I’ll be honest with you, I have a sweet tooth. I am famed amongst my friends for eating 19 Cadbury’s Creme Eggs in one sitting (a task that I wouldn’t recommend, by the way), so when I read that Lolita Lempicka’s latest fragrance ‘Sweet’ boasted a “cherry-cocoa lip gloss accord” I was pretty much sold right from the outset. If I may continue on my path of truth telling, I must also state that any fragrance that, via the medium of sugar and cosmetic products, appeals to my inner 12 year old girl, is more than fine with me. So Sweet hits the mark on about a million different levels.
Lolita Lempicka is a brand known for their gourmand fragrances. Their eponymous debut scent, Lolita Lempicka, which launched way back in 1997 takes a number of cues from Thierry Mugler’s iconic Angel (namely vanilla and patchouli) and places them in a setting of crisp apple and liquorice. Their first masculine fragrance, Au Masculin, also amped up the aniseed and musk for an experience that was dandyish, in a modern way. Sweet comes after a long line of edible and delectable fantasises, developed in the fairy tale world of Lolita Lempicka, and it is by far their most extreme and potentially-calorific treat to date.
Top: Cherry-Cocoa Lip Gloss Accord
Base: Musk and Cashmere Woods
How Does it Smell?
OK, let’s jump right in. As previously mentioned, Sweet promises a ‘cherry-cocoa lip gloss accord’, which leads us to the very important question – does it deliver? The simple answer is ‘yes, it does’. The first spritz unleashes an adorable cloud of synthetic cherry flavouring which, let’s face it, is always the best kind of cherry (fun fact: real cherries taste awful but cherry flavouring is amazing, go figure). The fruit is tart, zingy and incredibly sweet with gorgeous almond and marzipan underpinnings. As for the cocoa, well, it’s there and again, the impression is cosmetic, evoking the idea of a creamy truffle dusted with a dark-chocolate scented face powder.
Sitting beneath all of that candy fun is a generous helping of iris. The iris adds a cold, fluffy aspect that really dials down the overall sweetness. It’s there to accentuate the more makeup-esque facets through its finely milled texture, but it also softens the gourmand qualities through its transparency. In essence, the addition of iris stops the whole thing from becoming a sickly sweet mess likely to cause toothache at 100 paces. It does very good work, I must say.
The base sees a bit of a shift away from the vibrant opening, focusing on vanilla and woods, and it’s fair to say that the fun of the top notes doesn’t quite carry through into the dry down (the cherry-cocoa lip gloss phase is somewhat fleeting) but that’s not to say that what remains on the skin is boring – far from it, in fact. Sweet settles to a cosy blend of warm, velvety vanilla and woods, with just a tiny hint of sticky cocoa in the background. It’s a calm ending to what starts out as a whirlwind of deliciousness.
Sweet really does what it sets out to do, but without being ridiculously sweet. It’s a cute and fun fragrance that flirts with the gourmand but won’t give you a tummy ache (unlike 19 Creme Eggs…). I definitely see it as something aimed at a younger market, but anybody who is tempted by something that combines chocolate, cherry and lip gloss (and let’s face it, who isn’t?) would find something of note within. Also that red bottle is to die for. To. Die. For.