I knew L de Lolita Lempicka (not the Fleur de Corail version, the original) to contain vanilla and, vaguely, immortelle. After struggling mightily with my new mini’s stopper, I discovered to my delight a more wearable, cuddlier Shalimar! Much as I love Shalimar, I could not wear it often, so something which reads this close to it yet is friendlier is a delightful find. And yes, as many reviews note, there is an enchanting brackish dune vibe to L. That rare thing, a blue, marine-themed bottle that contains equally lovely juice!
So upon smelling this happy surprise, I immediately run to the interwebs, as we do, and was delighted to find a number of references to similarities between L and Shalimar or one of the Shalimar Lites there’ve been. (On Basenotes the lone reviewer of L’Occitane Honey and Vanilla mentions Prada Candy, Shalimar and L de Lolita Lempicka as scents with similar vibes to the L’Occitane, which I’ve enjoyed in-store – and the other two scents I own and adore. I clearly like this style.)
I’m so glad I didn’t read much at all about L before smelling it, because the nerd in me simply loves that AHA!! when I discover that my nose and brain have colluded to experience a chemical composition in much the same way others do. I think you guys know what I mean.
This got me thinking. Isn’t this funny, I thought, that we should find such satisfaction in a little moment of SNAP! over something as minor (and surely to be expected?) as smelling a perfume in the same way as others smell it. But then, isn’t that the function of art, to give us opportunities for moments of connection? When we are reading and a passage inspires that YES-that’s-exactly-what-it’s-like!-feeling. When we stand in a truly awe-inspiring cathedral, whether we’re religious or not, and get teary-eyed along with hundreds of other tourists, or look up at the end of the aria to see our theatre companions also sniffling away, or when we go AHA!! upon reading a like-minded perfume review . . . That is what art is for. Only connect.
Also, L de Lolita Lempicka just plain smells mighty delicious.