Cacharel Lou Lou


88 reviews

75% would repurchase

Package Quality: 3.7

Price: $$$

Package Quality: 3.7

Price: $$$


on 5/3/2015 7:56:00 AM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Neutral

Hair: Blond, Curly, Medium

Eyes: Green

I respect and admire Loulou as an old school complex powerhouse but it definitely wears me and not the other way around. I have tried the vintage.

Opens with a full bodied blast of spiced floral which is very distinctive and expertly blended. The heart is chock full of incense, sweet plum and tuberose. The base is even sweeter and more powdery. Sillage is bombastic and longevity from now till eternity.

Give Loulou a try if you are into heavy florientals; it's a great fragrance but proceed with caution and full stomach.

on 6/30/2014 12:37:00 PM

Age: 56 & Over

Skin: Combination, Medium Brown, Not Sure

Hair: Grey, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

It's all in the chemistry!

Tried Eden and Lou Lou 'quite' liked them both, tentatively!

Gave it time, but on my return decided on Eden, (partially influenced by the bottle I feel),
but also encouraged by the shop assistant, who jollied me that Eden was more popular - however, I was feeling differently, but did purchase Eden in the sale that day.

Almost as soon as I hit the underground and the heavy woody aroma that had put me off Lou Lou, became a pleasant fruitier cajole, and I knew that it was suiting me.

I didn't at any time get the chemical residue that some are complaining of. I intend to try it again once more before I purchase it.

.. and may I say, Eden which I put on sparingly before leaving for work (on wrists, then dabbed to carotid artery area of neck; has pleased me, as I am complimented hours after when I forgotten I am wearing any (which is just a tad worrying - I hate to stand out because of perfume I am wearing. But when someone comes into an office at work where I am a temporary occupant and says "you smell lovely!" It's a winner for me and I am confident that I am being sparing on application.

They are both strong fragrances. So whilst I was seeking a handbag fragrance - I have no need whatever to carry such lasting perfume around and that pleases me no end!
Just maybe, I am going to love them both.


2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

on 12/5/2013 8:15:00 PM

Age: 36-43

Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Cool

Hair: Brown, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Green

I bought Loulou without smelling it first. It got such great reviews, that I was sure it must be a winner. Perhaps I got a bad bottle or it's my body chemistry, but this smells awful on me. There is this sort of ozone smell that reminds me of the novacaine they give you at the dentist office. I get the sensation of something strongly chemical dripping down the back of my throat when I smell this. Needless to say, I won't be repurchasing.

Edit: The more I wear this the more I like it. It's such a weird scent. It starts off really dry and powdery with that ozone smell I mentioned before. Over time it gets sweeter with tuberose and something fruity smelling like jam. There's still something a little strange and bitter in the background though that reminds me of plastic or rubber. However, there must be beauty in such strangeness, because I feel compelled to continue wearing it.

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

on 11/23/2013 10:11:00 AM

Age: 36-43

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Red, Other, Other

Eyes: Hazel

If Lou Lou was music, it would be the wonderful jazz of beautiful Esperanza Spalding. It is this lactonic, slightly boozy, sweet but at times dark beauty that could compete with expensive niche fragrances if it was marketed differently. To me it is a rare blend that can speak to me in a lot of ways. I love its sweet, floral-oriental opening with exotic tiare treated with dark, shadowy nuances that Cacharel has done so beautifully in more than one example. The floral notes transition beautifully into a milky, comfortable scent that reminds me of Irish Cream. Lou Lou is warm, balsamic and comfortable but very few comfort fragrances are at the same time as womanly, voluptuous and passionate.

Good sillage and lasting power (Usually one or two spritzes is enough for the whole day).

