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Red Door Elizabeth Arden for women

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floral
white floral
woody
sweet
powdery

Created in1989, Red Door is a classic, elegant signature fragrance, a symbol of glamour and luxury, inspired by the famous Red Door Spa center. It opens with ylang-ylang and red rose, at its heart; orchid, jasmine, lily-of-the valley, orange blossom, wild violet and freesia. The base is composed of honey, sandalwood and vetiver. The nose behind this fragrance is Carlos Benaim.

Perfume Pyramid

Top Notes
Orange Blossom Plum Violet Peach Anise Rose

Middle Notes
Honey Carnation Tuberose Orchid Freesia Lily Jasmine Ylang-Ylang Lily-of-the-Valley Rose

Base Notes
Sandalwood Amber Musk Benzoin Vetiver Heliotrope Cedar

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Red Door Limited Ediiton
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Red Door Fragrance Reviews

Bublegum
Bublegum

My parents have brought me as a gift from some airport (no wonder since it is so cheap there). I am lucky that I didn't have to buy it. It is not generic and it is unique, but very heavy to the point that friends of mine go dizzy when I wear it. Luckily, I am in a cold country the latest years and I can wear it at winder. But, it is too heavy (I even like heavy perfumes). I usually wear it at occasions that I don't mind what to wear such as university or work, in order for it to finish. Although it is fruity, I only get the sweat part on me and it is...to sweet

Sep
11
2014
goldiloks
goldiloks

Absolutely not my kind of fragrance, but I purchased a mini just to see what all the fuss was about :) I feel it's good to open your nose to everything, it's an education if nothing else.

I'm getting a lighter version of Loulou at first spray, and a little Rive Gauche! But that quickly fades to the soapy rose vibe that YSL Paris has. I've stepped into a time machine, that's for sure! Maybe a little Anais Anais too? You get the idea.

Pretty wrapped soap from your grandmother's bathroom, rose, powder (matching talc, of course!), clean and comforting. I don't think I would wear this much, but it is something I would go back to and wear now and then, just for the nostalgic feeling it gives.

Edit: Just to add, Ive been wearing this one all day, and it's still going strong. It has completely turned to Anais Anais on my skin. Oh well, you gotta try these things!

Sep
01
2014
BackTo1998
BackTo1998

My ultimate comfort fragrance. Red Door was my Aunt's signature perfume back in the 1990's. She started wearing it when it came out in 1989, one she wore to her last day. When I am missing her most, which is all the time, I take my bottle out and spray a little on and remember much better days. It's really something how a certain smell can take you back in time, and this is what Red Door does for me.

Many people seem to make fun of this perfume, and insult it for whatever their reasons, but I will say this...if you're reading reviews on this perfume, or any perfume you hold as one of your favorites, don't let others rude words get to you...we all like what we like, and it's not the price tag, fancy bottle or brand name that makes something good...it's how something makes you feel, and the joy and comfort it brings to you...if you feel good with a certain fragrance, then so be it. I get really tired of seeing so many rude reviews for older fragrances...these perfumes would have been long gone if they were as bad as many make them out to be. Red Door was inducted into the hall of fame for iconic perfumes last year, so I think that says it all.

I've always loved the honeyed roses in the base of this perfume....I have a bottle from 1990, and these notes stand out wonderfully...I have a current bottle in the all red one, and I still like it...it's still Red Door, only, I find it not to last quite as long as it used to back in the '90's. It's still strong compared to many other florals, and will last a good 5-6 hours before a touch up is needed.

Red Door turns 25 this October, and has most deservingly earned its classic plates. 1989 goes down as one of my favorite years...I remember Taylor Dayne's "Can't Fight Fate" and Richard Marx's "Repeat Offender" albums...I remember "Driving Miss Daisy" and "Steel Magnolia's"...and most of all, I remember a time when I still enjoyed life. So you see, Red Door is more than just some old dated perfume for me...it's a comforting reminder that, even though years fade away, loved ones pass on and time stops for no one, memories last forever...those don't fade and pass away. There is a quote from one of my favorite movies, "The Whales Of August"(1987), with the legendary Bette Davis and Lillian Gish, and it's by Bette Davis' character... "Photographs fade, memories live forever."

Aug
27
2014
Pentecostal Smell Good
Pentecostal Smell Good

My aunt wears thi quite often and I can say that it is extremely powerful with projection and lasting power. My only wish is that people could learn to wear this without putting too much on. Because with 2 sprays on my aunt lasts her all day with projection included. As far as the smell goes, it's hard to say. I wouldn't want my wife to smell like this. But when I'm at church there is a lady named Betty and she too wears this, and it actually fits her very nicely. But this is not a romantic scent to me. Really and truly the only thing good about this fragrance is the potency of a single spray.

Aug
25
2014
rvs1182
rvs1182

I bought the miniature of this perfume as I read so many reviews about its longevity and sillage. Definitely stands to those reviews. I even own Gucci Premiere and Marc Jacobs, which doesnt last long on my skin. But this one lasted for over 5-6 hours. I do accept that it turns to a bit powdery fragrance, but does smell good and for the price and the sillage + longevity, any day a good choice.

