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Field notes from holidays, Prada Infusion de Fleur d’Oranger

Summer is a tricky part of the year for me. I can love it or hate it depending on how bearable the temperatures are. I like mild summer, with temperatures around 22ºC because I feel comfortable then & can wear airy t-shirts, shorts or linen pants. Of course I also have a little arsenal of fragrances that help to keep me cool. I love my citrus fragrances. I also love Prada, as a self-proclaimed Pradaholic it will always have a special place in my heart. Plus in fact I find most of their creation to go along with my taste, it’s a double win. If Prada goes citrus, count me in.

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Prada Infusion de Fleur d’Oranger opens with a bright orange blossom aroma. It’s a sparkling sensation that I like to compare to bubbles in a glass of sparkling water. Every waft of it feels like a little bubble that then bursts, releasing a tiny cloud of fragrance. Few minutes later the floral opening becomes more aromatic, more juicy thanks to a note of mandarin orange. It introduces a fruity vibe that is very pretty and delicate like a summery dress. Mandarin also adds a tiny bit of zestiness blended with citrus pulp sweetness. It gives me relaxing, chillout vibe. The feeling is fresh and invigorating like a quick summer rain.

Composition develops further in white flowers direction. There’s a handful of jasmine in Infusion de Fleur d’Oranger but it feels light and airy. Tuberose is there too but just like jasmine, it’s lightweight and transparent. However there’s a twist to these as many people detect some animalic dirtiness in this fragrance. I feel it too & to me it’s faint but stands out in the context of a whole perfume. Perhaps it’s some indole from jasmine? Once it fades away, drydown reveals a sweet & soapy scent of neroli. It’s clean and fresh like a white bed linen in a summer resort hotel. That Ephemeral Infusion launched in 2009 as a limited edition (it’s still easy to find online).

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Two years ago (2015) perfume division of Prada decided to revive Infusion de Fleur d’Oranger by launching Les Infusions de Prada collection, which is now further expanded. The perfume opens with almost identical orange blossom note as its predecessor but on my skin it has more citric qualities. The effect of mandarin is more intensive so that the perfume feels more vibrant and zesty. It’s still a bubbly, sparkling sensation full of happiness but now this glass of water has a few extra orange slices inside. Fruitiness of mandarin orange blends well with orange blossom to provide a cotton soft veil of scent.

Further into fragrance development jasmine appears just like in earlier version of Infusion de Fleur d’Oranger. It’s the same kind of ethereal, airy jasmine with a delicate warmth that gives it a charming sunny vibe. In this version in practise I didn’t smell the animalic aspect of indole that was mentioned above. Instead when tuberose joins the composition I detect a creamy vibe from this Prada that smells gently of coconut and suntan lotion. When neroli finally appears I smell familiar soapy vibe that I so like in Prada fragrances. In 2015 however it feels as if it was slightly more powdery and musky, but this could be as well just my imagination.

Both 2009 and 2015 Infusions have the same ingredients listed – Tunisian neroli, Moroccan orange blossom, Tunisian orange blossom, Indian tuberose, Indian sambac jasmine. To me the differences between these two Infusions de Fleur d’Oranger as so minor that you could say that it’s actually the same perfume instead of a completely new one. Both were developed by perfumer Daniela Andrier from Givaudan. Also both of them are incredibly light and deserve a title of a fleeting beauty as they’re completely gone in 1-2 hours. Well, it’s a summer fragrance alright so you might want to re-apply during the day, it’s alright. Probably only things that makes a difference between them is the packaging. The newer version has simplified and more clean-looking packaging & the glass of its bottle has a gentle orange hue. Do you think you could become friends with this perfume?

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Sunny profusion, Prada Infusion de Mimosa

It probably wouldn’t be an exaggeration if I said thatyellow is he most summer-reminiscent color out there. People often wear that color during summer (because it visually enhances our tan) and also sun or sand on the beach are often described as yellow. And of course there are also yellow ice cream (like delicious lemon sorbet) and yellow flowers. Inspired by a yellow hue of mimosas is the latest addition to Les Infusions collection from the house of Prada.

Prada Infusion de Mimosa begins with a crystal clear veil of dewiness. At the very start if feels a little bit watery with a hint of powdery sweetness in the background. This impression subsides really quickly and after 2-3 minutes things start to shape up & they form a lovely bucket of mimosa blossoms. To me the smell is slightly green in the beginning, kind of vegetal even and then it turns floral. It’s the smell of yellow flowers that manifest the happiness of a summer season with their bright color. Their specific, flowerish aroma intensifies in the next minutes and then I start to notice that there is also some subdued, honey-like sweetness surrounding those mimosa blossoms.

After a while the mimosa accord becomes more reminiscent of flower pollen to me as it becomes delicately sweet and powdery. But then on this yellow background some fragrant red spots appear. Those are rose petals that announce a second wave of flowers to Infusion de Mimosa. Rose note in new Prada fragrance is not an obvious and simple being. It’s more like a memory of a rose, only its “fingerprint” as the aroma is sheer and light, gentle like a little wind. You can smell the rose but you can’t touch the rose. With a grace of a ballerina dancer the rosy note fades down.

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Another aspect of the fragrance is its soft spiciness that appears on my skin after around 30 minutes. Anise gives this warm and tingly feeling that for a brief moment has something astringent to it. It’s way more pronounced than a rose was yet it’s so well-mannered that the entire concept of latest Prada Infusion remains intact, with mimosa still being in a central place. Light and spicy fragrance of anise gradually evaporates and seamlessly becomes a mandarin orange note. It’s just a light and breezy touch of citrus – any juiciness of zesty vibe is pretty minimal and as I was wearing Infusion de Mimosa during daily activities, I couldn’t smell it. It was too airy to notice it while doing other things.

It was easier to detect when I was writing this review, with my nose glued to my wrist and even in such conditions it was very, very weak. The drydown of Prada Infusion de Mimosa has a little bit more substance to it with nice and round woody notes. The pyramid doesn’t mention any wood species but probably some cedarwood was used to blend this particular accord. At some point the woodiness becomes less and less there, stepping aside – and that’s when a powdery note becomes a friend of yours. I love powdery finish of Prada fragrances and this is no exception. It will hum just above your skin for the rest of time. Satisafaction guaranteed.

Perfumer Daniela Andrier has created another magnificent fragrance to enrich the portfolio of Les Infusions de Prada with a brand new and completely different fragrance. It’s stunning, chic and with that sparkle of timeless elegance, so very Prada. Even though the fragrance is extremely light and airy it wears very nice (perhaps a good idea for a lighter scent for a hot day). It smells best from up close in my case the lasting power is similar to other Infusions, which is around 8 hours. If you love mimosa (and I know a few people who do), Infusion de Mimosa from Prada is definitely worth a try.

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