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For Christmas I asked for Lolita Lempicka's Forbidden Flower perfume from my partner. I wanted it as I really liked the bottle. I have since bought a few other Lolita Lempicka fragrances with a similarly designed bottle.
I first tried this perfume, L'eau en Blanc, when my sister received a sample of it in a beauty box.
I bought the 30ml bottle as this scent is currently more expensive than the other Lolita Lempicka fragrances and I wanted to see what the 30ml bottle would look like as my other bottle of similar design are 100ml and 80ml bottles.
~ Price ~
Lolita Lempicka L'eau en Blanc eau de parfum is available from cheapsmells.com in 30ml, 50ml and 100ml bottles.
The 30ml bottle is £19.85 (RRP £29.75).
The 50ml bottle is £35.95 (RRP £51.95).
The 100ml bottle is £48.90 (RRP £69.95).
This fragrance is also available from www.amazon.co.uk and www.feelunique.com. I have not seen this fragrance in store.
~ Bottle ~
The bottle is shaped like an apple. It is made from frosted glass with gold and white coloured leaves imprinted on it.
The words 'Lolita Lempicka' are written in curly joined up letters on the front of the bottle.
On top of the bottle is a gold coloured wood textured cylinder shape with a heart shape with an arrow on it imprinted on it, as if it has been carved into the wood.
Then on top of that sits the apple's stalk. This is made from white 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 very light pink/purple colour.
I think the bottle is very interesting. The 30ml bottle is quite small. It is about the size of your average plum and it is quite cute.
~ Scent ~
The scent is candy sweet and floral. It reminds me of palma violets sweets.
It has top notes of iris and violet leaves.
It has heart notes of violet flower, cherry, raspberry and liquorice.
The base notes are vetiver, Tonka bean, heliotrope and musk.
I can detect the iris and violet in this fragrance, but I do not detect any liquorice.
Lolita Lempicka's other fragrances use liquorice flower and this is evident in those scents, but I cannot smell liquorice in this fragrance.
I find this perfume soft and powdery. It is very light and delicate, but very pleasant.
It strikes me as a spring/summer fragrance because of how light, fresh and sweet it is.
I have not been too impressed with the longevity of this perfume. It lasts around 5 hours, but sits very close to your skin even after just two hours.
I'd say this perfume would probably appeal more to younger women. I am in my 20's and I like it, but it is not one of my favourite perfumes to wear.
~ Conclusion ~
I like this perfume. It is sweet, powdery and pleasant.
It doesn't last as long on my skin as I would have hoped, but longevity is improved when it is sprayed directly onto my clothing. This is not ideal however.
The bottle is really nice. The 30ml bottle is rather small though.
I am glad that I bought this, but I'm not sure if I would buy it again. I think the excitement of buying a bottle of perfume is taken away a bit when it is one that you have already owned.
A nice perfume - 4 stars from me!
Being a bit of a beauty product addict, I always like to try out new things and vary the brands that I use. One of my most exciting discoveries has been finding online companies that provide beauty boxes. The idea is that you will be sent a box every month, and this will usually contain a selection of various make-up, skin care, fragrance products etc for you to try out, so I have been trying a few from different suppliers. I received a sample of this L'Eau en Blanc eau de parfum by Lolita Lempicka in a previous delivery from "Glossy Box". You can find further information at www.glossybox.co.uk, and after a quick look online it seems to be priced quite cheaply, with prices around £17 for a 30ml bottle, £22 for a 50ml bottle, and £28 for a 100ml bottle.
The full size perfume comes in a pastel coloured glass bottle that is shaped to look like an apple, and is covered in gold decorations with ivy leaves over the glass. I received a 1.5ml sample vial with a spray dispenser which came in a neat little cardboard slip case. This is a nice size to trial a perfume over several occasions before deciding if it suits you and then making a purchase of the full size. I have managed to use it several times before coming to the end, and it was worth testing before buying as it turns out this perfume is not one for me.
Product description: "With this new Eau de Parfum, Lolita Lempicka brings all women in love an Ode to Love, a new story that every girl dreams of being the heroine of one day... A limited edition inspired by Lolita Lempicka's collections of wedding dresses.
A bouquet of White Violets with a hint of Raspberry and Musk. A new floral-fruity-powdery composition.
First, the green alliance between Violet Leaf Absolute and Iris.
White Violet and Raspberry are delicately paired to create the heart of the fragrance.
And finally the base note, the eternally sophisticated embrace of Heliotrope and Musk."
To begin with I think this perfume has a nice balance to it, I could smell some of the deeper tones to it, but there was a light and fresh touch from the floral elements that made it quite girly and appealing. The top notes fade very quickly, and this is where I lost interest in it. I could not pick out any of the sweeter fruity notes that are mentioned in the description, and it comes across as being quite flat and bland as soon as the florals have lost their edge. L'eau en Blanc is a good description, as it does seem very "white" and plain! The scent is powdery and musky and I personally feel that it is a bit too old fashioned and traditional for my liking, and there is nothing to give any oomph. If I wanted to smell like this I'd dust on some plain old talcum powder and be done with it.
