Lady Gaga Perfume Controversy

This week, fashion editors and bloggers stole Lady Gaga’s thunder by leaking images of the box and bottle of Gaga’s new perfume, Fame.

The bottle is appropriately Gaga-esque, is its purple egg shape with gold geometric shaped top and claws reaching down the sides.  The front of the box simply states, “Black Liquid” while the back elaborates on the actual scent saying, “tears of belladonna, crushed heart of tiger orchidea with a black veil of incense, pulverized apricot and the combinative essences of saffron and honey drops.”

The back of the box also states, “First of its kind, this perfume is an innovation in fluid technology. It’s black like the soul of fame, but invisible once airborne.”

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As pretentious as the label is, there’s something more concerning that’s captured the attention of those following the story.  In a February 2011, Gaga told an Australian radio station that the fragrance would contain both blood and semen.  She said:

“[Blood and semen] is in the perfume but it doesn’t smell like it. You just get sort of the after feeling of sex from the semen and the blood is sort of primal. And the blood was taking from my own blood sample so its like a sense of having me on your skin.”

Clearly this is not stated on the box, so whether the current manifestation of Fame contains those elements is not clear.  But at the time she made the claim, she sounded quite serious and claimed that the “molecular structures” of blood and semen would factor into her fragrance.  The goal is to make the wearer smell like an “expensive hooker.”

There have been many claims around the net that this is all based upon a rumor and that she never actually made that statement.  That is false.  I found a clip of the interview and you can listen below.

Further concern has been raised over the implication that the perfume contains belladonna, also known as “deadly nightshade”. According to an article on topamax weight gain WY, “The berries produced by the plant appear safe and delicious, but just a few of them can kill a child — and a single leaf, in fact, is capable of killing a grown adult.”

It is HIGHLY unlikely that manufacturers would allow the artist to put a deadly substance into her perfume, but between the blood, semen, and implications of belladonna, this is one scent I’ll be skipping for sure.