Lolita Lempicka Eau de Minuit 2011 (2011)

Lolita Lempicka Eau de Minuit 2011 by Lolita Lempicka
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Lolita Lempicka Eau de Minuit 2011 is a popular perfume by Lolita Lempicka for women and was released in 2011. The scent is gourmand-oriental. It was last marketed by AmorePacific / 아모레퍼시픽은.

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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesLiquorice blossom
Heart Notes Heart NotesIris, Jasmine, Myrrh
Base Notes Base NotesBenzoin, Vanilla

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Scent

8.4 (34 Ratings)

Longevity

7.4 (26 Ratings)

Sillage

7.0 (23 Ratings)

Bottle

9.1 (39 Ratings)
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Chimidoro

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Black Opal
This is an all-time favorite of mine & is one of my signature scents. If you look up "welo opal" on Google image search, the photographs found are the best representation of the feeling & visual that this exquisite concoction conjures for me. This demon juice makes me feel like I'm floating in a dark sea of welo opal with a shimmering purple crescent moon reflecting on the oily water's surface.

The only downside to this fragrance is that it lasts, at most, for only around 4-5 hours on my skin. I have been working my way through the many Lempicka scents in the hope that I'll find a longer lasting EDP variant of this scent. Sadly, I've found that the closest in dry-down is the original Lolita Lempicka EDP, but this shares only the opening in common & doesn't last as long on me as the Midnight Couture flanker.

TOP: Cherry bakewell tarts, smoky myrrh & slithers of burnt rubber in a sea of syrupy black licorice with sugary bioluminescent plankton.
MIDDLE: Resinous tonka/benzoin ocean, subdued white flowers like the transparent wings of white butterflies fluttering upon the surface, dusty sweet jasmine & iris, earthy/mossy patchouli, subtle remnants of anise, warm amaretto liqueur with a sparkler lit on top.
BASE: More buttery iris, heliotrope, vanilla, play-doh, soft & powdery violet, and a sprinkling of icing sugar.

(August 11th, 2013)
jtd

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successful flanker
I don't know any of the annual Lolita flankers except Midnight Couture.  I'm implicitly leery of flankers. The impetus for the flanker is marketing and sales, not quality, not artistry. Fortunately the original Lolita is a rich starting place for a dynasty of flankers.

Midnight Couture turns out to be an appealing version of the original. It stems from the same set of notes as the original and is equally as rich. It succeeds as a flanker by steering clear of two strategies. The first is simply piling on more of a fav flav (overdosage), most often the fruity-floraliest or gourmandiest element of the original composition. The second is adding a helping of the note du jour, ideally a note that has either an exotic origin or French name.  For example, see any fragrance with oud, cuir, etc. in its name. 

Midnight Couture's strategy is simple and clever: make the composition darker yet less mysterious. It may sound contradictory, but this approach is surprisingly effective.  The original Lolita is instantly recognizable, but in terms of notes I can never quite put my finger on it. It's mysterious. Not haunting.  Clever.  It has a surface appeal that might suggest sugar-coating, but there is also an ornate set of barely dissonant notes, a complexity that starts just a few millimeters below the surface, like the literary Lolita, I suppose.

Midnight Couture is deeper in tone, more rumbling than the original. It feels more grounded, more direct. The original Lolita feels coy in comparison.  Midnight Couture has a more compact, tighter feel. The tonka and vanilla of the original composition fall in step with the added myrrh and benzoin. Not surprisingly, Midnight Couture winds up more resinous and less syrupy than the original.  Stripping the composition of its dissonance, and focusing on this shadowy range of resins diminishes complexity, and arguably makes the perfume less conversational.  But any losses are balanced by gains.  If the original Lolita is witty, Midnight Couture has a sloe-eyed, purring quality that lets you relax and not worry about an equally clever reply.

A successful flanker can be the result of any other number of strategies. Midnight Couture (a ridiculous name by the way) Is a careful study of the original. It alters just a bit of the composition, edits and adds very carefully and winds up with the different response to the question that the original Lolita Lempicka answered. 

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Awesomeness

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Unique offering, not for everyone
If truth be told, I prefer the original Lolita Lempicka. It's sweet, complex, joyful and young. It always puts a smile on my face but I don't wear it in public.

But if more truths be told, Eau de Minuit is the Lolita Lempicka that I do wear in public. It's s unique but dark fragrance that is round & full-bodied in spite of being a simple composition. Although it's in the midnight line-up of Lolita fragrances, it's wearable during the day, especially in Fall & Winter.

Overall, Eau de Minuit has a soft & spicy quality, and it seems like a classic oriental without being one. The benzoin & vanilla just sing on my skin within 5 minutes of application. The violet is replaced by iris in the composition & is very subtle, as is the licorice on top. The myrrh isn't burning, but adds a touch of woodiness that is almost cedar-like. It's best on my skin when lightly refreshed after a an or two hours of the initial application. Oh My. Quite. Lovely.

This is a limited edition fragrance, and the back of the box is labeled "Couture." The couture-label is one with which I agree. The quality of the fragrance approaches the luxe market and the uniqueness of the fragrance could place it there too.

The original puts a smile on my face but I wear Eau Minuit Couture. In fact, I think a lot of guys could wear it too.
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