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Fragrance Review: Escada Moon Sparkle

When I lived in Chicago, one of my favorite pastimes was window-shopping on Michigan Avenue. Occasionally, I'd even go into Chanel and Gucci, but Escada was one of the more formidable boutiques. It always seemed like an intimidatingly luxurious place with gowns meant for society women — certainly not a place for a girl in her 20s.

But after smelling Escada Moon Sparkle ($40–$70), I need to rethink my opinion. The limited-edition, seasonal fragrance is a much lighter, more fun scent than what I would have expected. It starts off very fruity, with bold black currant and strawberry notes that somehow remind me of Japanese litchi candies. It dries down to incorporate a soft but not cloying blend of freesia and jasmine. There's also a hint of sandalwood and amber, the latter of which has me smelling my wrist again and again. (And for what it's worth, Buzz usually runs away from fruity scents, but she really liked this one.)

Judging by the colorful packaging of the box and the fragrance name itself, you might think Moon Sparkle is for teenagers only. But don't be fooled; this is a sophisticated, summery scent that would fit a 20-year-old on Spring Break as well as a 40-year-old in one of Escada's flowing gowns.

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