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

on 4/20/2013 8:52:00 AM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Very Oily, Medium, Warm

Hair: Black, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Brown

LouLou is said to have been inspired by the famous silent movie star, Louise Brooks – which perplexes me because unlike Arpège (another ‘purple’ perfume), LouLou does not evoke that era at all. I don’t know about the original formulation/parfum, but the current EDP smells more like a cross between Vanderbilt (minus the aldehydes & pineapple) & Poison, with the addition of incense, bubblegum & plastic doll notes. And those two scents came out just a few years before LouLou did (Vanderbilt - 1982, Poison - 1985, LouLou - 1987), so go figure. I like this current version well enough, but since I am already too familiar with this smell, it doesn’t wow me. The bottle & box are hideously ‘80s. Cacharel REALLY should update that packaging (though I think the parfum bottle, which looks like a genie lamp or something, is kind of cute in a kitschy sort of way). On the plus side, the longevity is INSANE (lasting practically the whole day on me), so if you have warm skin like mine, you only need 1-2 sprays. Overall rating: 3 ½ lippies.

*From Michael Edwards:

Fragrance Family: Rich Soft Oriental

Top: Blackcurrant buds (Cassis), Leaves (Green), Mandarin, Marigold (Tagete)
Heart: Heliotrope, Ylang-ylang, Tiare flower, Mimosa, Jasmine
Base: Incense, Tonka Bean, Vanilla, Iris (Orris), Musk, Sandalwood

5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

on 2/16/2013 12:28:00 AM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Sensitive, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Blond, Other, Other

Eyes: Blue

I love this stuff. First, I love the bottle. It looks like a wacky turquoise plastic new age crystal or something. The stuff inside is similarly witty. To me, it is a dense, heavy, linear scent that has a lot going on but still manages to smell completely cohesive. It's like a plume of creamy-powdery-flowery smoke. I smell individual accords sometimes: the sweet, jammy plum-tiare-tuberose, the cheerful scratchiness of cheap head shop incense, the plush heliotrope-vanilla-sandalwood base... and yet, from beginning to end, this perfume is saying one thing: fun. It's not dumb fun, but LouLou is out to have a good time, and she is strong enough to pull you right along with her.

5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

on 6/4/2012 7:09:00 AM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Sensitive, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

Absolutely gorgeous oriental, the best way to wear it in hot summer!

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

on 5/25/2012 1:30:00 AM

Age: 36-43

Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Warm

Hair: Blond, Kinky, Fine

Eyes: Green

I'm going through a phase of wanting to revisit old scents from my past. I recently purchased Lou Lou after about 20 years of not having smelt it. It is one heavy potent scent. I cannot believe I used to wear this with reckless abandon when I was 16 or 17 years old!! It is a very floral, powdery, vanilla, oriental scent on me. After placing some into a sample vial, I only put a small dab on my arm and boy does this baby have some huge sillage/projection. I honestly can't imagine how anyone could wear more than one spray. I am loving it however, but it's winter here and I am not sure I'd be enjoying it so much in the summer time. I think I will save it for evenings and winter time.

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

on 5/24/2012 9:43:00 PM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Dry, Other, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

This scent is okay. It's complex and distinctive, yet somehow delicate and pretty. Not too sure about the packaging but it's definitely and interesting scent.

on 1/19/2012 9:47:00 PM

Age: 44-55

Skin: Dry, Fair, Neutral

Hair: Brown, Curly, Medium

Eyes: Green

Notes Top Note: Violet, Plum, Cassis, Anise Middle Note: Tuberose, Orange Blossom, Ylang-Ylang, Orris Base Note: Tonka, Vanilla, Benzoin, Musk

I purchased this cute little blue cone shaped bottle of Cacharel Lou Lou blind, after I saw it got a rave review in a popular perfume guide. I found a 50ml bottle in the perfume district in NYC for around $30-$40.
When I first tried LouLou it was a hot summer day, my first impression was like a harder-hitting, spicier version of her sister Anais Anais. Not too heavy, but a bit more *there*. Rather sweet, irisy, powdery, lily and incense floral, with a hay (?) note, and with the same soft focus feel of Anais Anais.
Goshdarnit, I like this weird little bluebottled new wave fragrance. Still, as I have *a few other* fragrances, I very seldom went back to rewear it. It felt a bit dated- but in a good, desperately-seeking-Susan kind of way.
Then this winter, I pulled the adorable little thing out and tried it again, and over time I am really gaining appreciation for Miss LouLou's complexities. Who are you, LouLou? To me she is Anais Anais in an 80's bright blue party dress, with a dark red belt, and an asymmetrical haircut.

15 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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