La Dame Fragrance Reminded Me of My Grandmother in the Best Way



  • I left my comfort zone to try La Dame by “The Real Housewives of Potomac” star Karen Huger.
  • I wear perfume daily and prefer the strongest scents loaded with sweetness and citrus. 
  • It brought back childhood memories and will remain in my collection for special occasions.

I love a strong fragrance because quiet luxury is not my thing. I stood in line at BravoCon on October 15 to take a whiff of La Dame by Karen Huger. I liked it but the line was too long for me to complete my purchase without missing the next panel. After the panel, I went back and purchased it in a rollerball size for $33.

I enjoy strolling through the aisles of Ulta plotting how to stand out in a crowd with the help of Yves Saint Laurent’s Black Opium, Armani’s My Way Intense, or Carolina Herrera’s Very Good Girl. For that reason, I had to try La Dame.  

The inaugural fragrance from Karen Huger, a breakout star on “The Real Housewives of Potomac,” was a huge storyline on the show and I had to see what the fuss was all about. 

La Dame is a warm mix of vanilla, spice, and musk

The scent was light but memorable and stuck with me. It felt familiar but I couldn’t place it right away. After some reflection, I realized the notes included a subtle blend of vanilla, warm spice, and sheer musk. I usually pick citrus scents that slap you in the face but this blend was softer. It is subtle at first whiff but it gets better with time and settles into your skin nicely. 

La Dame Perfume Karen Huger Real Housewives of Potomac

Rollerballs are a great way to test the fragrance before you commit.

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I put the perfume on and asked my partner to sniff it before I left the house for the next day of BravoCon. He smiled widely and said it smelled like his mother. I laughed because she, like my grandmother, was a church-going woman and La Dame immediately makes you think of the elegant women who fill the church pews. 

It’s not that the scent is similar to peppermints in the bottom of a church mother’s purse, or worn bibles. It just gives you that special jolt you get on a communion Sunday. It is a grown woman’s fragrance. 

La Dame is the perfect combination of “deaconess” and “Dior.” It feels regal and wise enough to give the kind advice Huger gave her costar Robyn Dixon about not inviting fellow castmate Wendy Osefo to a family fun day outing in season seven episode four. 

La Dame fragrance by Karen Huger

Rollerballs are perfect to slip in your purses for big moments that require a little bag.

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Cons to consider

If you’re looking for a trendy, TikTok-influenced fragrance, this is not the scent for you. I have not seen anyone put it on after pretending to wake up and steam their sheets for a mini-vlog. 

La Dame is not instantly recognizable like the scent Baccarat Rouge 540. It gives more “we stepping out tonight” than “hot girl summer.”

The cedar and sandalwood accents in the fragrance do not spring or leap, they rise gently. The bottle, however, is beautiful and timeless. 

The Bottom Line 

La Dame is a great pick for special occasions.

It is elegant and I can wear it to a family event, a job interview, or to church. It will definitely be tucked into my Telfar bag so I can exude rich auntie at an upcoming family baptism. 



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