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Christian Dior have put their name to some incredible fragrances over the years. I like how varied the brand is and now they cater for women of all ages. Each of their scents have their own distinct scent but they are all high quality and worth the investment. Escale à Parati joined the cruise collection in 2012. It is in the same line as the fragrances, Escale à Portofino, Escale à Pondichéry and Escale aux Marquises. This range of perfumes are not all found at UK department stores and you have to cast your net a little wider to try one of these scents. A duty free airport will the best bet to sample the range or you can blindly buy from the internet; that is if you trust my advice!
==Price and availability==
Dior perfumes will never be cheap so you have to expect to pay a little more for the designer label. I paid £44 pounds for the bottle and it was a little holiday gift to myself. I also buy perfumes on holiday as you can save money by buying duty free and it is always nice to have a scent that reminds you of holidays! This is a very summery fragrance and perfect for long hot summer days (abroad obviously as we get long, wet cold days over here!) Escale à Parati is available in the 75 and 125 ml Eau de Toilette size.
Francois Demachy , the perfumer for Doir created this lovely creation and based the whole Cruise range on faraway places and escapes. Escale à Parati was inspired by Paraty. This is a Portuguese colony located on the Costa Verde in Brazil. Paraty is a lush, green corridor that runs along the coastline and it is very beautiful. Demachy states that Paraty is filled with laughter, beauty, the sea, music and samba and these ideas he wanted to bottle up for everyone to experience wherever they were. You can see how the place has inspired such a fresh, bright fragrance. Escale à Parati has some common themes with its sisters in the same range and they all have a bright citrus-based composition. I have sampled two in range as well as this one and this is by far my favourite, hence buying it over the other ones. The other fragrances are all quite modern with the earliest being released in 2002.
Escale à Parati opens as bright citrusy with pangs of lemon zest and bitter orange. The lemon and orange are so strong and fresh smelling that they slightly overshadow the other ingredients until the scent dries down. As the fragrance develops, you will detect delicate rosewood, tonka bean and red berries. These scents sound slightly familiar but they given a kick with cinnamon and then uplifted with very fresh distinctive spearmint. This gives a creamy, fresh and alluring quality to the perfume. The perfume is embodied with deep wooded sandalwood and the whole perfume comes across as light, fresh and inviting
==How it lasted and how I found it ==
This fragrance is very attractive and it can be your scent of the summer. When I smell it, I am reminded of my trip to Cuba and it brings back memories of lazy walks in the sunshine. I find the cinnamon a nice kick to a very traditional perfume base and I certainly find spearmint a really interesting addition and you can detect the slightest of minty flavour about the scent. I find the overall composition, refreshing and invigorating. I would say that the perfume is designed for women off all ages, it is fruity but as it is citrus based it does not become too sweet and girly; it still holds on its sophistication. I would describe it as feminine and although it is not too powerful, it still has a presence about it. At first it is much stronger but it settles down quickly and I much prefer it after a few minutes of spraying it.
As this is only available in the EDT version, you will not find a more concentrated version of the fragrance. It is not designed to be an overwhelming scent. I recommend the scent for casual wear and for subtle dinners. I hate wearing really overpowering perfumes when going out for dinner, I prefer something more delicate.
This is a lovely perfume that is delicate, bright and fresh. It smells clean and refreshing and it carries a certain amount of allure with it. As it reminds me of holidays, it is definitely up there in my top selection of perfumes for the memories it evokes. I like the composition, the citrus notes work well against the spiced cinnamon and the fresh mint.
DIOR fragrances are sailing for Brazil / A charming seaside city, Parati embodies the dream destination of the new ESCALES DE DIOR composed by Franeois Demachy, the House's Perfumer-Creator / For Escale e Parati, Franeois Demachy has selected a Petitgrain from Paraguay that is echoed by Brazilian Mint / The heart note, Brazilian Rosewood, offers an astonishing freshness / At the base, soft and smooth Venezuelan Tonka Bean gives the fragrance its distinctive milky almond note / Escale e Parati thus presents a delicately woody hesperidia freshness / The new ESCALES DE DIOR, Parati, a breath of Paradise /