Whether she appeals to you or not, you have to admit that Lady Gaga is extremely adept at getting attention. Dinosaur that I am, I even like her. I’ve seen several interviews with her and she is intelligent and well spoken. You can’t deny the girl has talent–give me Gaga and a piano and wow! Launched in September, her debut fragrance Lady Gaga Fame, is also an attention-getter albeit not for the unique scent.
The fragrance is purported to have a “trampoline structure.” *Notes are rising at different rates that are quite random. Some accords will come out if you rub it, other accords will come out later. It has random propulsion and doesn’t have a classic linear dry down. We call it push-pull, and it will smell different on different people. There is a different volatility for different notes, and they’re of differing strengths. They work together harmoniously, but then they undergo metamorphosis on the skin, so you’re constantly surprised. Hmmm, maybe I’m just a fragrance neophyte (I am) but doesn’t that sound what most perfumes do? I mean, they all smell different on different people with different chemistry, right? I didn’t notice any ““trampoline structure.” Fame has top notes, middle notes and bottom notes like most fragrances but I didn’t smell any particular notes popping up “randomly” to surprise me.
Gaga originally claimed that blood and semen would be notes in the juice…uh… not so much. Apparently commercialism or good sense won out–the notes are: belladonna, saffron, honey, apricot nectar, incense, tiger orchid and jasmine sambac. No wonder I like this scent—fruity-floral is my crack. It has a juicy, fruity, tart opening blending into a warmer velvety feel, I suppose where the belladonna and incense make their appearance though the belladonna is quite weak. The slight muskiness keeps it from being too “girly.” It’s a nice wearable scent that will appeal to the masses—hey, I like it! Is it one of my favorite, complex scents? No. Will it have a place in my fragrance rotation? Sure!
While the scent itself isn’t complex or edgy, the bottle and the color of the fragrance are. I suppose a true perfume enthusiast will chastise for the gimmicky black liquid that sprays clear, but I like this touch. It makes it a bit truer to the Lady Gaga esthetic.
The bottle is fabulous in my opinion. It is a heavy glass orb with an asymmetrical gold claw top meant to resemble a paw, although I think it looks more like talons which would have evoked a more dangerous feel. However, “paws up” is Lady Gaga speak for stand up and be proud of who you are—a nice symbol for her fans.
Bottom Line: definitely softer and more subtle than what I was expecting, Lady Gaga Fame is a wearable fruity-floral. I think fans may be disappointed if expecting something very unique coming from such a controversial pop-star. Does the black color and the edgy bottle make up for the lack of originality? You’ll have to be the judge. I’m pleased with it but I am an admitted fragrance newbie.
Available at Sephora, Macys, Bloomingdales Price: $19 – $79