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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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Bottega Veneta Pour Homme ~ fragrance review

Bottega Veneta Pour Homme’s inspiration was “the outdoors”…the Italian outdoors; the company description ignites wanderlust:

…a journey north from the Veneto region, where we find ourselves in the Dolomites. Amid the lush mountain meadows, sits a farmhouse; a rustic retreat from reality. The interior is paneled with pinewood and the windows are open wide, letting in a gentle breeze evocative of hay, fir cones, and pine needles from the nearby woods; combined with the chilled air from the glacial stream that is bordered by wild irises.

(We’ll stop there, because the rest of the narrative1 becomes muddled.)

If Bottega Veneta Pour Homme takes me to that cabin in the mountains of Italy, I’ll be happy…

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