I'll admit that this review is coming from left field. Emeraude after all is a women's fragrance, it's been reformulated and pared down since its 1921 release date, and the one I'm reviewing is this el-cheapo drugstore version from Coty. What's the point of this review anyway? I don't even like it that much.
The reason Emeraude is worth mentioning here is because it
makes a decent old school men's fragrance. In fact, in its current form I think it would
make a lousy scent for women. I find that
pretty interesting. Emeraude is now an
ultra-powdery barbershop styled
oriental, with emphasis on powdery. There's no doubt about it, folks - this is a powder bomb. In
fact, the only thing that cuts through that talcum powder smell are some barely
perceptible wood or herbal notes and a touch of vanilla in the drydown. It's a subtle, skin-hugging scent, sort of like a lighter, less complex Canoe. I much prefer Canoe.
Of course the usual whiners are moaning about the
reformulation of this classic, but I've seen some reviews saying this new
version is a good scent. This time I
have to side with the whiners. Though
Emeraude isn't bad, I cannot imagine this being the same perfume that's been
touted as one of the greatest orientals ever composed. I like powdery fragrances, but this smells one-dimensional, flat, dull and
cheap, and I have to believe they crucified this perfume when they changed the formula. It really does smell like a $10
Despite my criticisms, considering how inexpensive Emeraude
is, it is worth trying out if you like powdery barbershop colognes.
MY RATING: 5/10
Fragrance House: Coty