Aug
18
2014
Akarui_hana
Akarui_hana

This perfume must be one of the most romantic scents I have ever had the pleasure of smelling. It is very soothing, ultra-feminine and it has a an intoxicating aroma that that makes you think of a certain type of lady - behemian, long haired, naturally gorgeous but unaware of her own beauty. To me, honey is one of my most favorite notes in a perfume and you can definitely sense it here. The honey does not stand out too much but it embraces all the other floral notes to create this wonderful smell that is Red Door. I simply adore wearing this and I could not be happier for discovering this precious fragrance. Test before buying it! It is not a crowd-pleaser (it is too special to be one).

Aug
13
2014
jake.shouse
jake.shouse

Just got my large 3.4 ounce today and yet I am in heaven with the smell I am so in live with this on the other hand my lover Anthony likes the smell on me said it smelled good on me but he was never crazy over this scent. Well like I told him before but your damned if you do and if you don't at least he loves the way I smell that is a good start I have only wore 2 perfumes my first love wasn't crazy about this and Design. He even told me he hated design but loves it on me do you see where I am going with this he loves me so he loves my many smells even if he is not crazy about them the power of love. But I have the Red Door in the picture the Vintage not the Solid Red bottle they make today which is not the same perfume as this it may be a sister in smell but this is the mother of smells. This fits so great in my collection I do love this yet nothing will ever compare too my signature scent Estee Lauder "Beautiful" That my lover goes weak in the knees over lol. But he does think I smell good in this I have too many people I know in my family and now my lover who are not crazy about Red Door this is a amazing scent with power I guess this is my hidden treasure. :). Happy perfuming!

Aug
04
2014
Ohcomeonnow
Ohcomeonnow

First of all, I abhor the term "old lady" when referring to women of a certain age. I would say that Red Door is a fragrance for a mature woman, not a teenager or even someone in their 20's. Some say it's strong, and maybe it is. I've always used a light touch, and I guess I have the right chemistry because it always smells beautiful on me. Never one for wanting to smell like everyone else, I'll keep this little gem in my collection along with my other grown-up scents.

Aug
03
2014
Migalex
Migalex

It has been awarded the 2013 fifi award hall of fame. It does deserve it from my viewpoint.

Aug
02
2014
jake.shouse
jake.shouse

Yes spotlights I like red door and I am re buying it as we speak everyone I knows hates this but I think it's lovely! And I wear only women's perfumes check out my profile on here see my collection! Jacob.

Jul
31
2014
harmatir
harmatir

On me it is like a cheap soap. Clean and fresh- nothing special.

Jul
29
2014
spotlights
spotlights

Hello jake.shoe - Do you wear Red Door? I know a lot of gentlemen now have no problem using 'female' scents - after all a scent is a scent. It should not matter that it is labelled 'male' or 'female', if you like it wear it I say. All that old homophobic nonsense is now in the past and against the law in all civilised countries - as it should damn well be too! Lots of lovely sniffing wished for you and yours! Regrads from Shelley Spotlights of Rainbow hues.

Jul
29
2014
jake.shouse
jake.shouse

I do like this Red Door in this bottle this is the vintage and this lasts about like White Diamonds would very beautiful scent must Rebuy again soon.

Jul
22
2014
Raven NessRavenous
Raven NessRavenous

The year is 2014, I am 30 and reminiscing about when I wore this as an 18-year- old in 2001. That was back when you could only get Mary Kay compacts in pink. My then sister-in-law was doing the Mary Kay thing and gave me a makeover and a little purse bottle of Red Door. She said she didn't like it on her but that it would be nice for someone with a darker personality, such as myself. At the time, I was beginning my lifelong intrigue with rock culture and the name reminded me of a Rolling Stones song, "Paint it Black." which opens with Mick Jagger singing the line, "I see a red door and I want to paint it black." So, I wore it quite a bit and adorned myself in a brown paisley duster my mother had sewn and a pair of U.S. Navy issued deck jeans my brother passed down to me and received compliments on my style as well as my scent. When people asked me what I was wearing, they could not believe it. They would gasp and say, "That smells so good on you, like incense! I thought I hated that perfume but it smells good on you!" That little purse spray lasted me about a year, just spraying a tiny bit on my wrists. Unfortunately, I dropped it on the bathroom floor and I shattered my sex-affair-with-Mick-Jagger-in-a-bottle. A teenager just out of high school working two jobs to save for college, I did not have the means to repurchase Red Door. Recently, I was browsing the philosophy section of my local bookstore and smelled that familiar scent but could not put my finger on it. Next to me stood a little hipster, in the full regalia of skinny jeans, pixie cut, and paisley head scarf. "You smell so good! What is that perfume?" I asked. "Red Door. It is the powder,' she replied. "Oh, I love it. It fits your style so well," I told her. Then, I went in search for Red Door, this time in the powder and found it at Wal-Greens. See you soon, Mick Jagger.

Jul
19
2014
bonnie52
bonnie52

Red Door…one of the very few perfumes that actually have any kind of longeveity on my skin, I love it! It gives the feeling of warmth and sophistication. It is so well blended that I can't pick out the individual notes. Some say to only wear it at night or during a certain season. I say, wear it whenever the mood strikes! Simply beautiful!

Jul
15
2014
magnolia_xx
magnolia_xx

I used to dislike this perfume when I was a child and my mother had a bottle on her dresser. Now that I am older I have changed my mind completely! I managed to find a brand new 50 ml bottle for a bargain price and I keep it as a little treasure, a treat for myself when I want to feel elegant and sexy.
This is strong stuff: lots of roses, jasmine, tuberose. If there are fruity notes (my nose cannot detect them!), they do not smell like the ones in modern, syrupy-and-sugary fragrances. This is a rich, powerful, dense floral concoction! It is a very assertive perfume: you cannot go unnoticed when you are wearing it. I think it can be fine for younger women also, as it does not smell like "old lady" to me; but, as it has enormous sillage and staying power, be careful when applying it, a couple of spritzes are enough.

