Someone at Lolita Lempicka hates Annick Menardo. Not only do they insist on diluting her beautiful formula for the original Lolita Lempicka into endless mediocre flankers, but they kind of sabotaged her Lolita Lempicka Au Masculin. Maybe such a sweet fragrance never stood much of a chance with straight men, but that purple bottle straight out of Wizard of Earthsea sure didn’t help. Poor LLAM was discontinued in the U.S. faster than you can say “no homo”. And that’s a shame, because inside that enchanted tree stump of a bottle was a gorgeous and very daring masculine fragrance.
LLAM will be instantly recognizable to anyone who’s tried the original Lolita Lempicka. It has that same anisic patchouli structure and sparkling sweetness. The most obvious difference between the two fragrances is that LLAM lacks the fruitiness of the original Lolita Lempicka. Where OLL has a massive cherry note, LLAM has… yet more herbal patchouli! To my mind, this makes LLAM a bit incomplete and one-note compared to OLL, but this could be the perfect Lolita Lempicka for people who loathe fruity notes in their perfumes.
LLAM has been out of stores for years, but it’s still pretty easy to find online. Lolita Lempicka recently announced that they will be releasing a new, ouded-up version (in a much darker bottle) sometime soon. It will be interesting to see if LLAM does any better this time around, or if the men of America will still not be ready for its jelly.