Serge Lutens Rahat Loukoum

Rahat Loukoum: the non-export Serge Lutens that spawned a thousand pilgrimages to Paris. After my very own Paris pilgrimage, I am prepared to offer my (extremely important) thoughts on this cult fragrance. Rahat Loukoum is a very pretty cherry/almond fragrance. It is intensely sweet, but still maintains a delicate touch. I know that “very pretty” is not exactly a ringing endorsement, but I stand by it. Pardon the sacrilege, but while Rahat Loukoum is certainly an attractive fragrance, I honestly do not find it to be enough of an improvement on my $29 bottle of Carol’s Daughter Almond Cookie to justify the $130 price increase. Rahat Loukoum also degenerates into a bit of a sugary mess after a few hours. Again, while this sugary mess still smells good, it’s not the sort of thing for which one pays $160.

Perhaps in a few years, as my nose becomes more sophisticated, I will be able to detect more of Rahat Loukoum’s subtleties. But until then, my recommendation is that you save yourself a $3000 plane ticket and just make a pilgrimage to your local Sephora for some Almond Cookie instead.

Carol’s Daughter Almond Cookie

There are two reasons why you should buy Carol’s Daughter Almond Cookie. First, this is a warm, powdery, buttery almond scent, a sort of liquified marzipan. I’ve found that it pairs fabulously with Jergens original cherry-and-almond scented lotion, but Carol’s Daughter also has an entire Almond Cookie range, with everything from a salt scrub to body butter. Second, and probably most importantly, Almond Cookie is currently going for $28 for TWO OUNCES. Yes, you read that correctly. This charming bath- and hair-product company is offering us something that very few perfume brands do: quality perfume for a reasonable price.

Disclaimer: I’m adding this because I realize that the fact that this post is so enthusiastic about Carol’s Daughter might look a bit sketchy. As always, I have not received any products or compensation from them. I’m just very pleased to find a good perfume for a great price.