Jul
06
2014
spotlights
spotlights

It is nonsense to be so disrespectful to this CLASSIC and very BEAUTIFUL scent. It is one of the very, very best perfumes of all time. Superior to Chanel No 5 and Shalimar. It gives the wearer poise and grace. I use bottles and bottles of it - perfume not EDT.
Haters probably have no confidence in themselves to carry off such a wonderful, living perfume. I apply liberally at least twice daily after bathing. More, when In hotter climes such as the Caribbean. I have the Deodorant, Skin Lotion, Soap and Bath/Shower foam too. I layer it and am now so well known for it everywhere I go - the compliments are many.

Jul
03
2014
dnamy
dnamy

my god is this strong. i only have an edt and it's stronger than some real perfumes i own. it's only tolerable as a tiny drop on the skin. (not exaggerating, literally the size of the head of a pin is Enough) it is in no way an everyday fragrance-only good if the look you're going for is SUPER austere. i don't particularly -like- this smell, but i keep a mini .25oz for professional settings. just like red lipstick, red door is great for conveying power.

Jun
27
2014
IntentOnScent
IntentOnScent

This smells great on me, long lasting and very pleasant on my skin in the morning even after applying the night before. Its probably not a scent that smells as great on everyone. My sister says red door is great ( if you want to smell like a cheep ..er... rhymes with looker ), So im going to assume its not one that works well on her. Its interesting to note that she took my fathers Slavic skin and genetics while I took my mothers German milky white ones. I am a smoker and my skin is rather acidic if the way I can turn silver black in about 3 days is anything to go by. I only wear gold :)
Apply with care and don't overdo it tho as it is a hard hitter and carries far for first hours.
I agree with amandas reference to being a little brave to wear this.. but u know what? Meh, tosses hair a little and winks. If you like it just do it :)

Jun
25
2014
Searro
Searro

Whenever you're seeking out a new fragrance, it's a good idea to test it on your wrist or arm first, following the card-strip test. In recent years, whenever I've smelled such notable fragrances as Allure by Chanel on myself, I've been sadly disappointed. Such factors as my own skin oils, sweat and even the body wash I use in the shower can drastically affect the way I wear a particular fragrance. This is why I do not typically blind-buy my perfumes--and Elizabeth Arden's Red Door is no exception.

I seem to remember in the late 1990's, seeing the Red Door commercial with Catherine Zeta-Jones as the spokesmodel. And though this was well before I ever even bought my first bottle of Armani Aqua di Good-God, I almost immediately associated Red Door as a symbol for feminine American aristocracy.

What's unique about this fragrance composition is its unusual fusion of both sweet fruit and regal floral in the top notes. When Red Door is first exposed to your skin, the peach and plum radiate equally as prominently as the carnation, honey and lily, with sandalwood and amber in the base notes to help reinforce this fragrance's surprisingly soft dry-down. Rarely do such elements coexist in the fore-notes of a fragrance formula so boldly.

Yet, I cannot stress enough the importance of knowing your own topical pH balance combined with the perfume before going out and purchasing Red Door. Now, is this mandatory? Of course not. But a seasoned perfumista knows the significant variation of one's own body chemistry, in finding just the right scent for themselves. So go to your local vendor, and see if this particular fragrance opens a new door for you--hopefully a red one!

Jun
21
2014
samloves
samloves

This is what i imagine an Indian bride to smell like on her wedding night, or Indian women out sari shopping on a busy Delhi back street. I do like it and its lasting power is awesome. Its not for those who don't like heavy heady scents.

Jun
10
2014
leathermountain
leathermountain

Choward's candy crushed and dissolved in cherry cough syrup. Intolerable.

Jun
08
2014
spritzedsilly
spritzedsilly

I have been trying to make friends with this for years and years. I keep a mini just in case. It smells so good on anyone but me.

I love the thick, sweet honey . I love the flowers. But the sandalwood ruins it for me. When it comes in to play it is all I can smell. But I keep trying.

May
31
2014
bonnie52
bonnie52

I tried this for the first time today. I don't think anyone cares what I smell since there are so many dislikes. All I will say is I LOVE IT! Classic, regal, beautiful!

May
21
2014
AgentMakeup007
AgentMakeup007

I'm surprised with the amount of dislikes! Ok, I agree with you this perfume is TOO strong, but it isn't actually an unpleasant smell. Just a tiny bit of this smells really good. Flowery, citrusy, expensive. Definitely for a more mature audience but I used to use it in my teens (weird right?) and remember liking it. This fragrance was so popular in my town back then, every woman in my family had a bottle! It all depends on what you like ofcourse, but I do have to agree there are better, cheaper, flowery smells out there.

May
19
2014
HoneyPamela
HoneyPamela

I received a bottle of Red Door at Christmas in the early 90's, and gave it a go. Male co-workers suddenly wanted to know what was going on with me, like maybe I was getting laid just before coming to work, or perhaps moon lighting a nefarious second job. Judging by the previous comments, I may have incorrectly applied the fragrance, but even one spritz, I have to admit, today reminds me of a dirty mix of hot, sweaty, un-fresh panties, hairspray, cigarette smoke, stale beer and cheap men’s aftershave. Oh Gawd, how sorry I am I made everyone suffer at work until the bottle was empty.

