Luna Rosa Black is the newest perfume from Prada’s Luna Rossa line. First Luna Rossa perfume appeared in 2012 and in 2017 controversial Luna Rosa Carbon was launched with its dominant notes of carbon, amber, and lavender. An unusual combination, isn’t it? No more surprising was the new Luna Rossa Black, although the reasons were not atypical and non-organic notes like carbon but because it leaped forward compared to everyday male perfumes. My impression is that this year we have a much better offer of male fragrances than female but the year is young and we’ll see what will happen in the next months.

Whenever I can find a PR text for some perfume I put it in my review. The reasons are numerous and multilayered but this is not the place to elaborate that. Let’s see what Prada has to say about its new Luna Rosa Black perfume:

Prada Luna Rosa Black is the first Eau de perfume in Prada Luna Rosa family. It originated from the urban areas, from the sense o thrill one feels when he discovers the new side of everyday life. The inspiration can be described as a moment between fun and work. A moment of pleasure after a successful working week, a moment when the city becomes alive. Lively scents full of possibilities and danger enwrap the perfume. Sweeter tones around the wood and amber notes create the effect of disorientation. Energetic at first covered with bergamot and then moody with patchouli and cumin in middle notes. The man who wears Prada Luna Rossa Black is attractive and in search of sophistication in every situation – no matter how casual his intentions are.

If we put aside the unimaginative imagination of Prada’s marketing, we are still talking about an unusual perfume, as much as designer perfumes now can be. As I walked through the Usce shopping mall and passed the perfume stands, with the corner of my eye I saw the new Prada but thought “oh, another flanker” and passed by. But when I sensed the fragrant trail of the perfume I froze, turned around and came back. The perfume tickled my imagination like no other recently. It was love at first smell. Not the new love, the one that opens up new horizons. It was more like when we see the silhouette of a person that reminds us of our long forgotten youthful love. A sentimental love. Black reminded me of Bvlgari Black, that perverse spicy rubber vanilla, but this one is a touch sweeter. I enjoyed its scent on my wrist the entire night, inhaling it and reminiscing about my first love. Then, another surprise, a transformation into a refined precious scent that I also know. It was Guerlain’s Angelique Noire from their exclusive L’Art et la Matiere collection you can try out in Glamour shop in Knez Mihailova Street. Angelica, that rarely used scent note, grew more dominant in Luna Rosa Black perfume and combined with amber it created the rich, sensual, luxury and lush feeling. Honestly, that was the last thing I expected from the Prada flanker. Once again, my credo that one should never approach new brands and editions from a snob-like position turned out to be true. Just like with books, perfume “cover” is not always reliable.

[Fragrance notes] top notes: bergamot; middle notes: coumarin; base notes: amber, patchouli

[Fragrance group] oriental woody.

[Fragrance profile] 40% extroverted, 60% introverted, 20% rational, 80% emotional.