Fragrances -Prada -Candy EDP

on 10/6/2014 2:45:00 PM

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I was in Sephora today and wanted to try out a new fragrance and thought, "How can one go wrong with Prada?". Well, here's how. This smells like it belongs on hookers in Vegas in the basement of the Rio. Sweet, cloying, overkill, just totally and completely cheap (a word I try to never use). I dont even think my 5 year old niece would like this garbage. The single worst fragrance I've ever tried; I cant imagine the type of man who'd find this attractive on a woman. I used Josie Moran face cleansing oil to try to strip the scent off my skin before leaving the store (a tip from one of their MAs who helped me after I made my fragrance error) and heading back out into the real world. Just absolutely disgusting (stunning bottle though).


Fragrances -Prada -Infusion d'Iris EDP Absolue

on 8/31/2014 11:23:00 AM

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I have already written a favorable review about the original Infusion d'Iris EDP (I like that better than the EDT which is more floral/less incensey and L'Eau d'Iris which is a floral/minty version). Despite my admiration of the EDP it was a bit too uptight and austere to feel comfortable wearing it and got swapped.

Infusion d'Iris Absolue is a flanker well made; neither so different that it would seem unreasonable to share the same name nor too similar so there would be no point of being around like others. They share some basic traits but there are different perfumes altogether.

It reminds me of the first EDP in the opening because of the bright orange blossom and neroli they have in common but there is no citrus here. It's apparent from the first moment that Absolue will be a warmer scent.

Both are powdery but the original turns woody/incensey while Absolue has none of these traits. Instead I get sweet/warm powdered resins. I would describe it as a softer, less spicy and more contemporary version of L'Heure Bleue.

Stays close to the skin and seems to last less than the original or I get this impression because it could be mistaken for a skin scent after a certain point and that's not the case with the first EDP. I don't get the same clarity in the transition of notes here, the lines are blurred and the whole composition seems more compact.

I can see how the wearers of Infusion d'Iris EDP could be disappointed, but if the original is a serious, aloof, intelligent woman at work, Absolue could be the same woman after letting her hair down in the safety of her home. Worth a try I'd say.

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Fragrances -Prada -Candy Florale

The Candy line has been really successful for Prada, so when I saw this new iteration available I thought what the heck and tried it out. I'm not one for sweet gourmand scents, but I've loved Prada's other fragrances so I was hoping this would be more my speed.

Unfortunately, I couldn't be more disappointed in this fragrance - it's definitely something they came out with to continue to cash in on the popularity of Candy. They didn't bother AT ALL to make it a worthwhile new product but instead mixed a bit of good fragrance with notes from another popular perfume - Marc Jacobs' Daisy - to create this 12 car pile up of citrus and floral.

I've never cared for Daisy since the citrus aspects read as rotten grass clippings and this perfume takes that aspect of it and adds in unremarkable, hairspray-reminiscent florals that wilt into a distant echo of the original Candy's caramel. Not at all sophisticated and very overpowering.

The only redeeming factor is the new version of the flanker is really pretty in pale pink, gold, and white and Lea Seydoux is pretty cute in the ads.



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Fragrances -Prada -Infusion d'Iris EDP

on 8/5/2014 1:21:00 PM

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Soft, just showered, white floral (but in a hint of expensive soap way). These are all the things I think of when wearing it. I love it. However it does not last longer than about two hours on me. The longevity is terrible :( I tried Chanel 19 as it was supposed to be similar (its not really) and that stayed way longer unfortunately. wonder if the absolute is better?

