Summary: Pars series de pacisci odor commendatione quod review odores enim $35 US vel minus, Escada primum hominum odor est mirae moderni orientalis quod adhuc stat absque ut forte optimum.
Hoc si tibi placebit: Calidum, Orientalis suavitatis; vanilla, silvis, tobacco, patchouli, incensum.
Notes: Bergamot, casia, CITRUM, Cognac, calce, mandarin, cardamom, sapientis, juniper berry, thyme, black pepper, patchouli, sandalwood, vanilla, MOSCHUS. BASENOTES.NET
Pretium: Ut minim ut $28 US for a 4.2 oz EDT spray via Google Shopping (and perhaps even less at discount shops like TJ/TK Maxx).
Nulla The Line: Ahhh, Escada facta Homme, how do I love thy 90′s oriental composition? Let me count the ways… I’ll start with that cognac note – as far as I can tell, this was one of the first fragrances to specifically use this note, and it employs it beautifully. What does cognac smell like? It has a honeyed liquor aroma, akin to whiskey or pipe tobacco, though not nearly as sweet. Next let me add that there’s not a fruity, marine, or ozonic note present here. This scent is all about autumn for me: It’s November in Central Park or March in Buenos Aires, Merino wool sweater and a pair of jeans, Ferragamo loafers and warm winter coat. It’s ambers and rusts, golds and deep reds, chocolate brown and dark green. At a time when fresher scents were all the rage (think Platinum Egoiste, Polo Sport, and Escape), a few designers were still exploring the update of the 80′s herbal/oriental. Similar to Escada pour Homme are scents like Hermes Rocabar, Ungaro III, and Shiseido’s Basala. Today’s comparisons might include scents like John Varvatos, Tom Ford enim Viri, some of the Angel for Men flankers, etc.
Now, over a decade later, the scent is still around, and still current. I think the cognac and vanilla notes here keep EpH from feeling too retro. And though the scent packs a punch of sillage upon application, it settles nicely, quickly drying to almost a gingerbread aroma (this is my only complaint, either my nose quickly habituates to the aroma, or the scent could last a little longer). Although it boasts an impressive list of ingredients, they melt into each other and it’s difficult to pick out any particular note.
For those of you tired of gourmand and Black Code sniff-alikes, for less than $35 why not try the scent that marked Escada’s entry into the men’s fragrance arena? And though a “Homines” (French for “for Men”), women might enjoy the rich basenotes enough to enjoy a few shpritzes themselves!