May
04
2014
Mrbigbigtoe
Mrbigbigtoe

This stuff is just too dang strong. I realized a few years ago, that if you spray a fragrance on your wrist and rub together, that the more dried out feeling you get, the more fragrance oil is in the fragrance.

So when I was at my aunts house I noticed she only put on like 2 sprays and yet I smelled her for the wrest of the day.

So I was curious, so I sprayed my wrist and rubbed and it felt like sand paper. So I realized that even though this is only an EDT it has the potency of a Pure Parfum.

Mar
26
2014
Lillitth
Lillitth

I received a little tester of Red Door recently. I was excited to try it as it seems to share a lot of notes with some of my favorite perfumes and I'm not afraid of heavy scents. I have to say I'm pretty disappointed. Since I had read so much about how strong it was, I gave a tentative spray on my arm. It smelled just like baby powder and barely that. So I upped the spray and added it liberally over my arms and chest. It still smelled like baby powder mostly and within 10 minutes I couldn't smell anything at all. About 30 minutes in, if I heavily sniff my arms directly, there's a pleasant faint sandalwood scent. You would have to be pretty intimate with me to smell it on me though. It's a shame because it seems like it dries down to a pretty little feminine fragrance. Obviously it doesn't like my chemistry though.

Mar
17
2014
HyacinthBucket
HyacinthBucket

Still discernible through the smell of spilled beer and stale cigarette smoke after a sweaty night in the mosh pit at a Red Hot Chili Peppers gig circa 1990. 10/10.

Mar
02
2014
Carnelian
Carnelian

This was my first "grown up" perfume, got it in a Secret Santa swap in high school. Loved it, definite heavy hitter, warm, rich, dense and sweet with lotsa rose and florals, sandalwoody powdery base. Not so in vogue now. Also am not thrilled with the reformulation, has a bitter edge not in the original. Still a classic, dressy frag. Apply carefully.

Mar
02
2014
FloridaMom
FloridaMom

Very powerful, and gorgeous scent. Smells expensive, kinda euro-exotic, beautiful rose notes on the top, on me the honey and sandalwood peek through the top and middle notes and give it a sensual touch in between the elegant powder and floral notes. Can be both sexy and classy, and a little bit bossy. For when you are in a bold mood, can make you feel powerful sexy and in charge. Spritz lightly, the sillage and longevity is amazing, and for me, 2 spritzes gives me an aura of red door all day, a little goes a longgg way, can be overly dominating & cloying if sprayed too heavily. You only need a touch, which makes your bottle last for ages. LOVE IT.

Feb
28
2014
francisrose
francisrose

I received a gift set of Red Door for Valentine's day and was pleasantly surprised by this lovely, feminine fragrance. I love Amarige, with it's exotic florals and luscious lingering woody, peach scent, and I see Red Door as a sister fragrance. I can smell the beautiful rose , and the honey, amber and sandlewood that linger behind after the initial burst of florals. I see this fragrance as a very lady like scent. She is mannerly but not a wall flower and looks lovely in her best teal silk suit, and tasteful diamond jewelry. Very nicely done.

Feb
25
2014
zzMaja
zzMaja

Powerful, too much for me. My mom used to wear it. I tried and never could quite be comfortable surrounded in that powerful scent. The sillage almost leaves me gasping.

Feb
24
2014
LuLuGoes
LuLuGoes

I am sensitive to most strong florals. So I suspected Red Door by Elizabeth Arden for women would not appeal to me. I was absolutely right.

The bottle is lovely. I believe this was a Fifi (The Fragrance Foundation) award winner. And you can buy this for a very reasonable price at T.J. Maxx, Marshalls, and other discount stores.

But this fragrance is a blast of synthetic florals that are hard to sort out. The notes listed are: ylang-ylang, red rose, orchid, jasmine, lily-of-the valley, orange blossom, wild violet, and freesia. Good luck finding the delicate shaken petal of a rose or the slightly sweet allure of jasmine in this very chemical-laden EDP.

I can't stand this fragrance. I mean, I had to run to the sink for an emergency arm washing to remove it.

I realize that is subjective and that others do react differently to Red Door. If you are sensitive to florals, watch out for this one.

Feb
20
2014
Sveltekittie
Sveltekittie

Love this! I mainly get honeyed red roses, amber, plum and of course sandalwood. I don't detect any ylang, tuberose, or musk, although somebody out there with a sharper nose may be able to. I really thought the powdery aspect was from aldehydes, so I'm very surprised to see them missing from the list of notes on here. Maybe I'm just smelling the heliotrope?

In any event, RD is a great wintertime staple because of its warmth & sillage- a nice alternative for those that enjoy rose scents but find that the longevity of some don't stand up to frigid temperatures. Two sprays last at least 6-8 hrs on my skin. It's sweet, but definitely in a mature, sophisticated way. The antithesis of what some ppl call "sweet" these days, which is typically candylike. Although sprayed more than a couple times can quickly become obnoxious & loud to others around you, so use a light hand if you work in a small space.

My favorite from the house of Arden. ("Pretty" is my second fave.) While some people see RD as dated, to me it evokes a richness and sense of voluptuousity that is hard to find in the world of current mainstream frags.
IMO this sexy, ultra womanly fragrance has stood the test of time.

