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Brand: Elizabeth Arden / Type: Fragrance / Concentration: Eau de Toilette / Gender: for women

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      26.04.2013 12:08

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      a nice mature smelling perfume

      I have used quite a lot of Elizabeth Arden products but my favorite is this perfume!

      I first started using this perfume a few years ago when my husband bought me it for my birthday as I had smelt it in duty free when we were going abroad and he had remembered that I'd like it.

      I think this perfume is quite a 'grown up' perfume and is very classy and classic. I think it is very feminine and has a floral aroma. The fragrance reminds me of flowers and woods if that makes sense it is a nice smell.

      When I first started using the perfume I had lots of nice comments from people about how I smelt and people asking what the perfume was so it must have been nice!

      You can buy this product everywhere now from boots to other perfume shops the prices vary quite a lot so it is definitely worth shopping around

      The perfume is also available in a variety of sizes too so you could buy one of the smaller sizes first to be sure that you will like it. There are other things you can buy in the same range such as the bath and shower gel and also a body lotion which I have also used.

      I really like the packaging that the perfume comes in it is a nice clear bottle with a bright red lid. The bottle I had lasted really well. I found that you don't need to apply loads of the perfume just a couple of sprays seem to last well throughout the day.

      I would recommend this perfume to anyone but think it is possibly for people in their thirty's but that's just my opinion younger girls may like it I just associate it with more mature women.

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      04.11.2010 10:02
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      A perfect fragrance for the evening

      ** Elizabeth Arden Red Door **

      Florence Nightingale Graham was born December 31, 1878 Canada after high school she trained as a nurse following her 19th and she finds herself in a Toronto hospital. Here she comes in contact with a chemist who prepared medicines and is therefore much to be found in the laboratory. She loves this so much that she goes back to develop crèmes and starts her own beauty salon. In 1908 she goes to America start her own store on Fight Avenue.

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      Red Door by Elizabeth Arden entered the market in 1989. Red Door is a classic fragrance with a luxurious and sensual fragrance. It is a contemporary fragrance for woman. It is a warm floral fragrance made up of the extracts of patchouli, thyme, heliotrope, lime chrysanthemum, orchid, jasmine, violet, peony and ylang ylang. It's a rather heavy fragrance that is perfect for the evening hours.

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      The bottle of Red Door by Elizabeth Arden is shaped like an old-fashioned door. It has a simple rectangular clear glass vial with nothing on it. The cap is half round and red. The perfume is available in bottles of 5ml, 25ml and 50ml. The bottle comes in a red colored cardboard box with gold accents. On the front you'll find the brand and product name and the drawing of a door. All in a golden color. On the back you'll find the ingredient list and product information.

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      Well I'm generally not a lover of flowers, and certainly not pink smells, but I still like this smell. This fragrance smells much softer than the smell of the normal rose. It's a fairly heavy fragrance that is present on a soft way. Especially when you've just used him the flowers smell is quite strong. After about fifteen minutes when the smell has settled down, the warm scents of patchouli and ylang ylang come more forward and it becomes more a oriental fragrance. It is definitely a perfume for the evenings.

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      I find it a delicious perfume, which I feel suits for special occasions during the evening, but I personally find him quite heavy. It stays with me for a long time and I think it last for about 6 hours before it's completely gone. A perfect fragrance for the evening that comes at a price of 20 pounds for 100ml.

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        15.07.2010 13:49
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        Nice perfume.

        I bought my first Elizabeth Arden Red Door EDT about seven years ago. I love the scent but like all women, I switch brands every now and then.

        The Packaging

        For me, Red Door is very classy. The perfume has straw colour and visible enough in its transparent glass bottle. The red arched lid has Elizabeth Arden printed in the middle of a gold banner and 'Red Door' is printed on the other side of the lid. The pump spray is coloured red which matches the lid.

