Escada Santorini Sunrise

Inspired by Greece and the enchanting island Santorini, the newest Escada limited edition reflects the beautiful nature of this white and blue paradise. Offering an homage to Greek nature. Completly vegan, Escada Santorini Sunrise will become your most memorable fragrance.

Top: Mandarin Sorbet, Bergamot, Pink Pepper
Heart: Bougainvillea, Jasmine petals, and Pink Pepper
Base: Earthy notes

Created by perfumers Benoist Lapouze and Mylene Alran the composition of Santorini Sunrise opens with a delicate accord of mandarin sorbet combined with bergamot and bright pink pepper. The heart brings lovely jasmine petals, which surround the rich and beautiful, feminine Bougainvillea blossom. The earthy and warm base brings a warm trail to the fragrance.

The flacon and outer packaging design celebrate the authentic architecture and colors of the beautiful Greek Island. Escada Santorini Sunrise is available as a limited edition in sizes of 30ml, 50ml, and 100ml Eau de Toilette at selected stores worldwide.

Escada Summer Festival invites you to live every moment of your life like a party

As summer approaches, German fashion house Escade invites all girls to immerse themselves in the spirit of an unforgettable escape with the new Limited Edition Escada Summer Festival Eau de Toilette. A new bright, floral-fruity scent to its loyal customers, completing the perfume line with a new dose of serenity and happiness. This year, the emphasis is on icy notes of flowers and fruits, which will go great with the hot summer of 2021.

Close your eyes and imagine the festival of your dreams: as fairground rides light up and music pulses through the warm air, you and your friends celebrate with iced cocktails, enjoying the heat of the sun on your shoulders and the feel of the grass under your feet. Slowly, the sky becomes a spectrum of pink and gold. As a magical night descends, you dance together amid an explosion of fireworks, your hair dressed in beautiful flower crowns.

Inspired by the idea of a tribe of girlfriends assisting to one of the biggest Summer Festivals of all times and created by the dynamic duo Amandine Clerc Marie and Gabriela Chelariu, Escada Summer Festival invites you to live every moment of your life like a party… and to sprinkle your day with the exclusive Summer Festival Glitter Body Mist.

The irresistibly fruity-floral scent of Summer Festival Limited Edition is the living memory of this journey. Opening with a sparkling accord of cherry blossom encapsulated in ice cubes, the perfume offers a joyful heart of natural green mandarin and delicate jasmine petals, while a base of sensual sandalwood ensures the festival spirit lasts all day long.

Top notes: cherry blossom in ice cubes
Middle notes: jasmine Sambac, green mandarin
Base notes: sandalwood

The iconic Escada fragrance bottle gets pink and is newly decorated with hot pink lips, perfectly reflecting the sparkling makeup used during most famous Summer Festivals. A glittering, metallized effect on the eye-catching carton recalls bohemian festival make-up, while colorful illustrations of jasmine flowers, cherry blossom, and musical notes complete the immersive, festival-inspired design.

Escada Summer Festival is available as 30, 50 and 100ml Limited Edition Eau de Toilette, and a 250ml Glitter Fragrance Body Mist at selected stores worldwide. Come into the beautiful world of Escada.

Escada Celebrate Life


German fashion house Escada launches a new perfume for women with a pleasant fresh/fruity aroma Celebrate Life. Escada Celebrate Life is the new flanker to last year’s Escada Celebrate N.O.W. that was successfully praised and adored by women. Again, Escada has chosen Swedish fashion reporter, novelist and social media sensation, Sofi Fahrman, to be the new face of the fragrance.

This perfume is described to be very feminine and sensual, emanating femininity from the first spray. Also, I would describe it to be very romantic and nice floral – designed for confident women full of positive feelings. 

Top notes: Pear, Lychee, Bitter orange
Heart notes: Orange blossom, Centifolia rose, Amber
Base notes: Musk, Vanilla, Ambroxan

Escada Celebrate Life starts to seduce with delicious lychee and pear note along with floral notes of Centifolia roses, orange blossom, and amber. The base calms on a woody layer made of ambroxan, amber, and musk note to complete the whole fragrant beauty and to leave behind a very sensual and romantic aroma.