Feb
15
2014
Chava
Chava

I feel so regal and powerful when I spray on Red Door; it's what I imagine the Queen would smell like - and that's a very good thing. Red Door is my go-to fragrance when I have somewhere important to be. It's like confidence in a bottle! I always hold my head a bit higher and stand up a bit straighter when I'm wearing it. It's always been a favorite of mine; I don't get why so many people dislike it. Sure, it doesn't fit in with the popular fragrances of today, but that's why I love it so much. Red Door is a bold, womanly scent. Do apply it with a light hand, though, or else people will smell you all the way down the hall!

Feb
11
2014
spotlights
spotlights

Utter Luxury and Elegance in a bottle. The new Ruby Glass 'Door' is fabulous on the Dresser in front of a lamp. The Scent is the very best of the perfumiers art. Un matched by any other. I wear it alternate days to White Diamonds. I apply at least twice daily after bathing.

Feb
11
2014
professorlilith
professorlilith

I wanted to love this perfume, and maybe I would if it were on someone else. On me the combination of carnation and jasmine mingles to smell like (and leave the taste in my mouth of) a bar of harsh soap. Ivory or Dial.

Feb
10
2014
the_new_esta
the_new_esta

Can't believe this is so old now! Nice scent - nothing special though.

Feb
09
2014
pyji
pyji

Wow, this was named after a spa? Did anyone else think it was in reference to the prostitutes of Amsterdam? Woops.

Feb
02
2014
carriewible
carriewible

Like others, this was my first adult fragrance. My roommate in college wore and it smelled beautiful on her. This perfume stays with you all day, a little goes a long way, and it is strong. I loved it at one point (15-20 years ago) but I have taken a turn towards the gourmand and sweet perfumes.
I bought a small vial of it at the pharmacy a few weeks ago since I am addicted to perfumes since encountering this site and have accumulated a plethora of scents, and I still like it ok.
I put this in the class of Georgio, White Diamonds, and Chanel in that it seems to represent a more Elizabeth Taylory kind of person rather than myself.

Jan
31
2014
pritty.peaches
pritty.peaches

I've read the reviews and I am not sure I can say something new. Red Door is the kind of perfume that is so famous everybody has an opinion, and so distinctive that most people have the same opinion. That opinion being it smells like women in sharp shoulder pads - mainstream business women and confident women looking to 'dress up'.

What people think of that - well that changes. Some love that confident, high sillage personality. Others find this an obnovious smell prone to overindulgence. Then there are those who would wear it - and those who wouldn't.

For me to say I'd wear it - that isn't saying much because I'm prone to wearing anything. However to say this connects to strong childhood memories - that is much higher praise.

Red Door smells like my Aunt in her Sunday best. It smells like my babysitter. It smells like 90s women.

I may not be a 90s woman (although I'm always happy to be a 90s child). However something about this scent (I think it is the powdery quality) just reaks of confidence. Like adding lipstick - I'm sure this perfume alone can make a person feel more 'put together'

Jan
29
2014
Tine1world
Tine1world

Twist what ever you want paranoid pete. Lets get on with another review.

I see this forum can and is inapppropriately used as means for someone with head health issues as a means to bully. An opinion is an opinion not an opportunity for some strange person to misappropriate the information written and take it personally. I admitt I wish I had the eloquence of some writers here who review fragrances, many of you are brilliant, able to skirt and present wonderful debates. But It's a fragrance and beauty site. Not one which I or anyone for that matter should feel attacked and bullied. Bullying seems to be a new generation agenda.

Enough said there. Anyway. I managed to score 2 times 5 Mill pure parfums in this the other day @ the bargain price of 6 Aussie dollars each. I would have purchased more of these miniatures but alas the store only had two left for sale. How lucky was that?

As mentioned in my previous review, I was going to test this and see if there had been a change in my thinking and response to this, it seems I still love this fragrance. As I did all those years ago.

Talk about a trip down memory lane! I used to wear this in the 90's, when I was teaching high school arts and design. The kids loved it, I loved it. I don't give a fig for those who don't like it either, it's not personal now is it? It's contingent to personal taste.

I still have sosme sister products of Red Door in my bathroom cabinet, the body lotion and some talcum powder. Give me heady fragrances anyday. I feel like the luckiset pleb alive. 10 mills of pure Red Door Parfum all for the bargain price of 12 Smacka's. Thank you universe.

Despite popular opinion. I will wear this fragrance. It will not wear me. It's unique, it's a classic and I am going to revisit my affair with it, as I forgotton it's ability to make me smile. It's sophistication in a bottle, it's professionalism in a bottle. It's feminine grooming at it's best, I absolutely love the positive reviews on this fragrance here on this site, for you have reaquainted me with an old lover. It's tailored, it's made up and it's divine. Furthermore it's chic.

What I love about Elizabeth Arden's fragrances are their unique signature that lurks beneathe the product. It that screams Arden. It's quite clearly evident in her product. I'm not keen on all of her fragrances and products, but I still have a deep appreciation of them nonetheless. There are so many of them and so many choices. There's something for everyone and something for all occasions. When the weather finally cools down, I shall look foorward to wearing this again. As for sillage. A Big Huge. My son commented that he could smell this fragrance on me across the room. So I might need to be super frugal with 'Red Doors' application. In fact drunk in the streets a few months back commented likewise in the street as he was passing by, but I was wearing 'Red Door Revealed'. I had just applied it as was resting on a park bench. 'I can smell you from here'. Now that's punch. Forever your's. T. "Packing a PUNCH". And at my old lady age I need all the help I can get, and guess what? It's not so bad being of that age.

