A little Moon Drops solid perfume on my pulse points, a polyester maxi dress, some frosty orange lipstick, and this '70s lady is ready for the Key Party!
I've been trying to get my hands on Moon Drops perfume for a good year, but I could never quite bring myself to pay eBay prices for it.
Instead, trolling around Etsy last year, I spied this cute "Rajah's elephant" pendant designed by jeweler David Webb and filled with Moon Drops solid perfume. It was cheap, and I bought it.
So I'm going to make a virtue out of a necessity and do a first on Yesterday's Perfume: review a vintage solid perfume!
I hesitated to write about it because I'm not going to get the full development of top notes to base notes. (Right? How can a solid perfume have true top notes — the lightest, most volatile notes that disperse into the air first?)* The good thing about solid perfume, though, is that it lasts for ages. I can put a little bit of this stuff on and the next morning I can still smell it.
From its hippie-dippy name to its sexy-musky character, I understand now why eBay snipers are always on alert when a bottle of this comes down the pike. I can only imagine how beautiful the perfume is if the solid perfume bewitches me this much.
With honeyed ripe fruit and a whisper of powdery orris, spice from carnation, and a rich base of woods, amber/Benzoin, musk and styrax-moss for an incense/chypre quality — Moon Drops is dripping with beauty and complexity. Throughout all this richness I can smell the sharpness of ylang-ylang and lily-of-the-valley, lifting the perfume back up from sinking into its own decadence.
Top notes: Aldehydes, gardenia, peach, raspberry, bergamot
Heart notes: Lily of the valley, rose, jasmine, ylang-ylang, carnation, orris, honey, tuberose
Base notes: Sandalwood, musk, cedarwood, moss, styrax, amber, benzoin
Moon Drops makes me actually think of the moon dripping with the most beautiful scents the earth has to offer in their ripest, most decadent forms. Although it's powdery, it's not the powder of a vintage scent that one reads as "old lady" (at least not to me). I think instead of fine, glittery dust that makes things iridescent and luminous — orris as moon dust, if you will. If I put it on at night, the next day there's a subtle honey-fruit-spicy-sweetness mixed with musk lingering on my skin. Soooo sexy!
I think I'm going to carry this solid perfume around with me as a comfort scent while it's still cold out. In the meantime, if anyone wants to decant a tiny amount of the perfume to send my way, I won't protest. I'd love to compare the solid perfume with the actual perfume and will update this post if it happens!
* I got the perfume notes from my trusty Haarmann & Reimer Duftatlas, but it's included simply in the "floral" category, inexplicably. I'm confused by this because its base is decribed by them, and experienced by me, as "balsamic and sensual." In any case, what I'm not getting from the solid perfume is its "aldehydic fruity" quality, along with bergamot. I get fruit, but none of the sparkle. I'm so curious about the perfume now!