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You speak english if you're reading this right? so read the TITLE of the perfume again... Exactly... CANDY! And might I say HOW candy-like this is:
First off, it has that ''sugary'' kick that one gets from eating candy... this perfume does it as well, as soon as you put it on, honey you're in for a treat (pun intended)
This is really sweet and fresh and young but at the same time it is still a very classy perfume. Can be worn by any age group I think. If I could, I would buy it all over again because my current bottle is EMPTY but the sad thing is it is Sliiiiightly expensive and my pay has not yet come..so *fingers crossed* a relative's b'day is coming soon, maybe I'd bum a few sprays before we go out :P
If you really like that sweet vanilla and sugary smell, with a hint of elegance in it, then this is the perfect perfume for you (convince your boyfriend or something, Valentine's Day is coming soon *wink wink* - take him to a perfume store and point at it 'by accident'), or maybe you have a friend who likes those qualities in a smell? Then trust me..... this right here - GOOD STUFF!!!!
As we all know, Christmas has just passed and one of the lovely gifts I requested was Prada Candy Eau de Parfum. It's strange as I am a total sucker for advertising, and it really just looked nice on the advert and I had never smelt it in my life before, but trusting the sensuous advert and reading about the notes online I figured it sounded nice enough so asked my mum to get it for me - now I love it!
The bottle is quite simple, much like the picture, of a cylindrical transparent bottle, where you can see the orange perfume inside, with the pink Prada rim and a black bottle lid a bit like a stopper, which you pull off to reveal the spray nozzle. I think the bottle looks quite elegant and it looks beautifully on my chest of drawers. I got the small 30ml bottle so it is nicely sized and not over the top.
The scent of the Prada Candy perfume (in my opinion) is really unique and like no other perfume I have had before. The notes are a gorgeous combination of caramel, musk, vanilla and Benzoin. It all combines for a scent that to me is really sweet, girly, very warm and is like vanilla with a more deep twist and long lasting heat. I am a big fan when it comes to vanilla perfumes, and this is the best I have had by far with it's unique aroma which soaks in to create a really comforting, attractive smell which whenever I have hugged someone in the last 2 days they ask what I am wearing!
I really like this perfume as I feel that the New Year is dawning and I want a new image and with that a new scent. It oozes powerful ness and vibrance in it's rich smell and when settles in my skin or clothing, I am often sniffing myself enjoying the atmosphere! I definitely think it's target audience is the more sophisticated, confident woman, it is not a scent I think is girly or floral or subtle in any way.
It's a very bold, strong scent that I think will make people sit up and take notice and for me the introductory Benzoin essence is what captures my attention with the caramel and vanilla working it's way through patiently and gives this scent a lot of longevity as a few sprays in the morning really last all day.
Overall, I am loving this perfume, and since I hadn't even sniffed it once before it was given to me as a gift I am proud to call it mine and will definitely be continuing to buy it for the forseeable future! It costs £55 for the 30ml EDP and it's a lovely statement scent, that could be worn daily but would have much more effect as a special occasion perfume, like dinners or dates etc. I have to give it 5 stars and I am currently recommending it to everyone I know!
Prada Candy was launched in August 2011 and in the run up to Christmas this fragrance seemed to be everywhere I looked. Although I had no real interest in trying it, I must admit I didn't complain when I was given a sample vial!
Although I do not own the full sized product, I must say that this has to be the most well packaged sample I have ever seen. Most companies just stick the vial inside a folded card, but this one came in an oversized box with the same design as the full sized product. The little spray is even adorned with gold lettering, so it did give the impression of quality if nothing else. The full sized bottle, I am less impressed with. It has an art deco theme with the rounded bottle having a band of pink around the top and an oversized spray button. Although I can see the sort of look they were going for, to be honest I personally think it has come off looking rather cheap and it's disappointing that I am more impressed with the appearance of a sample vial than I am the full bottle!
With a name like Candy, of course I was expecting this fragrance to be particularly sweet and sugary. The top note of the fragrance is said to be musk, with a heart of benzoin and a base of caramel.
When initially sprayed, the first thing I detect is what smells like burnt caramel with an earthier edge and a slight sharpness of alcohol. The best I can say at this stage is that I find it pleasant, yet not particularly remarkable. It does not 'wow' me at all and to be honest the first time I used it I was a little disappointed, as from all the hype I had expected something that would blow me away.
As the fragrance settles on my skin, the musk really becomes evident and although I would not particularly have thought it, it goes well alongside the sweetness of the caramel, which can still be smelled in equal measure. When I think of musk, my mind flashes to the mid nineties when myself and my friends discovered cheap musk scented body sprays, which we would wear in a choking cloud, presumably thinking it made us grown up. Thankfully there's none of that here, the scent smells quite luxurious and the musk gives the fragrance depth, whilst the caramel base provides a sweet creaminess. Even when the fragrance is fading, the creamy caramel scent lasts right up until the end and never feels too sweet or sickly.
I'd say the staying power of this scent is around five hours. It's not as good as I may have hoped from a brand like Prada, especially when I consider that the last hour or so I can smell it, it is very muted on the skin and can only really be detected up close. I should note, that I only ever use a maximum of two sprays at a time, perhaps longevity would be less of an issue if I was a bit more liberal with it.
In terms of what age I would recommend this to, it's rather hard to say. I don't find it to be a sophisticated 'grown up' scent, yet whilst I think the sweetness will appeal to younger women, the musk gives it an edge that would mean a more mature lady could carry it off just as well.
I personally prefer this as a daytime scent, although I think you could get away with using it in the evenings too. It has a slightly warming quality to it, which I feel makes it suited to the cooler months and I don't think it is a coincidence that this fragrance was released just prior to the autumn.
The fragrance is available in three sizes. It is widely available and can be found in Boots as well as most department stores. The following prices are taken from the Debenhams website but of course will vary depending on where you shop.
30ml - £40
50ml - £53
80ml - £71
I do think these prices are rather high although most fragrances tend to be expensive when first released and the price may go down a little, the longer this has been available. I personally do not like the fragrance enough to pay even the lowest price, for £40 I would want something a bit more 'special' and stand out.
Overall, I do like Prada Candy, but I can't see myself ever owning the full sized bottle unless I am given it as a gift. The problem with the fragrance for me, is that it's not special or interesting and doesn't have the wow factor I had expected. There are a lot of sweet, light scents like this on the market that are much more reasonably priced. As well as that, it does not help that the staying power is also remarkably average. So, whilst it is a nice fragrance, I think I would only recommend it if you can get hold of it at a much more reasonable price than the RRP.
Prada Candy ; enriches the Prada's unique position in the fragrance universe with another vision, one that is uniquely colorful, pop inspired and explosive. Prada Candy combines the style of the original oriental Prada Amber For Women with an overdose of vanilla and benzoin, a touch of musky and powdery sophistication and a joyful carefree explosion of caramel.