Escada has launched Moon Sparkle, their yearly limited edition fashion fragrance, and as they did last year, they are including a version for men.
Moon Sparkle for women (shown) is a fruity floral with notes of strawberry, blackcurrant, citrus cocktail, red apple, sweet pea, freesia, jasmine, rose, musky notes, sandalwood and dry ambery notes.
Moon Sparkle for men is a "unique and sparkling aquatic, citrus woody" fragrance with "iced woods". The notes include bergamot, mandarin, pepper, ginger, violet, green grape, floral aquatic notes, georgywood, cedarwood, marine amber and vetiver.
Escada Moon Sparkle fragrances for women and men are available in 50 and 100 ml Eau de Toilette and in matching body products, and can be found at nordstrom.
Other recent releases from Escada: Escada S.
Coming next fall from Givenchy, Pi Neo, a new fragrance for men inspired by the movie The Matrix:
While the first Pi fragrance (which launched in 1999) played on the theme of pushing back the limits of space, Pi Neo claims to go one step further in pushing back the limits of reality and moving into the virtual world.
Givenchy Pi Neo is a woody fragrance with notes of mandarin, bergamot, myrtle, cedarwood and patchouli. (via cosmeticnews)
Update: Givenchy Pi Neo will launch in September or October, and was named for the Keanu Reeves character in The Matrix. (via moodiereport)
Another update: here is the description of the scent from Women's Wear Daily...
Concocted by Givaudan’s Antoine Lie, Pi Neo has top notes of Italian bergamot and mandarin orange, a heart of cedar and patchouli and a base of amber and vanilla. As well, each of the accords includes a patented, futuristic note. The top note carries Toscanol, an anise-like ingredient intended to give the fragrance energy. In the heart, Safraleine is intended to enrich the woody accord and to add hints of leather, spice and tobacco. The base of the fragrance has Cosmone, which lends a fluidity and hint of ambergris to the scent.
Givenchy Pi Neo will be available in 50 and 100 ml Eau de Toilette.
Ok, the Pi Neo made me laugh out loud! I know when I think of mind-bending, computer-based alternate realities (as I often do) I imagine exotic, disjarring notes – notes that challenge what is real and normal: mandarin, bergamot, myrtle, cedarwood and patchouli. *Futuristic sci-fi* woods. riiiiight. LOL!
*ok, that's it. my snarky self is staying off the comments for the rest of the day or at least until I'm in a nicer mood. :p
Pi Neo, sounds like a fragrance from Second Life
I agree that fruity-floral may be on the wane, and not a moment too soon, but Escada will be the last to read that memo
Pi Neo sounds like a floor cleaner: Piney-O!
Why would they base a fragrance–and particularly one that's always had a futuristic space-program advertising slant–on a movie that's eight years old?
Moon Sparkle is an awful name for a fragrance: Moon Sparkle for Men is worse. Surely they can't expect to sell much of it. It sounds like the name for an anime character. Plus, let's face it: we know it's going to be just as worthless as their previous Sunset Heat for Men. The list of notes isn't even that different.
Oh, you're so right — they won't go down without a fight!
“Moon Sparkle for men” is absolutely comical!!
Pi Neo — gosh, I don't know a darned thing about the Matrix. Are there still sequels coming out?
LOL — no worries, be as snarky as you like. But in GPN's defense, it probably isn't a complete list of notes or even a very detailed description.
Yes, it does!
Ugh. The Givenchy is downright silly and laughable, the Escada just gets a big yawn from me…they *insist* that they do a different fragrance every year, but I'm sure I'm not the only one who thinks they're just recycling the same fruit punch-scented juice in a different bottle. And would most men enjoy wearing a fragrance called “Moon Sparkle”?
Oh wow, Moon Sparkle for Men is just killing me. Almost makes me want to go out a buy it for my brother as a gag gift for Christmas. Bet he's into iced woods.
They really are just variations on a theme — they know their audience well!
My dh would not wear a scent called Moon Sparkle in a million years.
I am picturing an Xmas coffret: Blue Sugar & Moon Sparkle
I picture the name Starryeyed
The Matrix series is long over and completed. A really odd/outdated choice for perfume inspiration.
