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.
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.