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.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – A 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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