Mainstream Monday – Sniffing a Popular (Celeb) Perfume
I noticed that Lady Gaga Eau de Gaga made an appearance in many of the “best of 2014” perfume blogger lists. I didn’t get around to trying it in 2014. Because A. It wasn’t easy for me to find in Seattle (wasn’t launched in US until 2015). And B. I didn’t really like Gaga Fame (and many people did). Oh, and C. I’ve been burnt on so many celeb scents in the past that I rarely go out of my way to try them. I’m sorry. I should have listened. Lady Gaga Eau de Gaga is a great perfume which means for a celeb perfume, it’s excellent.
Eau de Gaga opens as a bright bergamot and sweetened lime with sparkling water. To my surprise, the fragrance becomes a green tea but like an iced green tea Earl Grey (green tea and bergamot). The heart is a crisp green violet leaf and vetiver with the subtle sweetness of spring violets and lime juice. This heart is crisp, green and herbal with the perfect balance of natural tartness/sweetness. The base is like “clean” woods and musk with a whisper of leather and patchouli. The base isn’t animalic, if anything, it’s incredibly clean and fresh. Somehow this perfume manages to be citrus throughout the wear. I even get the lime 8-9 hours into the wear.
Eau de Gaga is openly marketed as unisex, which is wise because her fan-base is rather diverse. I’m not going to get into the “unisexiness” of this perfume because any perfume is universal. It’s all marketing. But, I will say that Eau de Gaga is a must-try scent for anyone that prefers tea fragrances or crisp violets. It’s done really well. It’s an old unisex theme (citrus and tea) but it’s modern (not exactly like Bvlgari or CK1). Seriously, it easily competes with a lot of designer perfumes and even niche collections like By Kilian Asian Tales.
Notes listed include lime, white violet and leather. Launched in 2014. PERFUMER – Ursula Wandel
GIve Eau de Gaga a try if you like crisp tea or citrus scents. Or if you like perfumes like Elizabeth Arden Green Tea, CREED Asian Green Tea, By Kilian Bamboo Harmony, Charenton Macerations Christopher Street, Calvin Klein CK1, Balenciaga L’Essence and/or any of the Bvlgari “Tea” scents. And as advertised, this perfume is completely unisex.
For a citrus-heavy scent, I’d say that projection and longevity are above average. It actually lasts on my skin all day.
The bottle is some sort of Tom Ford/By Kilian hybrid. The perfume world buzzed about this prior to the perfume’s release. I actually thought it was going to look “cheap” in person but it isn’t at all. It’s a nice, solid Art Deco-ish bottle that none of us will be embarrassed to have out. It actually looks (and smells) like a perfume that is much more expensive than it is.
Eau de Gaga is available at drugstores and retails for $34 at Sears.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – Violet and Earl Grey tea. Well, I’m impressed and this has been something that I’ve worn a lot of this summer (so far).
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