LouLou by Cacharel

Hey Posse! LouLou is the scent of some of my girlfriends in our formative years. That bottle was the most desirable Birthday or Christmas gift by far. Sometimes arriving at drama classes after fashion school I’d be met by a wall of LouLou scented friends ready for some acting. We were a beautiful, privileged, fun bunch of teens who have now spread across the globe and found ourselves in the most diverse industries, relationships, circles. Here’s a pic of us taken by my then girlfriend Bec Jones (I’m somewhere 15-18 in the pic).

Every now and then we bump into each other or seek each other out and it’s like no time has passed, conversation flows. Updates, anecdotes, histories and adventures all intermixed with nostalgic memories. So, as you can imagine, LouLou is not just a spectacular scent it also hold memories dear and wonderful. I love a sneaky spritz to remind me of the girls I grew up with.

LouLou by Cacharel 1987

Jean Guichard

Parfumo gives these featured accords:
Top: Aniseed, Iris, Jasmine, Cassia, Lily, Mimosa, Plum, Violet, Cinnamon
Heart: Heliotrope, Orris root, Orange blossom, Pot marigold, Tuberose, Ylang-ylang
Base: Benzoin, Musk, Sandalwood, Vanilla, Frankincense

A sweet but not candied aniseed, plum and mimosa drizzled over violet, heliotrope and creamy white flowers. Brazen and flirty, LouLou is a vivacious fragrance full of the joy of youth but with a very knowing wink. Grounded by the vanilla/amber/resinous base and a very healthy what of dry iris root. My skin tends to amp the mimosa, which also gives the whole fragrance a soft green-ish hue.

What is so outrageous now is that this was considered a dainty fragrance at the time and especially for young girls as yet unready for the big guns of Opium, Giorgio and Poison. Isn’t that weird? Wearing it now it feels every bit as large and obstreperous as those others.

Much attenuated since the early days yet still very wearable in its current form too. It is a bit more screechy on open but settles nicely into itself, or a not bad impression of itself.

Want to relive the LouLou memories? Surrender To Chance has samples.

What are your LouLou memories?
Portia xx




Portia also writes for Australian Perfume Junkies

hczerwiec July 19, 2019

Ahhhh! I was just thinking about LouLou the other day! In the '80s I had a teeny bottle -- a flattened turquoise octagon with a burgundy spike of a cap on top -- I think it was part of a set of miniatures that also included Anaïs Anaïs, L'Air du Temps, Oscar de la Renta, Opium, and something else. Paloma Picasso's signature? I remember loving the bottle, but thinking the scent was WAY too sweet -- even in the '80s, I tended to gravitate toward Orientals -- Coco, Charles of the Ritz, Safari. But that bottle is unforgettable.

Brigitte July 19, 2019

Oh yes I do have Lou Lou memories! In college an older student in my English Lit class wore this as her signature scent. It took me the entire semester to get up the nerve to ask her what she was wearing. And then a bottle was mine-LOL! I have not smelled it since 1991......

Dina C. July 19, 2019

I love LouLou! I remember instantly loving it when it came out, but for whatever reason, not giving myself permission to buy it. This was back in the day when I felt like owning 2 bottles was enough. Ha! Ha! Ha! If young me could see old me now! She would die. Anyway. About ten years ago, I finally bought myself a vintage bottle, and I love it. I wear it in winter since it is so big and gorgeous.

Pam July 19, 2019

I love Loulou but haven’t worn it lately. We’re in the middle of a heatwave and — do I dare? It is such a powerhouse fragrance I think. Maybe tomorrow I’ll spritz it anyway.

Tara C July 18, 2019

I wore Loulou, Anais Anais, Poison and Giorgio back in the 80’s. Great memories. Love that photo of you!

Queen Cupcake July 18, 2019

LouLou was the first perfume I bought for myself, early in my working life when I finally had a little discretionary income. I still have the bottle, and also a teeny, squat, pointy-capped bottle of the parfum, which must have come with the edt. Every once in a long while, I sniff it and try to recall who I was back then.

Tara July 18, 2019

I never wore LouLou but remember the advertising and that eye-catching bottle really clearly. How funny that that was the 80s idea of an innocent, young teenager scent. Great pic of your gang, Portia. I sat opposite the lovely Bec at your wedding.

Kathleen July 18, 2019

I had LouLou when it was first released in the late 80s. I wore it for awhile and don’t recall what happened to my bottle. A couple years ago after you mentioned it Portia, I purchased a bottle for nostalgia. I can’t compare the current to the original but it smells the same to me. It is a big perfume and I suppose perfumes were more perfume-y then. I thought it just a girly perfume back then. I don’t love the bottle design though. Never did! I prefer clear glass and more classic bottles. That plastic blue and burgundy! Uggg!

Neva July 18, 2019

Ooohhh, LouLou...I've bought it 1987 on my first trip to Rome in a perfumery opposite of the Trevi Fountain. I went there with some college friends in an incredibly old bus and we travelled for 18 hours but it was worth it. I've tried the current version several times at various airports but it was so different, as you said "screechy". It was so wrong compared to the original that I couldn't even bring myself to spray it on my skin :(