Prada Heat Wave Fragrance

The Prada Heat Wave Fragrance is part of the new Prada Olfactories collection of ten fragrances – they launched back in the summer. I thought it would be fun to review one that is least likely for the season, hence Heatwave! I’m not sure what I was expecting, but it wasn’t the pretty floral that I seem to be wearing. What’s different about it – and why I loved it straight away – is that it’s composed of night blooming flowers (hello, McQueen, my current perfume passion) with soft clouds of frangipani and vanilla. I used to absolutely hate vanilla in fragrance, but when it’s so smooth and almost fluffy, it really is beautiful.

The Prada Olfactories marketing machine has yet to go into full swing – expect to see more of it in 2017. They’ve plenty to play with, and ‘play’ is the operative word here because Heatwave has companions in the collection called Pink Flamingos and Double Dare! I can’t quite believe I like it as much as I do and now realise that night blooms are a thing for me. That kind of floral note can quite quickly tip into a sort of ‘decay’ smell, like Jasmine when it’s just about to die off, but it truly doesn’t happen – the perfumer, Daniela Andrier, has just caught it before it goes over the edge.

You might not be surprised to know that Prada Heat Wave Fragrance is horribly expensive at £195 HERE but it’s so many million miles from the horrible Prada Candy that you’d recognise in an instant that you’ve bought into something special. The whole collection is available at Selfridges, both on-line and in-store.

*all products are sent to me as samples from brands and agencies unless otherwise stated