One of the top selling perfumes of the 1980-es, one of those bold, powerful, distinguishing, and timeless fragrances.Loulou is a controversial perfume that people either like, or dislike, the one that provoke different emotions, and indifference for sure is not one of them.I enjoy knowing I own a part of history that can be a joy to the senses and help transport me to times gone by, to days when family members now gone were around.This is where my lack of a sensitive nose becomes relevant. Having read the reviews I do not get any bubblegum, vanilla or any sweetness at all.The perfume is built around the beautiful and sensual scent of Tiare flower, the Tahitian symbol of welcoming and generous offer.The top notes are composed of violet, plum black currant, marigold and anis; the heart of sweet Tiare flower is accentuated with the notes of tuberose, ylang-ylang and orange blossom; all that is followed by powdery trace of orris and Tonka bean, and sensual mix of vanilla and balsam.I might have to warm up to it a little bit because I’m not sure if I like it yet. The year was 1988, it was my first job, I was young, precocious and willing to try anything in life, the senior MD’s wife came in one day to check if I was a competitor for her husband.
It's dated, but if you like vintage style perfumes, this won't disappoint you. I like this one, but I would say that Petit Bisou by Paris Elysées is better than this reformulation.
EDIT: this smells like a local sex shop in the best way possible. All that was left was an amorphous synthetic mass and the only notes that are more noticeable are praline (that reigns supreme)and that strong synthetic smokey incense (that is hardly noticeable in its cheaper cousin). It's sweet to the point of causing diabetes, but somehow not in bad taste.
I've learned today that Lou Lou needs to be given plenty of time to display her beauty.
I actually thought on first smell and based on the reviews that I must have got a spoilt bottle.
I drove to my local Boots store to smell the current formulation and to my surprise whilst there were discernible differences, it was definitely close.