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I am already a fan of escada perfumes so I was not surprised to fall in love with this scent too. This perfume is like summer in a bottle and conjures up images of holidays, sunshine and fun. I would say this scent is best suited to the younger generation as it suits the 'happy go lucky' type of person. If you are a fan of other escada scents or fruity perfumes in general I am suggesting you will love this, but for those who prefer a more subtle smell or musky tones then this is not the one for you and you will probably find it too sickly sweet for you. A great day one perfume to wear in the hot summer months. A little spritz really does go a long way with this one if you put too much on then it can be very overpowering. One of Escada's best.
I'm not really a massive perfume buyer, and I don't really keep up with what's new or anything. But I do like to have a bottle or two to hand. I passed an exam recently and was in Boots afterwards, and decided to treat myself to a bottle. I squirted this one on, but actually ended up buying something else. However, all the way home I kept smelling my wrist where I had squirted this one and absolutely loved it. So once I got home I went online and ordered myself a bottle - so I got two treats that day!
This comes in 30ml, 50ml and 100ml bottles, so if you buy online do check the size of the bottle to make sure you get the best price. I paid £36 for a 100ml bottle, which was the cheapest I saw, but some retailers charged more for a smaller bottle, so watch out for that!
Plain and simple
The bottle that this comes in isn't particularly exciting - it is a reasonably plain, slightly teardrop shaped bottle, and you can see inside that the perfume is a deep cherry red colour. The only slight detail was a little red ribbon with a small plastic disc depicting a cherry around the lid - my daughter soon adopted this and enjoyed wearing it as a ring for a day or two!
On your bike!
According to the Escada website, the "delightfulness" of this scent "is achieved through an unexpected combination of juicy red fruits and an addictive marshmallow accord - the perfect blend of youthfulness and gourmand pleasure, made for sharing". Apparently the scent should remind one of cycling through French orchards and picking cherries.
Sweet and fruity
But all this marketing nonsense aside, the scent is a blend of sour cherry and raspberry top notes, marshallow heart note and base notes of sandalwood. I adore fruity fragrances, and what I liked about this scent was that it was fresh and fruity, but without being too much like a body spray, as fruity products can often be. As soon as you spray this on the first scent I can detect is cherries, but it is very light - not too cloying or unpleasant. And the other hints that come through for me are vanilla, and a slight muskiness. All in all, it is a really nice combination of smells that I really love. It is a really nice summer scent as it is light and fruity, and it puts me a in a good mood as soon as I apply it!
Quickly fades away...
But what was really disappointing about this fragrance - and destroys my good mood - is that the scent has no staying power at all. I can spray this on first thing in the morning, and it has virtually disappeared by the time I get to work an hour or so later. I find this really disappointing, and such a shame as the smell is just gorgeous. I don't necessarily expect eau de toilettes to last for hours and hours, but this seems to disappear almost instantly and it leaves barely a trace of scent behind.
I am torn between giving this 2 or 3 stars. The scent for me is a definite four stars, but the lack of longevity more or less ruins this perfume, as I feel I would need to apply it every few hours at least for the smell to stay on my skin at all. Whenever I put this scent on I get positive comments on it - but only within 30 minutes or so of applying it!
For the price, I find this really disappointing as I have used really cheap body sprays that stay around for longer than this. So I'll give it 2.5 but rounded down to 2, as I won't buy it again, and can't really recommend it either.
The fact that this perfume is a limited edition is very appropriate given the fact that its staying power is very limited as well. The fundamental problem with this fragrance which actually smells quite nice is the fact that it just does not last for any length of time and I found myslef having to constantly reapply it throughout the day.
I paid £28.00 for a 50ml bottle and it also comes in a smaller 30ml bottle as well as a large 100ml version, it is only available as an eau de toilette. The bottle is simple enough, a curved design which is nioce and elegant without really having any sort of "wow" factor to it.There is a textured look to the colouring which is red and it fades as your eyes move down the bottle. It is topped off by a small bow and a silver coloured top.
