recommend this scent to everyone who likes gourmand type of scents with an adequate dose of exotic flavours.
I would have thought that this fragrance will be a favourite by many Anna Sui or Hypnose fans but since its 2006 launch it doesn't seem to have caused as much a stir than the aforementined two. Another good point that you'll unlikely be smelling it on anyone else than you!
To sum up, a big thumbs up for the design of the bottle and the fragrance composition and a small thumbs-down for the originality of the base scent (see my comments on Hypnose de Lancome)
Composition: 4 / 5
Originality: 4 / 5
Staying power: 5 / 5
Overall value: 5 / 5
Note: This review is also posted on ciao.co.uk.
Hope this review has helped you.
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Lolita Lempicka L is a woody, spicy fragrance with top notes of bergamot and bitter orange; middle notes of cinnamon bark, everasting flower and musks and base notes of sandalwood, tonka bean and vanilla extract /