        The Perfume

        This perfume has a woody musky scent with a nice and fresh hint of floral smell. I don't think it has a heavy scent like what others say but I consider it rich instead. One spray per application is enough for me during the day. The fragrance doesn't last the whole day. I have to spray again after about 6 hours. Some claim that the scent lasts for a whole day on them and I don't disagree thought it doesn't last that long on me. Perhaps a perfume scent's longevity differs from skin to skin. A little more spray of this perfume makes it lovely enough to wear at night. It makes me smell neat and fresh though I sweat a lot when dancing.

        Key Notes

        Top Notes: Ylang-ylang, Vibrant Roses

        Middle Notes: Jasmine, Lily of the Valley, Oriental Orchid, Moroccan Orange Flowers, Rich Freesia, Forest Lilies, Carnation, Wild Violets

        Base Notes: Sandalwood, Oakmoss, Spicey, Vetiver, Honey

        Although this perfume has a nice scent, I don't recommend it for young girls as they are more fit to wear sweet and citrus scent. Mature women can never go wrong with this perfume.

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          12.07.2010 19:34
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          A pefume worth including in your collection

          The name Elizabeth Arden is well known for beauty products. I have always thought of Arden products as being classy and 'grown up.'
          Although the name is familiar, I realised when using this perfume today that I don't know much about their products or origins. I researched Elizabeth Arden and was surprised that it's been going for so long and had quite an interesting start.


          The founder of this company, Florence Nightingale Graham was born in Canada in 1878 (1878-1966). She left nursing school prematurely and went to New York, where her brother was already living. She worked for a pharmaceutical company as a bookeeper.
          She wasn't content to just bookeep, apparently, as she learnt, whilst there, about skincare. She must have been a very clever and brave lady as it definitely then was a 'man's world' even more than it is today! She worked for Eleanor Adair for a short time as a beauty culturist.

          She went under the name of Elizabeth Arden and set up a cosmetics company in the U.S. This became an empire making her extremely successful and wealthy. Arden must have had such insight. I'm quite amazed by these women who had the courage and brains to go into business. Surely it couldn't have been all easy.

          Today the company Elizabeth Arden is well known for it's beauty and fragrance range. I have only used a few products by Arden, Red Door eau de toilette being among them.

          This perfume was bought for me by my daughter as part of a Christmas present. She knows her mum well and made me up a basket of goodies which included miniature wines, chocolates and Red Door.

          I think this purchase must have come at a time when I had many new fragrances as I think this one became a little overlooked. I have a basket, one that was given to me by my eldest daughter and I put lots of my perfumes in there. Recently, I realised that those at the bottom are getting overlooked and instead of using just the top and close to hand ones I should dig out others. So Red Door has made a reappearance.

          I've got to say I'm pleasantly surprised by this fragrance and feel it didn't deserve to be covered up and hidden from view. I will say it's not my very favourite but it is definitely, in my opinion, worthy of four stars.

          To me this is a classic very feminine perfume. It's aroma floral and is pure class. No frills, just a true timeless smell. It also lasts well. I would use this mainly as an evening fragrance.

          In my oinion it is suited mostly to the obver twenties age group. It would be alright for all ages but very young ladies might prefer a younger, more fashionable scent. Still, we all have different tastes and I would not want to put anyone off trying this perfume.

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          Top notes are of ylang ylang, rose and fruity nuances.

          Middle notes contain oriental orchid, jasmine, lily of the valley, Moroccan orange flowers, forest lilies, freesia, carnation and a touch of wild violets.

          The base notes are of oakmoss, sandalwood, vetiver, a hint of honey and musk.


          I couldn't identify individual aromas, except to say that it seemed to me, that this is fragrance was of unusual flowers and woods, blended well. I feel it reminds me of a 'French scent' but the price is of the British high street!

          I have the 25ml eau de toilette spray but his is available in different sizes and there are other products available in the range. It is so easy to purchase online, but I found it in T J Hughes at a great price, I thought, of £8.00 for the 25 ml EDT spray. But an ideal gift would be the boxed gift set which contains the 25ml EDP spray, 50ml perfumed body lotion AND 50ml bath and shower gel for the amazingly cheap price of £8.00!

          The bottle and packaging are attractive. The clear glass bottle is topped by an arched red lid with red door printed across in gold. The box is red with gold lettering and shows a 'door'.