The top notes are made up of sour cherry, raspberry and mandarin while the heart notes consist of gardenia, marshmallow (which is a first for me in a fragrance), vanilla and orchid while the base notes consists of sandalwood, oak, suede leather and musk. As you would expect with a product named Cherry in the Air what you get is an essentially fruity aroma however it is the mandarin that bursts through initially upon application with a strong citrus vibe and this is followed by the strong and powerful gardenia which merges with the sweet vanilla. There is a warm feel to this fragrance with the cherry coming through and then settling down to be quite subtle and nice smelling. This is more of a day scent rather than something I would wear on a night out. It is nice and gentle with a nice vibrant warmth to it.
The constant need to reapply this fragrance is the big stumbling bloke for me and the reason I will give it only three stars. Having to top it off every couple of hours is very disappointing and even accepting that it is an eau de toilette this is still pretty poor and does not compare well with other fragrances in this middle price range.
I applied online ages ago to receive a sample of Escada Cherry In The Air, but unfortunately I am yet to receive it.
A few months ago there was an offer on the Boots website where if you spent £60 on selected fragrances you got £10 off so I had a browse through what they had guessing there was bound to be some fragrance I wanted.
I was pleased to find a male fragrance that my partner had tried and we both really liked was already reduced and it was one of the fragrances I could choose for this deal.
I decided to buy it for him and as it was only £42.00 I had to spend another £28.00 to spend £60 and get £10 off.
I had smelled Cherry In The Air in store and I quite liked it and as I had signed up for a sample I felt as though I had a little connection with this fragrance, like when you hear a band's music before they are big. That's really sad, I know! Really I should be angry with Escada because they don't value me as a customer!
I bought Cherry In The Air as a 50ml eau de toilette for £28.00 to make up the £60.
~ Packaging ~
It comes in a white box with a picture if a drawing of a girl in a pink dress having a delightful time riding her bike underneath a cherry tree. The picture reminds me of something from the cover of a chick lit novel.
The bottle itself is tall and slim with curved sides. The glass at the top of the bottle is red and it is clear towards the bottom of the bottle. The words, 'ESCADA CHERRY IN THE AIR' are written across the front of the bottle in white lettering.
The back of the bottle has a few little red cherries on it, which looks good from the front of the bottle and I think this is a nice touch.
The lid is silver and cylindrical with the Escada logo embossed into the top. Around the neck of the bottle is a small pink ribbon which is tied in a bow at the front with a white button with a picture of cherries on.
The back of the box has a picture of this bow and it has the word 'RING' above it!
I am a self confessed sad case, but even I wouldn't consider wearing this piece of ribbon as a ring and it is ludicrous to suggest that more normal humans would do either!
I'd rather they just left it as a pretty decoration for the bottle and didn't suggest that Escada fragrance wearers are that sad!
Have you ever tried wearing a material ring anyway? Taking it off to wash your hands after using the toilet is a major inconvenience and if you don't take it off it takes ages to dry!
~ Scent ~
As you may have suspected this fragrance smells like cherries.
It is fruity, young and fun. It doesn't smell cheap as I find some fruity fragrances sometimes do.
The top notes are sour cherry and raspberry, the heart is marshmallow and the base is sandalwood.
The sour cherry note is initially very bold and sour. I have to admit I cannot detect the sandalwood in this scent, although the scent does change on my skin. After a few minutes the sour cherry seems to calm down to make way for the more subtle, but just as sweet marshmallow note. The scent is quite subtle on my skin once the sour cherry has died down.
I sometimes find with fruity fragrances they don't have very good staying power and this one isn't much better. It lasts around 5 hours on my skin before fading away.
I think this fragrance is a lovely summer scent. I'd say it is definitely more of a day time scent than one for nights out, when I tend to wear heavier fragrances with a bit more presence.
The scent is pleasant and very feminine. I like sweet, fruity scents and this one is nice, but it doesn't blow me away.
~ Conclusion ~
This fragrance is young, sweet and feminine. It has a lovely sour cherry scent and it has fairly good sillage, but the lasting power is not the greatest. It lasts around 5 hours on my skin.
I really like the bottle, despite it insulting me by suggesting I'd wear a piece of ribbon as a ring.
The fragrance is nice enough and I would recommend it, but I'm not sure if I would buy it again as I don't feel it would be too much of a miss if I didn't have it in my collection.
