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Never having owned anything from Prada and always keen to bag a bargain , I snapped up a Prada gift box , which included several perfumes from their range , with refills and a silver atomiser in the Christmas sales a couple of years ago.
I tested them in the store and thought they were all nice, so bought the set.
Mine came in a giftbox so does not have the pump atomiser shown in the picture.
The bottle is very modern , heavy glass with the spray offset to one side of the rectangular bottle topped off with a silver lid. A very good quality bottle with a simple design.
It is a slightly awkward shape to spray though as the spray mechanism is so off centre and once or twice I have directed the spray in the wrong direction.
PRADA is clearly displayed on the front of the bottle and the name of the fragrance is on a silver plate on the top of the bottle , together with the main ingredients.
The fragrance hits you as soon as you take the lid off the bottle.
I find it very strong, which means it is long lasting. Don't be tempted to spray more than once as when I did that I nearly choked as I was enveloped in the scent which seemed to last forever.
It is also a distinctive fragrance and what hits me first is musky and woody and quite overpowering. The muskiness of the amber is most prominent but this also contains sandalwood and patchouli oil , plus something called benzoin.
It smells exotic but very overpowering for me and I should learn that it is a mistake to test several perfumes on top of one you are already wearing in a busy department store where everyone else is spraying.
Had I just sprayed this one I would not have bought it as I feel it is too heavy and it reminds me of the shops I used to go in years ago where they burn joss sticks and sell patchouli oil. Early Virgin records for those of you that are old enough to remember.
Also had I read the ingredients I would have known this was not for me , especially all combined together
I prefer sweet or fruity fragrances and so this simply isn't for me. I find that if I don't like a scent they seem to linger forever and this certainly falls into that category.
I have had this for a couple of years now and the scent has not deteriorated so it does last well.
This RRP is £50 for a 50ml perfume , but there are deals to be had. House of Fraser and John Lewis have 10% off at the time of writing and this is obviously very popular as it has sold out in John Lewis.
I would not recommend this as I do not like the musky spicy woody aroma, I find it overpowering and heavy . I also find this at odds with the Prada brand which is fashion forward and this makes me feel like I should grow my hair long adopt a centre parting and wear long flowing dresses . Although that does sound fashion forward a couple of seasons ago.
There is nothing subtle or light about this fragrance , but everyones taste is different and unfortunately this isn't to my taste.
The only positive I can give is that even at full price I think this is a good price for a eau de parfum . Plus it does disguise the smell of two wet dogs as I use this as an air freshener.
Only a one star from me and note to self to take more care when testing smellies and also not be influenced by bargain buys.
The Prada Fragrance is highly feminine and highly personal, subtle yet meticulous, made from the highest quality ingredients and blended by the world's leading noses / The Prada Fragrance re-explores the spirit of Amber, an inherent component of the roots of ancient perfumery, in four characteristic ways, each based on one ancestral ingredient: Pure with Sandalwood oil from India / Addictive with Patchouli leaves from Indonesia / Precious with Labdanum resin from France / Profound with Benzoin from Siam / The sleek, modern glass bottle comes with an artisan's plaque, engraved with the key ingredients of the fragrance, and an atomizer pump completes the allusion to traditional perfumery /