Prada is a world-known luxury fashion brand that was founded in 1913. Mario Prada and his brother Martino Prada started their business by selling leather goods in Milan.
Today, Prada is one of the top successful fashion brands selling unique accessories, high-quality bags and luggage, and excellent fragrances.
This review we’ll discuss the best colognes Prada has to offer, starting from their classic Prada Infusion de L’Homme to the more sporty Prada Luna Rossa.
Prada Cologne Top Picks
- Best Prada Cologne for men: Prada Luna Rossa For Men
- Newest Prada Cologne: Prada L’Homme Absolu
Read along our review guide to find the best Prada colognes for men.
Top List of 10 Best Prada Colognes
If you can’t set your mind on what Prada fragrance to get for the season, you have come to the right spot. After a lot of research, we came down to the best top 10 Prada colognes for this moment, so it should be a lot easier to decide which one suits you the best. Keep reading as we thoroughly review each scent.
1. Prada Luna Rossa
he first spot is reserved for the champion of Italian sailing teams, the “Red Moon” or Luna Rossa. This energetic scent was created in 2012, and as the name suggests, it represents a challenge, a competition, and a very close relationship with marine nature. Prada Luna Rossa is a fresh and spicy cologne that makes an excellent pick for sporty, energetic men who take pride in victory.
The modern scent makes an appearance with neutral bitter orange and more prominent lavender that gradually turns into a beautiful harmony of clary sage and mint as the middles notes break through. Eventually, the bottom notes of musk mallow and ambroxan give the scent a bit of a powdery touch in the deep drydown. Sillage is nothing to brag about, but soft to moderate is more than enough for the athletic and sporty men who tend to sweat a lot. On the other hand, longevity is moderate to long-lasting, ideal for those hot summer days when you are out and about the entire day.
Prada Luna Rossa is an all year round and cologne for all occasions. Wear it at dinner, in the office, for an interview, and even in the gym. No one will complain.
2. Prada Amber Pour Homme
The very first Prada cologne is the reason there exist other Prada colognes. Daniela Andrier created the 2006 Amber Pour Homme for the elegant and masculine type of man. When a woman creates a scent, you can expect the notes to be less aggressive. Surprisingly, the cologne made a great success in the men’s world, and Daniela continued to draw inspiration from her first Prada cologne for her future ones.
Upon the first spritz, the attention is turned towards more citrusy notes, like bergamot and mandarin orange spiced up with cardamom. As the middle notes of myrrh, saffron, geranium, musk, and vetiver make way, the scent gives us an oriental vibe. The base notes are suede, tonka beans with a light woody touch that reminds us of amber. This scent has excellent lasting power on skin and clothes. Sillage is also outstanding. Amber Pour Homme is sure to garner you a whole heap of compliments.
A perfect scent for a man who wants to smell like a gentleman without smelling “old school.” Amber Pour Homme is Prada’s masterpiece with a pleasant, luxurious, and clean, soapy scent safe to wear anywhere, anytime. Best for meetings, offices, lunch dates, evening out, or a casual stroll in the park. Anytime you want to feel clean and fresh.
3. Prada L’Homme
Prada introduces Prada L’Homme along with La Femme Prada in 2016 as a part of the woody-chypre olfactory family. With Prada’s loyal ingredients iris and amber, L’Homme is a safe buy for him and her when in doubt. The glass bottle is a modern, sleek design with black and grey details that tells us, “I am important.” The nose behind this cologne is Daniela (Roche) Andrier.
If you know how luxury powder smells, then this is it. The top notes are carrot seeds and neroli spiced up with black pepper and cardamom. This spice bomb softly turns into a floral harmony of violet and iris after an hour or so. The scent journey ends with the bottom notes of amber, patchouli, cedar, and sandalwood, giving the soapy, powdery, and clean cologne a little woody touch. L’Homme is a high-class, inoffensive cologne with consistent moderate sillage and up to 10 hours long-lasting power.
L’Homme is a versatile, safe, nice to have, unisex scent. It’s great for everyday use, ideally indoors. Many use the fragrance during spring and summer, romantic dates, casual, vacation, meetings, brunches, or after-work parties.
4. Prada Luna Rossa Sport
Represented in a more modern red flacon combined with silver metallic details, Prada takes us on another sailing competition with the 2015 edition, the Luna Rossa Sport. Like its other Luna Rossa predecessors, this cologne takes inspiration from the Red Moon Italian sailing team in America’s Sailing Cup. The nose behind this scent is Daniela (Rocher) Andrier, the perfumer who also created many Prada, Bvlgari, and Bottega Veneta fragrances.