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            24.06.2010 12:16

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            Great for absolutely everyone

            The first time I smelt this was when I first started noticing what perfumes my mum wore - she'd been wearing it for years, since it came out or somewhere close. I was hooked from the off and started wearing it whenever I went out too.
            It became nature to the both of us to buy each other a bottle every birthday and Christmas, and we always both wore it when going out together. Eventually though I got onto some other Elizabeth Arden perfumes and then back onto others, but mum still wears Red Door religiously every day and I still buy her a bottle every birthday and Christmas without fail.
            I find this perfume not only to be of the best smell, but to be of the best value; it smells amazing and seems very popular, yet comes at such a great price - anyone can afford it.
            It's an extremely intoxicating smell that will capture anyone's attention, young and old, and is suitable for absolutely any girl or woman looking for a signature perfume for themselves - this WILL get you noticed.

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            12.04.2009 11:12
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            A relationship that's lasted 20 years so far...

            Red Door is Elizabeth Arden's signature fragrance which was named after the Elizabeth Arden Red Door Salons. It's a luxurious fragrance with a modest price tag and it's in my top 5 favorite perfumes. I am proud to say I was working at Elizabeth Arden (EA) in 1989 when Red Door was first released and I have my own little story to tell about this.


            IN THE PAST (MY STORY)

            Years ago in the very late 80s I worked on a temporary contract at Elizabeth Arden in the Sales Administration department. I was in my early 20s and found it quite exciting to work in this well esteemed company.

            Part of my role in Sales Admin was to deliver figures to various people within the company. On the floor I worked on as well as my department there were other departments including Human Resources, Marketing, Accounts and the oh so scary Directors. Well of course they weren't scary in the least but at the tender of 20 or so Directors were people to be respected and somewhat feared. Well back to the story, I was delivering some analytical information to the Marketing team and saw a rather boring bottle on one of the desks. I asked what it was and one of the team said it was the new EA fragrance Red Door, I casually asked if I could try it and was told to feel free. I squirted some quite liberally on my wrists and straight away thought it was a fresh flowery distinctive scent and that I really liked it. I wondered back to my office area passing the Director's office on the way. One of the Directors was returning to his office from somewhere and walked past me and suddenly stopped and said to me "Hey, what is that perfume you're wearing? It's great!" I was rather nervous. Here was me, just a temp, being spoken to by one of the top Directors of EA who'd never even noticed my existence before now as far as I knew. I didn't know what to say, so I stuttered out feebly "It's, erm, your new scent, I can't remember what it's called!" Not much more to tell of the story except that I was quite chuffed when he gave me a huge smile and said it smelt fantastic on me before going into his office. I was quite confused that the big boss had complimented me on the company's own fragrance and hadn't even known what it was. There started my relationship with Red Door


            BACK TO THE PRESENT

            Since leaving EA I have purchased and worn Red Door on and off over the last couple of decades. Lucky for me it's available at a very reasonable price so it doesn't break the bank to purchase it, wherever you see it advertised for sale the suggested retail price is always very high but the actual price is extremely reasonable. I also have a close friend who adores this so I know I can regularly buy her a large bottle of the perfume and even splash out on a whole gift set (with body cream and shower cream) at birthdays or at Christmas.

            The bottle has a fairly plain design bottle but with a distinctive red lid and the box that the perfume comes in is in the shape of the signature EA Red Door. I don't want to go into any more detail describing what the bottle looks like as you can easily see that from the product photo here and it's not really anything really that special.

            The perfume itself though is extremely distinctive. I don't know many people that wear this scent but if I pass anyone in the street wearing it I can tell straight away.

            As an aside, when I was in Nordstrom last year (2008) on a trip to the USA 3 separate members of staff in different parts of the store commented on how pleasant they thought I smelt when I was wearing Red Door. This isn't something that happens in the UK, sadly most retail assistants don't even acknowledge your existence until you ask them for help. It was quite a strange thing to happen as I even felt there was a conspiracy but then I remembered that people in the USA who work in retail actually seem to enjoy being in customer service roles and they do their best to make customers feel welcome...