Update - I love this fragrance now and bough 100ml size EDP. My husband always compliments me on it


Fragrances -Prada -Candy EDP

on 7/9/2014 10:22:00 PM

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I was attending a weight loss clinic & had used the rollerball Candy EDP b4 my appt. I know that is just cruel reflecting back on it now; but we were getting our shakes in the supply room & a small group of folks had congregated commenting to each other how something "smelled good." I am probably going to H-E-double-hockey-sticks for that but it was completely ironic & unintentional, I knew it was the Prada Candy thou! It's a wonderful boozy sweet gourmand scent. Very heady. I like it with VS Vanilla Lace to layer it. I agree that this is nothing like Pink Sugar (my other favorite perfume) in so many ways different, Candy is less sweet, more grown up, more caramel, husky, sexy, sensual, it begs for flirtiness & some serious sexual innuendo. This is boy bait for sure, esp for cougars like myself! Prada speaks of classic sophistication, leather, extravagance, ennui, late nights drinking expensive wine at places where the cheapest item on the menu is $50 & it's all ala carte, your date picks you up in a Lexus & is wearing a (non-clip on) tie. It speaks of unspoken promises, naughty, teasing....this is something for the ladies whom are over 29. If you celebrate the "anniversary of your 29th birthday" then you are the target demographic. I personally adore this perfume!! :)

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Fragrances -Prada -Infusion d'Iris EDP

on 7/4/2014 10:34:00 PM

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Airy, delicate, lemony, light, fresh & sweet at first -- then comes an earthy, woody-grassy, peppery, incense-y drydown. Not a warm fragrance -- it's cool, fresh, chilly, icy, and silver-grey. Gives you a cool fresh blast of lemony air-conditioning -- then a tickle of peppery incense. Fresh & lemony, with earthy notes added. Like Annick Goutal Eau du Sud maybe? (lemon & dirt)

Here are its notes, per parfumo.net:

Top Notes: Galbanum, Mandarin, Orange blossom, Pistachio leaf
Heart Notes: Iris, Vetiver, Cedarwood
Base Notes: Benzoin, Frankincense

The topnotes are as clean, airy, fresh, sweet & citrusy as Amazing Grace or Gendarme -- but the base has pepper, incense, & dry woody-grassy notes (like a birch or driftwood -- or like vetiver).

I can see where the outdoorsy basenotes could possibly be off-putting for some -- enjoying the fresh lemony topnotes but not particularly liking the earthiness that lingers in the drydown. At times, I feel that way myself and prefer a scent that stays clean & fresh throughout.

Cool, light, clean, fresh, dry, and intriguing. I picture this on women who are professional, educated, reserved, perfectly put together.

ADDENDUM 11/13/14: I'm wearing Infusion d'Iris right now, and I would almost lump this in with the vetiver group -- almost the same overall type as Tom Ford Grey Vetiver, Tori Burch, Guerlain Vetiver, and a bit like Clinique Wrappings too. That is: cool, clean & citrusy topnotes -- followed by light grassy/green/earthy basenotes.

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Fragrances -Prada -Infusion d'Iris EDP

on 7/2/2014 3:49:00 PM

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HG forever. Fresh and powdery at the same time, perfect year-round, comforting but clean. This is the one bottle of perfume I have ever finished and repurchased more than once -- guess I should just splurge on the big bottle but the little ones last over a year. I have a vanity countertop full of half-used perfumes and when I can't decide, I go for this one and I'm never disappointed. I'll never be able to wear the same perfume every day without getting bored, but if I had to, it would be this one.

Update 2017: I lied. Got rid of all my other perfume and only wear this now.

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Fragrances -Prada -Prada EDP

on 6/28/2014 5:04:00 PM

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What comes to mind about this is baby powder and Exclamation by Coty, which is not a horrid combination.
Dreamy, calming, comfortable, casual or smart whatever, totally inoffensive. Any age group can wear it.
I'm not interested in buying it, I had a tester of this.

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Fragrances -Prada -Candy L'eau

on 6/26/2014 9:26:00 AM

This is a nice surprise. I didn't like the original Candy - found it too sweet, heavy and powdery. It's much drier than the original and has a distinct woody backbone that's almost a little masculine. I tried looking up the notes and fear this is just lumped into 'musks', so some kind of woody/musky aromachemical then. Whatever it is, it prevents the whole thing from becoming too sweet. I find it to be long lasting with good sillage, but it's airy, like an Ellena work, so you forget you're wearing it then notice the sillage from time to time. I don't notice the floral note at all. The opening is a little reminiscent of Shalimar with the citrus and vanilla-y sweetness. I'm enjoying wearing it now but think it will be great for the cooler weather too. One lippie off for being a flanker. I'm so tired of the lack of originality in the fragrance world.

