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So, I actually picked this up in the charity shop a few months ago for only a few pounds. The bottle was completely full and the box actually sealed so I didn't get to test it. I thought: it's cheap, I have used other cacharel scents which I like and it's for charity so why not? Why not indeed...
I remember the box being actually quite beautiful. Green floral patterns which though a little dated nowadays has a slight vintage/kitsch edge which is quite appealing. I, maybe naively, assumed the bottle would be similar in style to the box. It is not. The bottle is a very bright and visually offensive blue/turquoise colour with a red band across the middle - whoever said those colours go together is clinically insane. The bottle is a very strange shape, almost rectangular but tapering at the topic with angular edges (it reminds me of a symmetrical iceberg). It is the kind of thing that could almost be kitsch enough to work - but it just doesn't. In fact, it doesn't even look like a perfume and seeing it on a shelf (even among other perfumes) you would have no idea what it is. Nor would you have any indication as to whether it is a scent for men or women. Needless to say, it isn't beautiful or ethereal looking like the box. But still, I only paid a couple of pounds for it so the design isn't that important as long as it smells nice. So that leads nicely into my next issue....
The smell - strange, pungent and almost slightly chemical. Basically altogether awful. The fragrance is said to be a combination of Tiara flowers and vanilla, incense and sandalwood. They smell they have achieved is utterly bizarre. I really can't describe it other than saying it is unpleasant. The strength of the smell made me cough and sneeze for at least 10 minutes after application. Needless to say I have chucked this one out and put it down to a kind charitable donation on my part.
So...overall? Don't but it, please don't buy it unless it is as a gift for someone you dislike or as a joke.
I can remember when I was given my first bottle of perfume - It was my thirteenth birthday, and amongst the other things I was now considered old enough for (dating, residential trips with the youth club, and short skirts) was using scents and make-up . I opened my present from my mum, and was excited to see a small, floral patterned cardboard box, wrapped in cellophane!
The name Lou Lou across the front of the packaging conjured up the image of someone exotic, mature, and sexy, an image not in the least harmed by the bright red lily with it's orange stems on the packaging. Opening up the box, I was somewhat surprised by the appearance of the bottle, which didn't seem to fit with the aggressive floral vibrancy of the outer packaging.
It's a weird looking bottle and no mistake . This perfume was launched in the 80s, and the bottle clearly hasn't moved on much in design since . It's a sort of milky bright blue colour, apart from a small red band just beneath the lid, and it's all pointy odd angles and sharp edges . It's not very feminine at all in appearance, and it's all just rather too plain for my liking nowadays, though when I received my first bottle I was still a tomboy, and thought the simple stark design was fine .
Nowadays though, I do think the design is rather unattractive - though it is instantly recognisable as a brand by the bottle alone .
Upon first spray, there is quite a strong floral scent with a touch of powder about it - and actually at first I find the slightly 'cat pee-ish' Lily scent overpowering and unpleasant, but this almost instantly loses it's intensity, giving way to the scent of Jasmine , whilst a subtle hint of orange adds a clear, sharp note to the fragrance . Although it initially goes on quite strong, the fragrance soon becomes a little more subtle, and after around ten minutes a more balanced a varied selection of scent notes comes into play ,a vibrant iris heart note with a hint of vanilla and sandalwood coming through. I also felt I detected a slight spicy hint to the scent, though I couldn't put my finger on what it is .
Overall, I find the scent quite warm and inviting, and very oriental with just a hint of sharp spiciness to it . Whilst not particularly sweet and girly, it is undeniably feminine, and in my opinion suited for casual evening, or perhaps even daytime wear . It's not the most noticeable of scents, and not one that would draw many comments, but it is quite pleasant and likeable, and I continue to use it to this day. A good spritz of this will easily see you through an evening, although the scent can be lost somewhat if scented shampoos and lotions are also used . The perfume itself is not particularly dark in colour, and would not stain most clothing .
Overall, a pleasant, if slightly dated perfume that has managed to stand the test of time . Shame about the ugly bottle . At around £12 for a 30ml EDP spray, it really isn't that expensive either - four stars!
This perfume was launched in 1987 and was the first proper perfume I had as a 12 year old in 1992. Back then, I absolutely loved the smell and thought I was so trendy and cool for wearing Lou Lou!
