Escada is the latest fragrance release from the design house of the same name, and the second release to be named Escada. The first, launched in 1990, appears to still be in production. Is it just me, or is it unnecessarily confusing to produce two perfumes with the same name? (Note: some stores are referring to this scent as Escada Signature; others are calling it Escada Crystal). The 2005 version was created by nose Pierre Bourdon and has notes of bergamot, black currant, leafy greens, cucumber, lemon, sea breeze accord, freesia, honeydew, magnolia, jasmine, muguet, rose, orange blossom, peony, amber, musk, nectarine, vanilla, orris, patchouli and sandalwood.
Escada opens with fruit salad on a bed of greens, with a little cucumber garnish on the side. It is foody, but very light and fresh and summery. There is a touch of sweetness, but nothing like the candied fruit of the limited edition fragrances that Escada releases every summer (Rockin Rio, Ibiza Hippie, Island Kiss, etc). The emphasis here is much more on the fresh notes, and the sea breeze accord is pronounced.
The early dry down is a mixed floral, still very light and fresh, and then it slowly develops into something slightly darker, a lo-cal amber-patchouli dessert perhaps, with hints of vanilla and nectarine. Despite the warmer base notes, the aura of freshness remains: the musk is clean, there are no earthy or disturbing elements, and it is not at all heavy or overpowering.
Escada is too fresh for my taste; perhaps a dash of something disturbing would have been more to my liking. I will say that the lasting power is incredible. When traces of the musky base still remained 24 hours and a shower later, I resorted to a good scrubbing with liquid Tide.
Escada is available at major department stores and sephora.