A few years ago (I think it was 2007 if my sources are correct), Prada released their Infusion d’Iris in an Eau de Parfum. The scent was a hit, and eventually added to their permanent line of fragrances. However, there were some who wanted a lighter version, and now Prada is responding with an Eau de Toilette version.
However, rather than simply taking the same notes and changing the concentration of the fragrance, Prada went one step further. They worked with Daniela Andrier, who created the first fragrance, to create a companion to the EDP that creates a lighter feeling. The notes are very different, but I think that she’s succeeded!
Top Notes: Neroli, Lily-of-the-Valley, Violet Middle Notes: Iris, muget, Galbanum Base Notes: Heliotrope, Cedar
Overall this is a very light and airy fragrance. I almost want to describe the scent as powdery (and some on-line have called the Violet top note powdery), though for me only the initial dry down period is powdery. When I first apply this scent it is a fresh, sweet fragrance that is definitely powdery. The initial dry down is a tad more Violet than Iris on me, though I do definitely have some hint of the Iris note.
After about 30-45 minutes the violet does fad a bit (and the scent becomes less powdery). This is when the fragrance takes on more depth. The Iris comes out a little more (finally overpowering the violet, though that does not completely fad into the background), and I can get a hint of the Heliotrope and Cedar. The scent stays fairly light, though definitely more floral than the EDP version. The scent lasts most of the day on me, and as the day wears on (think late afternoon) I am once again picking up the Violet note quite a bit.
Overall, this is a very pretty and light floral fragrance. I think that it is a bit heavier on the Violet than the Iris notes throughout most of the day. However, since Violet is definitely one of my favorite notes, I have to say that I’m in love! I’ve found this fragrance to be the perfect late summer/early fall fragrance. I’m not quite ready to transition into the heavier scents, but I don’t want the same super sweet summer scents either. I’ve loved this for days at work, out running errands or just hanging out at home.