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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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White as snow, Prada Infusion d’Amande

Over the years of writing Chemist in the Bottle it’s become an unspoken tradition that in early days of January I write about one of fragrances by Prada as my first review of the year. Just like each new year provides a fresh start to all of us I use this opportunity to remind myself that it was Prada, more precisely Amber Pour Homme that gave me a start to what began as a hobby and now became the biggest passion of my life – perfume. It’s also a good way to introduce you to yet another creation from this fashion house. It’s even easier to do if a fragrance itself suits the moment perfectly.

Infusion d’Amande opens lazily like a first morning stretch. At first there is a gentle whisper of quiet iris. It’s aroma – powdery, silky and minimally floral spreads around the wearer like a mist of scented goodness. It’s ethereal like an unearthly phenomenon, you can see it, smell it, but you can’t touch it. A little bit later the perfume becomes even more powdery, like a talcum & because of that it reminds me of a fresh snow that hugs everything around with a fluffy coat. It’s beautiful and very easy to admire because of the beautiful transparency and clarity. This perfume gives me a peace of mind.

After a while a bitter almond note comes to the front of Prada Infusion d’Amande. Despite the fact that it has a word ‘bitter’ in its name I find it to be quite sweet and typical in its almondy scent. However things change further into fragrance development. The accord of almond becomes creamier, smoother to the point that it starts to resemble a milky note. I actually like it that way as it tried to veer towards gourmand direction but it’s not quite there yet. The sleek surface of Infusion d’Amande is like a fabrics that allows the light to play nicely on it, drawing out its luminosity.

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Generally speaking we’re dealing here with a lighter type of fragrance. The beauty such as Infusion d’Amande wouldn’t have been so beautiful if it was heavier or stronger. Less is more is the key motto to all Infusion fragrances from Prada. That said Infusion d’Amande refuses to dissipate into the void too early. It gains more character over time as it reveals a flower milk note of heliotrope. This particular chord adds a bit more powderness to the scent. Thanks to it the perfume becomes richer without putting on more weight. Just like the snow that doesn’t weight much despite thick layer.

As hours pass Infusion d’Amande becomes more pale & delicate but it’s yet to fully develop. The creaminess transforms into one that fits the usual fragrance of tonka bean. It’s fluffy and flavored with vanilla yet at the same time there’s something slightly balsamic and spicy about it. Final surprise of the perfume is the essence of star anise that reveals late in the fragrance development. It tingles underneath a powdery-creamy layer, muted by these ingredients. Instead of being straightforward it’s more like a hum, covered by a soft quilt of clean and sensual musk. It’s a caressing perfume.

When I first tried Prada Infusion d’Amande I thought that it’s more of a cold perfume but as I wore it more I realized that it’s quite warm in fact and that it compliments a Winter weather in a nice way. If you tried it you might’ve also recognized the same thing – in the core of this fragrance is Infusion d’Iris that has ben enlaced with almond, heliotrope, tonka – the ingredients that made it into Infusion d’Amande. Perfumer Daniela Andrier (Givaudan) made another fantastic scent for Prada and it’s another proof of the fact that you can make a complex perfume using not so many materials. The perfume has a small sillage that stays close to the skin and it lasts for most of the day.

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