Wednesday, 8 June 2011

Oh Lola!

I've always loved the idea of having a signature scent.  I remember my big sister dotting Chanel No5 behind my ears from a tiny sample bottle when I was going on my first date (yeah so I started late, ok?) and telling me it was "the kind of smell men love."  I'm sure not many teenage girls would wear No.5 these days with so many 'younger' perfumes aimed directly at them, but at the time I wanted it to be all mine, forever.  

I soon found out that I get bored of wearing the same fragrance all the time, so while I've never had a signature scent, I've always been a one-bottle-at-a-time kinda girl.  Sometimes I don't even make it the whole way through a bottle. Fickle, moi?

My current spritz is not a new one... Marc Jacobs Lola.  And I have a confession. The first time I smelt this (full of anticipation and totally in lust with the bottle design) I was completely gutted - I hated it.  Couldn't get home fast enough to wash it off my wrist.  One year on, I adore it. I assume nothing has changed, but my sense of smell clearly has! 

Lola by Marc Jacobs

Marc Jacobs Lola

Top Notes: pink peppercorn, pear d'anjou, ruby red grapefruit
Middle: fuschia peony, rose, geranium
base: vanilla, tonka bean, creamy musk.

I think the first time I smelt this I didn't get past the top notes. The florals in the heart are pretty without being overpowering (I can't stand sickly sweet perfumes) and the warm base notes are very much my kind of smell. 

This fragrance is warm, fresh and feminine all at once - not an easy combination to achieve in my experience. I can smell it on my skin and it seems to have good lasting power - I'm told that it's one of the few fragrances I've worn which others can smell on me throughout the day.

Lola's younger sister fragrance, 'Oh Lola' has just been unveiled and is expected to go on sale internationally in late July.  This refreshing scent for hot summer days is described as 'lively, playful, irresistible, stylish and cheerful.'  I'm loving the light pink bottle - which will be available in 30, 50 and 100ml eau de toilette - hopefully coming soon to a dressing table near me! 
Oh Lola 50ml bottle
'Oh Lola' has been described as reminiscent of the original Lola, but lighter and fresher.  Signed by Ann Gottlieb, it is blended from fresh and sweet fruity tones, along with peony florals and a velvety background of vanilla. 

Top notes: wild strawberry, raspberry, pear
Middle: peony
Base: sandalwood, vanilla

Don't know about you but I am LOVING the sound of this and can't wait to try it out!
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17yr old actress, Dakota Fanning, is the face of the 'Oh Lola' campaign and embodies its soft youthful glow (I adore her pretty polka dot Marc Jacobs dress almost as much as the perfume bottle!).  The collection will be available nationwide from 27 July 2011 (online at www.escentual.com and all the usual outlets) and includes:

Eau de Toilette Spray:
1.0 OZ/30 ML   £37
1.7 OZ/50 ML   £47
3.4 OZ/100 ML £63
Sheer body lotion 5.1 OZ/150 ML £26
Fresh shower gel 5.1 OZ/150 ML £23

I've never owned a full collection of any fragrance but imagine it must be amazing to layer the scent like this... a girl can dream! 

I do seem to be a fan of the Marc Jacobs fragrance house in general and can't think of any I've disliked. Even my husband wears the Bang aftershave and I also love the huge bottles of splash on perfume. 

My previous 'single bottle' was Marc Jacobs Daisy, which is very sweet and pretty - and while I loved it at the time I find its newer sister fragrance, Daisy Eau So Fraiche much more appealing in a 'just want to inhale it'  kind of way.

Marc Jacobs Essence is a stand out fragrance memory for me - my husband bought it for me as a birthday present early in our relationship, despite it resulting in a beans & toast week! I love the old fashioned style lemon bottle with a little bow - very Audrey Hepburn and reminds me of old black & white movies.

Are you a fan of Marc Jacobs fragrances and do you like the sound of Oh Lola?  I have several perfumes on my wish list at the moment, but I'll save those for another day! 

8 comments:

  1. Love the bottle but don't think I have ever smelt this - will have to rectify that! Have a friend who wears Daisy and I love it on her. Not tried any Marc Jacobs myself, will have a sniff next time I am out! x

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  2. This sounds gorgeous and the bottle is so cute.
    Can't wait for it to be released in July.
    xx

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  3. Thanks Strawberry for that interesting blog,I also looooooooove the Lola, I hadn't heard about the new one, and will make a bee line straight for the Oh Lola the next time I'm in town.

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  4. I do like Lola, but it's a bit too strong for me, so will definitely keep my eyes peeled for Oh Lola, can't wait for a sniff, thanks! x

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  5. It sounds lovely! :) Cute blog!!

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  6. All the MJ bottles are lovely. I prefer Daisy to Lola but will look out for the new one x

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  7. Sounds tempting :) I have never tried it but I think I will look for it in my country now :) thanks for sharing.

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  8. I love the packaging on these perfumes, they are on my wishlist!

    Following your blog now!

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