Perfume Review: Lulu Beauty Marlena
Lulu Beauty is a glamourpuss collection of makeup that also includes four perfumes with very pinup names, Gigi, Lula Mae, Marlena, and Starlet. Being a huge Marlene Dietrich fan, I was of course interested in Marlena. With notes of bergamot, jasmine, Moroccan rose, musk, vanilla and patchouli, this is a scent for a screen goddess on a laid back vacation at some exotic destination.
Marlena smells to me like a result of a fling between Jasmin Full and Dior-Dior. The beautiful offspring inherited the sweet, tropical jasmine of the Montale and the dirty base of the Dior. It is less complex, softer and more delicate then the voluptuous parents, but it is still sexy as all get out. For me, the beauty and the originality of this scent lies in the patchouli note. Without it, Marlena would have been just another jasmine-vanilla blend (and the name of those is a legion). Patchouli brings warmth, earthiness and an almost-gourmand undertone to the composition. Because of it, the scent has both a summery-tropical feel and a cozy, enveloping quality that will make it extremely enjoyable in the impending cold months. Sultry and strangely comforting, Marlena is a delight.
It can be found at Lulu Beauty, $40 for 0.25oz. I think the packaging, which looks like a retro, azure cigarette box (wiht a little mirror inside), is adorable.