Fleur DéfendueForbidden Flower (2008)

Fleur Défendue / Forbidden Flower by Lolita Lempicka
Bottle Design: Alain de Mourgues
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Fleur Défendue is a perfume by Lolita Lempicka for women and was released in 2008. The scent is floral-sweet. The production was apparently discontinued.

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Perfumer

Annick Ménardo

Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesAbsinth blossom, Strawberry leaf, Green notes, Mimosa stem
Heart Notes Heart NotesAniseed, Peony, Violet
Base Notes Base NotesAlmond, Musk, Sour cherry

Ratings

Scent

7.0 (153 Ratings)

Longevity

6.7 (102 Ratings)

Sillage

5.8 (96 Ratings)

Bottle

8.2 (112 Ratings)
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Chimidoro

23 Reviews
Chimidoro
Chimidoro
2
Limoncello Liqueur
For me this is the luscious "lemon curd" LL.
It makes me feel lighthearted and carefree, so it's perfect for a spring day. Heavy on the almond and with a sweet aura of fresh lemons. The licorice/anise here is smooth, but the scent is sharper and greener than any of the other flankers I've tried. If it wasn't for the addition of the gooey lemon curd zestiness, and if two eau de toilette variants of LL didn't already exist, this could have easily covered ground by being the only LL EDT available.

I'm one of the people who much prefers the original woody and floral Lempicka EDT, which is now hard to come by, with the silver top and diamante crystals adorning the body, over the newer lilac version with the bite taken out of it. But I put Fleur Défendue almost on par with that second, current, version. Fleur Défendue, for me, has the slight upper hand because I love the lemon here!
While the current LL EDT contains peachy apricots on a light woody base, Fleur Défendue is thick with syrupy, creamy marzipan, suffused with sugary lemon! Both this and the current EDT are far lighter compositions than the EDP, with far less of the musk and licorice. Both are much more simplified than the EDP, somewhat linear in comparison and less complicated. Dare I say less ethereal?
I find that I genuinely don't really get the chance in one springtime to wear all of the EDT variants. (As yet I do not own Blanc or Jolie due to this quandary). Maybe this is a moot point, but if you're not a collector, you may as well pick just one or two of the available EDT variants for spring wear, or else you mightn't find the time to use them.
I adore Fleur Défendue, but I find that I literally only apply it during the springtime and early summertime - never during any other time of year. I apply it liberally and stink the whole house out good n proper. This is pure sunshine to my nose and feels vibrant and fresh.

It has a gooeyness to it - it's resinous and has a touch of mossy earthiness to balance it out. With lots of sugary, smooth lemon curd, sometimes seeming exactly like freshly sliced lemon to my nose, but with lots of smooth creaminess added by the almond/marzipan/vanilla and the tasty licorice. The iris here seems to be what adds some of that powdery, earthy tone to the composition and the violet simply adds a cool and crisp air to it, without being distinct, just stopping it short of becoming too syrupy sweet. The peony is barely recognizable here beneath the lemony green "cherry" notes, and the same could be said of the mimose, but both help aid the smooth sweetness of the thick, foggy marzipan; working in perfect unison with that luscious signature LL licorice.

I've found that this costs a bit less than some of the other LL scents, so if you're looking for sunshine in a bottle - thick, sugary, syrupy marzipan with lots of lemony zest and earthy, powdery undertones (that make this distinctly Lempicka), look no further! Can be bought for a song! It's the ideal counterpart to the Midnight variants and the EDP for day wear in warmer climates. The moment the sun rears its yellow head from behind those baby blue clouds, I don the Fleur Défendue like my life depended on it.
It easily fills a room, but soon becomes a rather close skin scent, radiating around me like a bubble of sunshine.

Also - if you're a fan of Nina Ricci's "Almond Amour", you're likely to enjoy this. Scrap the kiwi from Almond Amour and replace it with green apples, sweet lemon and a hefty dose of anise. That's Fleur Défendue to a T. It's also less cloying and sweet than Almond Amour. I only wish it lasted longer - three or four hours tops on me! But it's worth reapplying.

Side note: I realized that I'm the only person here who thinks of this as a lemony scent, so I figured I really ought to write a review lest somebody be tempted to buy it for (black, liqueur) cherry only to find themselves ending up with lemon. The cherry here is certainly fresh/sour enough to translate to sugary lemon. Whether the note really is cherry or not, in this composition it's certainly zesty and sweet like a fresh homemade lemon curd. Picture some kind of lemon tart or cheesecake with little marzipan pigs (or a cluster of roses if you're so inclined) sitting on top, surrounded by bright red cherries and doused in powdery icing sugar. Possibly sounds a bit gross, but it smells delectable.

