|Prada Candy Eau de Parfum|
In theory, I love the idea of "food-scented" or gourmand perfumes with yummy-sounding notes like vanilla and cinnamon. In reality, many of them smell sickly or heavy and end up rubbing me the wrong way. Prada Candy Eau de Parfum ($62) falls between these two extremes -- I love some of the notes, but there are a few things that drive me crazy about this perfume.
First of all, I really dislike the top notes of this perfume. The product description says that Prada Candy smells like caramel, musk, vanilla, and benjoin, but the head notes give off more of a sharp, soapy odor with hints of musk, vanilla and powder. I wasn't expecting a harsh feel from a confectionery perfume and my first impressions of Prada Candy Eau de Parfum were negative.
After those first moments pass, Prada Candy settles into a sweet, powdery center. I don't mind these middle notes but smelling like baby powder isn't particularly exciting to me. I already wear baby powder scented deodorant, so hit me with something else, Prada!
Prada Candy Eau de Parfum is redeemed by its base notes. After about 15-30 minutes, it settles into a soft accord of caramel and vanilla that I just adore. Instead of being cloyingly sweet, Prada Candy has a rich, almost smokey quality that keeps it sophisticated. The lasting power of Prada Candy Eau de Parfum is pretty decent as well. On me, it lasts about 5 hours.
Though it takes awhile to get there, I find that Prada Candy Eau de Parfum arrives somewhere good in the end. The top and middle notes aren't my cup of tea but the base notes are delicious, and base notes are what the perfume smells like most of the time. I plan to continue suffering through the top and middle notes and wear Prada Candy for its delightful finale.
P.S. -- This is my first perfume review. I've avoided fragrance reviews because you guys can't smell anything through the computer (yet?), and I know that perfumes can smell very different on different people. Do you like reading perfume reviews anyway? Are you interested in more of my clumsy scent descriptions?