This is my last area of major lovage this week. Considering the huge price hike in perfumes in the last two years, the Prada exclusive parfums start to look almost reasonable at under 200 U.S. for 30 mls of parfum. Guerlain pure parfums are around $300 per ounce for an ounce of pure parfum. Chanel is around the same, I think? It is my assumption these are parfum strength. Correct me if I’m wrong, and I’ll fix the post.
Prada centered their pure parfum editions around soliflores, which is pretty much why I wasn’t that interested in them. I like soliflores well enough, but not enough to spend $200 for a bottle normally. While they do center them around one note, these are so much more complex, at least the ones I have tried. Now Smell This has the notes for the Prada Exclusives.
Opoponax is dark, leathery and musky, it’s not one I’d wear unless I were stepping out for the evening or intending to bag my man at the grocery store. It’s a little Frederic Malle Musc Ravageur, but smokier, not as sweet.
Tubereuse is not a heavy tuberose, made lighter by the neroli, but grounded into heat with the musk.
Iris, well, swoon me runnin’. It’s rooty incense. This is lovely.
Carnation is a major love of mine normally, and they get it right with Oeillet. Clove, heliotrope, rose, iris, musk. Spicy, earthy floral. Like Caron’s Poivre with a musk base. I have a few exclamation marks to put after this, but don’t want to look like a Prada fangirl.
Violette is the last one I’ve tried so far, though we sniffed a few more in London. Leather and galbanum mixed in with violet. Violet grabbed her whip and scared me, but it’s so darn great.
Best part of the ones I’ve tried, I tested them all, and everyone in a great big room said the same thing, what did you spray? Well, all of them, which may be the best result of all. At least these ones together are a stunning scent when combined.
Now, if any of you have tried others, let me know what you think. I did sniff Myrrhe and Benjoin, and I didn’t spend that much time with them and thinking maybe I should have. I didn’t think I liked it with just a few minutes. I’ve heard good things about the Cuir Ambre, but haven’t sniffed it yet.
As far as availability, I know they are all over London, Liberty for sure, which is where I sniffed and bought. I know Bergdorf has some of them. Allegedly the Prada boutique in NYC and L.A. has them, but I called months and months ago one of the Prada boutiques in NYC, and they never did call me back with what they had. Grrrr. Other places in the U.S.?