            All perfumes have varying degrees of notes in them and here's what you will find in Red Door:

            # Top: Rose, Ylang-Ylang, Violet
            # Middle: Jasmine, Orchid, Freesia, Lily of the Valley, Orange Flower
            # Lower (or Base): Honey, Vetiver, Woody Notes

            In case you aren't aware, the top notes are the notes that give you the first impression of the scent but they don't last very long. The middle notes are the ones that give 'body' to the scent and take a short while to establish their presence (i.e. be noticed). Mostly these are soft and warm scents. Lower (or base) notes are the heaviest part of the scent and the ones that outlast the former notes; often they are concentrated and stimulating.

            The EDP is available in varying sizes including 5ml, 25ml, 50ml and 100ml. Price-wise - in the UK you can easily pick up a 25ml bottle for around £10 and I've purchased 100ml for £25! Please note that the EDP is more expensive than the EDT as it's more concentrated but the prices are still very reasonable.

            Red door is a long lasting scent, a few squirts in the morning before going to work and I can come home 9 or so hours later and my husband will still notice that I'm wearing it. I'd personally say it's suitable for daytime wear, it's not generally my evening scent of choice but that's just my personal taste.


            IN CLOSING

            What other endorsement can I personally give about this scent apart from the fact that I've enjoyed wearing it for 2 decades now? I don't wear it every day and can't even say I wear it every week. I go through phases and might wear it day after day for a couple of weeks and then not wear it again for a month or so. But overall I'd give it a strong 9 out of 10 and say that I'm glad it's so cheaply available considering that it's such a distinctive scent.

            Go on, I dare you, try it out next time you're in a fragrance store or somewhere where they sell fine fragrances.


            UPDATE

            Since originally writing this review the price of Red Door has gone up considerably, they seem to have revamped the packaging and advertising and a 30ml bottle seems to be around £20+ nowadays! Definitely still worth it though!


            This review may appear on other consumer review sites under my same username.

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              08.10.2008 13:34
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              A very heavy perfume that can give you a headache

              I first came across Red Door by Elizabeth Arden about 10 years ago, a friend used a perfume that smelt really nice and one day while at her house she'd left the bottle out. I had a quick sniff and established this was the perfume but never got around to buying some of my own.

              I recently decided to buy a small bottle so whilst purchasing a few bits on direct cosmetics I noticed a 30ml unboxed bottle selling for £2.99 so I bought it.

              The bottle is clear with a red lid. As I didn't get a box I can't comment on the box.

              I smelt the perfume when it arrived and it smelt lovely, it smells expensive and I would say it's not aimed at particularly young women. Pleased with my purchase I tried some on my skin.

              Initially I went for a spray on both wrists and my neck but soon realised this was too much. If you are prone to headaches from certain perfumes if you apply too much of Red Door your head will be banging.

              I reduced the amount the next time I used it and found it smells better in the bottle than it does on skin. Once on skin it gets very heavy, I don't usually like heavy perfumes so this heaviness was a bit of a problem for me. It lasts hours too so if you like it that's great but if you don't it isn't!

              I find it hard to describe smells but this reminds me alot of the perfume Chloe if that's any help! It's definitely not aimed at young women and I'd consider it an evening perfume too.

              It's now available for a very small amount if you shop around, it used to be quite expensive but as it's aged it's got alot cheaper, I've seen it for £9 for the same amount I bought for £2.99 which isn't expensive as far as perfumes go.

              I'm quite disappointed, it isn't an unpleasant smell but it is too heavy for me and I do get the aforementioned "perfume headaches" when wearing it so I'm going to have to either bin mine or give it away.

              If you think you might like this definitely try a squirt on your skin before buying it, it really does smell very different once applied.

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                13.08.2008 15:25
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                An alternative perfume to fruity fragrences.

                Elizabeth Arden - Red Door

                Red Door comes in a clear glass bottle. It has a red lid and a cap on the top which can be pulled completely off. The bottle has a squirty lid so you can spray out however much you want easily.

