I like the Prada brand a lot, but generally speaking, I can’t afford too many of classic Italian label’s products. The Prada eyeglasses I own are certainly the nicest I’ve worn, but beyond that, most of my Prada admiration comes from window-shopping only.
At a more modest price point, however, is Prada’s line of men’s colognes, but until now, I hadn’t smelled a fragrance from the brand that I really, really liked. All of the ones I’ve sniffed at department store counters contain some mix of feminine ingredients – iris, violet and/or amber – that ultimately turned me off. But recently, Prada sent over three fragrances to review, and I think I’ve finally found my new summer cologne.
In order of my preference:
Prada Luna Rossa 34th America’s Cup Limited Edition – In celebration of the America’s Cup, this brand-new cologne is sporty and fresh, but not in an offensive, aquatic way that most “sport” colognes smell to me, like Burberry Sport. Yes, there’s still Prada’s lavender and amber dancing around in here, but the orange, spearmint and clary sage bury those two ingredients just enough. The longevity is quite long, and this is an excellent hot weather cologne that’s neither overwhelmingly citrusy or aquatic. It doesn’t smell like every other summer fragrance on the market, and for that reason alone, I really like it.
Amber Pour Homme Intense – To me, this intense flanker from 2011 doesn’t smell much like its original version, and that’s a good thing. The patchouli, spicy myrrh, Madagascar vanilla and citrusy bergamot blend together to create a dark, warm fusion of seduction elegance. With very good longevity, I imagine I’ll wear this hot and spicy oriental a lot in the fall and winter. Highly recommend.
Infusion D’homme – I like, but don’t love, this 2008 creation, because I smell a lot of that Prada iris. But neroli, vetiver and cedar are present, too, and Infusion works very nicely for daytime, dressed-up office wear. On my skin, Infusion didn’t last as long as the other two Prada colognes I tested. It has a dry, classy feel to it, but I’d recommend you sniff a sample before you buy this one.