Desiree Doucet, The Creative Cajun

Bonjour, Cher! How about we pour ourselves a cup of coffee and let’s have a visit. If you’ve stumbled upon this site, I bet you know what understand what the “joie de vivre” of the Cajun culture is all about. You likely plan your weekends during “festival season” and truly understand the meaning of “Lassiez les bon temps rouler!” Like you, I find myself saying “Cher, baby” all the time and using unique Cajun terms like “frissons”.

I know what it’s like to grow up in Cajun country – an area so rich in cultural experiences that it can’t help but infuse us with such originality and uniqueness that the rest of the world may not understand.  I also know what it’s like to miss Louisiana; to live outside of that wonderful little gumbo pot of friendliness, happiness, stellar cuisine and genuine, authentic love. After I graduated from LSU, I moved away and quickly realized all that I’d left behind. Leaving Louisiana truly put my culture in perspective for me. I began to cling to the ideals, the memories, the verbiage, the cuisine. I missed home. Louisana will always be home.

Hello, I’m Desiree Doucet – a bonafide Cajun who was born + raised in Lafayette, LA, the heart of Cajun country.  I was raised on rice + gravy that my momma cooked every night at home. I’m an obsessively creative individual who loves creating products that celebrate the Cajun culture.

My journey to create this business began when I was a child, growing up in a small town just north of Lafayette.  My father was a serial entrepreneur and always encouraged and supported me in creating small businesses of my own. When I was 11, he taught me to use a popcorn making machine and gave me the raw materials to sell popcorn to patrons of the antique mall he’d created when he purchased his former high school to save it from being demolished. My mother fostered my creativity by encouraging me to take art lessons. We’d paint with Mrs. Pearl on Saturday mornings, decorating wood furnishings – some of which I still have and use today.

I often recall a conversation my father and I had just before my final semester at LSU. I was actively interviewing for jobs post-graduation and we were sitting on his patio one night after dinner, discussing my career plans. He turned to me and said “You know, you’re a lot like me. I think you’re going to take a corporate job and work there for a few years. Then, you’ll get sick of that, quit and go off and do your own thing.” Sadly, my father passed away shortly after that conversation from a sudden, fatal heart attack. “Doing my own thing” took time to sort out. Now, I realize the answer was inside me all along.

This photo was taken 2 days before my father passed away from a sudden, fatal heart attack

This photo of me and my father was taken 2 days before my father passed away. It’s still my favorite photo of us.

Shortly after graduating from LSU and while I was still grieving the loss of my father, I decided to move away to Atlanta. It was my feeble attempt to escape the painful memories that seemed to pop up everywhere I went. It wasn’t until I moved away from my homeland that I truly began to appreciate and realize the incredible, unique value of the Cajun culture. I missed the friendly people, the delicious food and the boogie inducing feeling you get when you hear a Zydeco tune on the radio. Experiences such as Hurricanes Katrina + Rita in 2005 and the 2010 explosion of the Deep Horizon rig in the Gulf reminded me where my heart will always lie – with the people and culture of South Louisiana.

The goal of The Creative Cajun is to create unique, handmade and distinctive products that are inspired by our roots and our values. I want you to you to be able to bring a little bit of Acadiana with you everywhere you go.  I create bath + body products that convey the unique cultural experience to those who love Cajun country and remind them of their home. Our ultimate goal is to successfully capture the essence of Acadiana. Please join us in celebrating the Cajun culture. Take a piece of Acadiana with you. You can pick up our unique products in our online store.  Our products will be available in stores around Acadiana in the near future.

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