Prada
Prada Amber
2004

Version from 2004
Prada (2004) / Prada Amber by Prada
Bottle Design Fabien Baron
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7.8 / 10 422 Ratings
Prada (2004) is a popular perfume by Prada for women and was released in 2004. The scent is oriental-spicy. The longevity is above-average. It is being marketed by Puig.
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Main accords

Oriental
Spicy
Woody
Powdery
Sweet

Fragrance Pyramid

Top Notes Top Notes
MimosaMimosa BergamotBergamot Bitter orangeBitter orange Mandarin orangeMandarin orange
Heart Notes Heart Notes
PatchouliPatchouli RoseRose
Base Notes Base Notes
LabdanumLabdanum ResinsResins SandalwoodSandalwood Tonka beanTonka bean VanillaVanilla

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7.8422 Ratings
Longevity
8.1316 Ratings
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7.5300 Ratings
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7.7305 Ratings
Value for money
7.876 Ratings
Submitted by Sani, last update on 14.04.2024.

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Tradescantia

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Tradescantia
Tradescantia
Top Review 24  
A diamond in the rough - elegant and delicately bitter pleasure
With this perfume, the long search for a pleasant patchouli fragrance is over for me.

Patchouli is a difficult fragrance to find.
Quickly too tart or mixed with all sorts of sweet ingredients and thus adulterated. An alternative would have been only the patchouli fragrance of Etro, no matter in what concentration. However, this was a little too tart for me. For men possibly worth a test. I would have had to layer Etro's scent with Via Verri to get a bit more freshness. Layering is interesting, but not usually my cup of tea. However, the fashion of Etro, with bohemian touch goes well with the strongest note here : patchouli.

This patchouli scent is quite authentic and also resembles a patchouli - oil that I bought as a souvenir in Morocco, but Prada Amber has of course been refined and is not a real soliflor. Bitter orange, tangerine and bergamot give the necessary freshness and let the perfume not too heavy.

In the base it becomes woody and resinous.
Labdanum and benzoin in top form.
Almost cuddly. Reminds of the feeling of touching the silky fur of an oriental cat.
Natural elegance.

It also becomes delicately bitter. Here resonates a hint of cocoa, dark chocolate in very high-quality form, but this note has been included even in the patchouli oil from the holiday. So here is no gourmand experience possible.

A very mature fragrance, which has not taken all the rough edges from the patchouli. Elegant, but not too much.

Ultimately, I associate patchouli namely also with the hippie culture.
These were often not so unwashed, as it is often insinuated.
They produced fabulous rock music, were experimental lifers, often even from good homes. It's a time, sadly, that I didn't live to see.

What I miss is a floral touch.
But this would have possibly not fit into the concept. Who knows.
Nevertheless, a very successful Oriental, which does not get too warm.
Rather a winter scent. However, it is due to initial coolness also still portable, if it is a little sunnier. The flacon I find good. Heavy. Simple. Pleasant feel.
Only the name confuses me a bit, but amber may also be included and just not noticeable to my nose.

Somehow, however, it could also tarnish, since little sweetness is in play here- a rough diamond is Prada Amber. At least for me.

Have fun testing and love greetings
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Arawiya

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Arawiya
Top Review 20  
Beelzebub's wearing Prada!
"Prada Amber" is a strange scent - strange in the sense of interesting and good! I quickly sprayed it on myself, so to speak, in passing between two appointments, very curious about this fragrance.
Spurred on as always by the perfumes and their comments here. Dear people, your enthusiasm is dangerous!

"Prada Amber" starts with me completely unsweet, yes bitter, green, herbaceous, almost "male". Did a hint of chypre base creep into the top note?
I wouldn't call the fragrance "fresh" at this stage, although something citrusy seems to creep in every now and then - very subtle. The silage is tidy!
I think I smell bergamot mostly. If there's a tangerine in there, it's not a sweet-fruity, juicy, ripe one, but one that's still green and a bit treacherous in the tree.

An hour later - I am still on the road - the wind gives me an imperceptibly sweet breeze. Is that Prada? It is indeed. Better perceptible from a distance than from close up (it stays "herbaceous" for now) I sniff a fine aroma, like a noble cream. Barely perceptible on demand, but always gurgling around my nose.
Rose and patchouli come to the fore very slowly, both of which are unflattering and un-aunty. The transition from the top note to the heart note is very skilful!
After this furious debut, the fragrance withdraws a little towards the base, becoming much closer to the body and now also warmer. Wood remains present, I also smell the bitter rose for a relatively long time, then the fragrance becomes balsamic, a bit creamier. Patchouli doesn't say goodbye for a long time, a little moist earth is already there. But with the nose close to the skin, this impression remains, which the perfume has had from the very beginning. I really can't describe it at the moment. "Unisex" would be such a word, but for my taste it sounds much too much like white cotton shirts and boyfriend jeans, and I don't see either of these things to this fragrance.

The big evening gown then also not. Prada Amber" isn't lady enough for that, although the perfume definitely doesn't give you a chance to make a "small entrance"!