Now, the smell makes me feel slightly ill and I wonder why I ever thought it was so nice. Its notes include apricot, marigold and vanilla. The overall scent is far too heavy, cloying, and sickening. It's musky and very strong. It smells more like a cheap floral body spray than a proper perfume.
The blue bottle is said to be inspired by a 1920's film star called Louise Brooke, and while I can see the art deco influence in the packaging, ultimately the blue plastic bottle appears cheap looking nowadays, and could do with modernization.
If you like heavy perfume there are many better perfumes to try. Lou Lou is a little dated these days.
Lou Lou was definitely of its time - but that time has passed.
Made by Cacharel and created by perfumier Jean Guichard - who also created Dior's Poison and Cacharel's Eden - Lou Lou came onto the perfume scene in 1987 and is still going strong. Like many Cacharel perfumes, it's a little difficult to categorise, but I'd call it a floral oriental, an exotic perfume with definite flowery qualities.
I've always thought Lou Lou's box and bottle were at odds with each other: the box is small, square and covered with highly decorative, lush-looking exotic flowers, painted in a swirled sort of style in dark, mysterious colours with "Lou Lou" written in blue curly writing. The bottle, on the other hand, is weirdly plain, a sort of tapered rectangle in blue glass which looks like ceramic with a burgundy strip around the bottom of the lid to delineate where the lid ends and the bottle itself begins. I'm not overly keen on the box - it seems a bit boring and a bit too similar to a lot of Cacharel's other boxes, particularly Eden - but unlike many people, I do like the bottle. It's perhaps not the most exclusive or expensive-looking bottle design, but it is eye-catching, simple and iconic.
THE PERFUME ITSELF
Lou Lou is opens with a real blast of oriental notes: jasmine is the first scent, followed by something a little bit orangey, a note of plum which gives a sudden richness and then a definite hit of ylang ylang which, when combined with the roundedness of the plum and the heaviness of the jasmine, makes the whole thing even heavier, really, really sweet and a little bit spicy/musky. The overall initial effect is actually very overpowering, even after only one small spray - too heavy, too obvious and too sneeze-inducing for my taste. There's not enough variety going on in the accord, just a load of heavy, exotic florals competing for attention without anything to offset the headiness or even just temper it slightly.
The top notes hang around for about half an hour before the middle notes take over. At this point some of the heaviness dissipates and I get the overwhelming sweetness of iris, a really sugary floral note which is somewhat artificial - I've actually noticed that this underlying artificiality and lack of freshness is a recurring theme with Cacharel perfumes, such as the unreal lushness/dryness of Eden or the false fruitiness of Amor Amor. Lou Lou goes very floral at this point and loses some of the oriental aspects - I detect tuberose and lily as well as the iris, and a definite dying down of the ylang ylang. As with the top notes, the middle notes are really big, with a huge amount of sillage; this is definitely a perfume to be careful with as you're liable to gas everyone around you if you spray too much!
The base notes start to appear after about 5 hours, and are absolutely dominated by vanilla and sandalwood. The sweetness of the iris slides into the equally sweet but less floral, more gourmand vanilla, underpinned by the smoky, swirling incense scent of sandalwood. All this sounds good on paper, but on my skin, the combination translates as soapy. Really soapy. I hate to say it but after 3 hours or so, Lou Lou smells a little like cleaning products - on me at least.
There's amber in there as well: very rounded, smooth amber (it's actually benzoin, a resin-like substance with a smooth, vanilla-ish, incense-ish scent) which gives a certain powdery quality to the perfume. I also get, at odd moments, something rubbery in the mix as well, although that might just be my skin or my imagination! The drydown of Lou Lou is ridiculously long, and that vanilla/sandalwood just goes on and on - I've had a shower and can still detect faint notes of sweet sandalwood lingering on my wrists even now.
I'm not a fan. I admire Lou Lou's audacity and ability to work on a grand scale, but all that sweetness, muskiness and heaviness is too much for me - subtle this ain't. Perhaps it's the combination of the overt 'sexiness' of the scent and the girlish name, but it actually kind of reminds me of a little girl trying desperately to be grown up! It's certainly very feminine, and also fairly unusual in execution and development, but isn't versatile or understatedly sexy; in fact it's so in your face that for me it couldn't ever be sexy or mysterious.
I like a 'sexy' scent to have something dirty, fleeting, difficult to understand or otherwise challenging about it, and unfortunately Lou Lou just doesn't have that: it may be a little odd but it gives itself up too easily and announces itself too much for my taste. I'm giving it three stars because I recognise its place in perfume history and like the concept of the huge, overblown floral oriental, but I certainly won't be wearing it myself.
