I'm feeling festive today, so I decided it would be fun to review one of my current favorite fragrances: Prada Candy Eau de Parfum. I picked up this deluxe sample size during a recent gift-with-purchase event. It was a great find, as I love the scent and enjoy collecting miniature fragrances (see the menagerie here). Prada Candy is a caramel confection wrapped in playful pink and gold packaging. The intended notes include caramel, musk, vanilla, and benzoin. Simply put, Prada Candy is a weighty caramel vanilla scent. The sweet candy caramel is the prominent note. The sweetness is tempered by a relaxed, but also delicious vanilla scent. The vanilla is very noticeable as well. Amidst the gourmand scents, I also noticed a pointed sort of intoxicating sweetness tucked in the middle. It was kind of like tasting the sweet rum in tiramisu or smelling the alcoholic edge of pure vanilla extract. I interpret this to be the benzoin contribution. A clean white mask adds a sensuality to the sweetness and prevents you from smelling too much like food. All the notes are strung together in a continuous fashion. The smooth transitions from candy to cake to musk make Prada Candy a delicious and alluring fragrance.
Prada Candy Eau de Parfum is a gorgeous gourmand scent that will wear well into the cooler months. While its character is simple, there is considerable weight to the scent that will give it good lasting power. For comparison purposes, I believe Aquolina Pink Sugar is a close, but lighter relative. I've really been favoring Prada scents lately. I find them to be simple but sophisticated blends that are slightly off the beaten track. Prada Candy is a great start, and I'm hoping to add more Prada to my fragrance collection soon. Thanks for reading! Have you tried Prada Candy? What are some of your favorite sweet scents? What fragrances or fragrance samples have you tried recently?