Published on August 25th, 2013 | by The Perfume Expert
Marc Jacobs Oh Lola Review
Oh Lola by Marc Jacobs is described as being a lively, playful and cheerful scent and that it is, but as this perfume review explains, it’s lively in the bubbly sense, playful in the immature sense, and cheerful in the slightly annoying sense!
Being a Fruity Floral, Oh Lola is more fruit candy than juicy ripe fruit and more potpourri than floral. Don’t get me wrong, this is a cute scent for those under the age of 16, but for those of us who are a little older, it’s hard to find an appropriate use for such a young scent.
First off, it is supposed to have notes of sweet fruits like Raspberry, Strawberry, and Pear, but to me the fruity smell is more indicative of the candy versions of those fruits rather than the juicy and lush scents of the natural fruit. This overtly sweet take on fruit is what gives this fragrance it’s naive qualities in a bubble-gum pop kind of way! And after a few minutes, the candied-fruit aspect of this scent becomes almost sickingly sweet. Though I guess you could say that it represents the lively, playful, and cheerful qualities that they were going for.
And although Oh Lola is supposed to include quite grown-up floral notes of Peony, Cyclamen, and Magnolia, I found it hard to smell any distinct floral notes apart from perhaps the lingering sweet and dainty Peony. Again the dainty Peony note adding to the over-all girly nature of the scent.
But once again, instead of smelling the complex nature of soft Peony, mysterious Cyclamen, and fresh Magnolia, all I get is the fake mixed indistinct floral that could only be described as “Flowers” and nothing more specific than that. Even then, this unrecognizable floral facet is so faint that it gets lost in all the candied-fruit.
However, oddly enough, about 20 minutes in to wearing the fragrance and it changes completely! Yes, it’s still a bit fruity, but it’s richer and has more depth. A welcomed surprise after the initial juicy fruit bombardment! The fragrance tones down slightly to reveal Sandalwood and a hint of Vanilla and Tonka Bean giving it a more soft, warm, and creamy fruit scent. I guess you could say the bubbly naive scent matures, as we all do with time.
So after being slightly embarrassed that you may smell like a 15 year old cheerleader walking out of a Hollister shop, the scent calms down to a palatable warm juicy nectar suitable to wear on a grown woman without raising too many eyebrows. But regardless of its apparent maturing, this fragrance still isn’t quite cut out for the sophisticated woman, and fair enough, as it isn’t marketed as such.
Oh Lola certainly is lively, playful, and cheerful, but just like a bag of pic-a-mix candy, after a certain age you can only stand so many sweets! And as for other Marc Jacobs scents, he seems to have the Fruity-Floral market cornered and they’re notorious for being overly youthful and just as sweet. However, read the Marc Jacobs Dot Review as I found it to be slightly more complex and more wearable.
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The Perfume Expert Rating
Summary: Oh Lola is a cheerful and bubbly fragrance but definitely a youthful fragrance perfectly suited for the younger girls it's marketed towards. A fun fruity-floral that is more candied-fruit than fresh fruit and more potpourri than sophisticated floral.