Escada-Celebrate-Life-FlaconCelebrate Life with this new breath-taking perfume from Escada. It is a daily fragrance with a soft and modern aroma to be enchanted whenever you wear it on. 

Escada Celebrate Life is available as 30 and 50ml Eau de Parfum. 





Escada Celebrate N.O.W.



In a typical fun, lively and carefree style, fashion house Escada offers a completely new fragrance for this summer  – Celebrate N.O.W. With this scent Escada invites you to celebrate life, positive attitude and femininity.

Unexpected, upbeat, and uniquely feminine, Escada’s latest fragrance is a celebration of the Nature of Women.

Escada Celebrate N.O.W. is a new perfume for women with a playful, sensual, and seductive aroma ideal for daily use. The same as previous Escada perfumes, which have sweet, flirty aromas, Celebrate N.O.W. perfume is a sweet indulgence with a romantic nature.

Top notes: ginger
Heart notes: magnolia
Base notes: vanilla, tonka, cinnamon

The composition is supposedly a graceful and harmonious blend of fresh and spicy top notes, an opulent floral heart and a warm base of cinnamon and tonka with ‘earthy’ and ‘nostalgic’ characteristics. Escada Celebrate N.O.W. opens with the fresh spicy ginger note along with magnolia – which symbolizes persistence and generosity – floral accords calmed on a woody layer of tonka bean, sweet vanilla, and cinnamon notes. This perfume is soft and airy, a nice accessory for the hot sunny days.


Escada has chosen Swedish fashion reporter, novelist and social media sensation, Sofi Fahrman, to be the new face of the fragrance. Alongside her infectious energy and ability to radiate positivity to those around her, Sofi delights in seeking out and sharing joy and beauty with the world, truly abiding by her mantra of living in the moment.

Inspired by her signature sculpted blossom shapes, Brazilian ceramic installation artist, Valeria Nascimento, adorns the bottle with bespoke ceramic lantern motifs, an emblem of positivity and femininity, to reflect the celebration of the nature of women. Aside from decorating the flacon, lanterns, which are both literally and symbolically uplifting, also make an appearance in the campaign where they gracefully float along the horizon to frame Sofi and her radiant smile.

Celebrate N.O.W. It promises to be an energetic, optimistic and unique female fragrance that gives strength and confidence. Escada Celebrate N.O.W. is available as 30, 50 and 80ml Eau de Parfum with an additional shower gel and body lotion.







The Noses: Francis Kurkdjian

Our regular reader, has heard the name ‘Francis Kurkdjian’ sevaral times on Yakymour. He is not only the man behind Elie Saab’s exclusive fragances, but worked also for some prestiges houses like Jean-Paul Gaultier, Lanvin, Carven, Acqua di Parma and Guerlain. But he also opend his own Maison Francis Kurkdjian.

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The vèry sympathic Francis Kurkdjian in his Maison Francis Kurkdjian (Click photo to enlarge).

Francis Nourhan Kurkdjian was born in Paris, France, in (14 May 1969) to Armenian parents. The Kurkdjian family had at once fled the Ottoman Empire during the Armenian Genoicide and had settled in France after being deported and relocated to Aleppo, Syria. Having been exposed to music and dancing at a young age, Francis Kurkdjian wanted to be a ballet dancer during his youth. However, he failed passing the competition to study at the Paris Opera School of Dance in 1983. Kurkdjian, who already had an interest in perfume making since he was thirteen years old, decided in 1985 to become a perfumer. In 1990, Kurkdjian entered the Institut Supérieur International du Parfum, de la Cosmétique et de l’Aromatique Alimentaire (ISIPCA), a perfume school located in Versailles, France.He graduated from ISIPCA in 1993 and joined Quest International in Paris the same year. Kurkdjian continued his studies and obtained a masters degree from the Paris Institute of Luxury Marketing.