                This particular fragrance by Elizabeth Arden retails at around £10 - £15. You can purchase this fragrance from most fragrance shops and some supermarkets and miscellaneous stores.

                The perfume itself is an orange / gold colour and has a very strong smell. I don't particularly like this perfume as it smells strong and is the opposite of fruity (the only way I can describe sorry).

                This fragrance is probably loved my many but not by I'm afraid. You can but this perfume in a small size for your handbag. These usually cost £2 - £3 and do not have a spray lid. You would need to drop this onto the desired area.

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                04.12.2007 01:30
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                Heavenly!

                I originally purchased this perfume for my Mum bout five years ago. I bought it for her not knowing what else to buy her quite frankly as she has had and still has a massive collection of perfumes. I got fed up and as a last resort went in Tj Hughes and this was on offer. Buy one get another of something else for £15.00. I'd never smelt it she'd never heard of it and I took a sniff and thought hmm that's my Mum to a T!

                The Packaging:

                Red box, very classy with gold print telling you it's name, the manufacturer and it's size. It's plain and quite elegant in design. The bottle is square with an oval shaped lid over a red sprayer. Its very nice and simple. The perfume is a golden colour and of course you can see that through the plain glass.

                The Fragrance Is Described As:

                Red Rose, Violet and Jasmine, Lily of the valley, Orchid and accompanied by Honey.

                To me its heavily scented floral though I think you'd be hard pushed to recognise the flowers as it's really well blended. It's expensive smelling, rich and and rather warm. Its a very distinctive smell and one that if you walk into a room and walk out you leave it behind you.

                As I said earlier in my review this was originally bought for my Mum and since then she and anyone who knows her has bought her more. (She has 3 unopened boxes in a draw!). It's one she uses a lot for day time and night use and one she wouldn't be without.

                I also use it but I prefer to use it at night cos if I go clubbing I notice the warmer I get the more you can smell it. Which is great at the end of the night with the club stinking and me still smelling as fresh as a daisy (though maybe not looking like one!). It's a long lasting on the skin fragrance and as it is quite strong so you really don't need very much at all. When I say its a long laster don't be confused with heavy. Even though its rich I don't believe it could be called a 'heavy' perfume.

                Simply:

                It's a lovely fragrance and much under valued and underrated in my opinion! I knew no one but me and my Mum that used it which meant we were unique which was a bonus! However when people do smell it you always get asked what it is and people do go out and purchase some!

                If you know someone and don't know what to buy them this Christmas or for a special occasion I'd definitely recommend you get this one for them as there is nothing at all to dislike about it really.

                I'd say its more of a 'mature' fragrance in the main unless a younger woman (like me)who likes strong florals.

                Lets face it in the main the younger generation are rushing out to get the 'z Lister's perfume's' but to me they are too light, expensive and full of bloody Freesia's or white flowers that make me want to be sick! Besides they are so common and sorry to be snooty but I do appreciate a bit of class and originality with my fragrances!

                As this perfume has been around since 1989 (It was the first Elizabeth Arden fragrance , named after the first beauty spa opened and is the Arden signature perfume) it's a bit old fashioned to them. Unjust! I call you all to go out sniff and make it popular again!!!!


                Best Prices I have Found:

                25ml Eau De Toilette Spray £20.00 (Boots)
                25ml Eau De Toilette Gift Set including 50 ml shower gel and 100ml body cream (on offer) £9. 95 (Superdrug)
                100ml Eau De toillette £18.95 (Superdrug)
                100ml Eau De Toilette with 5ml Eau De parfum and 100ml body lotion (on offer) £19.95 (Superdrug)

                Also posted on Ciao under this same name!

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                This elegant, sensuous blend of deep, rich florals features a captivating scent that fills the senses. Top notes of ylang ylang, rose and fruity nuances merge with middle notes of rare oriental orchid, jasmine, lily of the valley, Moroccan orange flowers, forest lilies, freesia, carnation and a touch of wild violets. The romantic final notes leave a sensual impression of oakmoss, sandalwood, vetiver, a hint of honey and musk.