Lolita Lempicka L’Eau en Blanc ~ perfume review

Lolita Lempicka L'Eau en Blanc

L'Eau en Blanc is Lolita Lempicka's latest limited edition flanker to what is now known as Lolita Lempicka Le Premier Parfum (it used to be called just plain old Lolita Lempicka). L'Eau en Blanc, appropriately enough, was reportedly inspired by the brand's wedding gowns:1

Lolita Lempicka offers women a new encounter with the First Fragrance, a story of Love and Enchantment… more romantic than ever.

With this new Eau de Parfum, Lolita Lempicka brings all women in love an Ode to Love, a new story that every girl dreams of being the heroine of one day...2

And that's a pretty good fit with the juice: it's a powdery floral, very much in keeping with the recent trend of cosmetic powder perfumes (Love, Chloé, et al). The opening is a little heavy and berry-sweet for my taste, but it settles nicely into something closer to the (again, on-trend) minimalist veil of powder idea (Cartier Baiser Volé, Prada Infusion d'Iris and their various friends & relations). It is only vaguely related to Le Premier Parfum — the iris and violet notes are emphasized, the licorice is muted to the barest whisper, and you would never peg it as the offspring of Thierry Mugler's Angel.

The dry down is creamy and pale, middling sweet, and mostly clean, although there's an earthy undercurrent to the base that intensifies the longer it's on skin. L'Eau en Blanc is pretty and romantic rather than sexy or bold, and perfectly easy to wear, which again, fits in nicely with the bridal theme. On the other hand, I wore it quite happily the past couple days with shorts and a t-shirt, and it did not feel out of place.

I like L'Eau en Blanc, but it has a lot of competition in its class. I'd probably pick Love, Chloé or Baiser Volé or Balenciaga Paris over L'Eau en Blanc, and I already own Infusion d'Iris and Hermès Eau Claire des Merveilles. But if you're still looking for your perfect modern powder, it is worth testing.

Lolita Lempicka L'Eau en Blanc bottle and box

Lolita Lempicka L'Eau en Blanc is available in 30 (€45), 50 ($73) and 100 ($93) ml Eau de Parfum. The notes feature violet leaves, green iris, sap, violet, licorice, raspberry, vetiver, heliotrope and musk.

1. Although it is not at all clear to me if the Lolita Lempicka fashion line is still active? They used to design wedding gowns, but I don't think they do now — from the looks of things, the line is now mostly focused on the fragrances.

2. Quote via Parfums Lolita Lempicka website.

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  1. Karin says:

    Sounds nice! Another good one in this category is Dior New Look 1947.

    • Robin says:

      And that’s another one I need to try! Thanks Karin.

  2. Absolute Scentualist says:

    I’ve been anxiously awaiting your take on this, Robin, and it sounds just as lovely as I’d hoped. The powdery fragrance trend is one of my recent favorites and I own and love both Balenciaga Paris and Love, Chloe, as well as a mini of Eau Claire des Merveilles, and have been wearing the original Lolita Lempicka and Midnight versions for years. While I try not to blind buy, I’m so tempted by this one! As an aside, I think a Lolita Lempicka wedding dress would be fantastic. Thanks for the review!

    • Robin says:

      If you already like the powdery theme AND you like LL, I think you’ll like this. But I can see some lovers of the original LL finding this too different for their taste.

      • Absolute Scentualist says:

        I thought the Minuit Noir was done really well, too, though it felt like another fragrance all together with all that leather and anis. It doesn’t smell like it was from the same original LL family, but still found its way onto my fb list for future purchase. Not to mention the gorgeous packaging. :)

        • Robin says:

          That bottle really is gorgeous, you’re right.

        • Perfumista8 says:

          Leather?! Now I’ll have to try this one.

  3. Nile Goddess says:

    Here it launched over a month ago and I’ve tried it a couple of times, mostly because of the pretty flacon (yes, shame on me lol :-) )

    It is a light, powdery, pleasant and sadly forgettable floral.

    The one thing I remember thinking before it disappeared (no sillage monster this one) was that I’d take Cashmere Mist over it any day.

    • Robin says:

      I don’t know what it is about Cashmere Mist that I don’t like, but it bugs me to have it on my skin. But I suppose it is the obvious forerunner for all of these.

      • Nlb says:

        It’s the same for me! I almost enjoy “Cashmere Mist”, but as it develops, it just smells denser, drier and oilier, until I get the sensation that I rubbed a new drier sheet on my arm — like I have a detergent film on it, that needs to be diffused by water.

        • Nlb says:

          “Dryer sheet”, not drier sheet :).

  4. megank4 says:

    Re. wedding gowns, a french women’s magazine had an ad for this fragrance with a chance to win a custom-designed LL wedding gown.

    • Robin says:

      Ah, interesting, thanks! I cannot even find a website for the Lolita Lempicka fashion line, if there is one.

  5. jonr951 says:

    Robin, where did you find this?! I ADORE the original and just have to try this one. Thanks! : )

    • Robin says:

      Neiman Marcus. Would guess that Sephora will have it eventually? And would think Bloomies?

      • jonr951 says:

        Oh let’s hope Sephora! : )

        • Robin says:

          Just checked, Sephora does not seem to have the latest Minuit, which might not be a good sign. Bloomies & NM have it though.

  6. Omega says:

    Lolita sure loves her licorice..and I love licorice too! Gotta try this, gorgeous bottle!

    • Robin says:

      She loves it a bit less in this version :-)

      I like the white “stem” on this one.

  7. Omega says:

    I would renew my vows in a Lolita dress!

  8. Jill says:

    Thanks for the review, Robin — will definitely be trying this one. I’m a fan of most of the LL’s.

  9. The original LL is totally different from this one as far as I have noticed when I bought this new one. The powdery touch of the old LL is much lighter yet it sticks .. This one got a different spunk to it.

  10. eminere says:

    What lovely packaging. The box and bottle look like they might have just been brought in from the snow.

  11. Andreea says:

    Far better and less chemical the Love, Chloe, and far more powdery. Very cute and rather girly, I thought, but not my cup of tea :-)

  12. Nlb says:

    This is one of my recurring brand loves. I just love their aesthetic — a perfect balance of sexy and whimsy — and I find their fragrances really unique for their price point. I’ve been wearing “Si lolita” for over the month, I bought it once before about a year ago and it’s been perfect. Elemi is one of my favorite notes and the heliotrope/honey undertones remind me of a body spray I once had, that was a mix of both.

    Interestingly, I’ve had two different ex-boyfriends who bought me heliotrope scented products; one bought me the spray and another, the concentrated fragrance oil from “The Body Shop”, before it became discontinued. Maybe that’s why this fragrance feels so “right” on me; it’s embedded in my head :).

    I’ll defintely try “L’Eau en Blanc”. The original LL is pretty — a mix of the ethereal and earthy — but I have to be in the mood for its sugary muskiness.

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