Monday, April 27, 2015

The Prettiest Girl In The Room: Lolita Lempicka L'Eau En Blanc


Sometimes you forget you like pretty, like the easy pretty, where there is frankly nothing else but pretty going on. As a scent lover this is even easier to forget because most of the time your passions are for the things that are less easy because you are rather sick of the banal. You confuse banal with pretty. This is a sad confusion which I easily blame on the crap that is usually on the mass market perfume counters that is called "pretty." A good deal of the time it is banal, so you frequently pass it by with good reason, but in doing so you end up becoming jaded to the idea of a pretty fragrance. At least I have, maybe others not so much, but I frequently forget I like pretty scents. And then every once in awhile I am wonder struck by one because it makes me remember that pretty can be really good in a scent.

Maybe I should back up for a moment and also mention that pretty is frequently equated with floral perfumes and pure floral perfumes have always been a very small legion I get along with. Other people wear them beautifully but for me screechy can frequently happen, the pretty getting outweighed by whatever off note chose to manifest on my skin, that then causes me discord.

Lolita Lempicka L'Eau En Blanc is pretty, it's not banal, but you know what neither is it going to cause argument. What it is a springtime variation of Lolita Lempicka the original scent. Take the notes down that could be too much in warm weather and instead heighten the violet and iris note, let a little greenery enter the scent. Accent the almond note with more heliotrope then heighten it just a little with the tint of raspberry, the raspberry is used with a perfect hand never overwhelming the fragrance but rather it flutters around the edges of the almond meringue scent in L'Eau En Blanc. The raspberry also tones down the white musk note giving it a fruity edge that allows for the powder of the scent to mingle easily with sweet notes of the perfume. Finally keep that delicious tonka, vanilla, and vetiver mix of the original but let it be lightened up by the musk and iris.

What you end up having is a very pretty scent that is still interesting but allows the wearer to feel a little more at ease in the heat of Spring and Summer, the iris and violet are allowed to show their cooling properties but the gourmand qualities of Lolita Lempicka are still allowed to play.

Try if you Falling In Love by Philosophy, Trussardi Jeans for her, Lieu de Reves by Sonoma Scent Studio, or Apres L'Ondee by Guerlain.

first image from punmiris.com
Second image from metmuseum.org


3 comments:

Marzipan said...

I am definitely going to seek this one out (love almond and heliotrope and anise)....also, because SSS Lieu de Reves is now in the "vault" (meaning it is no longer being produced and although it is currently sold when the juice runs out it will be gone). I am sure the Lolita is cheaper as well :)

Marzipan said...

Your review has really tempted me...and fragrancenet is having a sale right now and the full size bottle is under twenty three dollars! Just what I need, another full bottle :) !!
also wanted to add that based on your description of the notes you might also like 1000Flowers Reglisse Noire...that is my absolute favourite perfume for a sweet licorice note.

Jennifer Koth said...

Currently you can get this fragrance for a bargain over at fragrancenet or beautyspin. As always Lolita Lempicka does not actually do a very good job advertising with the American market so they end up on the discount sites really fast.