Marc Jacobs Lola EDP Perfume Review

Marc Jacobs Lola

Mainstream Monday: Sniffing a Popular Perfume

This Monday, I take a look at a perfume that I consider a “remix” of everything that has been popular in mainstream perfumery for the past 6 years. Marc Jacobs Lola has it all: pink pepper, cedar, some fruits, powdery rose and an inoffensive base. It may have it all but at the same time it has very little. When something is developed to be such a “crowd-pleaser”, it comes across as something without any personality.

Lola opens more masculine, not overly masculine but much more so than I expected. It’s Marc Jacobs Bang wearing fuchsia lipstick…and pear body spray. It opens loudly with dry, astringent pink pepper, juicy pear and sharp citrus. And pencil shavings. To make it more femme, powdery florals are added, mainly a talcum rose..with pencil shavings. I would call the heart a blend of vague pink florals. The dry-down to this is a nice and clean musk. I was testing this and forgot about it. Hours and hours later I was confused. I use unscented laundry detergent but I thought my clothes smelled like musk and then I started thinking that I bought the “wrong” detergent. No. It was Lola. The weird thing is I thought lots of women I know smell like sweet-musky-clean detergent, but I’ve finally put together that they are wearing Lola!

In comparison to the other perfumes in the Marc Jacobs collection that are adorned with various random plastic and rubber adornments, this one smells more mature. I’m not saying it smells mature-mature, but it smells older than “driver’s permit” age. And for something that is “older”, it has no stories to tell. It’s like it was raised in a bubble…

Notes listed include pink peppercorn, pear, ruby red grapefruit, rose, fuchsia peony, geranium, vanilla, tonka bean and creamy musk. Launch date 2009. PERFUMERS – Calice Becker and Yann Vasnier

Give Lola a try if you like popular perfumes. Or if you like perfumes like Lolita Lempicka Si Lolita, Salvatore Ferragamo F for Fascinating Night, Harajuku Lovers Music, Stella McCartney Sheer Stella, Lancôme Tresor in Love and/or Bath & Body Works P.S. I Love You.

Projection and longevity are average.

Lola comes in two sizes (1.7 and 3.4) with prices ranging from $68-$88 at Nordstrom. And sometimes have it on discount.

Victoria’s Final EauPINIONA carefully calculated crowd-pleaser with lots of pink pepper, cedar and “pink florals”. It’s like a remix of everything that has been popular in mainstream perfumery for the past 6-8 years. I mean, I guess that is impressive but the final product is well, not something I want to wear. It has no personality. I mean, I couldn’t even think of an image to pair with this one. It gives me no feelings.

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6 thoughts on “Marc Jacobs Lola EDP Perfume Review

  1. I had this sort of what is that laundry scent reaction this week but it was Replica Beach Walk. It is amazing how many perfumes these days dry down to the scent of laundry detergent for the longest time I thought wow that is a really strong laundry detergent but a few years ago realized it was perfumes I was smelling.

    1. So, I can’t tell if it is:

      A. People like laundry scents because they are “clean” and this appeals to a wide audience…so designers request this because it’s approachable, blah blah. So we get these “affordable” musky/clean/floral bases.


      B. Laundry products are replicating designer perfumes to appeal to a wider audience. So they are taking “affordable” themes from designer perfumes and making their own version. I mean Downy has all sorts of scents now that seem to mimic B&BW smells.

      Regardless, it’s in so much of the stuff. Not that “laundry musk” but that clean laundry smell. I used to think people were wearing clean laundry and perfume but I now get (even with men’s) that it is people’s personal fragrance. It’s weird and I can’t believe it took me this long to pick up on this.

  2. I actually haven’t sniffed Lola, at least that I recall. But this is the way I feel about Daisy…boring, and I don’t get why it’s so successful.

    1. I can’t explain it. It must be packaging? (which doesn’t appeal to me either) I mean they don’t smell “bad” but I don’t get the attraction. I feel like if I walked into Macy’s and had to leave with something, even if I wasn’t a “perfume person”, that I would leave with something other than Daisy or Lola. Oh, well.

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