Lolita Lempicka’s Lolita Lempicka (1997)

© Victor Wong
© Victor Wong

Eve of Eden had eaten it before and so did Snow White. Now it’s your turn to eat the “apple”, the life-changing symbol of temptation, but just like e-cigarettes, it only looks like the real thing and you shouldn’t feel too ashamed taking a bite of it; it’s supposed to be fun and “harmless”. Lolita Lempicka’s debut fragrance (1997) is a fantasy created and marketed perfectly, from the scent to the look of the bottle to the lush marketing imageries; no wonder it is still a best-seller for over 20 years.

The marketing didn’t do magic for me, but it surely had grabbed my attention every time I walked by some perfume counters. It’s everywhere, so I had no urgency to smell it, until, of course, I read Tania Sanchez’s 5-star review. It’s not easy to immediately tell if it’s a great scent (or not), but I know if a designer scent sucks, typically it can’t last more than 5 years on the market. It took me several wearing to understand what’s going on, for the opening is quite complex:  essentially it’s a down-to-earth, quieter Angel, a gourmand perfume that features star anise. But the supposedly pungent liquorice note here is like a peanut M&M’s, covered up by all kinds of yumminess, when you eat it, you are not eating a peanut, you are eating a chocolate candy with personality.

The best part of Lolita Lempicka is actually the dreamy powdery dry down. (I love my powder!) If you think Angel is too much and you don’t mind a little bit of liquorice, Lolita Lempicka is pretty neat.