(March 21st, 2014)
10.0 10.0 7.5 10.0/10
Belgwen

94 Reviews
Belgwen
Belgwen
4
A cherry twist on the original formula...
I'm generally not into the cherry/almond fragrance combination but I really do love this one. Creamy cherry and almonds (sweet - not bitter), vanilla (not listed in the notes but I swear I'm smelling it), and oriental goodness sums up this perfume for me. It has been a consistent compliment getter and proved its versatility as being appropriate for work, evening out, or a casual stroll through the market. Recommended!
JSpines

118 Reviews
JSpines
JSpines
Helpful Review    5
Fleur Defendue
This reminds me of the original Lolita Lempicka which I happen to love. Definitely a similar vibe happening. Fleur Defendue is heavy on the cherry and not quite as deep and dark as the original. I find it sweeter as well. The cherry in this is very "syrupy" and for me, it makes this fragrance stand out the way that licorice makes the original stand out. I find Fleur Defendue easier to pull off in the summer than the original, which is better suited to winter. I find myself loving this just as much, if not more than I do the original Lolita Lempicka fragrance. The bottle is also just as cute as all the other perfume bottles in her line. For me, this one's a winner!
7.5 2.5 2.5 4.0/10
LadyRogue

166 Reviews
LadyRogue
LadyRogue
Helpful Review    4
Me & My Chemistry :(
Alas, another Lempicka I had higher hopes for. I got it in a hurry after smelling the first whiff =mistake= I smelled at the beginning a warm mix of peony, almond and musk, wonderful! If they ONLY would STAY in the dry down I would love this one! And the cherry is a mystery ingredient to me since I didn't smell any cherry at all.
I really like this smell in the first 20 minutes. Than it starts to disappear - fast!
If I am going to wear this for a whole day I have to carry the bottle with me.
It's a shame, I seem to have no luck with Lolita Lempickas scents, and all the bottles are so cute. My next serious Lempicka 'sniff' will be: "Si Lolita". Another bottle that is pretty eye-candy; if the juice was only as wonderful or my chemistry would cooperate. *sigh*
5.0 7.5 7.0/10
Missk

1165 Reviews
Missk
Missk
Helpful Review    4
Soft cherry and almond gourmand
It is very difficult to resist going ahead and purchasing a bottle like this based upon the design rather than the scent itself. Lolita Lempicka has a way of transporting me to fairy-land by simply holding these exquisite bottles in the palm of my hand.

Fleur Defendue, as translated in english to Forbidden Flower, is a not so distant sister of the original Lolita Lempicka. While this fragrance is not so gourmand in the sense that Lolita Lempicka EDP was, the additives of cherry, absinthe and almond create a scent that is more rich than foody.

Opening with a very distinctive lotion smell, Fleur Defendue has only a suble hint of cherry and peony. It tends to be a rather clean scent, like something you'd imagine wearing in the warmer months or straight after a shower.

It takes quite a while for this fragrance to develop further, however when it does, the cherry becomes much more prominent and the almond makes an interesting entrance. The heart takes on a powdery-like quality that is very different from the lotion smell we were introduced to before-hand.

While I was not overly impressed by Fleur Defendue the first time I wore it, I found that it has a tendency to grow on you, and by the end of my sample, I was seriously considering buying myself a full bottle.

Fleur Defendue sits in the middle of being generic and unique. It is neither one, yet it would probably have many people asking what it is you're wearing. The lasting power is so-so. It's wearing relatively well six hours after application, however from there on it tends to soften considerably.

I was content with my sample of this, however I don't seem to be missing it so much now that it's all gone. The bottle design is the only thing that warrants a purchase for me.
Trax

17 Reviews
Trax
Trax
4
One part Lolita, two parts Pur desir de Mimosa.
This one to my nose smells as if you took one part Lolita Lempicka (preferably the midnight fragrance) and mixed it with to parts Yves Rocher Pur Desir de Mimosa, then there you have it! Even if this does not make sense by the notes. The fresh powderiness of PDd Mimosa mixes with the depth of the Midnight Fragrance to make one truly beautiful perfume. Not longlasting though.
Both Lolita and Pur Desir de Mimosa are creations by Annick Menardo and if you like these two I can't see you going wrong with this one.
10.0 9.0/10
Anup

18 Reviews
Anup
Anup
Helpful Review    3
Cheerful cherry almond
Recently these little gems have been showing up left and right at my local grey market store leaving me with a "?" kind of feeling. One would think that a semi-niche company like LL would be in nordstoms/ultaONLY.

Last mothers day i bought a 3.4oz of this stuff for my step-mother, and she COMPLETELY loves it. For me personally, i get a highway pileup of almonds and cherry. Sort of combined in a way which suggests that they are blended well.
Annick Menardo is my all time favorite perfumer, and this is no exception to what i expect from her.

Sidetracking a bit, my good friend G.Perfumista told me that when something is executed so wildly, instead of being typical, it becomes the opposite. THAT is what i get from this fragrance. It is SO sweet, and SO girly that it comes off as being almost sophisticated and regal.

The top of this is weird, there is SOME kind of creamy green mixed in with cheerful peony. Violet calms the composition, and obviously is there to balance the girly sweetness with a nice moist/floral accord. The drydown is consistant, and is made of a mixture of both almond and cherries. They're very well blended and compliment each other extremely well. imagine a cherry/vanilla milkshake with bits of almond floating within.

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