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
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 also writes for Australian Perfume Junkies