Francis Kurkdjian is one of the most prolific, and acclaimed perfumers of our time. At just 25 years old, Francis created Jean-Paul Gaultier Le Mâle, which remains a global timeless bestseller today; others include Iris Nobile for Acqua di Parma, Lanvin Rumeur, multi-award-winning Elie Saab Le Parfum, and recently, a duo of fragrances for the newly-revived Carven perfume house. Since he first began as a perfumer Francis has been taking risks, delighting our senses, and winning awards, too.

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Maison Francis Kurkdjian, 5 rue d’Alger, Paris (Click phototo enlarge)

The ‘day job’ of creating some of the world’s best-known fragrances, however, has enabled French-Armenian Francis to fulfil his dream, building one of the most interesting perfume houses around: his signature Maison Francis Kurkdjian. Under his own label, Francis has had absolute freedom to express his boundless creativity through a portfolio of fragrances that range from the most luminous and airy, Cologne Pour Le Matin, with its Sicilian bergamot and lemon, Moroccan thyme and Tunisian orange flower, through to an exploration of oudh’s moods:
OUD Silk Mood (Bulgarian rose, papyrus, chamomile), OUD Cashmere Mood (labdanum, benzoin, vanilla) and OUD Velvet Mood, spiced with cinnamon, saffron and copahu balm, and each tethered by a base of the highest-quality Laotian oudh. Today, there are more than a dozen fragrances in the collection.

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The nose: Francis Kurkdjian

But Francis Kurkdjian‘s artistry goes beyond what’s simply in a bottle. He has worked on many artistic projects.  With Sophie Calle, he created ‘the scent of money’ (2003), that of a dollar bill that’s been handled, thumbed, and passed from hand to hand, for one of her exhibitions. He also created fragrance-focused installations for the Foundation Cartier and at Versailles, transforming the fountain in the Orangerie with wafts of orange flower, propelled into the air by jets of water. For the Lille Europe Pavilion party at Shanghai Expo 2010, Francis created bubbles scented with violet, released against the backdrop of a Taoist temple in the very centre of the city. (He is surely the only perfumer to offer scented bubbles in his collection!).


His Parisian flagship store, one of his most famous clients, Catherine Deneuve though Maison Francis Kurkdjian can be found in many of the world’s leading perfumeries… (Click photo to enlarge).

Francis also set about making scented candles for an exhibition of paintings by Jacques Émile-Blanche, a turn-of-the-century French painter, using only the ingredients available at that time, rather than the synthetics that Francis so loves to blend with naturals, a challenge he found pretty fiendish. ‘Synthetic notes are the backbone of a structure, the longer-lasting notes or the steel beams, if you like, in the building you’re making. If you use only natural products, in two hours they will die on your skin and you will have no aura, no power. The chemical acts as a foundation, but you should use the natural notes to wrap around it, making the end result look and smell completely natural, even though it’s not.’ In 2009, as a recognition for his artistry, Francis was awarded one of France’s highest honours ‘Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres’ by the French Ministry of Culture.

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Elie Saab Le Parfum

I am a Huge fan of Francis Kurkdjian‘s irreverence; who else would offer bottles of scented laundry detergent (albeit a rarefied version, scented with sparkling Sicilian lemon) alongside a limited edition exquisite handmade Louis Crystal bottles to celebrate 10 years of custom-made perfumes: 20 numbered and decorated bottles, capped with platinum or gold? (They’ll set you back $11,000, though just $2,200 for a refill, and are unnamed:  each purchaser can choose the name, which will be engraved upon their bottle…) And yes: if money’s no object (or you can get your hands on at least 15,000 euros), or the Limited Edition (only 5 made) and bottled in a 24k Gold Crystal Flacon by Maison Saint Louis ‘Queen Marie Antoinette Fragrance’. Francis Kurkdjian creates bespoke fragrances, too.

Limited Edition Queen Marie Antoinette Fragrance by Francis Kurkdjian and Bottled in a 24k Gold Cristal Flacon by Maison Saint LouisFrancis Kurkdjian Saint Louis ‘Queen Marie Antoinette Fragrance’

Last year Francis Kurkdjian brought Versailles to the Grand Palais, at the Biennale Des Antiquaires. For those who have visited the Grand Palais, it seemed as though the scents of Versailles had drifted all the way to Paris, but how?

