Monday, December 3, 2012

Emeraude by Coty

Bergamot, Lemon, Orange.
Jasmine, Rose, Rosewood, Ylang-Ylang.
Amber, Benzoin, Opoponax, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Vanilla.

I recently gave this oldie a whirl and I was immediately hit with the WOW factor. I don't mean great or stupendous, but rather dumbstruck by the presence and projection of this "Cologne" spray. If anyone applies a bit too much of this, they can easily clear a room if they enter it soon after spritzing themselves. On the flip side, judicious misting produces quite a different result.

Emeraude, for all it's potential crassness, is not a bad fragrance at all. The trick is misting a few sprays and you will find that it has merit along with bending the gender barrier.

On my skin, Emeraude is a hybrid of Carven Homme and Romeo Gigli Uomo. The base and drydown lend more of an oriental finish than the aforementioned do. It also has more feminine characteristics as well, but not enough for me to call Emeraude a straight up feminine.

Released in 1921 ( I believe ), Emeraude opens with a citric rosewood accord. The woody orange stops short of being strident, but it's on the sharp side and will get your attention. The floral array is blurred, yet lends body to an already substantial introduction.

There's a spicy green and grainy quality evident within minutes and it walks the line of being salient. It's very noticeable on me, but perhaps it will wear differently on others. These two transitions transpire rather quickly and give way to a base consisting of slightly resinous amber and talcum. Extended drydown affords a soft vanilla augmenting what has already been described.

Sillage is strong at first, then very acceptable after 15 minutes or so. Longevity is 6 hours plus on my skin. Thumbs up from Aromi for Coty's Emeraude. A very strong recommendation to sample first.

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