Prada Infusion d’Iris
Starts out as a sweet, warm, slightly powdery iris with some moist flower notes as well as the dry orris-root ones. For several hours the scent stays fairly linear, with an extremely gradual transition to a slightly woody, powdery iris with an increasingly strong ambrette-like musk. The first time I tried this I was out in the cold and snow, and as soon as I came into the warm house the sweet iris-musk sillage popped out in an absolutely gorgeous rush. On a warm day it stays steady. Although this is a quiet scent, it has moderate sillage and lasts at least 8 hours. It’s one of those “workhorse” perfumes that I feel comfortable wearing anywhere, any time. It won’t offend anyone, although it probably would be noticed by others, at least on an unconscious, untraceable level. And it smells pretty darn good. Infusion d’Iris is in my selection of “work” perfumes.
I have dabbed this three times now on separate occasions, and each time my reaction was, “Is that all there is?” To my nose, this is initially just a sweet, clean musk and little else. It takes about half an hour for the scent to develop on my skin, but with time the musk is joined by some slightly powdery floral and fruity notes along with the promised caramel. It’s never strong at the skin, but there’s a good bit of sillage. Eventually it settles down into a caramel musk, and stays that way for the duration, with the caramel gradually subsiding to leave only the musk. Sillage is at all times moderate, but the musk lasts for a good 8 hours. I’m not sure what I was expecting, but I found Candy generally underwhelming.
On the whole, I find Prada perfumes pleasant and easy to wear. Even Candy is a good generic scent for those times when only generic will do.
[Images are both from Fragrantica]