Cheers T.

Jan
26
2014
Boston2013
Boston2013

I fell in love with this one back in 1989. It was just launched and a friend of mine from work came in one day wearing it. I've never smelled anything like it and it immediately became my signature fragrance for the next 20 years.

It reminds of the smell of a just opened pomegranate, mixed with true red rose, then honey and finally the spices and sandalwood.

It is, quite simply, gorgeous perfume.

Others have spoken of the dry down, or how the perfume unfolds over the hours, but not so on me. It smells exactly the same until I shower it off. The silage is wonderful on this one, too.

It's been called "old lady" perfume. I don't agree. This perfume doesn't smell old. "White Shoulders" smells old. "Chantilly" smells old. "Rose or Lavender Water" smells old…:) LOL

Jan
15
2014
Mortazuma
Mortazuma

Aside from Giorgio, this one also became the bane of my existence when I worked in a perfume gallery. By itself, it is a fairly decent scent, even though a bit sharp on the selection of florals. But, at the time it seemed that anyone that had a liking to Giorgio and Red Door were prone to excess (read: Overspraying).

When you work in a place that sells cosmetics and perfumes for 8 hours (10+ hours during holidays) you tend to form pretty pleasant memories with certain perfumes and make enemies with others. Red Door was on my list as "Oh gawd, time to take my lunch break NOW" perfumes. The ingredients weren't so much to blame, it was just the type and content of the alcohol in it that made it unbearable to me.

So yes,less is definitely more with this one. I'm sure it is a lovely fragrance given as it was (is?) quite popular but, I couldn't stick around to experience the heart and drydown of it, which I've heard is what makes this so wonderful.

My apologies to you Red Door aficionados but Red Door had me reaching for the NEAREST door.

Jan
08
2014
EnglishCountryGarden
EnglishCountryGarden

Great big shouldered 80's swaggerer in a dainty veiled hat. Tower heels, structured suit, a no-nonsense oriental rose/carnation floral glove over a concrete fist. Alexis Carrington Colby-Dexter would have had this in her olfactory armoury for sure. On the other hand..... I find myself thinking of Austin Powers, and his naughty Russian Spy, Ivana Humpalot. I have no doubt that Red Door could quite easily be named with an excitable hot blooded fur hatted commie spy in mind... who knows what burning secrets are hidden behind that frozen red door? Not a trace of the granny in unashamedly sassy bludgeoner, unless that granny is Ivana Humpalot, Jo Wood, Marianne Faithful, and ladies who pack a surprising punch for their age. A little goes a long, long way. Be gentle, better to leave them with lingering hints and memories of your fragrance, rather than sticking their heads out of the bus window on the way home, fighting for breath. Or maybe, thre's another reason. Yo momma. Indeed. :-D

Jan
07
2014
odie
odie

From the appearance of the bottle, my sister has the limited edition. I think this is a fantastic, spicy fragrance, I get more of the spicy/floral interplay than the fruity goodness. A well composed perfume. I would buy it sometime, AFTER I get Amariage by Givenchy and perhaps Fifth Avenue by Elizabeth Arden but I am not going to buy something someone else in the house has....

Dec
31
2014
SorceressOfTheDark
SorceressOfTheDark

An all-business perfume, no doubt, one that reminds me of a mature lady, all suits, hair back in a bun, clothes dry-cleaned and ironed, sharply dressed. I couldn't wear this fragrance any other time. Or so I thought. It always seemed too serious for me.
The straight tuberous hits hard in the beginning for me but is deliciously and creamily mellowed by the additional notes. On me, it's as if the tuberose is fully wrapped around by everything else. You know, it's there, it's a strong element, but it's also mellowed for about 2 or so hours.
Then Red Door turns to a completely different perfume than its original scent on me. It becomes a spicy, honeyed powder that's still strong and enjoyable. The florals disappear and Red Door becomes a full-blown oriental on me. What a change-over.
An interesting perfume this becomes that lasts for hours upon hours. Sillage sits comfortable around you like a floating cloud if Red Door agrees with you. That is the key to this perfume. It's a powerhouse that will knock the socks off the people around you if it doesn't agree with your body chemistry. I'm glad it turns into a wonderfully spicy oriental on me.
Day Two of wearing it I received compliments on the perfume I was wearing. Even tho I had never tried Red Door before, always avoiding it, I had decided to take the plunge and try it. I had a generous sample to last me for a few days so I decided to wear it again and see how I felt about this classic. On Day Three a woman shopping for perfumes complimented me and asked me for suggestions for herself. Go figure. Red Door must agree with me then if another woman asked for suggestions on perfumes. I guess it does suit me (pun intended) after all. Kinda grows on you surreptitiously.

Dec
17
2013
Shivauni
Shivauni

I love this sent and probably always will.

It brings back memories of my childhood, my mother getting ready for a night out at the movies with her friends, putting on her best clothes, make up and this perfume. It is quite a musky, sweet sent with a mix of warm florals and woody undertones.

This is probably one of the strongest perfumes I own and can be easily over applied.
It can seem very intense upon application but after it has settled down on the skin it is warm and soft but ever lingering with powerful longevity.
Being so strong it's definitely not to everyone's taste but will always be a love of mine.

