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on 8/20/2015 7:18:00 PM
More reviews by Meriel65
Skin: Very Oily, Fair, Warm
Hair: Brunette, Straight, Fine
I've been a little obsessed lately about trying some of the great original old-timer fragrances. I've reviewed L'origan already and am now on to her smokier sister: Emeraude. Ebay can be such a treasure if you are lucky! I got a 3-piece Emeraude set from someone who found an estate sale bargain. For less than $15, I got a splash on cologne, a spray eau de parfum, and a little cute green pot of solid parfum. I cannot comment on how vintage this vintage is. I imagine some purists would say that any reformulation and you don't have vintage any more. I am not informed about how to tell age by packaging and so forth, but this has got to be a few decades old at least. The splash starts out with a hit of citrus; I don't know particular notes and can only write subjectively. It then deepens into a smokiness that is unusual and unlike anything else I have smelled. Sadly, the splash is a fugitive scent on me, and I suppose I'm not surprised. I think that this would smell lovely on a scarf that you whip out on a cold day!The eau de parfum is like the splash, only deeper, less citrus on impact and a bit more complexity--something spicy and woody along with the tartness.The little pot of solid parfum looks like it has dried out a bit over the years. I figured that it would be either hit or miss, but still a bargain with the other 2 bottles. The first time I tried on the solid, all I got at first was lemony furniture polish. It was awful. I washed it off right away and figured it had gone bad and there would be no redeeming it. But I just couldn't throw it away: It was old, it had a history--unknown to me--and is just so charming.So I've kept at it and given it a chance and I'm so glad I did! It takes about 20 minutes for the initial polish-like smell to wear off, and then the scent starts to develop into something just indescribable and lovely. I did buy a tiny sample of vintage Emeraude parfum from Surrender to Chance--it is just gorgeous and unique and I'm so sad that Coty has become "just" a drugstore brand of "cheap" fragrance. Emeraude is how I wish Shalimar or L'heure bleue would smell on me but just don't.I'm wearing the solid at the moment--I had to struggle through that opening yuck of the lemon pledge, but now, on this cool Minnesota evening, it smells like a lovely sweet smokey bonfire of leaves and sweet woody bark, some spice, a bit of powder... Compared to the zillions of fragrances churned out endlessly these days, Emeraude--the vintage--does smell powerful and unusual and "old" but in good ways. It has a mature character that can't be matched by anything created for the mass market. And nowadays, everything is created for the mass market, in our aspirational, consumeristic world.
3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.
on 1/16/2015 7:23:00 PM
More reviews by mimislamb
Skin: Normal, Medium, Not Sure
Hair: Brunette, Other, Other
This stinks so bad! How could any sane person give this a good review?? It smells like cheap old lady perfume and cheap pine tree air fresheners. Hope I never get caught on an elevator with someone wearing this!
on 12/14/2014 6:07:00 PM
More reviews by suzycurlyq
Skin: Normal, Fair, Neutral
Hair: Red, Curly, Medium
I love this! This starts off green and citrusy. Then as it drys down it becomes a lovely gentle soft unique thing. Wonderful!
2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.
on 5/17/2014 8:23:00 PM
More reviews by valmont32677
Skin: Very Oily, Fair-Medium, Neutral
Hair: Brown, Curly, Fine
I wish I had been able to catch a whiff of this in a pre-1980s bottle form!! This reminds me of Jean Nate, Woolworths, CoverGirl, Coty Airspun loose powder, Youth Dew, & old ladies like my mammaw had the dyed red hair too w curlers & a perm. I am fairly certain it's been reformulated into a faint shadow of itself in its former glory which is a bloody crying shame!! I didn't realize how many fragrances Coty still makes, they do try & keep themselves current from being obsolete w the younger crowd (N. Minaj, BeyoncÃ©, etc) whilst trying to keep their more "mature" customer base.
6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.
