It happened! This month Prada, my beloved house of Italian style and timeless elegance launched a new perfume named Prada Candy L’Eau, which is a flanker to Prada Candy from 2011. Like its predecessor Prada Candy L’Eau was also created by Daniela Roche-Andrier, a Givaudan perfumer who is responsible for creating every single fragrance under a Prada label so far. Doing a flanker might not be the best move as we’re all tired of brands that are “flankering around” but it’s a good thing that perfumer remained the same – how I don’t like when flankers are done by someone else. I’m not a flanker fan at all…
Prada Candy L’Eau is supposed to be a lighter, more playful and seductive interpretation of Prada Candy. Perfume advertising campaign is fronted by French actress Léa Seydoux. She was the face for Prada Candy as well. So, moving on to the scent lets see how this candy
The opening is really juicy. The citrus accord is nice and sparkling though very light and it quickly subsides. This phase should really last longer before other notes take over. Then we get some light floral, kind of watery tones of sweet pea. The smell is quite girly and flirty at the same time. What I get is polite velvet petals without any specified feeling, it triggers no emotions so far. When benzoin takes over, Prada Candy L’Eau smells almost exactly like the first Prada Candy perfume.
The difference I notice is that this flanker is more creamy and pale. Where concoction of benzoin and caramel smelled like rich, sweet and sticky toffee in Candy, in Candy L’Eau the sweetness is less prominent and more powdered like it was a powder candy flavoured with caramel. The staying power is very good and sillage is similar to Prada Candy. Few hours later Candy L’Eau left a feeling of hot honeyed milk on my skin.
I liked this honey and milk combination. I guess the milky note comes from white musk. Anyway this smell reminded me of my childhood days when my mum used to prepare me a glass of hot milk with honey to make me calm when I was having nightmares. And this kind of makes me feel that Prada Candy L’Eau might be worth considering as a nice go-to-sleep perfume. It’s so calm and cosy.
Do I like the flanker of Prada Candy L’Eau? I do, kind of. Do I find it necessary for me? No, I don’t. What am I gonna do now? Let’s move on to another perfume, shall we? There’s one Prada Candy at my house (it belongs to my mum) and it will stay that way. It is available as eau de toilette in the bottle as for Candy, though colors are changed for pastel pink. 50 and 80 mls, 30 mls probably too.