~x~x~x~ Popping My Escada Cherry ~x~x~x~
I've never had an interest in Escada perfumes and despite receiving samples of their various offerings I've never bothered to use them, generally passing the brightly coloured little packets to my daughter who likes the kind of fizzy exotic fragrances they seem to create. This all changed when I found a little tiny sachet of Cherry in the Air in Cosmopolitan magazine, there was barely enough to cover a single wrist but I fell instantly in love with this fruity and juicy fragrance - I didn't think of buying a bottle, I have so many perfumes on my 'to try' list that a cute cherry fragrance didn't really seem important enough. But then I started meeting it everywhere I went - every perfume department of every department store had the bottle prominently enough displayed that I was able to apply at least one application per shopping trip, I had a couple of reasonable sized samples arrive in the post and a relative had a bottle in their bathroom when we visited. Even at that moment in time I'd probably used Cherry in the Air enough to be able to review it, but after so many chance encounters I decided it was meant to be and ordered myself a gift set containing the perfume, body lotion and a white make-up bag with adorable cherry lining.
This perfume had to appeal to me really, with cherries being one of the nicest smells on the planet in my opinion. This is marketed as basically an unadulterated cherry perfume so it was pretty much a given that I was going to like it - in short I think they've done a very good job of this fragrance, there are a few niggles with the perfume but overall I'm happy with it and am really chuffed with my purchase. I've tried a few cherry based perfumes before but Escada have blended it beautifully, whereas other fragrances have been too much of a cherry-mix or far too synthetic.
~x~x~x~ Escada Say... And I Deny... ~x~x~x~
It's strange because Escada list a whole host of notes which supposedly can be found within Cherry in the Air, but I really can't find most of them even though I'm getting a bit better at sniffing out the different notes in perfume. The very first note listed, black cherry, is quite obvious and would be to anyone - well, I can rest my case just by saying that Mark recognised it for cherry without prompting at all when I first wore the perfume and considering he is a complete fragrance buffoon I think that's very complimentary! The cherry lingers throughout the life of the perfume, it's not mentioned again in the heart and base note list (www.escada.com) but the glorious cherry fragrance comes and goes in varying degrees of strength right until the moment the perfume dies off - in fact it's usually one of the final wisps of fragrance I can smell on my skin just before the perfume evaporates altogether.
So, the cherry is right - and from here the notes list becomes more and more outlandish in terms of taking a very simple fruity perfume and over-egging it. The other two top notes are raspberry and mandarin but I can't catch either of those, there may well be raspberry hiding alongside the cherry to add to the fruitiness but there's absolutely not a hint of citrus in the perfume that I can detect.
Heart notes are given as gardenia petal, coconut orchid, marshmallow and vanilla. I suppose the vanilla and marshmallow help give the perfume the sweetness it has but I'm surprised that I can barely detect any vanilla considering I find this the easiest note of all to pick out in a perfume. To my nose there are no florals now or ever in Cherry in the Air, the cherry fragrance wafts through the heart of the perfume and changes only to become sweeter as the time goes by.
Base notes are a case of 'Escada say what???'. Bearing in mind there isn't an ounce of woodiness to this perfume I honestly can't see where the sandalwood and oak come into it, a pretentious (and ultimately non-existent) creamy white suede doesn't really come to anything either - the only base note they got right in my opinion was a generalised 'musks' and this actually is there at the end of the perfume, although it's more of a white musk scent than something richer.
~x~x~x~ Cherry Drops ~x~x~x~
If I had to put a label to the overall sensation of wearing Cherry in the Air it would be 'Cherry Drops', those delicious cherry flavoured boiled sweets. To me this perfume smells exactly how they taste, and it's absolutely delicious! It's juicy and natural, the fragrance is so smooth that I really can't see much change in it from the moment I spray it until it disappears into the ether. The cherries consume the perfume to the point where I think there's just no room for the other notes, it's original in that the level of cherry fragrance changes from time to time but it remains constant throughout and is completely beautiful.
