Sunday, 2 October 2011

Prada Candy Perfume - a hug in a bottle

Prady Candy girl

I expected to hate Prada Candy.  The name, the picture on the box, the colourscheme… it all seemed a bit twee to me.  I’d used several Prada fragrances in the past and the whole branding of Candy seemed such a huge departure.  So love at first sniff came as quite a shock…

I thought this would be a young girl’s fragrance – and I’m guessing that part of the branding was an attempt to draw in a younger clientele.  I expected sickly sweet, candy shop, make-me-choke type scent, but no.  It is a little overpowering at first, but please don’t let that put you off as it settles on the skin like it belongs there – and lasts very well on me.

The Notes: A cocktail of musks, an overdose of Laotian Benzoin, an explosion of caramel

To me, Prada Candy is a grown up scent.  It’s vanilla; it’s caramel; it’s warm; it’s powdery. It reminds me of my favourite elderly aunt in her fur coat, who would always produce a powder compact and shocking pink lipstick from her snap-shut handbag.

[The same handbag that usually contained a bag of sweets (in the days when they came in quarters in paper bags) – Cherry Lips or Mint Imperials – and she’d sneak me a few in the back of the car when mum and dad weren’t looking. Yes I digress…]

I may not like the image on the box, but I LOVE the girl in the ad above and HOW gorgeous is the bottle…

Prada Candy bottle

‘The pure indulgence and enjoyment of Prada Candy lies in its excess. Prada Candy is a fragrance with a novel olfactory balance combining exceptionally high-quality ingredients in excessive proportions. Magnified by White Musks, noble Benzoin comes together with a modern Caramel accord to give the fragrance a truly unique signature.’

Prada Candy is a marmite perfume: you’ll either adore it or hate it.  Personally I fell head over heels with it immediately. I wanted to inhale it. I walked around town sniffing my arm getting the strangest looks from old men.

A hug in a bottle, a little bit vintage, (even verging on a little old lady – but don’t let that put you off!).  It’s sweet - but warm, pudding in the oven sweet - not sickly sweet (I HATE sickly sweet smells).  It’s soft, sensual, seductive, comforting and perfect for Autumn-Winter. Oh and the bottle is Deeee-vine and I shall not rest ‘til it adorns my dressing table!

Yes I’m heartbroken to inform you that I still don’t own this bottle of gorgeousness, though I do have a couple of precious sample vials. I’m a bit odd about buying perfume for myself, so it’s on my Christmas list and I’ll be sending my husband a link to this post (if I can bear to wait that long, which is debatable).

Prada Candy Eau de Parfum costs around £40 for the smallest size, 30ml/ 1 FL oz.

~ Many thanks to Louise for providing me with the original images for this post ~

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