Emeraude Agar by Jerome Epinette for Atelier Cologne 2016




Hey Hey APJ,

Do you remember Coty’s Emerald? Well I love it, even in its modern form, but in the interests of full disclosure I rarely wear it anymore. As soon as I saw the name of todays fragrance I couldn’t wait to get my sniff on it. Add to that the lovely green (my favourite colour) of the label and it being brand new to the Atelier Cologne Metal Collection and I was practically panting. Not too far from the truth in the very hot summer we are having here in Sydney, Australia.

So I’ve poured the whole sample vial on at once, arms and chest.

Emeraude Agar by Atelier Cologne 2016

Emeraude Agar by Jerome Epinette



Parfumo gives these featured accords:
Top: Angelica, Bergamot, Black pepper
Heart: Eucalyptus, Geranium, Turkish rose absolute
Base: Gaiac wood, Malayan oud, Mysore sandalwood

Black pepper with a tinge of green over bro-woods is my initial thought. In the rose/oudh category this little baby is leaning to the masculine but in a 21st century niche woodsiness that speaks to me of gym changing rooms and boozy middle management on Friday night. TBH I was expecting more from the note list. Very little Angelica on me, the Eucalyptus passes me by and the geranium fails to even add its perky kick in any meaningful way.

I just read that back and it reads like a diss. Nah, not a diss. I quite like the way Emerald Agar smells but it’s hardly a boundary pusher or even feeling very niche OR it feels like all the lazy formulaic niche. Maybe I’m just feeling bitchy in the  41C humid heat.


The sandalwood is a very nice approximation. Creamy, soft, supple sandalwood like running your hand over one of those beautifully carved and polished wood bowls you see in country style stores for extravagant prices. Add that to the plethora of other wood in the base, and the super subtle hint of oudh, it’s my favourite part of the whole experience. Lasting power is good for an Atelier too. I could imagine a one fragrance person going through a bottle of Emerald Agar in the cooler months of the year in record time and even have it work well into the summer. If you told me there was ambergris in the base here I’d believe you, salty driftwood dry down with a creamy smooth overlay, seriously the end is wonderful.


LuckyScent has $130/30ml
Surrender To Chance has $4.80/ml

Can you be tempted by name and bottle? Does the colour of the packaging ever help you decide?
Portia xx

8 thoughts on “Emeraude Agar by Jerome Epinette for Atelier Cologne 2016

    • Hey Azar
      Great to see you. I hope life is treating you and Brad well.
      Yeah, a beautiful bottle is an excellent investment by the frag houses.
      Portia xx


  1. I love the term “bro-woods.” I can totally imagine what that might mean 🙂 The bottle is indeed beautiful, but not sure this sounds like it is quite right for me.


    • Yay Nemo
      Glad you like the terminology
      Yeah, I get that it’s probably not everyone’s cup of tea.
      Portia xx


  2. I have tried perfumes whose notes sounded really unappealing to me just because I loved the name and/or bottle. Sometimes (Diptyque L’Ombre dans l’Eau), I find I love the perfume, too. With my budget, if I only love the bottle, I might buy a mini, but that’s it.


    • Hi there Laurels
      The minis are even more gorgeous quite often. Nothing beats 4ml Byzance or Coco for me, so glam. Which are your faves?
      Portia xx


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