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I was given a 50ml bottle of the Prada eau be parfum for my birthday a while ago. I checked online and you can currently (April 2013) purchase a 50ml bottle from Debenhams for £54, so it is not the cheapest perfume on the market.
The perfume is presented in a rectangular glass bottle that is clear so you can see the light pink colour of the perfume. It comes in a very elegant and simple light pink box. The pump dispenser sits off centre and has a pull off silver metal lid that is easy to remove. The pump dispenser is easy to use, sprays evenly and I use two sprays per application and find this to be sufficient, also it has not clogged.
On the back of the bottle; which incidentally is fairly weighty, there is a small plaque that lists the key ingredients of the perfume. The perfume takes 4 key elements and is based upon the ancient roots of perfumery. The scents are sandalwood, patchouli, labdanum and benzoin, each ingredient comes from India, Indonesia, France and Siam respectively. The overall scent of the perfume is spicy and oriental.
I find this perfume to be fairly strong and it lasts for most of the day, having to be topped up if going out for the evening. The scent is not for everyone as it is quite heavy, and does remind me a little of burning incense as a student, but overall I think this is a grown up perfume, not for those that like light, soft or overly flowery feminine perfumes. I would recommend to others on that basis.
I received this perfume as a gift from my parents for my last birthday. I absolutely love a floral, feminine fragrance with a elegant bottle to match and this perfume really has it all!
The box is a beautiful light pink colour with the name of the brand and perfume on the front. It is a simply design, much like the bottle, that gives a true indication of the refined perfume inside. The bottle is a short rectangular glass bottle with an off centre pump and lid in silver metal. I think the bottle is deceptively inventive. It looks at first sight much like a normal perfume bottle but they have cleverly tweaked original, classic designs to give it a new and exciting twist. The pump works exactly as you would expect it to and the silver colour beautifully complements the glass bottle. The colour is the only surprise in that, I think, it doesn't exactly match the colour of the box. That is not to say it is horrible, I think the blush colour of the perfume is rather beautiful and probably a more refined and luxurious colour than the light pink of the box. They just seem like an odd match. Not that it really matters - I don't actually know anyone who keeps the perfume boxes and the bottle looks great as a stand alone perfume. I think the colour of the perfume is rather unusual, a light pink might have been a more obvious and boring choice whereas the blush adds an interesting touch. It reminds me of an expensive pink champagne.
The perfume itself is completely indulgent and luxurious whilst still retaining a modern edge which I love. The perfume uses Amber as the core note because it forms the core component in ancient perfumery. It combines this with notes of sandalwood from India, Patchouli from Indonesia, labdanum from France and benzoin from Siam. The scent is best described as spicy and oriental but with a base of floral femininity. The beautiful oriental notes do move away from my comfort zone with perfumes and this make is a scent that for me is quite adventurous. I love that the brand place importance on where they source their ingredients from and this perfume not only smells timeless but universal. I really think it could be used my any woman of any age and anywhere in the world.
It is a relatively expensive perfume - with prices for the 50ml bottle ranging anywhere from £45-£60 depending on how hard you hunt for a bargain. I think in this case though, and my frugal self does not say this lightly, it is absolutely worth it. That said, I will wait until I can get this duty free and will probably only treat myself once a year.
Overall? An exciting, modern perfume with a timeless touch.
I am not an elaborate girl, and i usually do not like being a sheep and following in thebig designer brands, but on this occasion i succumbed! I cant remember how I was introduced to this brand, or more so how my partner was as he first introduced it to me, but I would recommend it to anyone.
I currently use this and kenzo flower on regular alternatives. This fragance shouts quality and expense and a treat to use.
Its bottle is high quality, a cute little rectangular box with lid and easy to carry around in your handbag on a night on. It has a silver top which oozes class and style and looks great on my dressing table, or wherever else i leave it round the house.
It is rather pricey for a perfume. I think we paid £42 in boots (but think boots points) and i think i was also given a body lotion for free as part of a set.
