Tried and tested: Prada Luna Rossa Carbon

We tried out one of Prada's latest releases, the Prada Luna Rossa Carbon

The Prada Luna Rossa Carbon is the third part of the Luna Rossa range for men and was launched in South Africa earlier this year.

The range explores a man’s relationship with nature and how the two forces collaborate in innovating, creating and shaping the world in which they both exist.

Nosed by Daniela Andrier, the Luna Rossa Carbon opens with top notes of pepper and Vert de Bergamote sourced from Italy and leads into middle notes of lavender, coal, soil tincture – all with strong metallic redolence. The fragrance closes up with more intense base notes of patchouli and ambroxan.

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“Strong as the darkest rock, with the freshness of air, it brings together steam-distilled botanicals and synthetics in a mineral-forward mix,” Prada says about the fragrance.

A large part of the personality of the Luna Rossa Carbon is brought across in its packaging.

“It has the visual depth of slate, coal or jet, but with complex textures. The base of the bottle is presented in the richest of blacks: light-absorbing, with a soft organic-velvet texture,” Prada describes.

“The glass is both black and transparent, something that appears pure, as if mined, but also refined and perfected by advanced technology. It is architectural and immediate, bringing balance to form.”

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The fragrance is quite distinct, but familiar at the same time. It’s quite a versatile scent that works right across summer to winter and easily makes the transition from daytime to evening because of the mildly intense nature of its scent.

If you’re confident, sure of who you are and where your place is in the world, the Prada Luna Rossa Carbon is the one for you.