Watch the video review:

* Fame starts with a dark and sweet floral note.

* The noted is listed as the poisonous Belladonna flower – I can’t confirm this as I have never smelled it.

* The scent wears differently on me each time.  The flower always stays the focus, but is sometimes joined by nag champa incense or dark, dry fruit (apricot, peach, and pear) or honey/hay (the saffron).

* I guess the way the scent wears differently each time is a result of the “push-pull technology,” which the press release touts so loudly.

* The dark/sweet floral of the top mellows in the base as it is joined by jasmine, orchid, and violet.

Summary:   When Lady Gaga first announced this scent, she said it would be inspired by bodily fluids like blood and semen.  That’s clearly not what Fame ended up being. The dark, sweet floral is strong, powerful, and a step above the majority of celebrity scents on the market. The scent projects loudly for the first hour and then calms down after the third hour.  I easily get twelve hours (as a skin scent) whenever I wear it. This is clearly aimed at women, but guys can rock this as well.  I could easily imagine walking into a gay bar and smelling this on a lot of guys.

As is often the case, there’s an easy comparison – to Madonna, whose Truth or Dare is a modern take of her beloved Fracas, the eau de Tuberose.  Fame is a darkly modern take on the fruity floral, and it is definitely a Lady Gaga fragrance. You can look past the gimmicky technology- black fluid turning clear (it will still stain white clothing)- and just appreciate a quality and enjoyable fragrance that is easy to love.  It’s kind of like her music – if you look past all the glitch-y noises, makeup, and outfits,  Gaga is a great singer/songrwriter who produces some of the best pop music of recent time.

Fame will be available later this month in major department stores and other fragrance outlets.

Disclaimer: Sample provided by sales associate. Image courtesy of

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11 Responses to Lady Gaga Fame Perfume Review

  1. karen says:

    I can’t wait to try this. Thankfully I don’t have strong feelings about Lady Gaga to make me resistant to trying/buying it. I’m sure there are plenty of people who go in for a fragrance just because of the name, but celebrity fragrances have the opposite effect on me. If I find a particular celebrity distasteful, I won’t even sniff in their fragrance in-store. And even if my biggest celebrity crush came out with a scent, I definitely wouldn’t buy it unless I really liked the way it smelled on me or my husband.

    • Ron Slomowicz says:

      I totally understand what you mean about the celebrity influence .. it’s the total definition of labelwhore – do you buy something because you love it or because of the namebrand on it. Unlike many other celebrity scents – Fame is actually really good.

  2. Natalie says:

    I’m having trouble with the video! Even on YouTube, it plays a few seconds, then jumps back a few seconds. No matter where I click in the review, it does the same.

    But, still enjoyed your write-up here! I have to say, I’m not interested in this at all, but hey, that’s the fun, right? 😉

    • Ron Slomowicz says:

      That’s odd.. try watching it directly on Youtube. Its a fun fragrance – that might get mainstream people into edgier stuff.. which is good for all of us.. a gateway. 😉

  3. winshean says:

    just wondering, if you don’t mind can you please envelope a sample and send it to me ? please ? fame will only be release after 2 months in my county. hope you could help me. thanks

  4. winshean says:

    and btw awesome video ! very detail, well describe and professional ! keep it up.

  5. drew echols says:

    ok! i LOVE THIS PERFUME! i have the cosmo magazine with the ad in it and i rubbed it on my skin and it smells amazing. going into to 8th grade. i am pretty much setting myself up for ridicule but i dont care at all. its amazing thanks for the video so much

    • Ron Slomowicz says:

      Enjoy the scent! Don’t be afraid to explore the world of fragrance – perfumers are just as creative as singers 🙂

  6. […] Ron of Notable Scents found it edgier than I did. Check out his video review of Fame by Lady Gaga here. […]

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