Prada is an Italian design house that made a huge impact within the world of fashion and has been around for decades. It features a really great menswear line but also has some signature scents for guys. For this post – Top 10 Best Prada Colognes and Perfumes for Men Reviews in 2021, I want to explore 10 fragrances from Prada which I consider to be their best that they have launched thus far.
1. Prada Luna Rossa Black Eau de Parfum
Prada Luna Rossa Black Eau de Parfum is the polar opposite of Luna Rossa EDT. Perfumer Daniela Andrier has creator an initially fresh scent with a slight bitterness that soon settles into a warming semi-sweet vanilla aroma with a powdery side.
This perfume opens brightly with crisp bergamot that is soon joined by a vibrant heart of bitter earthy and angelica patchouli. You need to give this beauty about an hour to fully reveal itself. The dry-down of richly spiced amber and sweet vanilla (coumarin) notes make a complete u-turn from the zesty-bitter opening. impressive.
As for when to wear, the deep amber/ vanilla base of Luna Rossa Black lends itself to chilly winter/autumn months and even creeping into spring. This comforting fragrance is ideal for dates, fun nights out, office wear, and cozy nights in.
The longevity you can expect 6+ hours is good. with projection and decent sillage, especially from the amber/vanilla combo. There are no prizes for guessing the color of the bottle. the upper is shiny black and the lower part is matt black with the Prada logo in a vertical matt black label.
Overall, Luna Rossa Black is a sexy masculine fragrance. It is initially fresh, yet soon evolves into a semi-sweet combo of warm amber and vanilla with a powdery edge. Classy and comforting.
- Top Notes: Bergamot
- Mid Notes: Patchouli, Angelica
- Base Notes: Coumarin, Amber, Musk
2. L’Homme Prada Absolu
L’Homme Prada Absolu is the 2018 follow-up… of the follow-up! This moody and dark concoction has lost none of the powdery DNA of the L’Homme Prada line, but it cranks up the spices dial to number 11. German perfumer Daniela Andrier has left herself with nowhere to go with this perfume, it’s a masterpiece.
The opening of L’Homme Prada Absolu is jaw-dropping from the first. Cardamom infused mandarin is a zesty and dark delight. It is further deepened by a hint of bergamot and black pepper. A heart of iris soon blooms fully to add that powdery floral freshness that works so well. Green/Earthy geranium is also present. Upon dry-down, the sensual trio of musky labdanum, warm amber, and freshly cut wood is exquisite.
As for when to wear, L’Homme Prada Absolu is an extremely versatile fragrance that can be worn day or night during winter/autumn and even spring. Leans slightly more towards evening time wear. Perfect for dates, clubs, dinner, bars, and even casual wear.
Performance is excellent, and you can expect 8+ hours of wear before this fragrance begins to fade. I found that the projection and sillage are also excellent.
Overall, L’Homme Prada Absolu is an attention-grabbing male fragrance that smells incredibly performs and classy well. The powdery iris is nicely spiced with pepper and cardamom, and the resinous/musky base adds balance. Highly recommended.
- Top Notes: Cardamom, Mandarin, Bergamot, Black Pepper
- Mid Notes: Iris, Neroli, Geranium
- Base Notes: Amber, Cedar, Labdanum
3. Prada Luna Rossa Eau de Toilette
Prada Luna Rossa Eau de Toilette is a manly, fresh fragrance with an attention-seeking bitter edge that exudes sophistication. The creator behind this is German perfumer Daniela Andrier, it released in 2012
Bitter orange entwined with the opening of fresh lavender creates an initial sweet-bitter vibe. Fresh mint from the heart lifts the freshness further, with sage adding some manly herb. Upon dry-down, a woody/musky base of ambrette is lifted by hints of sweet ambroxan.
Longevity is pretty long-lasting up to 4-5 hours before becoming skin scent. Projection and sillage are moderate. As for when to wear, Luna Rossa is a fresh summer/spring daytime fragrance for both more formal and casual occasions that is also office safe.
Overall, Prada Luna Rossa Eau de Toilette is a masculine contemporary modern fragrance. It is minty fresh with a bold floral note and bitter orange edge that could quickly become a great scent.
- Top Notes: Bitter Orange, Lavender
- Mid Notes: Clary Sage, Mint
- Base Notes: Ambrette, Ambroxan
4. L’Homme Prada L’Eau Eau de Toilette
Released in 2017, L’Homme Prada L’Eau Eau de Toilette is a more playful and lighter version of the original L’Homme Prada fragrance. Perfumer Daniela Andrier has kept true to the powdery iris DNA of the original with ginger and neroli also competing for your attention.