I love the sweetness and that fact that it's so one dimensional, something I'd usually find a disadvantage in a perfume. It's perfect to wear at this time of year as the fragrance is so light and refreshing, there's nothing cloying about it and this just feels like the right perfume to choose for the middle of a heatwave. It doesn't travel far and I suspect you'd need to be standing pretty close to catch a whiff of my perfume when I'm wearing Cherry in the Air, again making it ideal for the balmy weather we're having at the moment as who wants to inhale someone elses perfume when you're struggling to breathe warm air anyway?! I love the pronounced fizziness of the opening phase of the perfume; it's so intensely girly and flirtatious, it dies down after a while but then a sweeter and more mellow base to the ever-present cherry fragrance comes through - it's definitely a sparkler of a perfume and feels like an extremely youthful fragrance.
~x~x~x~ Never Too Old To Pop Your Cherry! ~x~x~x~
Just above I said it felt like a youthful fragrance, but I need to clarify now that this perfume is suitable for anyone who wants to smell of cherries. My mum is 67 and she loves it, the fragrance suiting her just as well as it suits me - my daughter, Alice, is fourteen and is currently saving for her own bottle of Cherry in the Air as she's inherited my love of the cherry scent in any format. There's absolutely no age limit on this one, it's light enough that it could appeal to anyone - I'm confident that only those who actively dislike the smell of cherries would be the ones who don't like this perfume, despite the vaguely candied sweetness it never becomes 'too sweet' to irritate the noses of fragrance purists and the lack of discernible notes helps give it a universal appeal.
~x~x~x~ Eugh. Reapplication Time Again? ~x~x~x~
And here's my issue with Cherry in the Air. It has a useful lifespan of just a couple of hours, it'll linger for around this time again but only for your personal wrist sniffing - I've been asking Mark at intervals over the past couple of days whether he could smell my perfume (I lose track of it incredibly quickly) and I think the longest time we got was just under three hours, although we were in the car at the time and most times I asked when we were at home the answer 'no, it's gone' usually came at or just after the two hour mark. Which is pretty naff. Of course I love the time when only I can smell it because I'm such a lover of the fragrance, but always at the back of my mind is that fact that really we wear perfume for other people to enjoy (especially considering our noses will often 'lose' the perfume after a short period of time) so to have one that can't be detected for long is a bit daft - and very annoying when you go to visit your friend who lives two hours away and by the time you meet her there's not a hint of 'cherry in the air' around you! The bottle is slimline enough to take out with you for reapplication, but frankly I have enough bumph to carry around with me and this perfume definitely loses Brownie points for making my handbag just that little bit heavier!
~x~x~x~ Final Thoughts (Or Harvesting The Cherries) ~x~x~x~
I absolutely and completely recommend Cherry in the Air, the longevity issue is an absolute pain in the backside and even though it's an EDT (and therefore weaker than a Parfum) it should last for longer than it does. I suppose it being such a light fragrance doesn't help it in terms of lingering capabilities, and it's wonderfully evocative of summer as it is so I wouldn't want them to change anything just so I don't have to reapply so often. This does mean that my bottle isn't going to last for long as I'm a little bit obsessed with this perfume at the moment and am using it ridiculously regularly - I'm guesstimating from what's left in the bottle in the month since I've owned it that I'll get another two months tops out of it if I continue to use it so often. This isn't great I suppose but I'm not really too fussed as it's actually nice to have a perfume I'm going to use all the way to the bottom, as opposed to those I have half-bottles of because I've gotten sick of the scent so quickly - Cherry in the Air is supposedly a limited edition fragrance but I have no idea how long it's going to be available for, I'm going to buy another bottle before the end of summer just in case it's something which has only been released for Summer 2013 although this has proved to be a really successful fragrance for Escada so I imagine it will be brought back (maybe in a new bottle) rather than retired completely.
The perfume is available in a few different sizes and as part of at least three different gift sets - my set, containing the 50ml perfume, cost £32 which is a pretty good bargain considering the same size perfume on its own is £35 in both Boots and Selfridges.
*** Escada ***
Escada was founded in Munich in by husband and wife team, Margaretha and Wolfgang Ley. They originally got the name Escada from a horse, which they had placed a bet on and won. I think starting any business has an element of risk, and like that initial bet, this was a gamble that paid off. Since that time Escada has gone from strength to strength; initially starting with fashion; in 1990 brought out the first seasonal perfumes, and more recently the Escada home collection.