Ginger and Juniper berries act as opening notes giving the Luna Rossa Sport an aromatic and fresh spicy vibe. The heart note is lavender, and eventually, the scent softly transitions into base notes of tonka bean and vanilla. This fresh masculine scent has a moderate to heavy sillage; something attention seekers wouldn’t mind. As far as longevity goes, Luna Rossa Sport offers long-lasting performance, enough to get compliments from your colleagues or people in the gym.
Because of the soft and powdery drydown and the blissful combination of lavender, tonka bean, and vanilla, this cologne can be unisex. Luna Rossa Sport is so easy to wear that is ideal for every day, any season, day and night. Just a spritz or two is enough for people around you to notice you are there, and you smell divine.
5. Prada Luna Rossa Black
The 7th iteration of Luna Rossa was launched just a couple of years ago. This 2018 seductive and powerful cologne is contained in an equally alluring black glass bottle that screams luxurious. Luna Rossa Black is fresh, sweet, and sophisticated. We recommend it for any man who wants to wear something slightly different for a change.
Luna Rossa Black opens with bergamot, just enough to give you that fresh, citrusy smell upon spraying. When bergamot dissipates, the spicy notes like angelica, patchouli, and coumarin appear as a combination that offers the Luna Rossa Black a unique touch. The base layer is more prominent coumarin, with a hint of amber and musk, giving warmth and sweetness to an already delicious scent.
Luna Rossa Black has moderate sillage, about 3 feet from the wearer, and moderate long-lasting power, enough to last you the entire evening.
The sweet and spicy masculine scent will warm you up in winter, fall, and cold spring days. Luna Rossa Black makes an excellent scent for formal occasions, a skiing trip, or a night out on the town. It is even office-friendly, so wear it proudly.
6. Prada Luna Rossa Carbon
Hooray for another addition in the Luna Rossa family. Launched in 2017, Luna Rossa Carbon is a fresh and masculine scent, created by Daniela Andrier. This Aromatic Fougere cologne is designed especially for the tender, sweet, and caring man, yet masculine. The black and grey metallic bottle with a red Prada detail in the middle reminds us of a man wearing a tuxedo with a red tie. Classy.
Luna Rossa Carbon opens with bergamot and pepper taking us on a beautiful citrusy journey. An hour later, the citrus is toned down with the heart notes of lavender, watery and metallic notes giving some spark to an already sparkling scent.
Luna Rossa Carbon is a crowd-pleaser, with moderate sillage and long lasting power of about 9 hours. The best part is that your clothes and wardrobe will project the smell even a week after spraying. The fresh, spicy, and aromatic Luna Rossa Carbon is an everyday scent that you can wear all year round for any occasion. It’s a safe choice for an office, indoor/outdoors gathering, dinner date, or clubbing.
7. Prada L’Homme Intense
L’Homme Intense was launched in 2017 as a darker, more mysterious version of the original L’Homme. The Oriental Woody cologne reminds us of a mature, sophisticated man who is not afraid of any challenge. Much like the scent itself, the bottle is as dark and mysterious with a black and metallic silver cap. Again, the nose behind the L’Homme Intense is Daniela Andrier, the creator of many magnificent scents from Prada, Bvlgari, Calvin Klein, and Miu Miu.
L’Homme Intense opens with iris, giving a bit of a clean and powdery smell upon spraying. Middle notes of amber and patchouli add slightly sweet resinous accord; base notes of leather, tonka bean, and sandalwood make a perfect finish as the notes dry down, giving you a leathery, aromatic, and rich scent to enjoy until sunrise.
L’Homme Intense is a powerful cologne providing moderate projection and long-lasting power. Three to four atomizations are more than enough, and if you need to layer, go for it. Just beware that the leather accord can be bothersome to some people.
Many L’Homme Intense fans love how the cologne projects in colder days, especially fall/winter. The unique combination of leather accord, amber, and iris make this scent ideal for the elegant, mature, masculine man who proudly presents himself in the crowd. Great for evening family get-togethers, romantic dates, or formal occasions.
8. Prada Infusion d’Homme
Daniela (Roche) Andrier takes us on another floral journey with Prada Infusion d’Homme. Launched in 2007, as a part of the Infusion collection, this classic scent makes an excellent companion to the elegant, traditional man who values family, loyalty, and relationships. The heavy and transparent vintage glass bottle is similar to the women’s version, and it represents a combination of tradition and modern days.
