July 20, 2016

Katy Perry Mad Love Perfume Review

This was provided to me by a brand for review and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post but all opinions are my own.

Katy Perry Mad Love

I’m delighted to share with you a review of the new Katy Perry Mad Love Perfume. So, why am I so excited about Mad Love? I shouldn’t be considering I have such a passionate love/hate relationship with celebrity fragrances. Some I love, most I hate.

In 2014, Katy added a little fragrance to her growing empire of perfumes called Mad Potion and I have to admit to easily and quickly falling in love with it. The funky bottle, the gorgeous gourmand vanilla fragrance, the ability to layer it with other fragrances, it was just an instant hit for me.

I admit I was a little skeptical about the launch of the new Mad Love Fragrance. Hey, I did in fact love the original but I had doubts about a follow up because typically sequels aren’t as good as the original am I right? Also, I find that when brand’s launch a new fragrance under the same namesake it typically means they smell almost identical to the original fragrance with minor note variations. For example, take the Armani Rose Si, it smells pretty much like the original Armani Si in my opinion. I had worries that Mad Love would just be a variation of Mad Potion.

Turns out I had very little to worry about. Mad Love is absolutely nothing like the original Mad Potion! But there was still the matter of would it be as good as the original?

Katy Perry Mad Love Perfume

Yes, yes! It is as good as the original! Not only is Mad Love completely different but also adorably sweet and perfect for layering with the original should you please. Unlike the original fragrance this focuses on sweet, juicy notes. If you like fun, sweet fruity florals you’ll adore this. And if you don’t? Tame it down and add a little Mad Potion to the mix to create a warm envelope of vanilla around the sweet melody of Mad Love!

Speaking of complete opposites, even the bottle is incredibly different from the loud, bright purple bottle of the original. Although shaped the same, Mad Love comes in cute, flirty little pale pink bottle that has a white marble ball shaped stopper. It reminds me of Valentine’s Day as the pink combined with the heart accents just give off that vibe.

This fragrance starts with a fruity opening of Lady Apple Sorbet followed by juicy, sweet strawberries and a hint of tart pink grapefruit! The initial mist reminds me of fruit cocktail in a heavy syrup. As it settles, soft notes of peony and jasmine come through and finally at the drown down you’ll get a warming skin musk and hints of sandalwood. The fruitiness remains at the dry down but the musk and sandalwood tame the initial sweetness. I couldn’t help but think of canned pears when I wore this. It smells like peeled pears in syrup as it settles down on my skin and there’s a little twangy note in the background. It’s a very cute fragrance but it also has a certain sexiness to it as well. This wears best on clothes versus skin as it does wear away fairly fast with my body chemistry. I like misting it on my clothes to get the best wear since my drier skin sucks it up in a three hour period. Mist it on your clothes and you’ll get lovely little lingering wisps of it throughout the day.

Since Mad Potion is such a great layering fragrance I almost instantly got excited about mixing Mad Love with Mad Potion. They work incredibly well together. Mad Love alone is sweet, syrupy joy alone but when you combine it with Mad Potion it becomes a sexy fruity vanilla blend. There has to be some irony here since Mad Potion reminds me of something cooked up in a mad scientist’s lab so, it’s quite fitting you can cocktail and blend the two fragrances to create a new, unique blend.

Like Mad Potion, Mad Love isn’t going to be for everyone. I think you have to be young at heart and enjoy a playful sweet fragrance to enjoy it. Many people I recommended Mad Potion to were surprised how much they liked it. I have a feel Mad Love will be the same! Don’t write it off until you tried!

Many celebrity fragrances are a rehash of the same exact thing over and over again but I can honestly say if there’s another “Mad” fragrance in the works down the line from Katy, I’ll be first in like to purchase as both Mad Potion and Mad Love have made this perfume lover a very happy girl!

Mad Love gets a Muse Approval.

I’m looking forwarding to see what Katy has up her sleeve next!

Katy Perry Mad Love is available exclusively at Kohl’s and kohls.com.


This was provided to me by a brand for review and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post but all opinions are my own.

About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • Kimmwc03

    I didn’t like Mad Potion very much but I’ll check this out the next time I go to Kohl’s.

  • diane

    this sounds lovely! have you smelled Britney Spears’ new one, Private Show??I got it at Kohls yesterday…it’s inspired by iced coffee and pretty much perfection!!!!

      • diane

        it reminds me of it, gourmand, sweet and delicious!! FRAGRANCE NOTES
        Iced frappuccino, clementine, juicy nectarine, dulce de leche, orange flower, jasmine sambac, luminous amber and sensual musks =)

  • abrixi

    Cause baby, now we’ve got bad blood
    You know it used to be MAD LOVE
    So take a look what you’ve done
    Cause baby, now we’ve got bad blood, hey!

    Anyone pick up on that?

    • Isabella Muse

      Haha lots of people! It’s been all over the internet that the name of the fragrance is a bit of shade at Taylor 😀

      • Amy O.

        Yes lol I was just looking through comments to see if anyone brought it up haha

  • abrixi

    In any event, I’m really glad you’re back from your vacation!

  • Rachel R.

    I don’t have Mad Potion, but I have several of her other fragrances, and love them all. I’ll have to check out this one.

  • EliCaroline

    I didn’t care for Mad Potion. Her Killer Queen perfume is one of my all time favorites -so I was disappointed when I tried Mad Potion. I am interested in smelling this one since I have recently been drawn to fruity perfumes.