Name: Candy Florale
What I liked:
– a simple pink department store floral scent
– if you don’t like fragrances that smell like candy, you may like this
– subtle, doesn’t bother those around you
– average staying power
– beautiful bottle
What I didn’t like:
– doesn’t resemble the original Candy
– there’s barely any candy in it, so if you love gourmand scents, this will disappoint you
– unoriginal and predictable
– needs to be reapplied throughout the day
If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you know that I can’t stand fragrances that smell like candy. I liked them a lot as a child, but now that I’m in my 30s, I prefer to smell sophisticated and elegant. Designers’ floral scents don’t fare much better with me. Apart from a few exceptions, they tend to be so boring and trite! So, when a generous sample of Prada Candy Florale, the latest flanker in the Prada Candy line, came with one of my favourite magazines, it took me a while to try it.
I just knew I wasn’t gonna love it. What I didn’t expect, though, is how different it would be from Prada Candy. Seriously if you didn’t know they belonged to the same line, you’d never guess it just by sniffing them. I guess that, if you didn’t like the original, this is not necessary bad news. Unfortunately, in creating Candy Florale, Prada didn’t just remove the candy. It also got rid of what little personality Candy had in the first place.
Rather than a woody gourmand, Candy Florale is a pink department store floral concoction. It opens with a strong limoncello note that has, however, a soapy quality to it. In the heart, a floral bouquet blooms subtly. Its protagonist is an airy peony note that should have given its name to the composition. It’s peony, not candy, that you’ll smell for most of it, after all. Finally, the drydown is a light mix of earthy musk and sweet caramel that vaguely recalls the base of the original Candy.
Candy Florale is a pleasant, fresh and girly scent that’s subtle enough to be worn at the office too, especially now in the hot summer months. But its subtlety also has a downside. It means the fragrance will disappear within six hours, forcing you to reapply it at least once throughout the day. But with that, I could put up with. It’s its predictability and lack of character that really bores me.
Prada Candy Florale doesn’t resemble the original at all. Instead, it’s a boring but pleasant fresh floral scent with barely any candy in it. Sillage and staying power are average.