First Impressions, Perfume

An Apple a Day: First Impressions of Lolita Lempicka’s L’Eau en Blanc

I’ll admit off the bat that I’m not exactly proud of resorting to another “apple a day” line for this post’s title, particularly as I already played that card on Instagram, but Lolita Lempicka’s apple-shaped flacon makes it so tempting (do you see what I did there?!?), and besides, it was between this and an even lazier “Winter is Coming” pun, so you can thank me for keeping my cliches timeless instead of decidedly circa 2011. I promise this will be the last of it. Anyways, I digress…

As first impressions go, I’m not sure I really have a lot to say about Lolita Lempicka’s L’Eau en Blanc other than the fact that it’s really, really lovely. The only other Lolita Lempicka I’ve tried is a single spritz of the original on a tester at a Century 21, which I think I liked, but I’m not sure it counts for anything because I was trying everything in the fragrance section that day, so I probably had nasal burnout like whoah. My point is that having read that gourmand scents are kinda Lolita Lempicka’s thing, I was braced for something sweeter, cloying even, and L’Eau en Blanc is anything but that.

To my nose, it’s a less candied version of Guerlain’s Insolence, an ultra-powdery explosion of white violets (not to be confused with White Diamonds), a dollop of sweetness, and a pucker of tartness. I think the latter two might related to the raspberry note that’s said to be in this one, but in all my perfume samplings so far I’ve yet to discern what raspberry smells like, and for someone who lives for a good framboisine cake, such nose blindness is devastating. Whatever it is, it rounds out the white violets quite nicely.

It gradually settles into pillowy banks of musk, slightly sweetened by tonka and heliotrope. It really gives that powderiness some extra oomph. If you’re not convinced of its beauty, a coworker of mine who said she hated Lolita Lempicka (but loved the bottle) said this was her favorite scent I’d worn thus far.

L’Eau en Blanc is a snowy, delectable powderbomb that is light enough for (an apple a) daily wear (*groan*) and so perfectly matched for wintery weather. In fact, when I tried it on last Friday, it ended up snowing in New York City. It was just the odd errant snowflake to be sure, but still, technically snow! Coincidence? I think so! But then again, winter is coming (*double groan*).

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