The perfume lasts for a good 6hours at a good strength. Not too overpowering but not too weak either not to be noticed or commented on. It is primarily a woody scent, spicy and warm with fragrances divising from 4 countries; indonesia, france, thailand and India. Worn well either for the day or in the evening.
This Prada perfume is a relatively recent addition to my ridiculously large perfume collection. I was collared by the perfume counter lady who thrust a large sample size in my hand and I went home happy thinking it was another free addition to my handbag sized perfume collection.
The problem with this was as soon as I started to wear this perfume, I fell in love with it, and luckily my lovely hubby bought me the full sized bottle when my sample size ran out.
As soon as the perfume is applied, a warm sensuous fragrance emerges. I think it is categorised as a woody scent, but I would call it more of an oriental warm spicy fragrance, the predominant note for me being the sensuous scent of sandalwood.
The full notes of the fragrance are as follows:
Top notes:Bergamot oil, mandarin oil and orange oil
Heart notes: Rose absolute and patchouli
Base notes: Labdanum resin, sandalwood and benzoin resin
The fragrance just shouts out quality and feels really expensive and a treat to use. The fragrance is subtle yet distinctive and not overpowering in any way. I wear this usually as an evening fragrance, although if I am need of a perk me up in the daytime I sometimes wear it then. It lasts for several hours at full strength, though you can still detect the lingering remains of the scent in the afternoon if you apply in the morning.
The bottle is a chunky and square shaped with a shiny silver top - not my favourite addition to the dressing table, but certainly not the ugliest.
Price wise, well pricey if I am honest- £47 for 50ml from Boots, although they are chucking in a free body lotion in the gift set - maybe look in the sales?
I have to face the truth here - I am not a Prada girl, I will never have the handbag nor wear the shoes, nor in truth would I really want to. However, I do love the perfume possibly inspite of not because of the brand name. It is elegant and sophisticated and makes me feel special - what more could a girl want from a perfume?
Prada: Prada, Eau de Parfum
Personally I think this perfume is just too sweet in scent for me. I was given this as a gift from some friends and I can pinpoint which friend chose it. She would completely suit this fragrance but sadly I don't think that this scent suits me. Fragrances make such great gifts but because they are so personal it makes it hard to get right for even people you know well.
This is the first fragrance released by the fashion house of Prada and Prada describe this perfume as having four dimensions; pure, addictive, precious and profound.
I find this fragrance really sweet smelling, even after it has had a while to settle. It's very strong and a bit cloying when first sprayed and when it settles I still find it really hard to pick out any individual scents. All I smell is an overly sweet and girlie fragrance that I don't enjoy very much.
The olfactory notes are listed below...
Top notes; Bergamot oil, orange oil and mandarin oil
Heart or middle notes; Rose absolute and patchouli oil
Base notes; Labdanum resin, sandalwood and benzoin resin
The longevity of this perfume is probably on the shorter side of average, if you do want to keep this fragrance smelling fresh then you will need to re-spray throughout the day.
The bottle is simple but it is elegant, it's a solid clear class bottle which shows the delicately coloured perfume and is really rather attractive.
This is quite an expensive perfume retailing typically in store for £47.50 for a 50ml bottle and £64 for an 80ml bottle (it is possible to search around and get this cheaper on the internet).
--My overall opinion--
This is not the perfume for me, it doesn't meant that it is a horrible perfume just that it isn't suited to me. Perfume is such a personal taste that people's opinions differ drastically. I am going to give this perfume two out of five stars because I just don't enjoy using it.
I first smelt Prada when I went on a Mediterranean cruise five years ago. They had a fantastic perfume shop on board and the prices were good. As soon as I tested Prada I just fell in love with it and its been my absolute favourite ever since. As soon as I smell it it brings back lovely memories of the cruise.
It costs £45.00 for a 50ml bottle of eau de parfum although it can be found on line for £35.95.
It comes in a pink box,with a burgundy card interior, it has the word Prada on a piece of ribbon on the front, and the ingredients are printed on the back. The bottle is a rectangle plain glass bottle with a gold top and a gold spray button set to one side. It has the word Prada in gold printed on it.