To unravel the mystery, begin by approaching the fountain beneath the glass dome. Somehow, the water gives off the olfactory impression of walks through castle gardens and the Grand Trianon. Now consider the fact that scenting an indoor fountain is a worldwide first, and you might guess (correctly) that the man responsible is master perfumer Francis Kudrkjian. For the 27th edition of the Biennale des Antiquarires, interior designer Jacques Grange paid homage to French gardens, filling the space with flowerbeds and foliage. He left it up to Kurkdjian to translate sight into scent.


The 2014 Biennale des Antiquaires at the Grand Palais, Paris (Photo courtesy of Maison Francis Kurkdjian

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I do know this, however: if you venture out to Maison Francis Kurkdjian’s 5 rue d’Alger boutique in the 1st arrondissement, you can pick up a box of his dinner candles and take that same scent to-go. The limited edition Côté Jardin tapers come three to a set for €28, and if the design on the box looks familiar, you’re likely recalling the patterned flowerbeds that André Le Nôtré created for King Louis XIV.

As for the scent: gorgeous! A single candle fills the surrounding air with visions of hornbeam hedges and ancient statues, conjuring up the grandeur of Versailles wherever you choose to light it. Perhaps a simple creation compared to the Grand Palais’ impressive fountain, but one you could enjoy long after the Biennale.

As Francis himself greets visitors to his website, ‘Welcome to a world of refinement and sensuality. Maison Francis Kurkdjian houses a unique collection, with a rarely matched quest for sophistication and elegance. Our luxury is a commitment to quality and authentic know-how, from the selection of the purest and rarest essential oils, to the infinite attention to every detail.’


The limited edition Côté jardin candles, €28 (available exclusively at the 5 rue d’Alger Maison Francis Kurkdjian boutique)

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And we’ll leave (almost) the last word to Francis, too. He explains: ‘Maison Francis Kurkdjian is my way to express what I think about the world of fragrances, it is my take on luxury. It is nurtured from my background as a perfumer and a composer, my artistic sensibility and sensitivity.’

List of creations:

