A little over-hyped
A majority of women may disagree with me on this point, but I find Prada Candy boring.
Despite the fact that I dislike loud and sugary gourmands, I'm kind of wishing that Prada Candy was one of those fragrances, because this subtle whisper of caramel and musk leaves me feeling uninspired and disappointed.
Prior to smelling this perfume, my fellow fragrant friends kept encouraging me to smell Prada Candy, and in turn give them my honest opinion. Well, here goes: while I certainly don't find it repulsive, it is generic and plain. Prada, while attempting to appeal to the younger market with its sweet accords, has made this fragrance subtle as a means of remaining classic and stylish. The two don't go hand in hand.
I refrain from labelling Prada Candy as a gourmand, because while it's sweet and gooey, it doesn't smell like something I would want to eat. The caramel note actually has a slightly burnt edge, which many have noted as being off-putting.
A hint of spiciness tries to steer Prada Candy towards 'oriental land', but fails. Candy-land is where this fragrance is from beginning to end. I unfortunately find this fragrance headache inducing if I smell it for too long. I am only grateful that this fragrance doesn't have a cotton candy smell.
I agree with Eilismaireg (on Fragrantica), Prada Candy is indeed one of those fragrances that have been "done to death". Nothing original and exciting to be found here I'm afraid. Despite being amongst the targeted age range for this fragrance, I'll be happily passing up Prada Candy in hopes that there are people that appreciate it far more than I do.