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Fragrances -Prada -Candy EDP

on 6/2/2014 6:37:00 PM

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I picked up one of those fragrance samplers at Sephora that include a redeemable coupon for a free bottle of one of the fragrances included in the box. I picked a sampler of ten that had the most scents (three, to be exact) that appealed to me after smelling them on a paper strip in the store. I could not have been more mistaken as to what would be my final choice.

I forced my husband to be my helper and sniff each one on my skin. His usual response was either "meh" or "okay." Then I put on Prada Candy. Before I even asked him for his opinion, I was in love. I didn't say anything but just asked him once again to sniff. It's the one and only time I've seen him actually react with enthusiasm. He loved it.

I think this perfume is misnamed and might scare away people might assume that it is a super sweet, juvenile scent. Candy is most definitely not one of those scents. It is a warm, alluring, very sophisticated perfume that just wraps around you and makes you feel good. It is NOT overpowering or overly sweet at all. From beginning spritz to dry-down, this scent remains light and lovely and lingers for a very long time.

Believe me, I have rarely strayed from my florals (pure floral, woody floral, fruity floral, you name it). If someone had told me that I would swoon over a musk/vanilla, caramel blend, I would have laughed in their face. But swoon I did. Prada Candy stands out as a unique scent in a world of fragrances that are often indistinguishable from one another.

FYI: I will be posting a version of this review on other sites.




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Fragrances -Prada -Candy EDP

on 6/2/2014 12:41:00 AM

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Oh Candy....loved this when I smelled it at Ulta. Seemed to last a long time and I agree with a previous reviewer that it's sweet (but more caramel-like than sugary), sensuous and has a touch of mystery. A very interesting, on-trend but grown-up scent--perfect for a night out. I held out for a couple of weeks thinking about this and then took the plunge. Still love the scent, but for some reason it doesn't seem to last on me, so am less enamored than I'd hoped.

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Fragrances -Prada -Candy L'eau

on 5/29/2014 9:58:00 PM

Candy L'eau gives me an impression of caramel, chocolate, vanilla, and powder. Very pretty and girly. A little goes a long way and lasts well on me, but can give me a headache (1 point off for that) and I'm not prone to headaches. I prefer Candy edp as it's more wearable for me.

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Fragrances -Prada -Candy EDP

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This is such a lovely sophisticated take on a sweet gourmand type fragrance. I absolutely love it, although it wasn't love at first sniff. I would smell it each time I walked into Ulta and would think, "Hmmm... I don't know... seems heavy" or "seems too strong"... but I was drawn like a moth to a flame. I received a sample size that I couldn't stop applying, so I knew I had to make the purchase. On me, the initial spray and dry down are about the same and it lasts 4 hours or so before I need to reapply.

Try it out if you are considering, it's so lovely. I took off one lippie only for the relatively short staying power. My husband absolutely adores this!


Fragrances -Prada -Candy EDP

on 5/9/2014 4:11:00 PM

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Candy really does smell like Candy. Not jolly ranchers, cotton candy, or or juicy gum Prada's Candy smells like caramel. Dark, rich, caramel. Imagine setting up a fondu pot and melting hundredes of peices of lucsious caramel to dip your goodies in. Imagine the smell of deep caramel filling the restaurant and your senses. Candy is not Pink Sugar in any way, shape or form. It is slightly masculine and could have made a good caramel scent for guys i think. Also, rememeber when Madonna released her CD called Hard Candy? Candy would have been a good scent for her to have had that could have been released in conjunction with the CD. It would have been perfect. It lasts a long time and gets deeper and smokier the longer it stays on your skin. I want Candy. Sweeter than Bon Bon too so Candy is in the lead.

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Fragrances -Prada -Candy EDP

on 4/28/2014 3:49:00 PM

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I like this perfume a lot, which is surprising since I don't like sweet scents all that much. The "sweet" however, is very sensual and mature. It's perfect for fall or winter, with hints of caramel, vanilla and just the right amount of musk that it's not cloying to my senses. Delicious! The best part is, I got it at a steal from Perfumania with a 20% discount.


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