The showdown between the Countess (Lady GaGa) and Ramona Royale (Angela Bassett) opens with a conversation on what they smell like. From the Countess’ remark we learn that Ramona wears Guerlain Shalimar and that her blood smells like walnuts. On the other hand, the Countess’ blood smells like black licorice.
Ramona’s perfume of choice doesn’t come as a surprise: created by Jacques Guerlain in 1925, this alluring perfume is among the most famous oriental fragrances. Its top notes include vanilla, leather, bergamot, lemon; the middle notes are jasmine, rose, vanilla, orris, patchouli, vetiver, incense, civet; the base notes are vanilla, tonka bean and musk.
If you want to learn more about this iconic perfume, read this amazing post by Monsieur Guerlain.
The flashback scene, set in 1984, explaining the metamorphosis of the medical sales representative Nick Pryor (Denis O’Hare) into Liz Taylor is the center of the episode. The Countess (Lady GaGa) doesn’t turn Nick into a vampire, but convinces him to embrace his real self. “You smell like a woman,” she says and he’s not convinced yet: “It’s Paco Rabanne”, he replies, thus stressing the fact that he still clinging to the idea of himself as a man.
The perfume Nick wears is classic men’s fragrance, an aromatic fougère created by Jean Martel and launched in 1973. According to Fragrantica, its top notes are rosemary, clary sage and brazilian rosewood; middle notes are tonka bean, lavender and geranium; base notes are honey, amber, musk and oakmoss.
Countess Elizabeth (Lady GaGa) wears Bésame lipstick in Bésame Red, a true red shade with a cool blue-toned base.
There’s a bottle of Josie Maran argan cleansing oil on the wash-basin in Claudia Bankson’s bathroom.
Hypodermic Sally (Sarah Paulson) is wearing No Explanation by AJ Crimson, a beautiful deep berry shade.
Thanks to Eryn Krueger Mekash, the show’s make-up artist, for the id.
Countess Elizabeth (Lady GaGa) wears Bésame Cosmetics lipstick in Merlot, semi-matte brick red.