The strength of the fragrance is good in as much as it has good staying power, and it does not require topping up as it still remains noticeable on the skin for a long time after application. I was tempted to keep putting more on so that I could get another hit of the fresh top notes, but didn't want to build up an overpowering level of perfume so I did my best to resist!
L'eau en Blanc seems very different to other Lolita Lempicka perfumes that I've tried, which have more power and include more interesting and exotic ingredients. In this case the musk is too obvious and the fragrance is bland and boring as a result. Overall I can't recommend this scent as it just doesn't work for me.
I got sent two small spray bottles of Lolita Lempicka perfumes in a beauty box a few months ago. One was the original Lolita Lempicka fragrance, the second was L'Eau en Blanc which is the one I am reviewing here.
I will start with a quick note on the bottle. Bear in mind I don't own the full sized bottle of course, but I wish I did as it looks more like an ornament than a perfume bottle, it's just stunning. The fragrance comes in an apple shaped bottle through which you can see the pale pink liquid. The glass is decorated with white and gold ivy leaves and as I said, it's just completely stunning. It definitely beats the Nina Ricci apple shaped bottles in my opinion.
L'Eau en Blanc was released in May 2012 so is reasonably new to the market. The official description is This new sugared almond coloured fragrance...A bouquet of White Violets with a hint of Raspberry and Musk. A new floral-fruity-powdery composition. That certainly sounds very nice and I think I would have been tempted to try this just based on the description.
The top notes of this fragrance (the ingredients in the perfume you smell when first sprayed) are iris and violet leaf. When initially sprayed I think the violet leaf is the first scent to come out. On first sniff, I wasn't sure if I liked this scent but it has grown on me. I think there is a slight furniture polish type smell when it is first sprayed but thankfully that disperses quickly, so I am not walking around smelling like a can of Pledge!
I think once this has been on the skin for a while and the heart notes start to come out, the scent really smells so much nicer and really comes into its own. The heart notes are violet, raspberry, sour cherry and liquorice. Despite violet being a heart note and a top note, I think the violet scent calms down after a while and the scent takes on a fruitier tone. I can smell a hint of raspberry and although I would never have guessed this contained sour cherry before reading it online, I now find myself thinking, how did I miss it? I'd say it is similar to the scent of black cherry and the notes all combine to give a very pleasant scent.
The base notes of this fragrance are vetiver, musk, tonka bean and heliotrope. Let me just confess I have no idea what heliotrope smells like, so I've no idea if I can smell it in this perfume! Tonka bean I didn't really pick up on at all, but the musk is quite noticeable. I think musk can smell old fashioned and a bit 80's but this blends nicely with the other ingredients so that it doesn't come over that way.
The overall fragrance is really nice and having used both this and the original, I think I prefer this one to the original as it's slightly sweeter and lighter. I'd describe it as being quite feminine and as it is so light I would definitely say that this is a daytime fragrance rather than one that I would wear on a night out. Being so sweet I'd also suggest that it is probably more suited to younger women.
Unfortunately the main negative point about this scent is that the longevity is poor. I am lucky if I can smell this after three hours of application, which personally I don't think is good enough. I prefer to apply my perfume in the morning before work and then just not to worry about it, but unfortunately that's not an option with this scent. Instead I've put this spray in my hand bag and I just use it now and then when I'm out and about and need a top up of scent.
When I first got this scent I looked online to see how much the full size retailed at and could only find one place selling it. After searching again today it seems that it is still quite difficult to get hold of, but one of my favourite websites - feelunique.com - is selling the 30ml bottle for £29.75 with free delivery.
Overall, I am a little torn as to whether or not to recommend this scent. It is a nice light, pleasant scent and comes housed in a stunning bottle, but the poor longevity is really a huge negative point. I think weighing up all the pros and cons I'd have to give this a very average three out of five stars.
Limited Edition / From the very beginning, Lolita Lempicka has tuned into women's emotions and forged a special relationship with them / Now she brings all women in love a new story - the one every girl dreams of being the heroine of one day / Lolita Lempicka L'Eau En Blanc Eau De Parfum is a marriage between purity and refinement of detail, gold and white, curvaceous forms and glass, leaves and lace / The bottle is swathed in a translucent pale pink gown with contrasting white ivy leaves and shimmering gold accents / It comes in a designer box adorned with a delicate lace veil in shades of beige and white / An unusual fragrance that expresses joy like none other / Top notes: Violet Leaf Absolute and green Iris / Heart notes: White Violet and Raspberry / Base notes: Heliotrope and Musk /