Bottega Veneta Knot ~ fragrance review

Bottega Veneta Knot

Bottega Veneta Knot has changed my view of orange blossom fragrances. For me, orange blossom often takes one of two directions: it’s either a sweet bridal concoction or a laundry-fresh soap monster.1 Knot is something else. Although it definitely focuses on orange blossom, it’s dry and herbal, yet holds a sweet, musky core deep in its dry down that gently harkens back to the original Bottega Veneta. If you ask me, Knot is one of the few rewards of department store perfumes.

Perfumer Daniela Andrier (Prada Infusion d’Iris, Prada Candy, Marni Marni) developed Knot. Its notes include clementine accord (mandarin, limette, neroli, and orange blossom), lavender, rose, peony, musk and tonka bean. Of all these notes, orange blossom rises to the top with its soapy-musky feel. But instead of coming off as a guest bathroom soap extravaganza, Knot feels classic in its subtle, clean-woody presence…

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Prada Candy Florale ~ perfume review

Lea Seydoux for Prada Candy Florale

Candy Florale is the latest from Prada, and it’s the second flanker to 2011’s Prada Candy. First, a quick recap: I liked Prada Candy. It didn’t make my buy list when I reviewed it, but I ended up buying it later that year all the same, and while I have no good excuse — it was an impulse buy, pure and simple — I do wear it from time to time.1 If I had my druthers, which I rarely do, they’d have done a ‘Noir’ or ‘Intense’ sort of flanker. Something a bit more sophisticated, a bit less sweet? Instead, last year they did Prada Candy L’Eau, a lighter, fresher version, ruined (for me, at least) by an overly dryer-sheet-ish white musk.

Candy Florale “evolved from the concept of an imaginary flower created especially for Candy”.2 Early on, the notes were reported in the press as limoncello sorbet, peony, benzoin, honey, musk and caramel; but the Prada website (and Sephora) list cedrat, cosmos, benzoin, caramel and white musk. Take your pick, it makes no difference…

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