Escada Limited Edition Summer Fragrances

Hey Hey Perfume Posse! Escada are many things. Sometimes I think they are one of the funnest fashion houses, loads of bright colours and their fragrances are very affordable and they used to come in those super cute bottles, remember all those wavy, heart shaped, strangely over designed jewel bright bottles? I loved them, though I only ever owned decants of the fragrances. One of my friends Bree used to collect the bottles and had a huge collection before she threw them out in a cleaning frenzy, yes she was sad afterwards.

So though the Escada LE Summer Fragrances are probably not the highbrow perfumista fare that we regularly deal in they are extremely popular and have been going for YEARS. Today you’ll get to meet two that I have spent some time with from the line.

Escada Limited Edition Summer Fragrances

Escada Rockin’ Rio 2011

Escada Rockin' Rio 2011 FragranticaPhoto Stolen Fragrantica

Fragrantica gives these featured acords:
Top: Tangerine, pineapple, papaya, coconut
Heart: Cotton candy, sugar, peach, Pina Colada
Base: Sandalwood, musk

The first rush of Rockin’ Rio is exactly as the notes say: pineapple/papaya/citrus and a soft whisper of coconut. Juicy and fun. Yes, they smell good, artificial and sweet like a Frozen Slurpy version of fruits but so joyous and my mouth has watered. REALLY WATERED! I am sitting in my office in Sydney in the middle of winter and Rockin’ Rio has taken me away, far far away to somewhere warm and lazy, I have a drink (Pina Colada of course)  and the sun and I can tell you right now that I am smiling ear to ear.

As Rockin’ Rio dries down I’m left with a still lightly sweet, white musk laundry scent. Very nice if you like a sweet citrus and musk laundry scent. Nothing natural to be smelt here but I like it.

Escada Taj Sunset 2011

Escada Taj Sunset FragranticaPhoto Stolen Fragrantica

Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Alphonso mango, nectarine, blood orange
Heart: Raspberry, lotus, waterlily, Malay apple (pomarosa)
Base: Coconut, sandalwood, musk

A little sharper and more astringent in the opening Taj Sunset’s fruits are so ripe they are about to go over to the other side. Lip puckeringly sweet like those sour lollies that are so ridiculously moreish. I smell this every now and then on people as they pass me in the mall or club, so it makes me think that there are a lot of other fragrances with this same opening and heart. The most realistic part, though by no means real, is the raspberry. It’s like raspberry conserve on raspberry lollies and without anything to cut the sweetness. Where in Rockin’ Rio the coconut is there at the open to add a creamy baseline Taj Sunset seems all high pitched top notes. The watery florals create a cordial effect, like the smell of a slightly strong glass of cordial in lemonade, and it basically stays like this till it fades at the end. I get zero base notes. It’s pretty sweet and kinda yummy but really too sweet for my liking. It does get compliments when I’m at work though, the boys notice it.

Further reading: Sunday Girl and Persolaise
Most Discounters have the Escada LE Summer range from about $30
Surrender To Chance have both Rockin’ Rio and Taj Sunset samples starting at $3/ml

What do you like to wear that most perfumistas turn their nose up at?

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Portia xx

15 Comments

  1. Limited Editions usually make me nervous but i htink summer LEs are fun.
    These two cetainly sound like they hit the spot.
    I’m quite the perfume snob so I don’t have any fragrant guilty secrets. Perhaps I should get one 🙂

    • HA! Tara, try them at least. Persolaise calls them perfume hell or something equally hateful, and I get his point, but I like them anyway. Great fun pick-me-up.
      Portia xx

      • Like attracts like and you Portia are also a great fun pick-me-up, so makes sense to me!

  2. I know that I have a dabber sample of one of the Escadas but can’t remember which one that I have. I will eventually dig it out and try it but I’ve just been trying to get the stink of Montale’s Ginger Musk out of my nose.

    • OH NOOOOO! Poor eldarwen22. What a shame you don’t like it. My memory was that I didn’t hate it. Bet it’s lasting ETERNALLY!!
      The trials and tribulations of perfumistahood.
      Portia xx

  3. I’ve only tried one of the Escadas, I think it was Cherry in the Air. I remember trying a spritz at a Sephora, just out of pure curiosity and not at all expecting to like it. But I did. I mean, it was clearly a scent meant more for a 10-year-old than 35-year-old me, but it was fun and much better than I expected. I’ve even considered buying some, though I don’t know if I would actually wear it.

    • Hey there Jennifer Counts,
      This is the eternal conundrum. Do I like it enough to wear it? There are a bunch of things in my frag closet that I really loved when I smelled them, wore out a sample double quick, bought a bottle and never opened it or spritzed it 5 times.
      I think you made the right choice.
      Portia xx

  4. I haven’t sniffed any of these in a while, but I used to have one of those heart-ish shaped ones – it was turquoise, and I think it was Ocean Blue. Some super aquatic 90s stuff, for sure.

  5. Whoo-hoo, Portia! I remember having a couple of these, and even had several of the minis. I enjoyed the first four or five or so, but after that, I fell out of touch. Such a fun flashback — thanks!

    • Hi Ann,
      It’s so cool that I have sparked a memory. Those cool heart bottles were so pretty and fun. I still think they are both but a little less designer and a bit more drugstore now. What do you think?
      Portia xx

  6. I haven’t tried any Escada perfumes, but I do sometimes think that their bottles are really fun, in a “Look at all the purdy colors!” sort of way. Who doesn’t like a riot of sparkly color once in a while?

  7. I have to admit, i really liked Cherry in the Air and Moon Sparkle

  8. Ha! I love the idea of perfume guilty pleasures. Mine would be Muguet de Bois (a drugstore perfume from the Eighties) and Bath & Body Works’ Wild Honeysuckle.

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