Once a gem, now hit into the rough… Emeraude by Coty The Perfumed Dandy’s Sunday (Evening) Scent


Is it heresy to enjoy a little spice on a balmy summer’s eve?

The Dandy certainly doesn’t think so, therefore it should come as no surprise that I have been reaching for my trusty new “old” bottle of Emeraude by Coty of late.

Sometimes erroneously called “Shalimar’s little sister”, as Chypre is to Mitsouko it could be argued, Emeraude is to it’s more famous Oriental sibling.

Francois Coty venturing in 1921 where Guerlain would follow some four years later.

Unfortunately, I have never had the opportunity to try a version from before the 1960s and my present edition shown above is much more contemporary.

Nevertheless, even from vintages as recent as this, Emeraude is a perfume that lives up to its precious name.

It has a splendid citrus and pepper opening, turning resinously spicy before billowing into the great vanilla powder puff clouds that it is rightly famous for.

Emeraude is an easy, enveloping and lovable scent, youthful even as it approaches its one hundredth birthday.

I’ve always been surprised no one has suggested I review this fragrance, perhaps it’s because the present incarnation is just so, well, plain.

Talking of suggestions, don’t forget there’s still time to vote in The Hit Parade this weekend, and help decide what I should wear come Monday.

Pip pip.

Yours ever

The Perfumed Dandy.

The Perfumed Dandy


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20 responses to “Once a gem, now hit into the rough… Emeraude by Coty The Perfumed Dandy’s Sunday (Evening) Scent

  1. Always a pleasure to read about a classic! Many thanks.

    • Dear Christopher
      Why thank you!
      I am so glad that someone is in agreement on the merits of Emeraude, I love my little new bottle and it has been ‘stepping out’ quite a lot this weekend.
      Do you know, is it true that this is one that gets much older with age?
      Yours ever
      The Perfumed Dandy

  2. I can smell it in my smell brain ( I too have only smelled the recent trashier editions ) but can’t quite seem to work up any enthusiasms for my memories.

    Have you tried Chantilly? Somehow I remember that one as being in a similar vein but silkier and more alluring.

    Glad you reviewed this little gem, though. I too get older with age.

    • Lilybelle

      I adore Chantilly. It is my guilty secret, not really guilty and not secret, but it is one of my favorite private time indulgences, both the vintage fragrance spray and the dusting powder. It’s heavenly.

    • Dearest Ginza
      My not old enough ‘cologne spray’ lacks the leathery depths of even the current EdP of Shalimar, but it does have oodles of black pepper… seemingly unlisted anywhere!
      It also melts into a very pleasant vanilla make up powder dry down that it dry and creamy at once. Really quite but not excessively lovely.
      Chantilly? Houbigant?
      No… or should that be not yet?
      Yours ever
      The Perfumed Dandy

  3. Lilybelle

    Vintage Emeraude pdt is to gorgeous. I certainly like it better than current Shalimar.

    • Dearest Lily
      I fear that old Coty perfumes aren’t easy to come by in Europe, all I’ve managed to find so far is this 25-30 year old cologne spray… the search will certainly go on though!
      Yours ever
      The Perfumed Dandy

  4. Mary E.

    My grandmother wore Emeraude which she bought at the Rexall Drug back in the 1950s. As kids we didn’t much like it as we thought it was too loud, but matched her bright red lips, rouge & red nails.

  5. fleurdelys

    I’ve been fortunate enough to find some bottles of vintage Emeraude, including a pure parfum! It is beautiful, and definitely the mother of Shalimar. One reviewer has picked out a green note in it (from whence the name, I guess), but I don’t notice it myself. I also have some vintage L’Aimant PDT (which barely lasts an hour on my skin), and some vintage L’Origan, the forerunner to L’Heure Bleue. It’s sad how the classics of the once-great House of Coty have been cheapened to the point that they are shadows of their former selves. I’m most angry at them for ruining Muguet des Bois, once upon a time THE best lily of the valley ever. (Yes, Diorissimo is great, but ordinary people could afford MdB).

  6. moonlightmeadow

    Remember this one as a child in the 70s. My mom had the bottle with crown-like cap and I would dab it on while playing with my metal dollhouse to be more grown-up. Wish I had that little bottle today….I do have the dollhouse though.

  7. Dear Mr Dandy

    I have often been intrigued by this one and I long to try it. i used to eschew anything powdery until I understood chypres and the penny dropped. Something tells me I would love Emeraude.

    As for Chantilly, I remember the magazine adverts in the 80s “I feel very Chantilly today”. The oldies can’t be worse than some of the newbies today. My ebay account is calling me.

    Your friend

    • Dearest Iscent
      Indeed. Light and shade. Satin and serge. Powder and chypre.
      I must say, I feel the calling of Chantilly too myself. But which version to choose?
      Yours ever
      The Perfumed Dandy

      • Lilybelle

        Vintage Chantilly is what you want, Mr. Dandy. Dating them precisely is difficult, as the perfume has been bought and sold so many times, and I can’t seem to get precise info; but the spray version that has a label on the bottom with “Parquet Parfums, Made in France” is my favorite. The ones that are made or blended in NYC labeled “Houbigant” are pretty good, but avoid Dana, especially the most recent version blended in China. Hope that helps.

      • Dearest Lily
        Now thank you for that… it narrows my search somewhat, but probably makes it all the more difficult!
        Since I’ve known exactly what I’m n=looking for in a bottle of Norell it has proved entirely elusive.
        Let’s hope Chantilly is more forthcoming and, if not, then part of the fun is the thrill of the chase!
        Yours ever
        The Perfumed Dandy

  8. Lilybelle

    They only pop up when you least expect them. Then you have to pounce! I’ll keep my eyes open for you on this side. But I haven’t been trawling lately. I’ll probably start back up again, though. It’s too irresistible.

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