Lolita Lempicka Fleur de Corail

...references nature without smelling at all natural.

The other day I was dum-de-dumming around the mall, doing my mildly psychotic Sephora ritual where I absent-mindedly cover my face and arms with little scribbles of make-up and squirts of perfume. (The scene in David Lynch’s freaky Wild at Heart where Diane Ladd colors in her entire face with red lipstick comes to mind.)

By the time I was a patchwork quilt of pretty smells, there was really no distinguishing what I had carelessly spritzed into various nooks and crannies. Except...drifting over the sweet sludge was one accord entirely unexpected in Sephora: incense.

Incense? I love incense! And there seems to be some unspoken taboo against it in mainstream perfume. But this was definitely incense -- a mild, bittersweet Nag Champa, to be exact. I was forced to retrace my nose’s steps, past the eye-watering harshness of Caroline Herrera 212, the disconcertingly manly Chanel Coco Mademoiselle, the delightfully loopy Jean Paul Gaultier Ma Dame - until I found the source. It turned out that my incense was Lolita Lempicka Fleur de Corail. Perfumer Maurice Roucel has successfully smuggled my smoky delight into the mall. What a fine fellow he is!

Fleur de Corail is available at and, starting at $41 for 50ml


  1. I just discovered your blog and reviews over the last week and I must say you are very talented and have a great sense of humor. And of course, Rodrigo is simply adorable. (I myself had a Lhasa Apso named Cookie for 16 years who I adored!) Your write-ups are terrific - great writing and attention to detail. This review in particular made me LOL because it sounded just like me as I have a similar Sephora ritual. I have sometimes pondered going into my local Sephora with a wide-brimmed hat and dark sunglasses so I'm not recognized as I work across a local mall I frequent almost on a daily basis during my lunch hour. They must think I'm nuts, but I digress. I just purchased LL Fleur de Corail. The small bottle was on sale at Perfumania at 50% off! I couldn't resist plus I have all the other Lolita's. I must say it took me a while to get used to the softer scent as compared to her other perfumes, but I have grown to love it. It's a warm, sweet floral if that makes any sense. The vanilla and amber are delicious. Definitely a yummy yet sexy fragrance. Keep up the great work.

  2. Thanks for your lovely comments, allofthis, and welcome aboard! And I completely relate to your considering a disguise for your regular trips to Sephora, because I think I've outstayed my welcomes at several Sephoras, Barney's and a Nordstrom. And possibly Bloomies, too. I just go into a kind of dream state as I absorb all the perfumes, with sidebars in the cosmetics aisles. And then before I know it, 2 1/2 hours have gone by. I knew it was bad in Nordstorm the other day when an SA left for her lunch, came back and said, "Oh, you're still here?" Or another time when I asked an SA about the long-awaited (by 13- year-olds) Pink Sugar extrait, and she said, "You always ask me that question." For some reason, I truly feel like I'm invisible, and am always surprised when SAs recognized me. Surprised, then embarrassed. I knew I needed to take a break from Barney's when an SA said, "You always have the cutest dresses!"

  3. I just discovered this blog after stumbling upon my bottle of Fleur de Corail and fell in love. And not just because of the Sparks song ;)