The fragrance starts with bright and clean yet bitter-sweet neroli dusted with spicy ginger. A powdery floral heart of iris soon takes on a more soapy persona and soon takes center stage. Upon dry-down, a base of warm and woods amber hover in the background to add a splash of luxury.
As for when to wear, L’Homme Prada L’Eau is a feel-good summer/spring fragrance that is more suited for day wear. Think post-gym, running errands, shopping trips, chilled lunches, and even the office.
Performance is pretty good, and longevity up to 5+ hours of wear with reasonable projection and sillage before it becomes a skin scent.
Overall, L’Homme Prada L’Eau is a clean, modern masculine fragrance that reminds me of a spa day or a luxury hotel stay. It’s delightfully fresh and powdery with a spicy woodiness that adds balance.
- Top Notes: Iris
- Mid Notes: Neroli, Ginger
- Base Notes: Sandalwood, Cedar, Amber
5. Soleil Au Zenith Eau de Parfum
Prada Soleil Au Zenith Eau de Parfum is an attention-grabbing unisex fragrance from the Olfactories Les Mirages range. Released in 2017, this elegant and warm scent combines delightful spices, woods, fruits, and florals that feel refined and classy.
The opening begins with exotic ylang-ylang and soft sweet peach that smell incredibly expensive and luxurious. A heart of sandalwood brings a waft of rich woody tones, and most fragrances would stop at this point. However, it is the diverse, abyss-like base of spices of cinnamon, nutmeg, and cumin that grab your attention. Hints of spicy peppers and vanilla hover on the sidelines. Wow!
As for when to wear, Soleil Au Zenith Eau de Parfum is a cold-weather evening fragrance, so one to reach for during winter/autumn. It’s deep, and I mean very deep, so more suited for swanky nights out and formal eveningwear.
Longevity is incredible up to 8+ hours is no problem, and it projects like a beast throughout. Still detectable on the skin the following day. Why can’t all perfumes perform this well?
Overall, Soleil Au Zenith is an incredibly alluring combination of sweet, fruity, and spicy aromas. The peach/ylang-ylang combo works so well with the woods and nutmeg.
- Top Notes: Peach, Ylang-Ylang
- Mid Notes: Sandalwood
- Base Notes: Nutmeg, Cumin, Pimento, Vanilla, Cinnamon
6. L’Homme Prada Intense Eau de Parfum
L’Homme Prada Intense Eau de Parfum follow-up of the EDT version .It is the deeper 2017. Leaning more towards evening wear, this masculine aroma possesses a powdery edge that is intensified with a warming base. The creator behind this fragrance is German perfumer Daniela Andrier.
The opening of L’Homme Prada Intense is initially sweet and fresh with powdery iris blooming right from the start. Rich and sweet/spicy amber brings warmth from the heart with touches of earthy patchouli. Upon dry-down, woods, tonka bean, and a touch of leather provide an undercurrent of mystery.
With its powdery, fresh floral notes and contrasting warming base, L’Homme Prada Intense is best suited for the chillier seasons of winter/autumn. It’s a classy, formal/smart evening scent that is well- refined and balanced.
The longevity you can expect 6+ hours of wear. Projection and Sillage are only moderate, and I would have expected better from an ‘intense’ version. Apply to all clothes to squeeze out more performance.
Overall, L’Homme Prada Intense Eau de Parfum combines the powdery note of iris with a deeper base of amber, woods, and tonka bean. It is sophisticated, refined, and smells expensive.
- Top Notes: Iris
- Mid Notes: Patchouli, Amber
- Base Notes: Tonka Bean, Sandalwood, Leather
7. Prada Amber Pour Homme Intense Eau de Parfum
Prada Amber Pour Homme Intense Eau de Parfum is a two-headed dragon. Initially, exceptionally clean and barbershop fresh, a darker and sexier side is soon revealed that culminates in a masculine fragrance that is both rich and alluring.
The opening is delightfully clean, with mandarin softened and zesty bergamot by sweet neroli. An earthy/green heart of vetiver and geranium are nicely spiced by touches of cardamom. The dry-down is where this fragrance pivots, as a wave of bitter-sweet patchouli and deep warming resin rise to the occasion. Hints of vanilla also creep in.
Although initially fresh, Amber Pour Homme Intense is more suited to winter/autumn wear due to its warming resinous dry-down. This is a long-lasting fragrance for up to 7+ hours before it settles down to a skin scent. Projection and sillage are also excellent.