It's been eleven years since I first became acquainted with the Escada brand of perfumes. The bottle initially caught my attention, it was so colourful and vibrant and the name 'Rockin' Rio' conjured up all sorts of visions of carnivals and fiesta's, and happy times enjoying oneself on holiday. Therefore it was very apt, that this chance meeting was at a Duty Free lounge, as I was waiting for a flight to sunnier climes. Since that time, Escada has become my signature summer fragrance; no matter what new blends other brands bring out, Escada is the one for me, they simply can't compete...or can they? This review discusses my thoughts about this year's offering, Escada Cherry in the Air.
*** About Cherry in the Air ***
This fragrance is only available as an eau de toilette, in 30 and 50ml sizes on the high street. I would say that the 30ml bottle is large enough to last the whole summer long, even when you wear it every day, but obviously the larger bottle works out better value ml for ml. The 50ml bottle is currently 20% off in Boots, bringing the original £35.00 price down to a much more reasonable £28.00. It works out expensive this buying a new perfume every year malarkey. :) I however was lucky enough to receive the 100ml bottle as a gift from my daughter, which I believe is exclusive to duty free. She happened upon it on the way to the departure lounge at the airport, and purchased it there and then knowing how much I'd love it. See, I've got her trained; she hadn't even left the country.
The box is a traditional cardboard style, which is easily identifiable. Unusually though, this year's box is a less vibrant affair; it has a white background and features a drawing of a young woman riding her bicycle and the summer breeze blowing in her hair. The picture looks fresh and flirty, and reminds me of those heady days of summer when I was a girl.
The bottle, as always, is an upside down teardrop shape. Where it would normally be a point, this is flattened so that the bottle stands up easily. The bottle is a captivating cherry red where the glass is thicker, and it fades down to the normal translucent colour, therefore you get a graduating ombre effect. Escada Cherry in the Air is written in white on the reverse of the bottle, and a cherry design in a matt, pinky red is to the fore. The chrome hardware adds a touch of class and a flirty ribbon finishes the bottle off beautifully.
*** The Fragrance ***
According to the Escada website Cherry in the Air is a real treat for those lovers of sour cherry aroma that stimulates the imagination. It is inspired by the French landscapes, bicycling through orchards, picking cherries and summer full of fun and enjoyment in life. In my opinion, they got that description down to a tee.
What initially hits you as ever, is the fruitiness but it's not their zingy sweet tones that you primarily notice. There's mandarin orange, raspberry and sour cherry - none of which are particularly sweet. The familiar sour pith scent that bursts from an orange when you break through the peel is one of the first things I notice, along with the sour cherry and tart raspberry, this doesn't make for a sweet scent in the first few seconds. There is however a fruitiness to it that bursts through once the initial aroma has evaporated.
Within moments the sourness dies down, and the middle notes come through. These are still fruity as most of the seasonal Escada perfumes are, but with a warmth and delicious floral edge. I can't say to my untrained nose what these are but a glance at the Escada website tells me that this captivating scent is due to marshmallow, gardenia, orchid and vanilla. The marshmallow and orchid aren't identifiable, but gardenia is such a strong, vibrant, blousy scent, that there is no mistaking it. Rather like peony and jasmine, this is a heady scent, and works well with the warming hues from the vanilla. This eau de toilette mellows on the skin wonderfully and the middle notes are the ones I like most. There's sweet and sour, and they work with and against each other to become something that reminds me of a dessert, cherry parfait, or a lovely warming kirsch.
The final layer is extremely subtle. In this too, it's difficult to pick out any of the individual notes. It's said to be sandalwood, musk and oak and suede leather. As the sweetness and fruitiness starts to fade away, the warmth from the vanilla mellows into a gentle fragrance. It's not woody or earthy as one would expect, but it's just simply warming and inviting. This is definitely a day time perfume, especially for going out with friends. All things considered, this really wouldn't be suitable for evening use as I feel this would be far too light and fruity.
