Prada introduces the first citrus parfum in its Les Infusions de Prada collection
Orange is the new scent
We profiled the Les Infusions de Prada collection when it first launched, and the consensus going round the office was that it's just about the most complete fragrance wardrobe you could ever want. Well, colour us wrong because Miuccia Prada and perfumer Daniela Andrier obviously thought the collection could use a zesty concoction. Enter Mandarine, the new sophisticated citrus.
Equal parts joyful and fresh; the blend is a reconstruct of an actual mandarin, peel-by-peel and wedge-by-wedge. The opening burst is reminiscent of that first cut into the rind where dry meets tart, interpreted as notes of bitter orange squeezed with vert de mandarine. Of course, with Prada never doing things according to the norm, Mandarine is at once familiar yet different. The distinct aroma that we associate with sun-ripened citruses is given a juicy complexity, making the blend a coy rendition of what is otherwise usually a sweet and fruity fragrance. Making up its heart notes are orange blossom absolute and neroli essence, contrasted with the sultry accords of its warm opoponax base (otherwise known as sweet myrrh). The end result on the skin is a sillage that's evocative yet reserved, zesty yet balanced.
The vintage-looking flacon of the Les Infusions de Prada is even given an orange makeover on both its outer packaging and cap to reflect its citrusy nature. So if you'd like a parfum to stimulate the senses while perfectly straddling the line between timeless and unconventional, we predict Mandarine's going to be your bae.
Les Infusions de Prada Mandarine is available at department stores from 1 July, $220