Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Elizabeth Arden Red Door

If you've read The Book of Perfumes by John Oakes, you might remember his Boucheron review and the part where he wrote that "it'll fight the gardenias" (in a party room). Elizabeth Arden Red Door is a profusion of voluptuous red roses sweetened and slightly sharpened by violets on an ambery base that will fight Giorgio, Poison, Beautiful, Jean-Paul Gaultier and just about anything else known for strength and sillage, and still garner compliments, even have people being mesmerized by its overtly extroverted charm, asking for its name (I've seen it happen). Worn in judicious amounts (not too much for a crowded space), it's a gorgeous Floral Oriental, worthy of its New York-born pedigree.

The holidays are almost here, starting with Thanksgiving around the bend. Red Door would be a festive choice.

Elizabeth Arden Red Door (1989)
Top Notes: Ylang-Ylang, Red Roses
Middle Notes: Winter Oriental Orchid, Jasmine, Lily of the Valley, Moroccan Orange Flowers, Lilies, Freesia, Carnation, Wild Violets
Base Notes: Oakmoss, Sandalwood, Spicy Vetiver, Honey

Additional notes include peach, plum, heliotrope, amber and musk.