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY
If you still want to give it a try after all that (or maybe because of all that!) you're in luck: Lou Lou is widely available and isn't too expensive. It's on sale in Boots and pretty much every department store, as well as in discount places like TK Maxx or TJ Hughes. Price-wise, I've usually seen it on sale for about £15-£20 for 30ml EDP, which is frankly fantastic value for money and makes this scent very pocket-friendly - if you happen to like it!
Loulou by Cacharel is another fragrance from the same era as Eden. Its made by the same perfume house and is another iconic fragrance of its time that was widely worn and adored by the masses as much as it was disliked. Its a very heavy musky deep fragrance that has a powerful scent that you either love or hate.
When Loulou first hit the shops it was everywhere and I couldn't escape it. In the end I succumbed and bought myself a full sized bottle after I had a mini fragrance gift set which contained a mini version of it. These days a bottle of Loulou can be not much more than it was almost 10 years ago. Prices seem to have remained very static and a 30ml bottle can be had for £20 to £22 at full price, but is very often on sale for less. Boots have this on sale right now for a little over £11 which isn't bad at all.
Loulou comes in a milky blue glass bottle that looks like its made from a ceramic material. It has a cloudy look to it and its something I have always thought looked very old ladyish even at the time when it was fresh and new on the shelves. I feel that the look of the bottle with its sharp angles and cloudy blue colour with the odd burgundy mid trim section is best kept out of the way as I find it very unattractive.
As for the box that the fragrance comes in, I feel its more fun than the bottle design, but its still not really a design that I like. It has a whirl of bold colours arranged to look like over blown badly painted flowers. This mix of burgundy, pink, blue, green, greys and black seem to have no bearing at all on how the bottle looks and I do wonder if the two were put together in a moment of blind panic.
Moving on to how Loulou smells as thats what is most important, I have to say it smells rather heavy. When I first wore it I found it interesting and different, as I hadn't experienced a similar bold yet musky and deep scent that was anything like Loulou. The more I wore it the more it began to get on my nerves I found it weighed me down and wasn't the uplifting type of scent that I had found in its stable mate Eden.
To this day I still feel the same about Loulou, it has a bittersweet musky tone that doesn't suit me at all. I find it very heavy going to wear Loulou at all these days as there are so many other interesting and pretty fragrances I can wear instead. I feel that even though Loulou is marketed as a seductive scent it makes me feel slightly nauseous.
Although I have no idea exactly what it is that causes this, I have feeling its the over use of cheap vanilla. I know its classed as an exotic fragrance which has all sorts of wonders within such as citrus, pear and apple, mixed with jasmine and violet. The base notes seem to take over almost in an instant as the fragrance dries on your skin and you are enveloped in vanilla, sandalwood and what smells like cheap musk.
Once you have even a small amount of Loulou on your skin it stays put, it won't budge at all. Some might say that is a positive and they might be right as Loulou fans do remain loyal to this long lasting fragrance. I feel that Loulou is way past its sell by date and has been and gone as far as my fragrance tastes go. At the moment I cannot foresee a future where I will be tempted into buying Loulou again and because of that I can only give it 2 stars.
Although I've reviewed a few body sprays in the past, I can't recall having written a perfume review before. This is undoubtedly because I'm a much bigger fan of body sprays in general and for many years, the vast majority of my fragrances have either been a body spray or more of a body spray than a perfume. For my birthday this year, I decided that I'd like a nice perfume to wear for going out but having ventured into Boots to buy perfumes for my Mum and coming away overwhelmed with the many options, I decided to ask for it as a birthday gift instead. This was probably a risky move but my Mum has always had lovely perfumes on the whole so I trusted her not to buy me something completely unwearable. As you've probably guessed by now, Loulou Cacherel was the fragrance that she bought. I've been using it on and off for several months now and have been pleased with the choice. Before I launch into the review itself, I should make it clear that my bottle is the 30ml Eau de Parfum spray.
As you can see in the product image above, the bottle isn't beautiful or sophisticated. Instead, I'd call it simple and functional. It's a mid-blue shade with a dark red/burgundy line underneath the lid. It's not going to win many people with an eye-catching appearance. I wish the bottle was more transparent as it's a bit difficult to tell how much is left in. Prior to this perfume, I was using one from Next, which came in a clear bottle and I'm used to being able to see at a glance how much is left in.
