Prada Luna Rossa Black is a 2018 men’s fragrance release from designer house Prada. Black is the next flanker in the Luna Rossa line following Luna Rossa Carbon. After extensive testing, my verdict is that Black is a sexy fragrance release from Prada – but there is a catch. Read on for the next few minutes to get my complete summary.
Prada Luna Rossa Black smells warm, sweet, and ambery
Prada Luna Rossa Black contains notes of bergamot, vanilla, tonka, amber, musk, and patchouli.
When first sprayed on skin, I smell a clean, warm sweetness. Here, the sweetness takes on the form of powdered vanilla. Although there’s no official vanilla note listed, I discovered this powdery sweetness is likely coming from the tonka accord.
Additionally, a fresh bergamot note is noticeable. It falls away after 5 minutes, however it does a refreshing job balancing the sweet vanilla/tonka elements.
As Black dries down, the bergamot fully disappears. It’s replaced by emergent amber and musk notes which work alongside the powdery sweetness. Interestingly, Black exhibits a ‘dough like’ texture at this point. Think of a powdered donut infused with vanilla essence.
Meanwhile, the subtle musk prevents the powdered, doughy, sweetness from ever becoming too overbearing.
Finally, there’s a delicate tinge of patchouli present in the background. Although patchouli can often embody an earthy aroma, that’s not the case here. It smells masculine and classy, whilst blending well amongst the mixture.
In summary, Black opens as a fresh, warm and sweet tonka scent, drying down into a darker, more ambery version of the same. The scent is rather linear throughout, and any changes aren’t dramatic.
Prada Luna Rossa Black manages to smell modern, sophisticated, and refined despite the fact it contains limited notes. It isn’t a bold statement maker, but it’ll pique the curiosity of those around you. Black smells like a ‘bad boy’ scent, and I characterise it as the mysterious cousin of Chanel Allure Homme Sport Eau Extreme.
Check out this reviewer’s thoughts on Black:
This is lush Tonka bean heaven with amber under the surface. Similar to most powdery sweet fragrances. Very one dimensional but also very good at what it does. Formal evening scent that’s a crowd pleaser. Don’t go trigger happy. 2 sprays only for me does the job. Recommended.Fragrantica.com
After extensive testing on skin, I rate the performance as moderate.
Initially, the projection is noticeable from 2-3 feet away, drying down into an intimate scent bubble after 1-2 hours. In total, I’ve found that Black lasts up to 7 hours on my skin. However, performance tends to get slightly better in cold weather.
Best worn after dark
The seductive, inviting aura of Prada Luna Rossa Black lends perfectly to the evening.
Specifically, that includes date nights, casual, or formal events. Seasonally, it’s best suited to Autumn, Winter and Spring. When it comes to the summer heat, check out Prada Luna Rossa Carbon instead.
As mentinoed earlier, Luna Rossa Black has ‘bad boy’ vibes written all over it. So if you’re a masculine man who wants to smell sexy and mysterious, Black’s worth further investigation.
In summary – Prada Luna Rossa Black
Prada has released several quality fragrances and Luna Rossa Black continues that trend.
Although it does have an uncomplicated and linear nature, which will be a let down for some.
Nevertheless, its sensual scent profile retains a polished quality that works wonders after dark.