Top: Lime, Neroli, Bergamot
Heart: Ylang, Coconut, Jasmine
Base: Sandalwood, Vanilla, Myrrh
Today is the first anniversary of my lumpectomy, and therefore a proud and joyful milestone. My thoughtful and ever-resourceful husband presented me with this stunner to celebrate.
I am typically fond of perfumes and aromas that recall summer in a beachy way… the scents of sand, coconut, white flowers, warm skin and suntan oil all grant me the feeling of being at the beach, without the heat, sun and crowds that put me off the actual task of being there. I had an idea that Elle L’aime would be an experience of that sort, and was even more excited by the notion of lime added to the mix, even though I rarely like sour citruses on my skin. I just knew that Lolita Lempicka would be the designers to make a lime fragrance work for me.
The very top of Elle L’aime, when the droplets are just landing on the skin, instantly announces itself as a creation of Lempicka… it has that thin, high-pitched, almost saccharine sweetness that only LL could turn into a good thing. It is the hallmark of their original perfume and most of its flankers- there, composed of violets and licorice, and in Elle L’aime, of bergamot and ylang… I presume. This almost blindingly bright top is perfumery genius. At the very second I think I can’t take any more of it, it becomes addicting. My nose is attached to the crook of my arm as I huff away like a juvenile delinquent with a can of spray paint.
The next phase brings the facet of the perfume that I can see being a crowd-pleaser. This is when the coconut and creamy white flowers really begin to sing. The coconut is photographic- all of the texture, pulp and nuttiness of the real thing. The way that this is rendered in the presence of sweet ylang and vanilla, without turning into coconut cream pie, is exceptional. I get waves of sweet white floral tropical cream and dry, woody coconut, completely independent of one another, but simultaneously… somehow. It is riveting!
Blowing in a crisp, cool breeze above all of this magic is a gentle air of lime, which lifts the sweetness to even loftier heights and keeps it there for hours- right into the drydown.
This fragrance is a daydream on a cloud, which comes to rest finally on a bed of earthy resin. Beneath all of the sweetness and light and fairy tale whimsy there is a hint of dirty realism, as with most Lempicka perfumes. This is going to be my most-used summer perfume, I just know it. It has everything I want in a beachy fragrance, plus that added LL flair that makes it utterly unique.
“Elle L’aime”, from what I read, means “She is in love”. Why, yes, Lolita Lempicka, I am. I am in love with the wonderful husband who so generously saw to it that I got my grubby mitts on this perfume (and matching lotion!), and I am in love with Elle L’aime.