Prada is a strong heady seductive perfume which definatly lasts all day and all evening, and I can even smell it faintly the next day. Prada is the first perfume from the fashion house Prada and its ingredients include sandalwood oil, patchouli leaf, labdanum and benjui. Although it is not a flowery perfume it is most definatly what I would call feminine.
Not one if you do not like your perfume too strong
It lasts really well, well worth the money.
I have been wearing this perfume for about 3 years now and have had more compliments on it than I ever had on any perfume in the past. It has a really mature, grown up and classic scent, which is what attracted me to it. I am only 26, but I like an elegant, sophisticated scent, and I feel that I get that from Prada.
I have never been a fan of floral scents, and this appeals to me for that reason. It has a strong scent, but not overpowering, and it is the woody, sandalwood smell which is what makes it work for me.
The packaging, (ever an important feature for perfume), is classic and understated. The glass bottle is a cuboid shape, with a metal panel along the top with information about the perfume. It comes in a dusky pink box, which has a fabric tab with "Prada" on it. It adds a little bit of extra luxury.
The only down side of this perfume, that I can see, is the price. It is quite expensive compared to a lot of brands which I would imagine to have the same sort of status. It is often possible, however, to get a good deal on it, at the airport, or in Boots in the January sales (which I did this year - a set with body lotion and soap for less about £14 less than the price of the bottle alone in the store!).
I was given this perfume as a gift last Christmas and instantly loved it. Mine was not a large bottle but a small purse spray which came with three 10ml bottles, which could be transferred into the purse spray holder when needed. I loved it so much that I asked for more for this Christmas. It's quite a strong scent, but it lasts all day and I often receive compliments when I wear it! In terms of comparing with other perfumes I have found it slightly more expensive than the usual other branded perfumes. My fiance has the mens version of this perfume and the two definitely compliment each other well, you can smell the similar scents used in each. I would definitely recommend the purse spray size rather than a larger bottle as it fits easily in your handbag. The purse spray also comes with a guarantee in case of damage or wear, but even though mine lived in my handbag it didn't get any scratches on it.
I bought this at an airport because my flight was horribly delayed and I wanted to cheer myself up. It definitely did the trick.
The packaging is a simple, classic pink box, and the bottle a clear rectangular shape with silver top and just the Prada logo on the corner. Understated yet chic and elegant, which pretty much describes the fragrance inside. It's a great day perfume and smells gloriously of amber with hints of sandalwood and a vague suggestion of patchouli. It's fairly heavy going, so you need only use a little bit to keep you smelling fabulous all day and on into the evening - although they market it as a daytime perfume it's definitely evening-friendly as well, especially if your evening's likely to end with someone getting close enough to smell the lingering base notes.
It comes in 50ml and 80ml bottles, and retail on the 50ml is between £30 and £40 so not too excessive, but also not one to waste on the undeserving.
I was bought a large bottle of Prada perfume for Christmas as I had previously smelled the fragrance in a department store and INSTANTLY fell in love with it.
Do not be fooled by the overpowering scent at first as, once applied, this fragrance will make you smell beautiful for most of the day!
Bursting with fruity smells, this Prada perfume is bound to make you feel a million dollars - day or night!
Personally, I prefer to wear this perfume in the evening as it really makes me stand out from the crowd.
Not only does this perfume smell good, but the packaging is rather sexy! The delightful pink box and simple yet beautiful perfume bottle are both standing proudly on my dressing table.
So, what's my overall thoughts on this product?
The scent is unique, fruity and sexy.
The packaging is innovative and glamorous.
The perfume itself is good value for money as you need to apply little perfume for maximum scent.
A definite recommended purchase from myself.
**Prada: Prada, Eau de Parfum**
As I have said before I like perfumes and collect them through my birthdays and Christmases and on holidays. I got the Prada perfume as a birthday present from my friend through the post which was a lovely surprise to open up my mail to receive a bottle of perfume. I didn't realise that they did perfumes but like many designers and fashion house perfumes seem to be the norm these days. As I was given this as a present I was unsure of whether I would like the scent as I normally pick out light or medium scents that are good for daywear.
