In French, émeraude means emerald. I love emeralds. Emerald cut diamonds are gorgeous, and emerald cut emeralds are just beyond…
Emerald, or Emeraude is the perfect name for the classic fragrance, created in 1921, by Coty. It’s a very Art Deco fragrance, with citrus top notes and basenotes of benzoin and opoponax. And, similarly to the emerald cut, which also originates in the Art Deco Period, it manages to be both old world ornate and sharply modern at the same time – coy but edgy. Really, it’s an amazing scent, as I’m sure many of its numerous fans would agree.
Although some call it the “poor woman’s Shalimar” since it’s significantly less expensive and they smell quite a bit alike, it was actually created before Shalimar. In fact, rumor has it that Geurlain’s wife favored Emeraude, and he used Emeraude as “inspiration” for Shalimar. I find this story believable, and while I still prefer Shalimar, there’s nothing cheap or inferior about Emeraude, especially a good vintage bottle.
I found my Emeraude on Etsy. I’m guessing it’s from the 1940’s or early 50’s, but it could be older. It still wears beautifully, and has the most elegant, unforgettable dry down. I’ll definitely buy another bottle.
Since it’s Friday and I’m discussing an Art Deco masterpiece, I thought I would also feature another masterpiece from the same time period, actually the late Art Deco Period – the early 1940’s. As I said, perhaps that’s around the same time my bottle of Emeraude was first purchased, and in any case, I’m sure a woman wearing Emeraude was definitely in the audience watching, “To Have and Have Not” when it first came out in 1944.
“To Have and Have Not,” is a favorite movie of mine and Lauren Bacall, one of my favorite actresses.
The first time I saw it was when I was 21, almost 22. I was in college, and at that time I had a huge crush on a good-looking, unmarried philosophy professor. A lot of his female students had a crush on him, actually, which made it even more embarrassing, but anyway, my professor was probably in his late 30’s and I was 21. Bacall, of course, was infamously only 19 (although she seems much older by today’s standards) while Bogart was in his 40’s. And, while thankfully my romance didn’t materialize into anything other than a well-intentioned letter from me to him and a kind, polite response that amounted to, “…no, thanks for your lovely words, but I don’t date students,” it still provided an interesting frame of mind to watch the May-December romance between Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall.
By the way, I say thankfully not because of the age difference between me and the professor but because time, (and yes age) sheds light on people in general, and sometimes what looks romantic in a person when you’re young can seem less than desirable when you find someone you’re really meant to be with. 🙂 But, more on that later perhaps…
Based, loosely, on the novel of the same title by Ernest Hemingway, it is set in Martinique during World War II after France is occupied by the Nazis. The plot reminds me a great deal, in some regards, of “Casablanca” – an exotic location, World War II, and escaping from the Nazis. And it’s a familiar role for Bogart in the sense that he is a serious, manly, rough hero with a bit of a dark side. Will he do the right thing and will he be able to outsmart the bad guys? If you’ve seen his other famous roles, you probably already have a guess as to how to go about answering those questions, but of course, each of his roles are unique and brilliant.
I’m looking forward to watching it again, if only to see the (now sadly deceased) gloriously brash and talented, beautiful Lauren Bacall in her youthful splendor deliver the iconic line, “You know you don’t have to act with me, Steve. You don’t have to say anything and you don’t have to do anything. Not a thing. Oh, maybe just whistle. You know how to whistle, don’t you, Steve? You just put your lips together and blow.”
Until Sunday. 🙂