Overall, Prada Amber Pour Homme Intense is somewhat of an enigma. It begins life with a soapy and clean barber’s soap vibe, then slowly transforms into something more profound that smells expensive and luxurious.
- Top Notes: Bergamot, Neroli
- Mid Notes: Geranium, Cardamom, Vetiver
- Base Notes: Labdanum,Tonka Bean, Patchouli, Vanilla
8. L’Homme Prada Eau de Toilette
Released in 2016, L’Homme Prada Eau de Toilette is a powdery masculine scent that is both inviting and fresh. The creator of this fragrance is German perfumer Daniela Andrier.
The opening of L’Homme Prada is fresh with the soft citrusy, floral note of neroli lightly dusted with pepper and cardamom. Powdery iris and violet in the heart soon reveal themselves to compound the initial freshness. Earthy violet and geranium soon follow. A refined woody base enriched with warm amber reveals itself once fully settled.
With its powdery, fresh floral notes and amber/woody base, L’Homme Prada is best suited for summer/spring/autumn. It’s a clean yet luxurious everyday scent that’s perfect for both casual and smart wear. You can expect 5+ hours of wear with moderate projection and sillage from L’Homme Prada. This is more of an intimate fresh masculine daytime scent rather than a full-on beast-mode clubbing frag.
Overall, L’Homme Prada Eau de Toilette is a refined powdery scent with a sensual amber/woody base that kicks in after an hour. Makes an excellent daytime masculine perfume.
- Top Notes: Neroli, Cardamom, Black Pepper
- Mid Notes: Geranium, Iris, Violet
- Base Notes: Amber, Cedar, Patchouli, Sandalwood
9. Prada Luna Rossa Sport Eau de Toilette
Let’s clear one thing up straight away, Prada Luna Rossa Sport should not be called ‘Sport’. This is a classy vanilla and lavender combo that is a pleasure to wear.
The opening notes of ginger and juniper create a fresh/spicy introduction to this fragrance. Lavender soon gives off a fragrant aroma from the heart to cast its manly floral magic. Upon dry-down, luxury vanilla rises to become the most prominent note. It works well with the ginger and lavender spics.
As for when to wear, “Prada Luna Rossa Sport” is a journeyman fragrance. Can be worn for any occasion and in any season. Equally wearable as formal evening wear, a casual daytime scent, and everything in-between. You don’t even need to bench-press 100kgs or run the 100m in under 10 seconds to wear this ‘Sport’ perfume.
Longevity is pretty good, it up to 5+ hours of performance with decent projection and sillage, longer if you spray on clothing (just watch for staining).
Overall, Luna Rossa Sport was far better than I expected and The name does not only include the ‘Sport’ fragrance, IMHO. It’s initially spicy and fresh but evolves into a lavender/vanilla combo that great for any occasion.
- Top Notes: Juniper Berries, Ginger
- Mid Notes: Lavender
- Base Notes: Vanilla, Tonka Bean, Musk
10. Dark Light Eau de Parfum
Dark Light Eau de Parfum is another elegant unisex scent from the Prada Olfactories Les Mirages range. Launched in 2017, this warming and deep resinous scent have the contrasting freshness of aldehydes that really takes your attention.
This fragrance is a contrast when it starts. Warming rich amber does battle with sparkling ultra-fresh aldehydes that generates some exciting initial tension. Then, sweet vanilla soon makes an entrance with peppery angelica. Final, Upon dry-down, a resinous base is ever-so-slightly medicinal and rich.
Longevity is 7+ hours is excellent, with strong sillage and projection. The aldehydes provide an excellent contrast to what could have been an overpoweringly deep perfume.
Overall, Dark Light Eau de Parfum is a hypnotic and energizing fragrance that uses contrasting deeps and bright notes to stunning effect. Well worth checking out.
- Top Notes: Amber
- Mid Notes: Angelica
- Base Notes: Opoponax, Musk, Myrrh
Prada has created a collection of fragrances for men that are classy, luxurious, and smell incredibly expensive. We selected the best Prada fragrances for men in Top 10 Best Prada Colognes and Perfumes for Men Reviews in 2021 that combine an array of provocative masculine notes that will certainly get you noticed for all the right reasons.
The Luna Rossa range is spicy-fresh with a perfect for day or evening casual wear and warm edge. L’Homme Prada is moodier and deeper so better suited for evening wear. The Olfactories range is the pinnacle of Prada excellence, so don’t forget to check them out too.