One way to cope with an oppressive heatwave is to perfume yourself with dignified summer colognes. There are all those beautiful classics such Acqua di Parma Colonia Assoluta, the various Guerlain eaux, Dior Eau Suave, Chanel eau de Cologne, or Goutal Eau d'Hadrien (vintage, please). Their crispness and clean refreshing citrus notes seem like the only hope for our sweaty reality. One can also wear Eau de Gaga.
The note list is vague: violet, lime, leather,wood notes. The Gaga imagery that came along with this 2014 release included a lot of naked male skin, and the celebrity scent concept is so tired and boring that Eau de Gaga seemed to have headed straight to the discounters. It didn't sound or look like anything in particular, let alone a summer cheap thrill, but here we are.
Everything about Eau de Gaga (also known as Eau de Gaga 001, meaning that maybe there are/were plans for sequels) is fake. The violet, the leather, even the citrus bite in the opening. But it's fun, and the part that completely got me (and led to a ridiculous visit to a depressing TJ Maxx location) is a crisp and brisk tea note, slightly sweetened with a hint of summer berries. Ok, maybe embracing the undignified state of being here and drinking a tall glass of powdered iced tea, but I swear that served with enough ice in a nice packaging I can almost see that beautiful front porch with an old swing and a little sitting area, complete with a floral patterned tablecloth.
Longevity of Eau de Gaga is remarkable, which I attribute to whatever was used here to create the leather-not-leather note. It smells more like all the stuff on said front porch baking in the sun, so not exactly an Hermes boutique, but in this heat who has the energy to care? It works.
I'm not sure what's Eau de Gaga's suggested retail price these days, but bottles can be had for less than $20. Back when it launched in Europe the smallest size was priced around £25, as we can learn from this ridiculous Glamour UK write up.