Infusion d’Homme opens with an uplifting citrusy blend of mandarin orange and more prominent neroli. A middle note of iris, cedar, and vetiver give the scent a luxurious soapy smell. In contrast, the bottom notes of benzoin, olibanum, and powdery notes give the cologne a woody and powdery touch.
Infusion d’Homme is a very soft and discreet scent with a good projection for the first couple of hours. It has moderate longevity with just over 5 hours on the skin and the whole day on your clothes.
We love this cologne for daily wear, spring and summer. Great for office buildings, meetings, interviews, even hospitals, plus more casual brunches and lunches, a day in the park, or a coffee get together with friends. A trail of clean, pleasant, luxurious soapy smell will keep you company the entire day.
9. Prada Candy
The sweet women’s fragrance Prada Candy was launched in 2011 and was an instant success. The winning combination is made of delicious vanilla and caramel mixed with musky and powdery notes. Prada Candy is perfect for the classy women who want some sweetness and warmth in their lives.
Prada Candy has a delicious top note of caramel. Powdery notes and musk make the perfume true to Prada while vanilla and benzoin form the base notes.
Because of all the sweetness drama, one would think that Prada Candy is a sillage monster, but it’s relatively soft, more intimate, and personal. It doesn’t have that overwhelming sweetness that makes you feel dizzy after a while, and we appreciate that. It also has moderate longevity, meaning it can last most of the day with no issue.
We highly recommend Prada Candy for the sophisticated woman who enjoys sweet and powdery vanilla perfumes. Suitable for all seasons, but ideal for chilly fall and winter nights.
10. Prada Amber
Prada by Prada or Prada Amber was created by Carlos Benaim, Max Gavarry, and Clement Gavarry in 2004. Prada Amber offers a soft, smooth, and spicy scent, ideal for the woman with an acquired taste who wants to feel glamorous without much effort.
The sweet and flowery Prada Amber opens with green and fruity notes, bergamot, and tarragon. Middle notes of a floral bouquet with a spoonful of honey give little sweetness before the scent turns into a warm woody, earthy cologne with more prominent patchouli.
This is a strong fragrance in terms of sillage and longevity. The heavy smell of amber and patchouli is great for some time, but the scent is long-lasting, and some may find it bothersome.
Prada Amber is ideal for wintertime. The warm and spicy notes will warm you up on a cold, snowy day like a cup of hot chocolate. Wear it on special occasions or anytime you want to feel elegant and sensual.
Choosing Your Prada Cologne
Check out these tips to help you find your perfect Prada match.
First, find a scent in your preferred fragrance family. Perfumes and colognes are grouped in “families”, depending on their dominant notes. There are four main scent families: floral, fresh, woody, and oriental.
Floral Prada Colognes
Prada’s Men’s colognes have a decent amount of flowers in them. The most common are iris, jasmine, and carnation. If you like floral scents, you will enjoy these Prada colognes:
- Infusion d’Homme
- L’Homme Intense
Fresh Prada Colognes
These colognes smell like citrus and/or herbs. Common fresh notes in Prada include bergamot, mandarin orange, and lemon. Fans of fresh scents will like Prada cologne such as:
- Luna Rossa Sport
- Luna Rossa Carbon
Woody Prada Colognes
Woody colognes smell like woods and forests. Common woody notes include sandalwood, vetiver, and patchouli. Fans of woody scents will like these Prada perfumes:
- Prada Amber
- Amber pour Homme
Oriental Prada Colognes
Oriental fragrances smell like spices and incense. Common oriental notes include vanilla, myrrh, and musk. Fans of oriental scents will like these Prada fragrances:
- L’Homme Intense
- Luna Rossa Black
Frequently Asked Questions on Prada Cologne
Where is Prada cologne made?
Before 2018, all Prada fragrances were manufactured in conjunction with Puig and made in Spain.
Who makes Prada cologne?
Since 2003, Prada fragrances were made in conjunction with Puig, but the French House L’Oreal recently became a partner, and they will officially create, develop and distribute Prada’s fragrances from January 1, 2021.
How much does Prada cologne cost?
Prada colognes are in de low to middle range. Depending on where and when you buy them, they can cost anywhere from $40 to $90 and more.
Which Prada cologne is the best?
