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Blissful Chillout, Prada Infusion de Mandarine

For the past 2 years I spent my summer holidays in Italy and I have to admit there’s something amazing about being there during the warm months. I believe it’s a combination of mild Mediterranean climate, picturesque landscapes, always relaxed Italian people and delightful gelato that allowed me to experience a little bit of dolce vita. Now I’ll be able to relive those great moments of past summer thanks to new Infusion fragrance from Prada. The latest addition to the line focuses  on mandarine – it’s a very evocative scent with true Italian soul. Let’s indulge in it, shall we?

Smelling Infusion de Mandarine is like making first morning steps in the orange grove somewhere by the Adriatic Sea coast in Italy. The air is still crisp after the night and citrus trees cast a gentle shade on the ground as the sun is going up the horizon. A light wind blows from the seaside & as the leaves start rustling peacefully you begin to notice how their scent starts to curround you. The scent is crunchy, green with a lot of freshness. Its aroma is very light and peacefully dreamy. Mandarin leaf and its citrus verdancy transport my mind to a summery asylum just for myself. It’s a pure bliss.

As you walk further into the grove you discover other aspects of the scent. After a few minutes among these imaginary trees the smell of mandarine start to pleasantly tickle my nose. Infusion de Mandarine presents this citrus fruit as tart, tangy, with an adequate amount of juicy sweetness. It’s slightly leafy as well. It’s absolutely mouth-watering & oh so delicious. The equilibrium of all these mandarine facets reflect the fruit so accurately that you just want to grab one and take a juicy bite. I’m convinced this is the most realistic mandarine accord I’ve ever smelled in perfume.

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Over time green mandarine in new Prada Infusion reveals a slightly more acidic facet that is quickly neutralized with the smell of orange. The latter one is juicy and sweet. When you smell it you get the impression of something packed with vitamins and a lot of solar energy. Infusion de Mandarine develops even more tenderness and vivacity thanks to a white floral bouquet composed of neroli and orange blossom. White-colored flowery tones of both are married with different shades of orange, some are more, some are less vibrant but the overall effect is effervescent and full of happiness.

Over the entire day the impression of walking among orange & mandarine trees remains multidimensional and the citrus never becomes flat, even at the end of the day. The character of Prada Infusion de Mandarine sure becomes airy but it pleases the nose at any time. In the drydown the perfume feels even more radiant and cosy thanks to the opoponax in the base. It’s gently balsamic fingerprint, combined with orange, mandarine and the leafy part blends really well and create an imagine of a place filled with the sunlight, where you can relax and wind down.

Perfumer Daniela Andrier once again has shown us her talent for creating mesmerizing & gorgeous perfume again. Despite a short list of notes, Prada Infusion de Mandarine is more complex than one would’ve expected. It would be greatto wear it in the summer. This perfume complements Les Infusions collection in a very pretty way. At the same time when you smell its drydown you still notice Infusion d’Iris in its core. It’s unbelievable to build yet another fantastic scent that still keeps a part of its predecessor’s DNA. This eau de parfum is available in 50 and 100 ml bottle with orange nuances.

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Smart Style, Prada L’Homme L’Eau

When it comes to warm months I tend to reach for lighter fragrances. Citruses, light florals, breezy marine scents – I wear each of these. But then when it comes to Prada my love for this fashion brand knows no bounds. I always want to try their new offering, no matter the season. Unfortunately new releases don’t arrive in Poland soon enough, so I’m usually swapping to get a chance to smell those. That’s exactly how I managed to get a decant of L’Homme L’Eau, a release from 2017 which is a great scent for the summer. You can’t go wrong with elegantly powdery iris, can you?

Elegance of L’Homme L’Eau makes an olfactory appearance in a form of a wonderful neroli accord. It has a warmth and tenderness of the sun early in the morning. At the same time it smells slightly of white flowers which are backed by the scent of traditional barber soap. It’s those clean, soapy and powdery facets in the background that formed a signature accord of Prada fragrances over the years. Then there is ginger that lifts up the composition, making it feel lighter, fresher & with a twist of tingling lemony spiciness. This perfume has a vigour and youthful energy. It’s smart, not sporty.

When iris appears on my skin, and that happens after around 20 minutes, the impression it gives is quite masculine. There’s something aromatic, almost fougere – like a fern, before true powdery facets of iris come to the front of Prada L’Homme L’Eau. There’s a change in temperature at this point, because orris note is cool & reserved, as if it tried to say ‘don’t put me together with others, I need more space’ and so it gets its space. The smell of iris spreads around the wearer, taking a bigger chunk of the perfume for itself. It’s a beautifully made bouquet full of different nuances.

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It may be true that iris becomes a dominating element in L’Homme L’Eau but it definitely isn’t the only player in this perfume game. Neroli is still present in the composition with its warm, sunny scent. When these two meet, an interesting effect appears. They don’t clash with each other. They simply touch one another and create a contrast. Warm & cool, fresh & powdery. The more time I spend smelling it, the more I see it as a legacy of Prada fragrances and their DNA. It’s definitely a nod towards Amber Pour Homme and Infusion d’Iris. The resemblance is obvious to me.

I can also see the uniqueness of each of these compositions. They were done by the same perfumer hand but not to be the same. After a few hours the drydown is slowly approaching. In it there’s an ambery note – mineral, slightly salty and warm. It has been placed on a solid base of sandalwood and cedar. Their woodiness is manly in a sort of a cologne-like way & there’s also a come back of a barbershop vibe. Combined they become soft & fluffy, like a cashmere sweater. It has a timeless elegance and refined style. A person who’d wear this perfume definitely must have a good taste.

I think it’s really needless to say that Prada L’Homme L’Eau is a great fragrance. It represents more of a casual elegance approach & it’s still very much in line with aesthetics of this fashion label. Despite being creamy-powdery iris scent with woody nuances, L’Homme L’Eau doesn’t feel too dense or cloying even in 30ºC (I tested it in such temperature). Its style still calls for a summery elegance, so a linen shirt or a polo shirt will do. The perfume was created again by Daniela Andrier and is available as EdT in 50, 100 and 150ml bottles adorned with powdery blue safiano leather.

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