*I really liked the movies, but I'm a sci-fi nerd. If that was your type of thing you would have seen them by now, so I wouldn't put it on your netflix list or anything!
Oh, and the right kind of notes for that movie would be:
new leather, icy metallics, sweat and some otherworldly synthetics.
I do like sci fi, but not tons of hard core violence — so caught a small portion of the Matrix on TV and turned it off. Star Trek TNG & Voyager & Star Wars are more my speed
I love that you're a trekkie too! Who'd guessed? In that case – buy a bottle of wine, snuggle down with your dh and watch the first movie from the beginning (no commericals). The violence makes sense in context and the story is good. (the acting…eh, is patchy).
Will consider it, but don't always care if the violence makes sense in context — I just don't like too much violence. The violence in Star Wars is too cartoonish to bother me, but the Matrix seemed different?
On Star Trek: just now in the process of introducing my son to TNG — we are on disc 3 of season 1, and he loves it
I don't necessarily mind the name moon sparkle, but I'm skeptical about why all of a suddent they've changed their aim. But it's not the first time they've done it. In the beginning they had a lot of light fruity scents, then they went very floral, then between 2001 until now it's been all tropical scent. So I guess moon is gonna be the new thing for the next few years? I'm terrily shocked at the bottle re-design too. I hope the Men's one is good. Sunset Heat for men really grew on me, and became a favorite.
I'm not sure what you mean by changed their aim, but would guess that like everyone else, they're trying to hit the current trends.
Is this PI NEO for real?!! Someonove at Givenchy's got a really bad hangover one day… like, hey imagine they stop you to ask what's that wonderful smell on you and you say: “Mmm it's a Givenchy – Gentleman!” And now imagine you say: “Oh, it's Givenchy – errrh, it's Pi… Neo”
damn it's not, you know, classy
I understand the name “Pi” was considered risky when the fragrance first launched, but it was felt it was better to stand out in the crowd than not…perhaps they are trying that same strategy again. But agree it doesn't sound classy.
I can't WAIT to smell the male version!!!!!!!!!!
Hope it will live up to your expectations
I smelled the male version! And the verdict is: I like it! I don't necessarily love it, and it's not nearly as good as last years (in fact, surprisingly, it's nothing like last year's), but it's good. It's a lot more masculine than you might expect for something called moon sparkle (again, more masculine than last year's). It's nothing really out there, at all, so of all of Escada's men's fragrances, this one might be least favorite so far; but that's not to say it's bad.
The women's version, on the other hand, is nearly identical to last year's.
I smelled the women's today and did not like it all — far too sweet & fruity for my taste. But didn't see the men's tester so still need to try that one.
HATED IT! I wanted to get the one from last year, but all they had was the Small bottle
You can still find the 100 ml online if you're interested — perfume.com has it, and possibly other stores do as well.
This one smells a lot like Ibiza Hippie on me. I got a small purse sample from Sephora, and have been wearing it this week. My friend who loves Ibiza Hippie said “Oh, you're wearing my favorite today!” She was fooled. The good news is, since ibiza hippie is getting hard to find, we can just replace it with the moon sparkle. It's not exactly the same, but it is so similar on me that you can't tell the difference. Its a good summer fragrance that everyone seems to like on me.
It is probably just because they're not my style, but all the Escada LEs smell the same to me.
haha – no, the Matrix Violence is to “fantastical” and unbelievable. It plays to the fact they are supposed to be in a computer generated world. The way the Matrix was filmed was so ahead of its time… it actually changed cinematography. Its a must see – and just happens to be under the Sci-Fi genre…
I think i'l fool myself into only believing Neo refers to new (its derivitive) and not to the Matrix Character. It wasn't a movie to inspire a smell. Especially not 10yrs later…:D
Sorry, but yes, it was too violent for me !
I’ve tried Neo, and it’s softly sweet, not sharply modern: quite at odds with the admittedly interesting packaging. Very likeable and wearable for me.
A future purchase for sure.
Star Trek Pafumes by Jean Luc- Gaultier…
I like Pi but have not tried the Neo as yet…
I like all the LE, but this one I didn’t like that much…
I didn’t love it either.