The best Prada cologne is considered the original Prada Luna Rossa, a cologne liked by many fans for its fresh and aromatic scent.
What is the newest Prada cologne?
The newest Prada cologne is Prada L’Homme Absolu, an oriental-woody limited edition from October 2018.
How long does Prada cologne last?
Colognes usually have a lower concentration of oils, typically 2 to 4 percent. However, some Prada colognes like L’Homme and Luna Rossa Carbon have excellent longevity, lasting up to 10 hours on the skin.
The Story of Prada
Prada’s story began in 1913 when the brothers Mario and Martino Prada opened a leather goods shop. For years Mario stopped female members of the family from having anything with their business. Still, seeing that his son didn’t have any interest, his daughter Luisa Prada became the sole successor. In 1970, Luisa’s own daughter Miuccia Prada joined her, and together they built a multi-millionaire world-known luxury fashion brand.
A Timeline of Major Events in Prada’s History
- 1978: Miuccia inherits the company.
- 1983: Prada opens a second shop in the famous Galleria Vittorio Emanuelle in Milan.
- 1985: The “classic Prada handbag’’ was designed, and it was an instant success.
- 1992: The Miu Miu fashion brand is launched. The name comes from Miuccia Prada’s nickname.
- 1996: Prada opens a boutique in Manhattan, New York.
- 1999: Prada purchases 51% of Helmut Lang’s company and Jill Sander A. G German company, which gave Prada a foothold in Germany.
- 2004: Prada launches its first fragrance, Prada Eau de Parfum.
- 2008: The fashion show in Milan gets criticized because all models were tottering and had to remove their shoes in order to be able to walk.
- 2016: For the first time, fans can buy Prada’s clothing online.
- 2020: Prada made an announcement that they would stop using kangaroo leather in their products.
The Faces of Prada
Prada has worked with some of the best perfumers in the world, and many famous models and actresses. Here are just a few well-known faces of the Prada brand.
Daniela (Roche) Andrier: An award-winning perfumer who was a trainee at Chanel in 1988. She is famous for the creation of many perfumes for brands like Bvlgari, Bottega Veneta, Gucci, Prada, Yves Saint Laurent, and Calvin Klein. This includes the popular Contradiction by CK, Emporio Armani She, Gucci EDP, and most Prada perfumes.
Carlos Benaim: One of America’s best “noses,” the creator of the timeless classic White Diamonds by Elizabeth Taylor. He is currently a senior perfumer in IFF.
Max Gavarry: A senior perfumer in IFF. He is the nose behind the famous Halloween EDT. He created Lalique by Lalique, Prada Amber, and the 1980’s Jean-Louis Scherrer EDT.
Clement Gavarry: A son to Max Gavarry, a winner of the Rising Star award in 2006 in the category of Corporate Fragrance. He is the nose behind many famous fragrances such as
Chloe, Prada Prada EDP, Prada Prada Tendre, and Roberto Cavalli Just Cavalli for Him.
o Lea Seydoux: A model and actress, who took part in Woody Allen’s latest movie Midnight
in Paris is the face of the 2011 Prada Candy.
o Ansel Elgort: An actor who became famous for his role in The Fault In Our Stars, is the face of the 2016 L’Homme Prada.
o Mia Goth and Mia Wasikowska: Famous actresses and models are the faces of Prada La Femme perfume.
Prada has also worked with actors like Gary Oldman, Adrien Brody, Norman Reedus, and Emile Hirsch for their menswear shows and campaigns.
Prada’s Well-known Cologne Commercials
One of the most popular TV commercials for Prada is the ad campaign for L’Homme and La Femme Prada intense for him and her. The video features four models and actors Mia Goth, Mia Wasikowska, Ansel Elgort, and Dane DeHaan, walking on a checkered floor surrounded by spinning flowers. The song in the background is the all-time classic by Elvis, Can’t Help Falling In Love, released in 1961.
The director of the Prada Candy commercial from 2013 is the famous Roman Coppola. The ad features Candy, Lea Seydoux, a modern french woman who can’t decide between two best friends Peter Gadiot and Rodolphe Pauly.
Prada Collections At a Glance
Prada has many fragrances to be proud of. These are the most popular Prada collections available today:
- Luna Rossa
- Prada (Amber)
- Prada Candy
- Prada Exclusives
Final Thoughts on Prada Cologne
No matter what cologne or perfume you decide on, Prada ensures you will enjoy every step of the way.