Sunday, 11 August 2013

Elizabeth Arden Red Door Eau de Toilette (review)

Elizabeth Arden relaunched the Red Door fragrance collection in honour of their centenary celebrations in 2010; out went the slightly old-fashioned rounded-porch bottle, and in came two modern, squarer designs which sport a luxurious new look, but naturally contain the same classic fragrance. The 100 ml has a unique gold-trimmed lid, whereas the 30 and 50 ml sizes feature an all-in-one integrated rectangular design.
Elizabeth Arden Red Door Eau de Toilette

And the fragrance is without question a classic. It's instantly recognisable as coming from the late 80s, a period of striking, bold scents that to many seem out of place in our more subtle age, but appeal to my more audacious side. Red Door was created by Carlos Benaim in 1989 with the design inspired by the red doors that grace the entrance to every Elizabeth Arden salon. So many modern – mainstream – scents smell very similar, Red Door stands out from the crowd and it's all the better for it.

Top Notes
Lily of the Valley, Freesia, Wild Violets
Mid Notes
Red Rose, Moroccan Orange Flower, Jasmine, Ylang Ylang
Base Notes
Oakmoss, Sandalwood, Honey

Initially I can smell rose; it's certainly strong and doesn't ever seem to fade. In my opinion it does dominate the scent, and when combined with jasmine, as it is here, the overall effect is intense, dense and flowery. But not flowery in a breezy, summery way; this is more of an essential oil like potency that doesn't seem to suit casual daywear, but comes into its own at night and throughout the colder months.

Its warmth and its hint of sweetness draw you in like a scented cashmere wrap. It would make a particularly wonderful Christmas scent (says I, while wearing it during balmy summer evenings; but then I've never been one for convention!). It is very wearable, though, especially if you like statement fragrances. But even if you don't, the lighter eau de toilette when used sparingly will give you enough perfume to last all day without overpowering your olfactory senses.

Elizabeth Arden's signature red © 2012 Almonroth
Elizabeth Arden describe Red Door as a “warm, full, inviting blend of sensuous notes. It's captivating, sophisticated scent fills the senses and creates a signature for the woman who wears it”. I can't argue with that, it is very 'womanly' – think Monica Bellucci rather than Gwyneth Paltrow – and while I'm not sure I'd classify it as sophisticated, it is certainly captivating.

It's always tricky evaluating the value of a perfume, as they are such personal purchases and often spur of the moment impulse buys, too. Saying that, Red Door is well priced no matter which size you buy and it lasts a long time on the skin, so even a small bottle should last you ages. You might also like to try Red Door Aura, which is a lighter version of the original fragrance I've reviewed here. Whichever version you choose, hold your head high and wear it with pride.

Bold, striking scent is instantly recognisable
Some are put off by its strong-smelling ingredients
New bottle designs look great!

High quality look and feel and long-lasting fragrance


Brand: Elizabeth Arden

Size: 30 ml
Price: £25.00 (£83.33/100 ml)

Size: 50 ml
Price: £36.00 (£72.00/100 ml)

Size: 100 ml
Price: £52.00 (£52.00/100 ml)

Manufactured: France

Ingredients: Alcohol Denat., Parfum (Fragrance), Water (Aqua), Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Benzyl Salicylate, Propylene Glycol, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzyl Benzoate, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Cinnamyl Alcohol, Citronellol, Coumarin, Eugenol, Evernia Furfuracea (Treemoss) Extract, Farnesol, Geraniol, Hydroxycitronellal, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Isoeugenol, Linalool, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Ethyhexyl Salicylate, Red 4 (14700), Ext. Violet 2 (CI 60730), Yellow 5 (CI 19140)

1 comment:

  1. very nice and smells great last longer than i image keeps me alive