I have to confess that I haven't tried many fragrances from Escada. I don't know much about the brand in general, and its colorful, youth-oriented summer scents like Rockin Rio and Sexy Graffiti just don't appeal to me. Nonetheless, when a sample of Especially Escada Delicate Notes came my way, as part of the annual pre-Valentine roses-and-all-things-romantic perfume promotion, I decided to give it a try.
Especially Escada Delicate Notes is the 2012 flanker to Especially Escada, which I completely missed when it was launched in 2011. It's described as a softer, fresher fragrance, "a blend of sophistication and light-hearted escapism," with notes of rose, ylang ylang, pear and ambrette. It's packaged in a pale pink, frosted-glass version of the Especially Escada bottle, with the same gilt double-E logo cap.
So I wore Especially Escada Delicate Notes for a few days, and then I rounded up a sample of the original Especially Escada for comparison, and while I don't think I'll be revising my list of twenty-five must-try rose fragrances as a result, I found this new fragrance enjoyable enough. Delicate Notes begins with a clean pear note (similar to something you'd find in a shampoo), followed by some apple-like ambrette and a very pink-smelling rose accord. This combination of pear, ambrette and "dewy rose" puts me in mind of Annick Goutal Ce Soir ou Jamais, if Goutal decided to rework that fragrance with lower-cost ingredients for a more mainstream audience.
Delicate Notes's dry down is slightly pale and flat, but still rose-based, with some sheer musk and a generalized white floral note (lily-of-the-valley?) joining the rose. It has better staying power than I would have expected from an Eau de Toilette, and its sillage is mild throughout. As Robin said of the original Especially Escada, "To anyone afraid that rose might be too old-fashioned to wear, it’s probably perfect." However, this scent is definitely lighter and softer than Especially Escada, and it lacks its predecessor's sour berry-rose note and potent hairspray-musk base.
Especially Escada Delicate Notes could very well appeal to women from fifteen to fifty and beyond. It does smell a bit like a functional fragrance, but it's pretty and it would work well in all daytime situations, even the office. I still don't feel as though I've learned much about the overall Escada brand, but I'll just have to leave that broader research for another day.
Escada Especially Escada Delicate Notes is available as 30 ml ($46), 50 ml ($62), and 75 ml ($84) Eau de Toilette.