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Holiday fragrance gifts 2012, part 1

It’s Black Friday or Buy Nothing Day — take your pick. Whether you’re shopping or not, it never hurts to look, right? As we did last year, we’re kicking off this year’s string of holiday gift posts with a bunch o’ scented bath & body products. More to come over the new few weeks!

Guerlain Liu powder spray

From Guerlain, Liu powder spray: “…a light-as-air loose powder that enhances the face, body and hair with an iridescent golden veil. A mere press of the bulb releases the powder, leaving Liu’s mesmerizing aromas in its wake: a composition of aldehydes, sensual roses, vanilla, iris and woody notes.” $88 at Saks Fifth Avenue

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Lazy weekend poll ~ slutty perfumes

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I have an interesting mind but I want to smell like a slut to be totally honest. — Lady Gaga (see here)

So, if you had an interesting mind and wanted to smell like a slut, what perfume would you choose?

I don’t think women need to smell interesting

For those of you who haven’t invested enough time already, here is the full length (5 1/2 minutes, almost certainly NSFW) film for Lady Gaga Fame. The film premiered last night at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City, at a ball where Lady Gaga also got a tattoo and napped inside a giant perfume bottle. Below the jump, Lady Gaga explains to CNN that…

I wanted it to smell slutty, to be totally honest. I don’t think that women need to smell, you know, interesting. I have an interesting mind but I want to smell like a slut to be totally honest.

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Lady Gaga Fame ~ perfume review

Lady Gaga Fame, 2 page advert

[Note: regular readers of Now Smell This, at least, those that don't skip all the celebrity perfume reviews, have already read this story so many times that a summary should suffice: Fame is exactly what any long-time watcher of the celebrity fragrance market would have expected it to be: a sweetish fruity floral of no particular distinction. Still, it's wearable enough, and even after spraying it on paper, I was willing to try it on skin, which is more than I can say for Selena Gomez Eau de Parfum.]

As I’ve said here before, I am missing some portion of the gene for true fandom.1 There are famous people whose work I enjoy and whose careers I follow with some interest, but I’m not interested in meeting any of them, I don’t much care about their private lives, and I certainly would not buy a perfume just because some famous person’s name was on it. Maybe because of that, or maybe because I’m rarely more than vaguely familiar with the celebrities who land perfume contracts, I look on the celebrity fragrance market with an attitude somewhere between bemusement and detachment…

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