HOW IT SMELLS
Maybe it's because I'm not particularly used to wearing perfume, but the smell seems quite strong to me and I'm cautious not to use too much so I can't be smelt a mile off. The scent is quite floral but also a touch musky thanks to the presence of frankincense and sandalwood, which I imagine is what contributes to the spicy Oriental scent that comes through in addition to the floral. I can't personally smell any hint of vanilla but it's probably masked by the other ingredients.
The smell is quite strong to begin with but for me, it seems to fade quite quickly. The strong scent certainly doesn't last for hours but it does reduce into a lesser scent that lingers for around one or two hours. It doesn't seem to have the same kind of staying power as some of the perfumes that I've sometimes 'borrowed' from my Mum, but this is a lot cheaper than those so I think in this case, you get what you pay for.
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY
I had to look this one up as it was a gift. On the Boots website, the 30ml Eau de Parfum spray is currently available for £10.17 (it's supposed to be £21.46 but there is currently an offer on some fragrances), while the 50ml Eau de Parfum is a bit pricier at £31 (no offer there so this seems to be the normal price). You can probably get it cheaper elsewhere if you shop around a bit.
It's one of the more affordable perfumes that I've seen but while the smell is nice enough (if a little strong on first application before settling down), it doesn't last for all that long if you're using the cheaper Eau de Parfum spray. I assume that this is weaker than the Eau de Parfum itself as it's cheaper but I'm not very impressed with its staying power. It's at its best around fifteen minutes after application - just enough time to have settled down from its strong smell, but not long enough to have yet faded altogether.
I disagree with two things written here - that it is for young girls and that it is strong. I wear it every day at work and find it very relaxing and cleansing to wear, especially when faced with today's grimy city smells.
Some reviews on here name the ingredients incorrectly. Loulou actually contains bergamot (Earl Grey Tea), apricot and marigold and accented with vanilla, musk and sandalwood (Think of incense sticks) and somehow feels like a vintage sophistication, probably because it was inspired by the silent screen star Louise Brooks. The bottle is like a Tiffany lamp, reminiscent of the neo-Egyptian designs of the 20's, and looks amazing in a well arranged vanity table.
The perfume tends to be long lasting, and two or three sprays will last all day. It's not a good idea to spray all over as if it is a cheap body spray - which is probably why some people think this is too strong!
What I have found that people comment on it, and know the smell, and it always has a pleasant memory for them. Men especially like it, and often a man I have never known to be very forthcoming with compliments will comment on it.
Personally I think it's not suited to younger women, who seem to favour sugary scents. It would be best suited to a woman in her late twenties early thirties who wants to have an aura scent around them which identifies them, instead of a personal scent.
A really excellent scent if you know what you like and who you are, plus the price makes it an excellent every day choice. I wore it on my wedding day.
I have been given cacharal loulou for christmas and it is just horrible. The packaging is old fashioned and looks cheap, and the scent is so so strong I could never wear it. I am 20, and it is just not a suitable perfume for my age. I think my boyfriend would probably stay well away if I wore this perfume around him!
