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Lady Gaga's first fragrance, Fame, debuts tomorrow but one wily xo Jane writer has already smelled it. Tynan Sinks went to his local Macy's yesterday and coerced a beauty counter staffer to give him a preview spray. His review: "I can tell you that the minute it hits your skin, it’s sweet, almost shockingly so. You get the powerful notes of apricot right away. My first thought was 'Fruit Stripe gum and lube,' which wouldn’t be totally shocking, given her fan base. As it wears though, the sweetness calms down and more of the belladonna and tiger orchid make their way through. The end result is a surprisingly sophisticated, multidimensional fragrance." [xoJane]