  • 1995, Jean-Paul Gaultier: Le Mâle,
  • 1999, Jean-Paul Gaultier: Fragile,
  • 1999, Elizabeth Arden: Green Tea,
  • 2000, Escada: Lily Chic, lim. edition summer edition
  • 2001, Lancôme: Miracle Homme,
  • 2002, Giorgio Armani: Armani Mania,
  • 2002, Kenzo: KenzoKi Lotus blanc,
  • 2002, Yves Saint Laurent: Kouros Eau d’été,
  • 2002, Versace: Versus Time for pleasures,
  • 2003, Versace: Jeans couture Glam,
  • 2003, Lancome: Miracle Homme l’Aquatonic,
  • 2003, Narciso Rodriguez: For Her (co-signed with Christine Nagel),
  • 2004, Paris Garnier Opera: Pas de deux, eau de parfum, Perfume created for an evening to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the “Entente Cordiale” at the Palais Garnier in September 2004. This perfume of rose, iris and orange blossom, in a limited edition of 1000, was offered to the evening’s guests
  • 2004, Joop!: Muse,
  • 2004, Lancaster: Aquazur,
  • 2004, Acqua di Parma: Iris Nobile (co-signed with Françoise Caron),
  • 2004, Emanuel Ungaro: Apparition (co-signed with Françoise Caron),
  • 2004, Van Cleef & Arpel: Summer and Autumn,
  • 2004, Yves Saint Laurent: Kouros Cologne Sport,
  • 2005, Christian Dior: Cologne Blanche
  • 2005, Christian Dior: Eau Noire,
  • 2005, Davidoff: Silver Shadow,
  • 2005, Guerlain: Rose Barbare,
  • 2005, Lancaster: Aquasun,
  • 2005, Jean-Paul Gaultier Gaultier Puissance2,
  • 2006, Ferragamo: F by Ferragamo,
  • 2006, Lanvin: Rumeur,
  • 2006, Chateau de Versailles, Re-creation of the scent of Queen Marie Antoinette,
  • 2007, Christian Lacroix: C’est la fête (co-signed with Jean Jacques),
  • 2007, Jean-Paul Gaultier: Fleur du Mâle,
  • 2007, Narciso Rodriguez: For Him,
  • 2007, Indult: Isvaraya,
  • 2007, Indult: Manakara,
  • 2007Indult: Thiota,
  • 2007, Juliette Has a Gun: Miss Charming,
  • 2007, Juliette Has a Gun: Lady Vengeance,
  • 2007, Emanuel Ungaro: Le Parfum,
  • 2007, Jean-Paul Gaultier: Fleur du Mâle,
  • 2008, Indult: pour Colette C16,
  • 2008, Jean-Paul Gaultier: Eau d’Amour,
  • 2008, Jean-Paul Gaultier: Ligne de beauté Monsieur (co-signed with Nathalie Le Cann),
  • 2008, Jean-Paul Gaultier: MaDame,
  • 2009, Maison Francis Kurkdjian: Aqua Universalis,
  • 2009, Maison Francis Kurkdjian: APOM femme,
  • 2009, Maison Francis Kurkdjian: APOM homme,
  • 2009, Maison Francis Kurkdjian: Cologne pour le matin,
  • 2009, Maison Francis Kurkdjian: Cologne pour le soir,
  • 2009, Maison Francis Kurkdjian: Lumière Noire femme,
  • 2009, Maison Francis Kurkdjian: Lumière Noire homme,
  • 2010, Maison Francis Kurkdjian: Absolue pour le matin,
  • 2010, Maison Francis Kurkdjian: Absolue pour le soir,
  • 2011, Elie Saab: Le Parfum,
  • 2011, Maison Francis Kurkdjian: Aqua Universalis forte,
  • 2012, Maison Francis Kurkdjian: OUD,
  • 2012, Maison Francis Kurkdjian: Amyris femme,
  • 2012, Elie Saab: Le Parfum, Eau de Toilette,
  • 2012, Maison Francis Kurkdjian: Amyris homme,
  • 2012, Maison Francis Kurkdjian: 754 for Bergdorf Goodman
  • 2013, Maison Francis Kurkdjian: OUD cashmere mood,
  • 2013, Maison Francis Kurkdjian: OUD silk mood,
  • 2013, Maison Francis Kurkdjian: OUD velvet mood,
  • 2013, Maison Francis Kurkdjian: Aqua Vitae,
  • 2013, Carven: Le Parfum,
  • 2015, Maison Francis Kurkdjian: Satin Mood,


We will hear a lot more of him in the future! I promess you! And I promess you also that I will follow this guy…


5 rue d’Alger, Paris, France

Website and webshop:

gr.Jean Amr

Escada Born in Paradise

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German fashion house Escada will release a new perfume for women, Born in Paradise – a new precious and fantastic perfume that won’t leave a man indifferent. Escada Born in Paradise is due for the next summer and is a new fruity/flowery perfume with a delicious aroma. As the name inspires, this perfume will take you to faraway places and fantastic dream-lands.

Escada Born in Paradise is a fruity/flowery perfume with notes that create an air of romance. Also, its sweetie juicy aroma as if invites you to incredible places with a breathtaking nature. It blends exotic fruits as green apple, guava and watermelon.


Escada Born in Paradise Flacon

Born in Paradise perfume has the same bottle shape and design as the previous editions, yet the stopper has a beautiful flower topper over it.

Escada Born in Paradise will be available as 30, 50 and 100ml Eau de Toilette.





Especially Escada Elixir


German fashion house Escada presents its new perfume for women as part of the Especially Escada Collection, Especially Escada Elixir. As the name of the perfume inspires, Escada Especially Escada Elixir is a sweet, romantic elixir for women liking to sink into rose flavors.

