The eponymous perfume comes housed in a apple shaped glass bottle, and compared to the other sleeker/classier looking bottles in my collection, Lolita Lempicka is whimsically cutesy, just like the fragrance itself. Created by Annick Menardo in 1997, this is not a new fragrance, but strangely I find myself reaching for this quite a lot these days. I’m about 1/4 into the bottle, which doesn’t seem like a lot, but compared to the rest of my collection, it is.
A strong dose of licorice and anise greets you when you spray it just ever so lightly. It’s not a shrinking violet, no, even though you can detect faint hints of violets in the scent. It’s green, subtly floral and almost herbal, but still the fragrance remains sweet overall. I would not call this a gourmand type of sweetness, despite the candied notes, because as the scent expands on the skin, you can smell the base of vetiver, anchoring the scent down, in a musky earthy way, laid over a layer of powdery floral notes (violet & iris combination, perhaps).
On a good day, Lolita Lempicka can last up to 8 hours on me, and it has a moderately strong sillage, making this quite a versatile scent, since you can easily transit into night time with this fragrance, while wearing it to work during the day, as long as you don’t over spray or something. The sillage drops as time goes along, it remains warm and sinks down to your skin level.
Despite the cute bottle, I wouldn’t really say it’s geared towards only young girls, older people, even guys, would smell pretty good with Lolita Lempicka, I believe. There are quite a few flankers in the Lolita Lempicka line, but I think this original one is still the queen.