Prada Candy it is one of the most popular fragrances on the market. Determined to surprise us with a perfume different from what we are used to, the Italian firm presents a gourmand excessive and sensual, a whole explosion of smell.
Its composition is based on the triad of caramel, white musk and benzoin. All three elements are used in extremely high concentrations to create a warm, powdery, velvety, comforting, addictive, pop, and deliciously decadent scent.
In this article you will discover all the secrets of this fragrance: what its olfactory structure is like, what it smells like, how long it lasts on the skin and how it has been received by consumers.
Prada Candy: an extra dose of caramel, please
Prada fragrances had so far distinguished themselves by their classic, elegant touch and a certain exclusive side.
In fact, the first line of perfumes from the Italian firm was only sold in Prada stores: a series of thematic fragrances based on different scents such as iris, amber leather or narcissus.
The first mass release is Prada Amber. In 2007 they launched the famous Infusion d’Iris which has received much praise for being a very well crafted ode to the iris, with a nod to classic perfumes but a modern composition.
Following its success, Prada launched two other “infusions”: Infusion de Rose and Infusion de Tubéreuse, although less popular.
Looking for a new twist not entirely conventional, 2011 is the year of Candy. The fragrance introduces us to a new younger, spontaneous and very feminine Prada girl. It is proven that Prada also knows how to navigate less classic areas and continue to stand out with a sophisticated and sexy touch.
The Italian house repeats Daniela Andrier as a perfumer. She is the nose behind many of the Prada fragrances for both men and women, including Infusion d’Iris, Infusion d’Homme, L’Eau Ambrée and the most recent Luna Rossa.
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What does it smell like?
Prada Candy is an oriental perfume with appetizing edible notes as you could already guess from its name. But do not think that it is an ordinary fragrance, a gourmand more without anything special.
What makes it different to begin with is the exaggerated concentration of Laos benzoin resin (benzoin) that is used. 12% depending on the brand when the usual in perfumery is a much lower amount.
White musks and caramel (ethyl maltol) also appear in large quantities. In fact, Prada only lists these three elements as the official perfume notes.
And they are right. If you understand the role of each of these three notes in the composition, it is easy to visualize what its smell, proposal, depth and evolution are like.
The game is already very sweet with a slight fruity tone that develops towards benzoin, a note that marks a presence in all layers of the perfume. Benzoin resin has a creamy, amber, warm aroma, with an oriental hint of powdered vanilla and a sensual touch of leather.
The caramel, very elegant and without ever being cloying, does not take long to show itself with a creamy and milky quality. Dulce de leche, cooked condensed milk, Mexican cajeta, praline, caramel fudge. It is impossible not to think of delicious things when you smell it.
The caramel notes are enhanced by the smell of benzoin while they become more “adult” with the presence of white musks.
The musk softens the ensemble with a discreet woody touch, gives a vaporous character to the background of the fragrance, airs its rather monolithic evolution, as well as providing a very sexy animalistic touch.
As the smell of the caramel tones down, the amber and benzoin accord remains on the skin with all its warmth and cozy, pleasant and deliciously powdered potential.
Prada Candy it is definitely less sweet and commercial than you might expect. Daniela Andrier does not resort to tons of sugar to imagine a candy that is soft and enveloping, pure, buttery, resinous, slightly smoky and wrapped in a very elegant powdery halo.
Despite the benzoin overdose, it is a very well formulated composition where there are no edges to file and where what we would expect as the main note is only one of its anecdotes.
It is a good choice for the fall or winter season because of its warmth. Both its longevity and its scent are moderate so it does not last for many hours on the skin.
Opinions about Prada Candy
The consumer approval rate for this fragrance is 72%. 7 out of 10 people who smell it consider its smell rich.
The durability on the skin is moderate and receives a score of 63 (out of 100) from users.
The projection is very discreet, its scent develops more closely to the skin. Note 57 of 100.
The notes, chords and olfactory references of the composition that can be perceived with greater intensity are respectively:
- Cotton candy
- Baby powder
The excesses also reach the packaging of perfume. The cylindrical bottle is orange and is bordered by a bright pink band where we see the name of Prada.
The cap has an original crescent shape and the spray is integrated into it so that it does not need to be opened. Of course, you have to be careful not to tighten it by accident!
Finally, the box follows the line of the most striking pink with the drawing that represents the new Prada girl.
It is sold in Eau de Parfum format in 30, 50 and 80 ml bottles.
A shower gel, a body lotion and an exfoliator are also available that will delight fans of its aroma.
The fragrance currently has two flankers, both also developed by Daniela Andrier: Candy L’Eau (2013) and Candy florale (2014).
L’Eau is a more traditional Eau de Toilette, thought for spring for its fresh top full of citrus fruits and a floral heart with sweet pea. At the base the notes of caramel, benzoin and white musk remain that give it its identity.
The Candy L’Eau bottle is a skin-colored version with the same black cap.
Florale also follows in the vein of the L’Eau version by presenting us with a fresher version but relying on flowers as its name suggests.
The note of limoncello at the top precedes a heart of peony, and the finish is soft musky with hints of the caramel of the Candy perfume, but everything much lowered in intensity.
The Florale bottle is pale pink and the cap is white, presenting a more discreet and summery fragrance.
Léa Seydoux is the French actress who was chosen as the image of Prada Candy.
Directed by Jean Paul Goude, she stars in a television commercial where she shows her most playful and provocative, spontaneous and impulsive side.
Léa is also the face of Florale and L’Eau. For the latter they chose the directors Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola and a very romantic and Parisian setting.
Here we leave you the famous advertisement for the original fragrance:
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Prada Candy: Pure Indulgence
Release year: 2011
Olfactory family: Oriental (Classical subgroup, Gourmand)
Perfumer: Daniela Roche-Andrier
Notes: white musk accord, benzoin accord, caramel accord
Personality: young, seductive
Prada Candy Perfume Price: € 55 approx. (per 50ml)
Durability on the skin6.3