Dec
16
2013
lizzie81
lizzie81

Tried this for the first time today! I know, where have I been?? For me this is a 'I like it on others but not on me' type. I enjoy the scent sniffed from the bottle and I believe this scent could work well on others but I reckon it just did not mix with my chemistry :(

It is one of those power house, deep scented, spicy florals that reveal their era most definitely. For me this is not necessarily a minus, I very much enjoy lots of 90s perfumes. This one however, is of the 'Oh God I cannot get away from this fragrance' type. On me it was very cloying and I could not wait to wash it off! It is simply too much. The strong, in your face floral aspect started to give me headache after about 20 mins as I detected a slight chemical/fake peach type note that scents from that era can contain. This coupled with the strong white florals was a bit suffocating. I must say peach is done much better in modern perfumes.

I did appreciate the development aspect. I notice a lot of older scents have most definite progression and change quite a bit, something that I very much miss in most modern perfumes. I noticed it sweeten up quite a bit, unfortunately I couldn't bear to stick around until the end notes as I thought my head might just explode!

This probably works much better on some people, but on me, no absolutely not, I am not a 'Red Door' type of gal. :(

Dec
10
2013
LisaMari
LisaMari

Ugh - Red Door smells like burnt toast - maybe its the benzoin and amber - too much savoury and no real sweetness.

Dec
08
2013
jake.shouse
jake.shouse

I am in love with this once again!

Dec
04
2013
Shadow_Witch
Shadow_Witch

This fragrance is so distinct, it merits the title of classic. It is a rose fragrance, very similar to YSL Paris. The main difference between the two is YSL Paris is a big bright jammy fruity extroverted rose, Red Door is a darker, oily, introverted rose. A rose tempered with carnation and wood and sweetened with honey. I wore it when it was first released. Lately, I have been craving fragrances that have gone "out of favor" so to speak so, I got my hot little hands a little bottle of parfum and a tube of perfumed body lotion. The perfumed body lotion moisturizes my painfully dry hands at the end of my nursing shift. The fragrance is like aromatherapy at the end of a night shift.

Nov
27
2013
Lealof1988
Lealof1988

This was one of my grandmother's favorite perfumes, but it wasn't until recently that I picked up a bottle of my own. To me, this is a warm, spicy floral...definitely a winter scent.

This scent always smelled grown up and sophisticated to me when I was small, and in a way, it still does...it brings back memories. This is a bright, bold spicy scent that only a bright, bold, spicy personality should carry, and Grandma had that personality.

I only wear it around this time of year, or during special occasions. I wore it to my birthday dinner last month, and my grandpa sit next to me. He recognized it instantly...I think that Red Door is one of those "memorable" scents for so many people.

Nov
25
2013
Angelicax1
Angelicax1

This is a powerful honeyed floral, not like the sweet-smelling honeyed florals you see in today's popular market (i.e. Honey by Marc Jacobs). It's heavy and sharp but has a soft, powdery side to it as well. Much like a confident, edgy woman who is in control of her life, but is also graceful, classy and romantic. An ideal woman indeed!
I have to admit that I am a bit intimidated by this perfume because it's quite mature and nothing like the perfumes that I normally wear. But that doesn't mean that I don't love it! I personally like to put a bit of this into my bath water during my nightly bath. The effect is very luxurious and aromatherapeutic. A bit on my wrists before bed is nice too.

Nov
25
2013
astarose
astarose

I usually spray Red door revealed first and red door over just one spray.the mix is good i think :)

Nov
20
2013
astarose
astarose

I agree with Adrian B . The right small amount of applikation is the key to this one

Nov
20
2013
astarose
astarose

I agree with Adrian B . The right small amount of applikation is the key to this one

Nov
20
2013
Scentmad
Scentmad

I am disappointed with Red Door. It's not good at all. In fact I would say it smells cheap and peppery and catches me in the throat. I bought this when it came out and it lay in my "drawer of doomed perfumes" for a long time until I managed to off load it to someone who appreciated it WAY more than I ever could. Just not for me in any way shape or form!

Nov
18
2013
AdrianB
AdrianB

I remember when this came out. My friend had a mini of it but like most of us in the era, overapplied to the point of headacheville. So for a long time the smell would make me feel ill.

Recently at work, I got a whiff of this in the waiting room. I'm not sure who had it on; I could only narrow it down to a group of 3 women. 1 was elderly, 1 around my age & 1 probably mid 30s. I knew right away it was Red Door, only this time...no headache. in fact I thought it smelled quite nice. Nice enough to where I may have to revisit this one.

I think correct application is KEY on this one. If I try it again, I'm thinking "spray the air and walk through". And I am not one to do that.

Nov
15
2013
sammydevlin
sammydevlin

Think it needs to be said (after reading most of these reviews back to the start) that there are those of us who would resent being called a sheep just for disliking this. It does not mean that we only enjoy weak, typical and unoriginal fragrances.

I would never discard a perfume based solely on it's age or reputation. As I said in my review, I owned this, smelled it and thought it was horrible. That by no means makes me any kind of farm animal and it doesn't indicate that I can only appreciate Katy Perry or Nicki Minaj's offerings.

Assumptions are usually wrong.

Nov
15
2013
Marylo
Marylo

Try to spritz only 1 time not to close . 1 spray on maybe two places is enough for 7 yours .then it smells really good . If you overspray it almost sickening. Thats what I think of Red Door but I like flowery perfumes

Nov
14
2013
Rosetaire
Rosetaire

This is not a rewiev.I wonder IF its powdery ?
I cant wait to try this Ive ordered a small bottle blind but dont have slightest idea how it smells
What I mean is if the powdery notes are strong

Nov
11
2013
Tine1world
Tine1world

NOPASHO. Amazing. That's a book. I purchased this fragrance way back in 1990, duty free. It was to say the least super expensive then, but now almost all fragrances are cheaper than duty free.

