I love perfume, but I’m very picky when it comes to what my perfume smells like. Not only does it have to smell good, but it also has to smell like me. I’m a big fan of sweet scents (specifically vanilla and sugar scents- anything that smells like I’ve been baking) but they have to be balanced by something heavier and musky or else they get sickeningly sweet. Most florals are a “no” for me- they smell too perfume-y and old-lady like, and they tend to give me headaches. I like fruity fragrances (as long as they don’t smell like cleaning products) and I love the idea of more masculine fragrances, but they don’t quite fit for me. I want something that I can smell all day long, but I don’t want something that smells too strong. Because I’m so picky, I like to try smaller sizes of perfumes first to see if I really love them. Mini perfumes are a great way to try a scent, and they are usually available with promo codes or as gifts with purchases. Over the last year or so, I’ve managed to acquire minis of the whole Prada Candy line- Prada Candy, Prada Candy L’Eau, and Prada Candy Florale.
Prada Candy is the original scent, and the first perfume from the Candy line that I tried. Candy was released in 2011 but I never really tried it until the middle of last year. It’s main notes are caramel, musk, vanilla, and benzoin. I love sweet gourmand scents (Britney’s Fantasy was the first perfume I fell in love with) but I had avoided Candy because I heard complaints that it smelled cloyingly sweet. While on the hunt for a new fragrance, I broke down and tried a sample of Candy for a few days and I’m so glad I did. To me, this is a grown-up sweet scent. The caramel is a richer, darker version of a vanilla scent and the addition of musk balances it out nicely and stops it from being too saccharine. This sounds like a heavy fragrance but it’s actually pretty light and great for both colder and warmer months. I wore it once when I visited Stacie and she loved it so much that she ordered it that weekend (and she usually doesn’t even wear perfume). Candy is a nice, complex mix of sweet and musky scents and it lasts all day on me.
After the success of Candy, Prada created a spinoff in 2013 called Candy L’Eau. The main notes in Candy L’Eau are white musks, benzoin, caramel, citrus, and oriental florals. I like Candy L’Eau because the notes are pretty similar to Candy (musk, benzoin, caramel) but the subtraction of vanilla and the addition of citrus and oriental florals makes it different enough to warrant having a new perfume. Candy L’Eau is a lighter, less sweet version of Candy. Although it is also a nice fragrance, it’s not quite as versatile as the original. This is a scent best worn during spring and maybe summer. I don’t like it as much as Candy but it’s still wearable. It’s not quite sweet enough for me and although I’m not bothered by the floral notes, I don’t completely love them either. Prada Candy L’Eau would be great for someone who likes lighter fragrances and sweet, floral scents. This isn’t quite as strong as Candy, but it still lasts most of the day on me.
Prada Candy Florale is the latest addition to the Candy line. Released earlier this year, Candy Florale contains notes of sparkling cedrat, bouquet of cosmos, benzoin, caramel, and white musk. Once again, several of the base notes are the same as the original, which I really like. I hate when companies release spinoff fragrances that smell nothing like the originals. Candy Florale is even more of a floral scent than Candy L’Eau. The musk and caramel notes aren’t very noticeable to me, although this still smells pretty sweet. Candy Florale is a nice scent, but all I can smell are the floral notes. This is not a fragrance for me, but it would be great for someone who loves floral perfumes.
What’s your favorite perfume? Do you collect minis like I do?
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