Hiya Everyone,

Last weekend I was lucky enough to pick up a bunch of Tester bargains at a closing down sale. One of those bottles is a nearly full 50ml Lou Lou by Cacharel, a house I quite like because they’re stuff is all so off the wall; it seems they do it harder, better, with much more tongue in cheek and flair than many of the mass market crews, making them a super lot in my eyes. Snaps!

Photo Stolen Fragrantica

Today we are talking about a fragrance that brings back such wonderful fragrant memories of all the girls loving it while we were at drama school and having one girlfriend in particular deciding it was her signature scent. BAM! In your face. Hah, I’m smiling writing this. Launched in 1987 and still available widely but quietly for really great prices, this is a classic. An outrageous, fun and flirty masterpiece. I am loving having this on, loving it. Even the bottle is awesome, that bright turquoise and red are basically 2010, 11, 12 fashion done in uber-kitsch retro plastic. So now; it hurts!

Photo Stolen sale-action

As it opens I get a big smack of mimosa (Korean Jin calls it Acacia) that is caught up with ivy, spicy cinnamon and other flowers including a big fat cream and buttery tuberose. The ivy and orris root keep Lou Lou from becoming too fly away flowers, almost grounding the fragrance; and the sandalwood is definitely there too with the vanilla and other resins like a counterweight. I get slightly indolic humanity in there too, not skank as such but a very lived in feel, like a freshly waxed ballbag after some light sport and hefty foreplay. My freaky nose completely misses the incense, plum and anise, it’s probably there I’m just too poorly schooled in fragrance to smell it.

The sillage and lasting power are extremely impressive here, tomorrow morning I will still be a fragrance pump, sending out a musky, vanillic, slightly floral booty call. Woo Hoo!

Photo Stolen vintage-ladivas.

PerfumeShrine does an awesome review with loads of historical knowledge and Fragrantica lists the accords
Top notes: Violet, plum, black currant, marigold, ivy, jasmine, iris, lily
Heart notes: Sweet Tiare flower, tuberose, ylang-ylang, orange blossom, anise, heliotrope, orris
Base notes: Sandalwood, musk, tonka bean, incense, vanilla and balsam

GlobalBeauty has 100ml for $92 including P&H.

I’ve dropped the video in here for you. We thought it was the height of mystery and that the model was so seductive back then, it all looks a bit cheap now after some of the incredible movies we now get. Enjoy,

Portia xx

12 comments on “LOU LOU by CACHAREL

  1. Meg says:

    Oh, what a fabulous score! Lucky, lucky you! 🙂

    • I totally know it and have given thanks to the Gods of Great Bargains. In fact I think I might go and light some incense to them right now.
      Thank you for dropping in and commenting, I hope to see you back here soon Meg,
      Portia xx

  2. Undina says:

    I have a mini bottle of this perfume and I remember that when I tested it last year for my mimosa single note exploration post I liked it but since then I didn’t feel like wearing it again. I might one day.

    • It is VERY old school Undina. I’m glad you liked it but with so much stuff to sniff it’s hard to get back to stuff unless you LOVE it, true?
      Hopefully you’ll pop it back on someday.
      Nice to read you, Are you well?
      Portia xx

  3. I haven’t worn this in years. Must revisit it some time soon. I was thinking of your awesome haul when I went to the PO half an hour ago.. I picked up a pristine, still with outer wrapper, 25ml Angel for $25 from Gumtree and it was here in Adelaide! Long live other people’s unwanted treasures 🙂 ~S♥~

  4. Natalie says:

    I’m not the hugest fan of this, but my goodness the girl in the ad is gorgeous, isn’t she?

  5. Amanda says:

    So glad your enjoying your bargains… It’s wonderful to see people who truly adore fragrance get the good ones.. Such an amazing scent. xox

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