Elle L'Aime is a timeless, universal and utterly feminine fragrance, a hymn to conquering love. — Harrods
Yadda, yadda, yadda. If I had a dime for every new timeless, universal and utterly feminine fragrance, I'd be at Harrods right now, buying one or two or ten of them. Plus, I tried Lolita Lempicka's new Elle L'Aime very briefly on a blotter at Neiman Marcus right after it launched, and the fresh citrus-y top notes struck me as pretty much business as usual. So when I finally got a sample, I let it languish while I tried other, more potentially interesting fragrances.
Oops. Elle L'Aime is more fun than you'd think from a quick sniff of the top notes. Which are, by the way, pretty much on skin what they are on paper: standard issue fresh citrus, perfectly pleasant, but nothing to get excited about.
But the dry down is perfect, assuming you think a cross between fizzy lemon-lime soda and echoes of Bath & Body Works — old, original formula! before it got so FRESH — Coconut Lime Verbena sounds perfect. You know who you are, and if that sounds disgusting you might as well stop reading now. Those of you who are still with me will find Elle L'Aime to be a playful rendition of a tropical beachy floral, pale but lively, with a warmish, sweet-but-not-too-sweet woody base. I've seen it classified as a floriental and a white floral, so take your pick, but really, tropical beachy ought to be its own fragrance family, right? And it's not overdone; it's cheering in cold weather, but you won't feel like you're wearing suntan oil.
Verdict: Like. I don't adore it enough to buy a bottle — why can't everyone do 10 ml purse sprays, please? — but I'm going to see if I can collect a few more samples to cheer me up in February. If you're an old school fan of Coconut Lime Verbena, do give it a shot, although I hope nobody missed the word "echoes" — it's not a dupe.
I have to say that I usually love the Lolita Lempicka bottle designs but this one is not doing it for me, although the smaller size is more visually appealing to me than the larger.
Lolita Lempicka Elle L'Aime was developed by perfumers Christine Nagel and Serge Majoullier. The notes include bergamot, neroli, lime, coconut, jasmine, ylang-ylang, vanilla, sandalwood and myrrh. It is available in 40 and 80 ml Eau de Parfum.