Sunday, 8 September 2013

Marc Jacobs Lola Eau de Parfum (review)

As much as I would like to say that when it comes to perfume shopping we only focus on the scent, let's not kid ourselves. A bottle of perfume is a luxury, so the desirability of the whole package is important, not just how it smells. Marc Jacob's Lola got off to a great start in 2009 with a desirable brand name and one of the most striking designs ever to hit the shelves, a design that was famously copied – poorly, I might add – by Justin Bieber two years later with Someday. If only Someday copied the quality of Lola's scent, too...

Marc Jacobs Lola Eau de Parfum

Lola's cap is decorated with an over-the-top red, magenta and navy blue plastic flower complete with green leaf on 50 and 100 ml bottles. The look is pretty ridiculous and all the more fabulous because of it. I also love the gorgeous shape of the bottle itself and it's eye-catching shade of purple, enhanced with gold-effect trimmings and writing. It looks expensive but more importantly than that, it looks unique. But does the scent live up to the hype of the bottle?

Yes, initially it does. I will say from the off that I'm sure this perfume will divide people's opinions as it's no wallflower. It's strong, confident and sexy – classified as a warm floral, and touted as fellow Marc Jacobs perfume Daisy's older, more experienced sister. Make of that what you will.  The top notes are very bold, with tonnes of pear and a hint of peppery spices and some citrus to keep it in-line. Some people will turn their noses away at this point, but stay with it, because it settles down pretty quickly.

The heart and base notes aren't as powerful as the initial fruity rush from the top. If anything, the middle notes are generic floral, not unlike Daisy, but they lack the freshness of the sister scent. Lola gets heavier as you reach the base notes, with a strong vanilla overtone and some musk. There aren't any stand-out ingredients once you get over the shock of the top notes and this makes Lola feel rather more high street in its make-up than exclusive boutique.

That's not to say Lola is badly done; it isn't at all. I do like it, but I was expecting something more powerful, a proper statement scent, if you will, but other than the great bottle it's pretty middle of the road. It all comes together very nicely, though, and is definitely a sultry scent, if that's your kind of thing. I think it's also a night time perfume – out on the town with your friends or with a date, that sort of thing. Whereas Daisy feels young and free, Lola feels like it's aimed at older people, perhaps the over 30s crowd.

Pink Peppercorn, Pear, Red Grapefruit
Peony, Rose, Geranium
Vanilla, Tonka Bean, Musk

30, 50 and 100 ml sizes are available, along with shower gel, body lotion and body cream (priced at £23.00, £26.00 and £28.00 respectively). Oh, Lola! is a recently introduced derivative described as “a flirty facet of the original” and there's a lighter version of this called Oh, Lola! Sunsheer. But back to the original Lola. In 2010 it was the winner of the Fragrance Foundation's FiFi Awards for Women’s Luxe Fragrance of the Year, but I think you can get better 'luxe' perfumes that deliver on both the bottle and fragrance front - see our Alternative option below for a suggestion. Saying that, Lola is fine and still delivers a sexy scent, it just fades into mediocrity after those bountiful top notes.

I personally love the bottle and cap design
Only exuberant in the top notes, the rest is pretty standard
It's still a sultry, alluring scent – more grown up than Daisy
A bit expensive for a fragrance that's found wanting


Brand: Marc Jacobs

Size: 30 ml
Price: £37.00 (£123.33/100 ml)

Size: 50 ml
Price: £47.00 (£94.00/100 ml)

Size: 100 ml
Price: £63.00 (£63.00/100 ml)

Manufactured: France

Ingredients: Alcohol Denat., Parfum (Fragrance), Aqua (Water), Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Linalool, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, benzyl Salicylate, Citronellol, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Geraniol, Alpha-Isomethyllionone, Limonene, Hexyl Cinnamal, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Benzophenone-3, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Courmarin, Citral, Benzyl Benzoate, Eugenol, Cinnamal, BHT, Farnesol

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