Remember that shampoo from the 80s that was called Once? It was two tone and you had to shake it before use and presto! It was both shampoo and conditioner. Why did I think of Once when I was trying out Prada Candy Florale? Mainly because Prada Candy Florale surprised me and completely changed half way through wearing it.
I have reviewed Prada Candy elsewhere in this blog (I won’t do a link to my own blog as it gets very weird), and despite its name making me think it was going to smell like a sweet shop, it was actually very good and not too sweet at all. Prada Candy was simply Musk, Benzoin and Caramel.
Prada Candy Florale has all of these but with added Peony and wait for it: Limoncello- that bitter, palate cleansing lemon liquer that you only drink in tiny shots. Prada Candy Florale doesn’t smell like a close relation to Prada Candy,
but the Florale bit is as good as its word. Florale uses the prettiest and girliest of flowers: the Peony. It does the job and it’s a safe bet if you’re not going for an edgy floral. Here’s what happens when you wear it: it opens as a very pretty, almost green floral with dominant Peony and very little trace of Benzoin or Caramel or anything else really.
Then, and here’s the clever bit, it changes into a delightful lemon eau de cologne style scent that hangs around for about four hours. The transitional bit is interesting: a sort of citrussy floral bouquet with a hint of creosote-y benzoin, but when it settles it smells so much like a lemon eau de cologne that I had to check which tester I had used, thinking I must have sprayed one over the top of it.
Prada Candy Florale impressed me a great deal. Sometimes new launches are all so samey that I think I will always be buying old school scents from the bottom shelf for evermore. But then something like this comes along and I applaud its audacity in not playing it safe. I don’t like it enough to shove anything off my existing over crowded wish list, but thank you Prada for giving us something a bit new and a bit different.
PS My sample comes from the latest quarterly Discovery Club Box from The Fragrance Shop. I love them- make it monthly Fragrance Shop!