Thursday, January 29, 2015

Luna Rossa EDT by Prada

Launched in 2012, Prada Luna Rossa was an aftershave that passed me by for a good eighteen months until a sample arrived for me to try. 

Let’s just say it didn’t take long for me to moan and groan, huff and puff until a 50ml bottle appeared as a gift to cheer me up - it was a record time actually after extending my bottom lip out and mumbling something along the lines of “but I never buy any new aftershaves any more“.

The first blast of Luna Rossa had me hooked. 

This is what the marketing blurb says about Luna Rossa:

‘Prada introduces a new masculine fragrance in Sept 2012, named after the sailboat and the sailing team "Red Moon" or Luna Rossa, which participates in the American Cup competitions. The new fragrance, considering its name, draws its inspiration from the world of extreme sailing, prestige, marine nature and passion for innovation and victory.

The composition is developed around the main note of lavender by perfumer Daniela Andrier of Givaudan. Intensity and freshness of accords are emphasized by the use of classical notes in new, innovative ways. Those notes include lavender absolute and bitter orange in the top, clary sage and spearmint in the heart, and ambrette absolute and ambroxan molecule in the base.

Bottle design is inspired by modern sailboats, signed by Yves Behar. The fragrance is available as 50, 100 and 150 ml Eau de Toilette. The nose behind this fragrance is Daniela (Roche) Andrier.’

So you have the basic notes in the blurb but here they are at a glance:

  • Head: Bitter oranges, Lavender
  • Heart: Clary Sage, Spearmint,
  • Dry-down: Ambrette, Ambroxan

When I first smelt Luna Rossa I have to admit that an in depth analysis was not undertaken, I was simply blown away by the fact that I loved the overall first impression and how it evolved on my skin over time to the dry down. It was immense, and considering I expected something cheap and nasty (on a par with Gucci Rush which regular readers will know I use as a benchmark for filth) to say I was smiling was an understatement. 

I have seen some describe this as having almost herbal top notes - personally I’m not sure what they are sniffing (aftershave or stronger) but it didn’t and has never been my experience. 

The oranges provide a fresh blast of citrus, its very sharp initially and is by far the most over-riding note, and remains so for a good five minutes. It is fresh and screams young and vibrant. Within the first five minutes of putting this through a full analysis (i.e giving it a long hard whiff every five minutes before getting people to smell me) I thought to myself that this would make a great summer fragrance - this thought process didn’t change, even though as it blended and dried down it did.

Personally I didn’t detect even the remotest hint of lavender until after around fifteen minutes, it is there but so subtle and soft you really struggle to pick it out. It provides a good counter balance to the sharpness of the orange making it much warmer. Still no hints of herbal though. 

After around twenty minutes you start to notice that the sharpness of the orange top note has completely gone, leaving a warm citrus - lovely. However, at this point the whole fragrance has altered to become slightly heavier on the nose, the sage is evident but again, the warm citrus is the dominating fragrance. 

After an hour to me this became more of an earthy, masculine fragrance. The oranges started to fade and the dry down notes became evident. I would have put this down to either cedar wood or sandalwood but no, it is all down to the Ambroxan.

Now, I don’t claim to be an expert on this kind of thing, I just say what I smell, but I was intrigued and played around on Google to find out what this mystery note is. I was quite surprised that the response I received from Google wasn’t that technical. Ambroxan is a key element responsible for the odour produced by ambergris. Ambergris is well sought after and is produced by the digestive systems of whales - it sounds vile but the waxy substance is used in a lot of high end perfume and aftershave as it provides a long, hardwearing and almost sweet fragrance (it also means they don‘t have to add alcohol to the fragrance that dries out your skin - there, you learn something new every day)

These dry down notes provide an excellent base - it turns this once fresh and citrus fragrance into one that is quite sweet, even after five-six hours. That sweetness that you would associate with Joop, Uomo by Valentino or Eros is balanced by the light musk of the Ambrette.

Only a few sprays - three at most are needed to make sure you stay smelling from dusk until dawn, and I say this as Luna Rossa is perfect for nights out as it is so hardwearing, leaves a slight trail which means others will be able to smell it and it will give you the self confidence that you smell amazing.

50ml of this baby will set you back around £35 so it isn’t going to break the bank and when you consider the fragrance, how long it lasts and the compliments that you’ll receive you can’t ask for more. 

Taking the price, the lovely fragrance and the fact that it passed the sniff test with friends and family then I have to say you shouldn’t look any further. It would make the perfect gift for Christmas, Valentine’s Day or birthdays. 

It’s true what they say, the Devil really does wear Prada (and he wears it regularly)!


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  1. It does smell much better than I was expecting it too and indeed he does wear it regularly ;) x

  2. I got this for my other half over Christmas and I love it on him x

  3. Impressive price for a high end aftershave! Will have a sniff of it next time I see it in a shop!

  4. Will have to hunt this down and get Mr R to try it!

  5. I will have to try a tester next time I go into town. It looks amazing and classy.

  6. Orange and lavender sound pretty nice together! :)
    Will have to have a sniff when I'm next out shopping!

  7. It sounds like a very nice mixture of scents.

  8. Sounds like a lovely scent and the packaging looks nice too!

    Pink Frenzy

  9. SOunds good, and a stylish bottle too.

  10. That sounds like a lovely combo of scents! Looks good as well

  11. This sounds like a lovely fragrance and I really like the bottle.

  12. I have not smelled this fragrance, but what a great idea to visit the perfume section in the mall :)

  13. This sounds lovely, great to read such an in-depth analysis of a scent! :)

    Jess xo

  14. It sounds lovely and such a great review. I'll have to head into town and have a smell as it would be perfect as a Valentines day gift

  15. This sounds perfect for Valentine's Day and such a good price too :)

  16. Hmmm I may check this out and get it for my boyfriend :)

    Creepers & Cupcakes

  17. I think that I might get this for my hubby's birthday - he'd like that combination of citrus & earthy tones.

  18. I think the mister would love this for his birthday!

  19. This sounds like it would smell so good, you have made me get a list as long as my arm lately for things my boyfriend can try x

    Charli | Beauty and Lifestyle Blogger at CHARLI B

  20. Sounds great and I really like the bottle. My OH could do with a new scent so I'll definitely consider this one.

  21. I love the bottle, will keep my eye out for this

  22. Mmm this sounds lovely, one to keep in mind for my mr!

  23. Wow! You make this sound irresistible and I love the look of the package. Will definitely be looking for this next time I pass the fragrance counter.


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