At first whiff, Emeraude is sharp, aldehydic, and citrusy-resinous, but just as quickly it hints that it will mellow out into a creamy amber/vanilla drydown.
It definitely smells old fashioned, but not in an off-putting way — I'm smelling my wrists the way I would a beloved's shirt, taking in deep breaths and trying to capture everything. It is a comforting yet almost haunting fragrance — warm and otherworldly.
The sharpness of the perfume and its subsequent smoothness mimic the typical cut of an emerald's surface: elegant angles combined with reflective smoothness.
The longer Emeraude is on, the more wonderful it is. (Is that civet I detect, a slight funkiness that adds some sexuality to this well-turned out, conservative, good conversationalist who is making me feel comfortable at this party, and maybe even slightly in love? It's not listed in the ingredients, but I choose to believe...) It's like a lime-flavored creamsical in its contrasting notes.
Emeraude, the drug-store classic, is a true gem.
Top notes: Orange, bergamot, tarragon
Heart notes: Jasmine, ylang-ylang, Rose and Brazilian rosewood
Base notes: Amber, sandalwood, patchouli, opoponax, benzoin and vanilla.