on 4/23/2013 12:51:00 AM
More reviews by karebear0099
Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Not Sure
Hair: Blond, Other, Other
I got this for $5.99 at the Grocery Outlet so the price was extremely reasonable. I am not crazy about it, but I am not going to get rid of it in case I "grow into it" or something. Although I think that might take a long time. Anyway, when I first sprayed it, it smelled very familiar to me, and had a spicy smell. The die down after that was just a sweet, powdery smell that reminded me of my grandma. I mean that very literally, I am not trying to say this is a perfume an old person would wear, but in my personal experience it reminds me of my grandma and her apartment. I don't hate it, but I don't really like it either. I would classify it under "okay"
on 2/17/2013 6:04:00 AM
More reviews by rasputin2
Skin: Combination, Medium, Cool
Hair: Silver, Straight, Coarse
I've never been privileged to try any vintage EMERAUDE, sadly; I'm just spraying on the EDC I got dirt-cheap at WALGREEN'S. And as others have said here, even though it may be a whisper of its former haute-couture glory, it's still HANDS-DOWN nicer than any of the new celebuscents made for women these days. I'm a fella and I have no problem wearing this EDC as a nice, clean daytime, all-purpose scent. At first blush it may seem like SHALIMAR, but really it is quite different: Where SHALIMAR is famous for its head of bergamot, lemon and citronella, whisper-kissed by galbanum, EMERAUDE has instead a head of what seems to me to be sweet orange, "clean" starched linen-like aldehydes, and coriander bestowing the faint lemony-green quality some detect on first spray. EMERAUDE also has a traditional heart of romantic rose laced with near-subliminal notes of cinnamon and clove. What makes EMERAUDE really different is its very prominent opoponax heart... opoponax, that sharp-smelling resin which initially smells somewhat like that spraycan adhesive we used to use in the 2nd grade in the 1960's on our Christmas projects (haha), but when it settles, it becomes this regal shaft of resiny yellow-gold, with gorgeous, surprisingly sucrée hints of burnt caramel around the edges. EMERAUDE's vanilla is more sweet, floral and unadulterated than the smoky/burnt/incense-y, WD-40 vanillin of SHALIMAR. In my opinion, EMERAUDE does not contain lime; rather, that "creamsicle" quality is a blend of straightforward sweet orange mingled with opoponax, benzoin and vanilla; I think EMERAUDE's verdant jus is what's convincing people they smell lime. EMERAUDE's oriental base contains a tonka bean much more obvious than that of SHALIMAR's; that cherry-vanilla-tobacco kind of smell, blended with sandalwood and amber. (to some, the cherry-like smell of tonka conjures up McDonald's restrooms). Strangely, I do not detect patchouly, though I'm certain it must be there in tinctured, "cosmetic" aura, rather than in its usual green/earthy musk. EMERAUDE contains noticeably animalic hints of deermusk (that "kitten's belly" tender, furry smell, so well-loved in MY SIN and others) and an indolic civet (lending it that slightly urinaceous, slightly "mothball" quality that is responsible for the "old lady" remarks, I am certain.). Personally, I adore the animalics, so these "old fashioned" smells thrill me. Maybe the crowning note of the base is a fairly prominent vetiver... a tarry foil to the perfume's sweetness, giving the whole fragrance that earthy, grounded, rooty, "tailored" aura... vetiver is also a very classy smell, I think, and the vet here is much stronger than any SHALIMAR might have. For a mere $11.00, one can get a real feeling of how great French EMERAUDE must have been when it was new. Interesting to remember that EMERAUDE predated SHALIMAR by four years. As I understand it, those now wishing to re-capture its vintage thrill need to look for it on auction websites in the "parfum de toilette" (sic) strength... (basically an EDP). This is a cheap way to smell really, REALLY good.
13 out of 14 people found this review helpful.
on 1/23/2013 9:01:00 PM
More reviews by Zanita27
Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium, Warm
I am on the drugstore perfume fix and glad i picked this up. This might not smell quite like the vintage perfume, but nevertheless it is wonderful. The initial scent is citrusy and slightly green. Then the draw down is a slightly powdery, faintly spicy floral. To me its beautiful and elegant, not cheap and cheeky. The sillage is moderate and lasts longer than your typical drugstore scent. This green lovely will have a place next to my other drugstore favorite, tourjois moi.
on 1/23/2013 8:40:00 AM
More reviews by TaTanesha
Skin: Combination, Olive, Warm
Hair: Black, Curly, Coarse
EMERAUDE!! Oh My Gosh, I use to LOVE this perfume. If you remember Emeraude, then you must remember Revlon's Jean Nate' (LOL) I had a huge bottle of Emeraude perfume and Jean Nate after bath splash and dusting powder. Old School indeed!!Ja'net
on 1/23/2013 8:03:00 AM
More reviews by Olfactoria
Skin: Normal, Fair, Not Sure
Hair: Red, Other, Other
Current incarnation of this scent is an abomination. Smells like a citrus urinal cake. Vintage Emeraude is MJCH different and so much better! I have loved this fragrance since childhood and I own several vintage bottles. By far my favorite formulation is from the '80s/early '90s, distinguishable by the olive-hued rather than bright-green juice. At the time, Emeraude was available as a cologne, eau de parfum and parfum. They're all great-- smooth, plush old-school Oriental with a bergamot-lemon top and warm, oily, vanillic drydown. This is quality stuff, and every time I wear it I am surprised by its quiet loveliness, and reminded of just how cheap and one-dimensional some of today's high-end frags smell by comparison!Emeraude may not be the most complex or dressy fragrance I own, but it's the most "me." After the zingy top notes, it's a warm and subtle skin scent with no harsh edges. Bosomy and almost maternal, Emeraude feels like home. It just plain Smells Good, even in its cheap downmarket packaging. Well worth a try, especially if you like Orientals like Shalimar, Opium, Youth Dew and Obsession. Emeraude shares the deep, velvety resinousness of these, minus the spice/animalic overload.
4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.
on 8/9/2012 12:46:00 AM
More reviews by lwhitener
Age: 56 & Over
Skin: Combination, Other, Not Sure
A classic. I've loved this ever since my aunt gave it to me for Christmas when I was a young teenager, and I still wear it. It's a floral oriental (or "floriental") that has presence, but is never over-the-top. I completely disagree with the reviewers who think it smells like something an old lady would wear. Beauty is in the eye (or in this case, the nose) of the beholder, but to me it smells elegant and distinctive. If you don't want to smell like everyone else (vanilla, fruit, etc.), give Emeraude a try--there's a good reason it's been around for almost 100 years.
7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.
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