In Oslo, there is a boutique run by gothic and metalheads that sells exclusive fashion by local designers in small quantities. Large windows, flooded with light, all clothes noble black. Elegance, clear cuts, knitwear as fine as cobwebs, in between something skilfully torn. Minimalist silver jewellery, wide bangles, expensive boots made of butter-soft leather. The owner is an elfin beauty, who after a business lunch in a luxury restaurant is bound to be sleeping on fern leaves with earth on her feet. And for those who don't believe that all this goes together, let's visit this place and chat for hours over a glass of wine over each piece of clothing.
Back to Topic - actually it should smell like Prada Amber there. I've never smelled such an ungravelly, earthy patchouli before and the scent seems to me to be too distinguished for something other than the eccentric but noble. Amazingly "nischig" for something that can be found in the miller.

I think you have to test it quite often until it "clicks" - but then...!
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Greysolon

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Greysolon
Greysolon
Top Review 15  
The other Prada Amber for men
I've never cared for Prada’s masculine amber offering, Amber Pour Homme. I know, that view puts me in a distinct minority. Nonetheless, I dislike Pour Homme for the same reason I dislike so many other designer label fragrances: it seems as though elegance has been sacrificed for the sake of masculinity.

That brings us to the other side of the supposed gender divide and how I "discovered" Prada Amber.

Last week I was waiting for my wife as she shopped at a big box cosmetics outlet. I had stationed myself before the men’s fragrance display, which is my usual post in this particular store. I was bored. It’s a dingy, gray, soulless place and for as long as I can remember the same 2 dozen or so designer label fragrances have been the backbone of their men's collection. Even when a new item manages to crack the ranks it's relegated to a shelf at floor level forcing anyone over 5 feet tall to squat or crawl to see what gems might be lurking in the abyss. In recent months there has been extensive renovation and expansion to the rest of the store. Unfortunately the upgrades have bypassed the men's section and the same forlorn display continues to beckon piteously. Over time, I've reached the conclusion that this area was not designed to sell fragrances but is, in reality, a men's day care center. A place where guys intimidated by the sight of a cosmetics counter can safely hang out and not be approached by the scary sales associates. A place wives and girlfriends know where to look for their frightened charges when it's time to leave.

Anyway, after smelling Bvlgari Blv -again- and realizing it smelled the same last month, I noticed the women’s collection had nearly doubled in size as a result of the recent renovations. I was admiring all the new choices just across the aisle when I saw a tester of Prada Amber and decided to give it a spritz.

It was a revelation. I'm convinced that if somebody would park the tester on the men's side of the DMZ, Amber would be flying off the shelves.

Amber may be marketed as a feminine fragrance but it seems to fall comfortably within the bounds of being unisex. So gentlemen, if you’re looking for an elegant, distinctive amber don’t waste your time with Pour Homme. Nobody’s home. If you're considering an amber fragrance from Prada, this is the one.

Amber comes out of the bottle with deep, rich florals and dark, aromatic citrus. Not to worry, this is not a big floral or bright citrus opening; it's very balanced and blended. As Amber dries down the top notes part, making way for the tannic, dry tea aspect of bergamot which hints at the sandalwood to follow. At the same time, the citrus accord begins its sweet and sour oriental dance with the lower notes. Further into Amber's development the sandalwood emerges with an understated, dry, woodiness that blends perfectly with the arid qualities of the bergamot.

From application, all that development takes about an hour but the journey to the base is worth it. When the warm, resinous amber and vanillic accords finally well up out of the depths you're rewarded with a rich, luxurious fragrance.

I find Prada Amber unisex in the same vein as Diptyque offerings such as Volutes or 34 Boulevard St. Germain. It has the amber qualities of Volutes and the slightly powdery, cloud-like sillage of 34 BSG. However, Amber is a potent edp so I recommend going easy on the button. I was surprised just how much its projection and longevity outpaced a fragrance like Volutes. A single spritz keeps me cloaked in a pleasant cloud of scent for hours.
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Schwälbchen

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Visiting the hairdressing salon
Due to the occurrences and the similarity to Coromandel, a test of Prada Amber was necessary. Said, done, sprayed.... Wait, what's the matter with the bottle? How do I have to pick it up? And hardly anything comes out of the spray head. Well, but two small splashes are enough, because Prada Amber starts with timpani and trumpets. A stinging synthetic hairspray haze penetrates my nose as if I was freshly fogged by the hairdresser. Puhhhhhhhh... After 5 minutes, the nose-killing three-weather taffeta monster disappears. The scent retreats, becomes very close and clearly sweeter - almost gourmandig - with a noble cream note. Aha, not so bad at all. So taken back, Prada Amber wafts around me all day long. Flattering sandalwoody, unflowery with tonka flair and resinous hints. The shelf life is good on freshly showered and creamed skin and is 8+ hours.
For Patchouli fans it is definitely worth a test. I give you a point deduction for the bottle: it is wider than high and does not lie well in the hand. In addition, the spray head is on one side, very impractical.

If I compare it with Coromandel, I would describe the Patchouli as much more present here. Less round and balanced than Chanel and therefore not really similar.

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Flugschein

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Something special
I love this fragrance because it is so unique and full of character. You immediately notice that this is not a cheap 0815 perfume, but a professional creation. I find Prada Amber timeless and above all not intrusive - present, but not intrusive.
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