*** Sillage ***
Even though it's a fragrance I love, it's a little annoying to have to re-apply all the while. The scent of this perfume is the least long lasting that I've ever owned from Escada. Even the fragrance Marine Groove in past years, with its delicate sea foam and gentle oceanic, ozonic scents lasted longer than this. This perfume is practically unnoticeable within a couple of hours, so I have to reapply. It's only an eau de toilette so I never expect an amazing staying power, but I'm not impressed; thank goodness I have such a huge bottle. It has moderate sillage (the way that the perfume lingers and wafts) and I often get people asking what I'm wearing, but to be completely honest, it's usually not long after I've reapplied, as the scent is so different to anything else available.
*** My Thoughts ***
The Escada range of seasonal perfumes will always be my summer signature scent, I absolutely love them. This one isn't the best in my opinion, but it's up there in my top three. I adore anything cherry fragranced or flavoured anyway, but this isn't a sumptuous sweet cherry, it's sour and warm, and sweet and scintillating. It's a whole juxtaposition of fragrances that you wouldn't expect to work well together, but oddly enough they do.
Even though I absolutely love Cherries in the Air, I can only award 4 stars, due to the lack of longevity. I'm in love with this perfume and I hope you love it too. We haven't had our long awaited summer yet, but I'm already looking forward to next year - so I can see what fragrance Escada bring to us then.
Many thanks for reading my review.
Escada Cherry in the Air eau de toilette
Another of my little perfume samples which arrived in the post. This is a limited edition eau de toilette from the Escada fragrance company. This appears from the promotion to be one created for younger people, women I would say as it is quite sweet and feminine. I was handed a second sample in Boots the other day so now have two to play with!
The card that I received with it shows a young lady in a pink frilly skirt riding a bicycle (the only outfit for bike riding of course.) with red cherries falling from a tree above. The bottle of perfume is in the right hand bottom corner. It is a happy scene and one that inspires thoughts of spring and the lovely warmer weather.
This is a tall rounded bottle with a silver lid over the spray top. The bottle is a deep cherry red/dark pink colour with ESCADA in white and the name of the eau de toilette under that. It is a simple bottle with nothing fancy but a nice shape to hold as it is rounded and tall so will easily fit in your hand comfortably.
The box has the same picture as my card that came with my sample; the picture of the young girl on the bicycle. I am not sure about that on the box as it looks a little cheap to me.
This perfume house has brought out a new limited edition floral-fruity summer fragrance each year since 1993. This fragrance 'Cherry in the Air' was launched in this year 2013.
Escada say " Cherry in the Air is a real treat for those lovers of the sour cherry aroma that stimulates the imagination. It is inspired by French landscapes, bicycling through orchards, picking cherries and summer full of fun and enjoyment in life."
Top notes: sour cherry and raspberry
This is a very light sweet fruity scent. The cherry is sweet, followed by a light floral aroma. The creamy sandalwood is not very evident even after about half an hour it is only a warm sweetness and not very strong at all. To me it is more like a body spray than an eau de toilette.
It is described as 'Sweet and sexy, the new perfume blends notes of sour cherry with marshmallow accords and the woody character of sandalwood.'
To me it is sweet and fruity with a creamy sweetness and the woodiness never develops on my skin.
I can't say I will be rushing to buy the full sized version of this as it really doesn't develop much and is rather a synthetic sort of scent.
This 'Cherry in the Air' scent is available as 30ml, 50ml and 100 ml Eau de Toilette and also a 100 ml body lotion. I might be tempted with the body lotion as I think this sweet scent would be nicer in a body lotion.
On Amazon I found the 100ml was £47.51 , the 50ml was £41.81 so 100ml offers the best deal but try before you buy as I think in Boots you could find a body spray for under £3 that would give as good a scent as this. This is far overpriced for the strength of the scent and the quality too in my view.
I think this is aimed at younger women than me both with its box design and the very sweet light scent. It is not offensive but it doesn't really do a lot for me as it has no real depth to it and is rather synthetically sweet. It doesn't last long on me, as I wore it today and after an hour I can barely detect it .The sillage isn't great either I asked my step daughter if she could smell it on me and no she couldn't so not really very good. As I said it is more like a cheap body spray than an eau de toilette and not one I will be buying.
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