Prada is one of the top brands out there designer wise although I didn't really know that they did perfume. I always knew they were famous for the handbags and the naughty people out there who sell fake Prada bags too! The brand is Italian and pretty top notch in the fashion world and like I said it is more widely known for bags, accessories and leather goods as well as clothing. Prada originated in 1913 as a leather goods shop in Milan and was transformed into a luxury goods company by Miuccia Prada in1989.
Prada perfume is advertised as one that brings tradition and innovation together. It should bring the past and the present together. It is a woody scented perfume and does have a musky and traditional smell to it and advertised as a good day perfume. Ingredients in my Amber version include sandlewood oil. Remember from the apprentice this is expensive where as the cedarwood is cheap. (Silly Ben and the two girls got mixed up!) There is also some patchouli leaf and labdanumand benjui in the scent too.
The bottle is a classic styled one and a rectangular shape. It is clear and glass and Prada is written on simply. It has a silver plated top and a circular top for the nozzle which pops on easy enough. The silver plated top has on it the 4 key ingredients. It sprays on the neck and arms easily and little is needed to get a good scent. The sizing is good and would fit most handbags. My perfume came in a pink box and the bottle does look sophisticated and quite up market.
The perfume looks good in its bottle and it is a designer brand. I found the perfume easy to spray onto the neck and wrist area and didn't need much to get a good scent. The fragrance is a little overpowering for me in the woody smell for me and reminds of male cologne and I seriously wondered whether it was but it came in a pink box and said pour femme not pour homme! It is quite a heavy scent I find you need to apply a very minimal amount for a desired effect meaning the perfume will last you well.
Prada eau de parfum is a friendly and classic perfume but I personally find it too heavy in scent and definitely not a daywear perfume but more of an evening one. It is not something I would have personally chosen and the bottle is still nearly full one year on. I do use it occasionally and find once it is on it does get softer and others say it smells nice. The trouble with perfume is I like sweet floral scents and this is too heavy for me so I would not re purchase and will probably find I never use the bottle up. It will still appeal to a lot of people who prefer more musky and woody scents.
**Sizes and Prices**
If you like a traditional perfume and sandlewood as a fragrance then this could be for you. You can get this Prada parfum in 50ml and 80ml and my 50ml version has lasted a while (because I don't really like it). As it was a present I am not sure exactly on the price but looking up on line the 50ml version ranges from £30-£40 and again is available from department stores and online perfume shops like perfume shop or cheapsmells.
I love this perfume, Prada, Prada is one of the only perfumes that lingers on my skin, i have tried numerous perfumes and by the end of the morning i can't seem to smell it anymore, with Prada this is completly different and i can still smell the perfume until i have a bath in the evening.
It is a light fresh fragrance that i use as a day perfume and it is not too expensive, i have found that it is also a useful gift to have other people buy me rather then just getting stuff that i don't actually want. It comes in various sizes and i think that comparitively with other 'designer' perfume it is really good value for money. Added to this is the fact that i can spray in the morning and not need to keep topping it up all day it works out fantastic value.
Really recomed it!
I very very rarely buy perfume for myself, I would much rather that it was bought as a surprise present for me. However, about a year ago a work colleague was wearing a new perfume that impressed me so much that I had to ask her what it was. It happened to be Prada. It is what a would call a more heavy perfume, more musky than light and fruity. It has a very distinctive perfume though that is not too overpowering but you certainly notice it, I think this means that this is a good perfume for both day and night time. You can get plenty of use out of it. The thing I was also impressed with is that this really seems to last, a couple of sprays in the morning are still giving off perfume right into the late afternoon. This may not be the cheapest perfume around but it's great value for money.
Sandalwood oil from India, patchouli leaves fom Indonesia, labdanum resin from France and benzoin from Thailand give the Prada fragrance it's 4 dimensions: Pure, addictive, precious and profound /