Lolita Lempicka EdP by Annick Menardo for Lolita Lempicka 1997

Hey there Posse, Lolita Lempicka EdP turns 20 this year! I can’t believe the magical apple has been in my collection and others around me for so long. I just bought a new bottle to replace my last one. and it’s still almost as fun, silly, easy to wear and beautiful as it has always been with just an extra hint of cheapening, or maybe it has had to change some ingredients to comply. Whatever, it still smells great.

Lolita Lempicka EdP by Annick Menardo for Lolita Lempicka 1997

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Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Anise, violet, green ivy
Heart: Licorice, almond, orris, iris, cherry, amaryllis, heliotrope
Base: Tonka, vanilla, white musk, vetiver, praline

Imagine being able to spray yourself in a liquorice, sugar almonds and praline fizzy drink? Well if you can imagine that without all the inherent stickiness then you have a pretty fair idea of how Lolita Lempicka EdP is going to smell. Or maybe you can imagine the first fizzy moment when you put a PEZ lolly in your mouth?

Hailed as the greatest love child of the monster Angel. Lolita Lempicka takes all the good, adds its own twist and dials the size down to 6. I am no great fan of Angel but I am a fan of Lolita Lempicka EdP, it is a calmer, prettier and less strident good time, there is still the candy floss vibe but without the headache inducing enormity.

I bet you smell this in the street more often than you know. Even after 20 years still available from department stores, drug stores and the discounters online.

Further reading: Bois de Jasmin and Now Smell This
Surrender To Chance has samples starting at $3/ml

So are you team Angel or team Lolita Lempicka? Yes, you can be both
Portia xx



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  • Mrs. Honey says:

    This was my signature scent before I fell down the rabbit hole. I actually finished a bottle of this and bought another.

    I always smelled the flowers and the dirt in this. It was not terribly sweet or very edible on me. (Angel, on the other hand, is decidedly edible on my skin, but not very sweet. Angel Muse, on the other hand, has a cotton candy (candyfloss) dry down.

    I don’t smell on other people. Mostly what I smell on others are the more modern patchouli monsters: La Vie Est Belle et al,, as well as Angel, which is fantastic on the right person.

  • Kate E. says:

    Count me in as Team Both! I wear Angel since my sister-in-law really loved the LL and I gave her my bottle. I still miss it, but I know she smells great!

  • tiffanie says:

    defo prefer LL over Angel but enjoy smelling either on someone else. I’ve got samples of LL edt and LL L’eau Jolie that I must use up before I decide if I have room for one of those gorgeous LL bottles. Thank you for the reminder that LL deserves more love. 🙂

  • monkeytoe says:

    I am team LL (but I admit to a deep fondness for Angel Liqueur de Parfum). I like original LL, LL au Masculin, and LL L’Eau en Blanc. I think you can find the old formula of LL at discounters.

  • Wow, I didn’t know LL had been around so long. It took me a while to like it because I used to hate violet and am still sometimes wary of almond as a perfume note, but after a few tries, I came to enjoy LL. What’s funny is that because I took a liking to licorice/anise as a perfume note, I came around on it as a flavor as well.

    I like Angel too (and that took a few tries as well), but I sometimes find that I like flankers better than the original. My personal favorite of the ones I’ve tried is the Parfums du Cuir flanker that they did a couple years ago.

    • Portia says:

      Hey Jennifer,
      YES! It took me till the 2017 Kryptomint version on A*Men to buy one. Somehow the mint, while dealing up the freaky, dials down the zing. I hear you 100%
      Portia xx

  • Eldarwen22 says:

    I love the original LL! I have never knowingly smelled Angel, I can’t comment on if I like Angel or not. Nor can I comment on how similar they smell.

  • rickyrebarco says:

    Love Lolita Lempicka original and especially LL Minuit Sonne, which is divine with more powdery iris and less sweet to my nose.

    • Portia says:

      Hi Rickyrebarco,
      Yes, love that they bring out slight variations. My only other purchase has been Au Masculin, which isn’t far down the road.
      Portia x

  • Neva says:

    That’s an easy decision – Lolita Lempicka! I’ve gotten a bottle long ago as a birthday present which I had to open in front of the people so I was acting a bit reserved and cautious because I knew if I didn’t like it I won’t be able to pass it on 😉 Imagine my relief when I found out how nice it is. It had a kind of soft golden shimmer in the bottle which looked lovely on the skin. Anise is definitely a note I love in perfume.

  • Ann says:

    Howdy, Portia! What a wonderful blast from the past! Yes, it’s hard to believe this classic is 20. I’m happy to hear that it still smells mostly the same — what a miracle! 😉 And that bottle still looks great to me even after all these years. Thanks for the smile today!

  • MMKinPA says:

    One of my first blind buys and a big success. I love the bottle and own a number of the flankers (mostly for the bottles, although they are all wearable.). Could never wear Angel but LL filled that slot nicely in my collection.

    • Portia says:

      Hi there Mmkinpa,
      Ahh, a very solid first blind buy. How lucky you were, and that it and its sisters are still in your collection speaks volumes.
      I bet you try Angel one day and it fits like a glove, it’s a funny one. Sneaks up on you.
      Portia xx

  • masha7 says:

    I love both, but I really only wear the LL. I have the Midnight flanker as a roll-on, I’ve tried the solid perfume, and I have the one where they parsed out the main notes into 3 perfumes- I’ve got the liquorice one. Being a liquorice fiend, it’s my favorite. I remember smelling LL all over Italy in the early 2000s, seems like that was the country it found its greatest popularity…? Love the bottles, too, especially for some of the flankers.