Ever wonder what a bottled asthma attack would smell like?
From the outset, I need to establish that the appeal of aldehydes in large doses eludes me. This will certainly bias my nose against something like Moon Drops which is positively loaded with them, but that's also too simple an explanation for my reaction to it. I wouldn't want to wear Estee, but it doesn't make my lungs seize. No one in my immediate circle wore Moon Drops but it doesn't matter because society at large was wearing Moon Drops-it is in the olfactory DNA of the 70s. Normally, that would be a positive, but like all eras there's some less good points. Think of Moon Drops as Stagflation.
Heaven knows, I love a good trip down memory lane, the trauma of bell bottoms be damned-but this...This is not...good. It isn't the worst thing I've smelled, and let's face it, there's always something worse however, it really isn't...good.
The marketing seems to suggest it was aimed at women looking to seduce a man. I wasn't dating in 1970 when this launched, but I have to wonder just what sort of man would be turned on by Moon Drops other than an anosmic one. Is there a scent version of "Beer Goggles" where maybe someone doused in Moon Drops is suddenly irresistible come last call?
The thing I keep coming back to is how this sort of fragrance was so typical of the era, but almost every example that comes to mind is better. Max Factor had Aquarius which is almost a dupe but with better base notes and without the challenging puff of aldehydes at the start. Why would you wear Moon Drops when you could wear Revlon Ultima? Hell if I know, but apparently the general consensus was that it reeked, and Revlon wisely discontinued it. That people still seek it out paying absurd amounts of money for tiny decants is beyond me. I got my mini bottle for a bargain price, but I'd be steamed if it had cost more than ten bucks.
When Barbara Herman,wrote about it she was basing her impressions on a vintage solid. Perhaps it would be better in a solid form, because if there's peach and gardenia in Moon Drops, I couldn't detect it. I get carnation and lily of the valley coming through but rather than being spicy or fresh they seem screechy-like they're determined to be heard above the noise of the aldehydes. Herman also gets honey, rose, and raspberry-I do not. Ya know what I DO get? Hairspray, and not a good one like Aqua Net.
To be fair there's some woods but more the cheap-pine-casket variety than a luxury rosewood. Speaking of funeral parlors, there's a distinct smell of aldehydes...you know, like embalming fluid. Did I mention the aldehydes? Maybe if you were looking to date an undertaker, Moon Drops could be sexy but then, no one really likes mixing business with pleasure. Oh, you're expecting me to make a necrophilia joke here, right? No. The only dead thing here are your sinuses after a good whiff of this stuff.
If I really strain I can smell some oakmoss and some resins but really, this is...not good.
Don't say I didn't warn you.