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Luna Rossa (2012)
by Prada


Luna Rossa information

Year of Launch2012
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 166 votes)

People and companies

PerfumerDaniela Andrier
Parent CompanyPuig Beauty & Fashion Group > Puig Prestige Beauty Brands

About Luna Rossa

Luna Rossa is a masculine fragrance by Prada. The scent was launched in 2012 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Daniela Andrier

Luna Rossa fragrance notes

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  2. Heart Notes
  3. Base notes

Reviews of Luna Rossa

People in the fragrance community seem to forget Prada Luna Rossa (2012), and although I find that to be something of a shame, I can also understand why. Bleu de Chanel (2010) quickly became the Cool Water (1988) for the $100k+ annual income tech br0, and set a precedent in the perfume industry with it's first notable use of ambroxan, a synthetic molecule that was cheaper, more versatile, and less overbearing than the precious "amber" composite note that stood in for real ambergris, a staple base in perfumery. Sauvage Christian Dior (2015) would be the next big leap in that molecule's use in a "fresh" masculine, but in the years between, Prada quietly released Luna Rossa, which has it's fans, but didn't set a standard like Bleu de Chanel, nor stirred up controversy like Sauvage. The name for the scent comes from the name of the sailboat racing team (which itself means "Red Moon") which participates in the American Cup yearly. Oddly, Luna Rossa isn't very aquatic or marine, just citric and bitter, so I think this nomenclature was more a nod than an actual attempted aesthetic with the scent, especially with the bottles metal packaging reminiscent of an old condenser microphone used in the 1940's. The best way to describe Luna Rossa without going in depth, is to say it rests somewhere between the light 90's tobacco scents such as Versace the Dreamer (1996), and the powdery fresh fougères like Azzaro Chrome (1996), but remove the iris and tobacco from the former, plus the metallic elements from the latter, to make a fresh, inoffensive scent that's really a 2010's take on a 90's trope. Luna Rossa won't light anyone on fire, but I don't think it's meant to either, and against my usual disdain for apologetic scents, I actually like it. More on that later.

Luna Rossa opens with bergamot, bitter orange, and a fairly prominent lavender. Like Calvin Klein Eternity for Men (1989) provided a traditional fougère-like counterpart to the dihydromyrcenol/linalool/calone shimmer of Cool Water, Luna Rossa provides a more traditional lavender-forward take on the budding "ambroxan freshie" category created by Bleu de Chanel, but unlike Eternity for Men, didn't become bigger than it's predecessor because Prada doesn't seem to have the advertising power of other houses. The traditional citric lavender fougère opening is definitely more tart than any of the classic entries in this style, hence the call-back to stuff like Versace the Dreamer, which is pretty crisp too until it's iris and tobacco kick in. Luna Rossa doesn't have said iris and tobacco, so it instead goes from the bitter opening to sage and spearmint, both of which add a sort of "after shave" tone to Luna Rossa, with green and cool elements. If only Luna Rossa had an actual menthol note, it would be a good modern take on Skin Bracer (1931). The base is naturally where ambrette and the ambroxan molecule lives, but the faux-ambergris note is never really allowed to get animalic at all thanks to a powdery counter note that brings the attachment to the aforementioned Chrome but without being annoying in a "trying to hard to be nostalgic with Americana" way due to it's lack of a metal note and heavy-handed dusty floral top. Luna Rossa sits somewhere between formal and casual with it's easy-going citrus opening and formal powdery finish, and is fresh enough to see you through a day running around town, but also buttoned up enough for a sit-down dinner later that evening. Granted, I don't think this "ambroxan barbershop fougère" has any legs to stand on romantically, nor in a gym/active setting, but as a work scent that can also be a play scent, I appreciate the versatility it's innocuous nature affords.

The main reason why this gets a thumbs up for me, is Luna Rossa proves to be a generalist that straddles a few decades, giving nods to the "beige age" 90's with it's soft and pillowy lavender, but has the citric tartness of a 2000's freshie, the ambroxan warmth of the 2010's, but doesn't phone in it's dry down like the later Yves Saint Laurent Y for men (2017), which is so formulaic it almost feels composed by algorithm. indeed, Daniela Andrier is almost a house perfumer for Prada at this point, as she made Infusion d'Iris and Infusion d'Homme (2007) plus every major release by the house in recent memory, so she put the same "clean stately yet inexplicably interesting" stamp on this as she has many modern Prada scents in this vein. I feel it is overlooked mostly because coming out even two years after Bleu de Chanel is still very much living in the shadow of the colossus, and it's lack of controversy makes for a poor subject of research or trial in a hobbyist community always looking for the next new (or lost vintage) "distinction juice" to brag about owning/wearing. That's the biggest problem with Luna Rossa: saying you wear it won't get tomatoes thrown at you like it will if you list Y by Yves Saint Laurent, nor will it get you praise for walking off the beaten path or digging up some rare historic gem. Likewise, it won't get you ass-pats for "leveling up your game" into a niche or luxe brand. It's just Prada, and it's just good, and that is ironically not good enough to really talk about. Oh well, Prada's masculine lines have never really struck me as particularly engaging anyway, just solid if utilitarian, unlike their literally candy-themed feminines.
26th August, 2018
Very light, clean and somewhat powdery, this lavender scent is modern but the performance is very weak.

I think I would like it better if it had better performance because it smells nice while you can smell it but seems to be gone after 2-3 hours. That makes it hard to justify wearing unless you'll be reapplying all day or just need to smell nice and clean for a couple hours. Sorry, but this seems to get over-powered by scented deodorant.

That said, it does seem to come back in tiny wafts throughout the day. Still weak projection but it lingers for 6-7 hours.
21st May, 2018
Bitter and citric
Is no way to go through life
Unless you're fragrance.
16th October, 2017
Lavender/citrus powdery fragrance very clean and pleasant. The smell that I can recall the most from this is baby cologne. For the younger crowd.
21st May, 2016 (last edited: 13th August, 2016)
There's an amazing frangrance hidden behind simplicity. Daniela Andrier loves natural contents. Bitter orange and mint surround lavender, then a warm skin amber appears... We can feel the sun and salty ocean... fresh but sweet with a very good sillage and longevity. It's Magic like a sunset on the ocean, a summer ending day. Natural global impression, "a must" for me.
30th April, 2016
Another lavender scent. I get lavender and mint from Luna Rossa. Am I missing something here?! Citrus notes but that dissipates quickly. Not a scent I would wear and performance is weak. Smells like something you clean the bathroom with.
02nd April, 2016

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