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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.

sweetlilys sweetlilys 8 years
I love love love this i ALWAYS get compliments im begging Escada to keep making it!
chiquita29 chiquita29 9 years
I got this for Mothers Day, I love it! I think it's my favorite scent to date. Too bad it's a LE.
lovealways lovealways 9 years
I've always loved Escada fragrances, but I tried some of this the other day and I'm absolutely HEAD OVER HEELS. It's amazing!
manay manay 9 years
I spritzed some of this on my wrist when I went to Sephora and I couldn't resit smelling the scent all day, Love it! I might have to pick up a bottle. =)
i-am-elle i-am-elle 9 years
I smelled this when it first came to Sephora & I loved it! I might pick it up as my summer scent. :)
snarkypants snarkypants 9 years
this one is so fab! i didn't know it was limited edition. i'll have to pick some up stat. oh, and as a former marshall field's (and macys) employee, i can officially declare that macys sucks.
hottpink hottpink 9 years
I love Escada perfumes! My favorite was Ibiza Hippie but they no longer make it :( So sad.
TFS TFS 9 years
escada make such delicious perfumes!
pyleela pyleela 9 years
I LOVE Escada. I have one perfume from about 3.5 years ago that's for daytime, and then I just got this one over winter break for nighttime. Definitely recommend!!! :D Thanks for the review!
ModernGraceKelly ModernGraceKelly 9 years
I didn't get a good reaction from this one. All of the Escada perfumes have been basically the same fruit loop over and over. I never like their perfumes.
x_juicyfruit x_juicyfruit 9 years
Nice review. :) I'll have to try it. I love the name.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
I used to wear Escada.
ahappierdiane ahappierdiane 9 years
My sister loves Escada fragrances, this would make a nice gift.
indielove indielove 9 years
I, for one, LOVE those litchi candies. They're available at Cost Plus World Market for those who would want to try it. Are they in the Asian markets also? I have no idea...
emalove emalove 9 years
I like Escada fragrances and currently own two of them. But honestly, almost every single one I've smelled and owned smells exactly alike! Very fruity and fresh...pretty, but I'm getting bored of them.
Beauty Beauty 9 years
Yeah, my mom grew up in Chicago and so she was very upset when Field's became Macy's. I don't blame her. The store changed a lot — just isn't the same.
bailaoragaditana bailaoragaditana 9 years
I love their seasonal scents, and I especially love the fruity ones. I quite like Moon Sparkle, and will probably pick up a bottle when I go home, but my favorite will always remain Ibiza Hippie. Seriously, the best perfume EVER.
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
It does sound lovely. Oh, and Bella--"When I lived in Chicago, one of my favorite pastimes was window-shopping on Michigan Avenue." Me too! And I have the fondest, fondest memories of going into Marshall Field's with my parents right around Christmas time--actually, all of Michigan Avenue was soo gorgeous during the holidays. Almost makes me miss the Midwest... *sniff*
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
mmmm i ♥ Escada so I bet I would love this!
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