Escada Especially Escada Elixir opens with mixed fruity and flowery notes of rose, pear, ambrette seed and grapefruit along with Turkish rose absolut, ylang-ylang, accords of prune and fresh plums. The base layer is composed of patchouli, white musk, dry amber, cashmere and Madagascar vanilla notes. Especially Escada Elixir preserves the same iconic bottle shape, however, this time colored in fluorescent fuchsia.


Escada Especially Escada Elixir Flacon

This perfume ideally represents an intense and strong aroma of a rosy smell, yet not overwhelming. Escada Especially Escada Elixir is full of energy and liveliness just like the gorgeous Israeli model Bar Refaeli that represents this perfume.

Escada Especially Escada Elixir will be available as 30, 50 and 75ml Eau de Parfum.

Especially Escada Elixir





Escada Cherry In The Air

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Escada usually delights women, as well as my nose, with sweet, energetic, exotic and modern scents that is ideal for hot days. Every Escada perfume expresses positive emotions and happy feelings through its vibrant and exotic notes. This year, Escada introduces a new perfume for women, Cherry In The Air. It’s lovely, colorful bottle inspires a fruity/floral sweet yet a little bitter aroma for summer days.

Escada Cherry In The Air is all about funny moments, joy and happiness as its aroma is sweet enough to please women during the hot summer days along with its friends. Its sexy smell is composed of sour cherry with marshmallow essences, along with wood and sandalwood accords.

Escada Cherry In The Air will be available in three sizes: 30, 50 and 100 ml Eau de Toilette.




Escada Especially Escada Delicate Notes

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Escada’s Especially Escada gets a fresher and lighter form with delicate notes and a sweet pale design. Escada Especially Escada Delicate Notes is the new perfume for women presented by the fashion label Escada as a sweet indulgence and a must-have accessory for women this summer.

Created by Jean Michel Duriez, Especially Escada Delicate Notes will simply be irresistible, truly feminine, airy and delicate. Playing around rosy notes accentuating an elegant and feminine aroma. Especially Escada Delicate Notes also blends pear, ylang ylang, ambrette seeds, musk and wood – refined notes to make a woman sparkle and look grandiose.

Escada Especially Escada Delicate Notes is available as 30, 50 and 75 ml Eau de Toilette.

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Escada Perfumes in New Bottles

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To celebrate twenty years of summer fragrances, fashion house Escada re-launches three of its wonderful perfumes in new bottles. The trio new perfumes Rockin Rio, Island Kiss and Sexy Graffiti will have the same bottle shape as the latest Escada’s editions Ocean Lounge Escada Moon Sparkle, Taj Sunse. The new Escada Perfumes that look delicious and appealing will surely allure any woman with their tempting smell and design.

Escada Sexy Graffiti

Escada Sexy Graffiti

Escada Sexy Graffiti is a sweet candy perfume that constantly delights a woman. Even though it is not as long lasting as DKNY Delicious candy, Escada Sexy Graffiti has its unique charm that attracts. It blends fresh notes of red berries, wild strawberry, raspberry and grapefruit along with violet, lily of the valley, red peony and base notes of cashmere and vanilla.

Escada Sexy Graffiti (red bottle) is available as 30, 50 and 100 ml Eau de Toilette.


Escada Island Kiss

Escada Island Kiss

Escada Island Kiss is inspired by the Caribbean beach, salty air, exotic nature and a romantic atmosphere. This fruity/floral perfume features passion flower, mango and orange notes along with peach and magnolia. The base mixes musk and woody notes.

Escada Island Kiss (blue bottle) is available as 30, 50 and 100 ml Eau de Toilette.


Escada Rockin Rio

Escada Rockin Rio

Escada Rockin Rio is all about playful, vibrant and flirty notes that resemble the fast rhythm of Brazilian samba. It opens with fresh topical citrusy notes of tangerine, papaya, and pineapple and exotic coconut along with cotton candy and peach. The base melts with sandalwood and musky accords.

Escada Rockin Rio (orange bottle) is available as 30, 50 and 100 ml Eau de Toilette.

Escada Rockin Rio, Island Kiss and Sexy Graffiti perfumes are surely to impress.