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Prada Candy Florale: A Clever Surprise

nd.24487   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. nd.12426

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  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!


Annick Goutal Eau D’Hadrien: Eighties and Understated? Impossible!


Created in 1981, Annick Goutal Eau D’Hadrien was a shocker in so far as it is beautiful, pure and understated and was launched in the 1980s. I know, understated and 1981 doesn’t really go does it?  But this beautiful unisex cologne helped pave the way for later creations such as  Jo Malone Lime, Basil and Mandarin which was launched in 1999.

 Eau D’Hadrien is all about the Lemons.  If you don’t like Lemons, it’s not for you, but  it is very much for me!  The opening notes involve three types of Lemon, Grapefruit and a suggestion of Aldehyde notes in the drydown. It’s the kind of perfume you would reach Imagefor if you had overdone it, say with food or drink.  Say, after Christmas? Boy, I could do with some now.

In every perfume collection there should be something light and comforting and natural in the cologne style and that for me, is this delightful scent.

The shop is just around the corner from the Musée D’Orsay in Paris, so a good excuse to kill two birds with one stone if ever there was one. Do any of us need an excuse to go to Paris?

(They have been selling Annick Goutal at great prices recently in TK Maxx but I’m ignoring that and holding out for a Paris trip).

Stockists:  You can buy Annick Goutal Eau D’Hadrien from  Amazon.UK and Escentual in the UK, and Amazon.com and Amazon.ca in the USA and Canada. If I was in France I would just go to Paris and buy it from the boutique.