I love my perfume and love to experiment with new fragrances. There are some perfumes, however, that I always return to; these are what I leave for a while, when I try new brands, but I always seem to have in my bed-side cabinet. Lou Lou is one of these fragrances! It was one of the first; in fact it WAS the first, "grown up" perfumes that I had bought for me. Before Lou Lou I had dabbled with Impulse and other body sprays. A relative bought me some Lou Lou back from her holiday, and I immediately liked the smell of it. Lou Lou was launched back on 1987 by Cacheral, a leading French design house. The original bottle was designed by Annegrit Beier and the perfume itself by Jean Bousquet. Apparently it was inspired by a 1920?s film star, called Louise Brooke. There are many different products in the Lou Lou range; for example, dusting powder, talc, soap and deodorant spray. It the perfume that this opinion is about, although all the other products have the same fragrance. Lou Lou is an eau de parfum spray, as opposed to an eau de toilette, meaning that it is stronger and longer lasting. I always find it surprising that it is relatively cheap, because parfums are generally pricier. Costs vary considerably. My 30ml container cost around £10, but this was from a shop in Barcelona. Expect to pay up to £15.00 for this size. It is an easy fragrance to get hold of, you can get it in most perfume shops; I've seen it in Boots, Bodycare, Superdrug and a lot of places while on holiday. Lou Lou is available in a variety of sized bottles; these bottles also come in a couple of different shapes. One is tall and the other is squat, but they are all a turquoise blue colour and made of plastic. My bottle has a burgundy band separating the lid from the main part of the container; I understand that on some bottles the band is blue. The designer said that he wanted the bottle to be like a magic lamp - when you rub it (well,
squirt actually) the spirit of Cacharel comes out! The packaging is fresh and eye-catching; the box is covered with stylised flowers and displays the ingredients and company information. The bottle is plastic, as I have previously mentioned, and the cap fits securely. When you take the cap on and off there is a reassuring popping noise; it is quite stiff, so there is no chance that you will get any unwelcome leaks in your handbag! Very useful info for all us perfume wearers! So, now on to the important business of the fragrance itself. When you first apply it I always think that it is going to be too strong. My recommendation is to only apply a small squirt to each wrist; don't make the mistake of putting on too much. The scent is quite rich, combining amber, musk and floral notes, making it suitable for both night and day use. I find it to be both floral and spicy; quite a complex fragrance. The ingredients include top notes of jasmine, orange blossom, mimosa and ylang-ylang, contrasting with the base aromas of vanilla, frankincense and sandalwood. The main ingredient is listed as courmarin; a fragrance that its manufacturers say characterises the essence of late summer. Some people find Lou Lou too rich and I admit that it is not to everyone's taste. I really like it, although I concede that I don't wear it as much as I used to. If you do try a tester of it, don't go on your first impressions. Walk around the shop for a bit before making a decision on whether you like it and, as with all fragrances, give it time to develop on your skin. Lou Lou reminds me of that first summer, in 1988, when I tried it for the first time. It has nostalgic qualities for me; it's certainly a perfume that I would urge you to try. It reminds of growing up. http://www.cacharel.com/ http://www.beautybuzz.com/scent.asp?page=history
The first thing that strikes you about this product is the bottle. The perfume is in a small blue cut-diamond shaped bottle with red jewel stopper, the spray is in an all-blue chunky bottle. It cries out "art deco", and judging by the name, that is what it is... Imagine the flapper girls of the 20's with their sequinned tassled dressed, long cigarette holders and pearls... That is what Lou-Lou is all about. It is a very heavy, sickly scent that makes it's mark on the wearer and everyone around her. It is meant to be a decadent, fun fragrance - not for the faint-hearted. Unfortunately, at my age (38) I am not brave enough (or should that be "foolish enough"?) to wear it anymore.
When I was younger i used to always use Lou Lou day and night but recenty i have found it is a bit heavy for every day wear. It is fine for a night out but to wear it during the day it just seems a little overpowering. Last christmas my brother bought me some perfume and on opening it I thought it was a bottle of Lou Lou, well, it was, but it was called Lou Lou Blue. I had never seen it before but he thought I might like it for a change - and how right he was! Although it is Lou Lou, it is quite a different smell to the original and one that is quite unique. It is very light, crisp and clean smelling and perfect for wearing during the day. It has a fragrance which lasts and lasts and is suitable for wearing in the evening too! Everybody has commented on it whenever I have worn it, it really is lovely.
This was my perfume of choice when I was a teenager - I had everything from the perfume itself to the dusting powder, body spray, body lotion, matching hold-all, t-shirt... Taking a trip down memory lane, I decided to spritz a bit on the last time I was in Boots...I took a tentative sniff and Ouch! Instant migrane! Although I'd only put a tiny bit on my wrist, I smelt like I'd had a bath in a vat of the stuff, the smell knocked me backwards. I'm sure I don't remember it smelling like that, so either my skin's acidity level has changed (which can dramatically alter the way pefumes smell on your skin) or I have a hazy memory. Actually, what may be closer to the truth is the fact that, when I was a teenager (we're talking late 80's/early 90's here, not medieval times...) you only had a choice between the nasal-eroding and the girly-flowery in perfumes. Not *really* being a girly-flowery girl, I always went for room-emptying scents you could smell from 5 miles away if the wind was in the right direction. How to describe the smell of LouLou, though? Hmm, think floorpolish with a heavy musky topnote and chemically-reproduced tropical blooms. It's quite unique. Needless to say, though, I don't think I'll be splashing it all over anytime soon.
With eastern, floral notes