"The Salty kiss of the everlasting flower"
"Elixir of abandon, the oriental freshness of this fragrance caresses the skin with the salty kiss of Everlasting Flower. A delicately spiced Everlasting Fragrance with woody vanilla oriental base notes."
"Like a randomly shaped pebble, the aquamarine bottle is in the form of a heart and beckons to be held. This jewelled bottle protects different treasures from the depths of the sea in its golden net…"
I picked up this charming jewel in my local drugstore's fragrance clearance section as a blind buy. Though I've heard about Lolita Lempicka's unique fragrances before they are usual too expensive for me to jump in without sampling. Excited to see this on the shelf and realizing the amazing value that it was I was surprised by what I found inside.
"L" is at once a simple yet complex and intriguing perfume.
"After creating a fairytale for women, Lolita Lempicka transports us to a legendary world of a dangerously feminine myth. Between desire and abandon, it reveals an enigmatic femininity, that attracts and bewitches."
From the look of the design of the bottles to the promo images, I expected something sweet, girly and whimsical. "L" however delivered something more than just a s simple innocent fragrance. This scent is a carefully concocted combination of mystery and femininity created through an unusual combination of spices.
- Released in 2006
- Top Notes: Cinnamon, bitter orange
- Middle Notes: Immortelle, Vanilla
- Base Notes: Woodsy notes, Musk
From reading the ingredients list alone "L" appears to be a simple heavy spicy and heady oriental perfume that verges on the edge of masculinity. Cinnamon, musk and woodsy notes often easily dominate a scent taking away from a delicateness which I associate with feminine fragrances.
The Initial Reaction
While the stunning design of the bottle is in itself absolutely brilliant, "L" had many other facades as well. In the first spray, I immediately caught the mistakable kick of cinnamon. To me cinnamon is not an easily welcomed scent, I often find it too strong and pungent instead of warm and comforting. With that first waft I was afraid "L" would turn into a upscale version of "Fancy" by Jessica Simpson which I was not pleased with at all. While the opening notes have some similarities, what surprised me was the slight edge of softness that surrounded the cinnamon... a good dose of vanilla enveloped the cinnamon and together they opened to a mythical land of wood nymphs and waterfalls.
The Wear & Further Contemplation
Like a darting woodland fairy, "L" quickly began to change. In less than ten minutes the predominate cinnamon gave away to a heady sweet floral... the "Everlasting flower" or immortelle as it is also known. It is as if, while chasing the fairy through the lush woods the trees suddenly opened up into a clearing of immortelle, this heavy floral addition which creates a sensual femininity gives "L" an unforgettable allure. The light hints of musk and woody notes that follow cushion the otherwise heady immortelle like wet wood branches underneath your feet. The journey through the this fairytale is quick and fleeting but what lingers is the remissness of something truly magical. In less than an hour what remains is a veil of sweet immortelle woven with vanilla, musk and an ever so slight scent of cinnamon spice which followed on my skin for another four hours or so.
Final Thoughts & Rating
- Smells like: a spicy sweet oriental
- What stands out most: cinnamon, vanilla, immortelle
- I'd recommend this for: 20s and over
- Words I'd use to describe this: mysterious, playful, feminine, alluring
- Best worn for: everyday for the adventurous or as a night scent
- Repurchase factor: possible but Samsara still tops this for me
To call "L" a special fragrance is, in the opinion of my nose, a bit of an understatement. "L" manages to merge elements of fantasy with our own reality, bringing together seemingly masculine elements in an undeniably feminine perfume. What seems like a simple blend reveals layers of mystery and complexity that is truly worthy of it's pretty bottle. What I love most about "L" is how it never gets ahead of itself, each layer is perfectly balanced and there is no confusion or undesirable mixing between the different elements. The only thing amiss for me was that I never quite found the bitter orange but it does fairyland forest I think "L" would impress those seeking a sexy oriental with a sweet and innocent twist.
Have you tried any of Lolital Lempicka's perfumes?
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