Lolita Lempicka Eau de Parfum: On a Dark Velvety Night


Lolita Lempicka make the most delightful bottles: the gilded apples bring to mind Eve in the Garden of Eden. When quality is this high, and prices are this low, then temptation is afoot.

 Lolita Lempicka EDP was launched in 1997 and seems a decade late. I like this scent because I am a fan of Cacharel LouLou.  LouLou is full of Licorice-y notes and if you don’t like that, then you might not fall for Lolita Lempicka EDP.  There are however, many other scents to the brand that are worth trying, which I am looking forward to reviewing in future.

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This slightly Gothic-y fragrance opens boldly with Green Ivy, Violet, Licorice, Almonds and if you wait a few minutes…Chocolate.  On paper it sounds like a mish mash but on skin it gives an edgy, Eighties nightclub feel that brings to mind my student years in Goth nightclubs.  Had this been invented then, it might have been my signature instead of my beloved LouLou. If this were a fabric, it would be dark plum velvet.  If it were a drink it would be absinthe, and if it were a woman it would be Siouxsie Sioux.

This is rich and sweet, but not in a candy  floss way because the dark Orris Root and sober Vetiver calm it down. On me there is a hint of vinyl, which fits the visuals in my head: a Goth student in the Eighties playing vinyl records (probably Sisters of Mercy and The Cure) late into the night. The cherries give it a medicinal flavour and add a boozy note, like Cherry Brandy. The whole shebang ends on a long glide of Liquorice and Musk. Longevity is good on me at around six hours.

I wouldn’t recommend buying this blind, but if you like it, you have a bargain that doesn’t smell like a bargain.  It’s both unusual and widely available and yet I have never, ever met anyone who wears this (except friend of the blog Lisa Wordbird, I’m sure she has it). In any case, despite being easy to get hold of (the perfume, not Lisa- she’s a lady) this still smells a bit niche, so it’s great to smell a bit different to everyone else for under twenty quid.

7 thoughts on “Lolita Lempicka Eau de Parfum: On a Dark Velvety Night”

  1. I do indeed have this. I think of it as the flip side of SJP’s Lovely – it’s equally good on school runs and all that, but where SJP’s gets it’s little smackerel of tartness from apple, this one gets it from herbs and aniseed and liquorice. It’s especially good in the summer, when/if the weather warms up.

    However, I’m not at all hard to get hold of. Would you mind awfully telling Russell Crowe that? Only I think he might be a bit shy and that’s why he hasn’t phoned.

    P.S. What do you think Russell Crowe smells like? Is he a lavenderish metrosexual or a whoop-ass Yatagan kinda guy?

    1. Aha! I thought you might. I think you’ve been coaxing me to have Lempicka tendencies since this is the first one I’ve tried. I figured you liked LL scents as all your samples are almost empty! A sure sign of Wordbird lovin’.

      You got no joy from the Crowe? I got no joy from Richard E Grant and his Jack. He told me samples all gone to magazines. No sample for me- there were only 30 apparently. Talk about niche!

      PS Mr Crowe is Caron Pour Homme. Butcher than a butch thing.

    2. Russell Crowe probably smells of tyres and wood chippings and motorbike oil with a hint of eau de bloke.

      There is a fascinating website about what fragrance famous people wear. I’ll find the link but the ones I remember are: Colin Farrell-Creed Green Irish Tweed, Bill Clinton -Guerlain Habit Rouge and Angelina Jolie- Creed love in White.

  2. I concur on Mr Crowe’s butchness. And, as Caron’s Pour un Homme is one of my all-time favourite scents (I like it so much I have a bottle of my own) I would probably swoon just a little bit more if that delightful bass voice murmured in my ear close enough that I could smell the lavender and vanilla on Mr Crowe’s deliciously craggy fizzog.
    Oh my! I think I need a cup of tea now.

    (Really REALLY butch men can get away with smelling like Nanas. In fact, I used to know a Roofer who would wear Mitsouko to work just to mess with his colleagues’ heads. And because he liked it. It’s surprisingly good on a man.)

    1. I read that as Nanas as in Bananas instead of Nanas as in Nans.

      But anyway, this builder who wears Mitsouko- what a guy!

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