Old lady scent indeed. NoPasho is has so aptly revered this classic. Yes classic fragrance perfectly. As was power dressing the epitome of the time, and still is, so is this fragrance. Every other plain female, YES plain, in my place of employment copied me, just so the men would notice them, competitive. I wore it first and the sheep followed.

I almost got suckered in myself by the negative reviews here on this. Thinking is Red Door really that loathed?

This can't be. The reason I stopped wearing Red Door. I ran out. Reason I no longer wear it? Because of all the copy cat wanna be's turning me off.

The sales lady at the Elizabeth Arden counter yesterday offered me to try this on again. I ought to have.

Red Door is and will always be a classic. It's the mass hysteria copy cat. Me 'No likey plebs' that have destroyed the reputation and consequently helped almost decimate this fragrance's reputation. Sheep.

I do not know if the Red Door of today is like the Red Door of 1990. If this is so. Then the reputation given here by fragrance fans is unwarranted.

Whether it be from 1990, or today . As I will try it again just to see for myself. If this truly has stood the test of time. I suspect it has.

I was almost suckered in to thinking that I was an old lady at 28. When truly I was not. I most certainly do not think that I am an old lady now.

If you survive to be old that's going to be life's great challenge.

You wear what you want when you want. No one dictates that to anyone.

As for Red Door. The aroma of this fragrance invokes the joy of receiving an invitation via a huge bouquet of the world's best blooms, by a new admirer or lover, or one's own very nearest and dearest. To heart.

Red Door has brought joy to so many over the years and does not need to be despoiled by mass hysteria and collective thinking.

My mother always said. "Age is what you feel". Mind she loved Red Door too., and I swear she's always felt like she was twelve years old.

Cheers. T.

Nov
08
2013
I_love_perfume
I_love_perfume

This is really potent, i can not believe i even owned a bottle of this when i was young. My nana wore this for years, you could smell her coming before you even saw her. This fragrance is way to heavy and in your face. I have finally talked my nana out of wearing it and found her a new lighter fresh scent, that she now loves. Every time i smell Red Door on someone it still remains me of my nana however!

Oct
29
2013
blackw0lfx
blackw0lfx

i get an overly sweet honey paired with floral. it is just so sweet it makes me kinda sick. definiately a nighttime perfume. worn sparce and it could be worn in the day and to work. i kinda imagine a woman who is trying a little to hard wearing this. like shes trying to let you know she is sweet. unfortunately for me this is a no go.

Oct
27
2013
plaintain1
plaintain1

An elegant, subtle perfume. Great for evenings as it also has an exotic smell. No complaints really. It smells nice on me!

Oct
22
2013
garamascara
garamascara

Red Door is a virus, it's spreads and infects everything it contacts. It actually grows stronger with time.

My six year daughter sprayed one squirt on her shirt this afternoon and just through casual contact both my husband and I are now wearing Red Door. After her shower, her hair is still infused with it. Tonight I made her promise to never spray that bottle again. Why oh why can't fancy niche perfume companies harness the power of Red Door and use it for good? If only Serge Lutens could last this long.

Oct
15
2013
katushka37
katushka37

I like vintage perfumes, even though I don't wear them very often. I appreciate the beauty of Chanel no.5 and 22, love wearing Coco during winter and occasionally will wear Opium. I was trying very hard to like Red Door but it just doesn't agree with my olfactory senses. Way too strong and overpowering, I can't stand it on my wrist and usually try to wash it off ASAP. It smells very strong on other people too and I can still smell it in the air when they leave. This is the only perfume I wish was discontinued

Oct
11
2013
jake.shouse
jake.shouse

I like Red Door beautiful power house smell! One I will buy one day!

Sep
29
2013
sammydevlin
sammydevlin

Just not nice. I usually like 80's fragrances but this one just doesn't do it for me. I found it to be very overpowering, and I do usually love very strong perfumes.

Glad this was a gift instead of a purchase.

Sep
29
2013
Reemy
Reemy

One word.. Classic

Sep
27
2013
dipisor
dipisor

I just love it! My mother-in-law gave me a tiny bottle of this fragrance and it was love at first "smell" :). It's very sensual and...french, in my opinnion.

Sep
25
2013
stormyla
stormyla

I loved this when it was first launched, but grew tired of it after 2 bottles. It was a bit overpowering and started to smell cloying. I gave my remaining unopened bottle to my mother and she wore the fragrance for the next 15 years and loved it.

Recently I met a woman in a store who was emitting the loveliest scent, even from 8 to 10 feet away. When I inquired about it, she said it was RED Door. She'd been wearing it for over 30 years. It still has incredible sillage so I guess that the reformulations haven't hurt it much. They may even have improved it!

Sep
23
2013
amanda
amanda

my mother used to wear it, when she was like 35. I did not like it a lot, was too strong but nowadays I tend to like it.

Sep
23
2013
Purrbaby
Purrbaby

A little bit goes a long way. Just too overpowering for me.

Sep
19
2013
BetterJuice
BetterJuice

I've never owned anything by Elizabeth Arden before but I don't really consider this a "blind" buy because I read several reviews on this site so I feel I had a good idea of what to expect.

This scent doesn't read "old lady" to me, but I do think you need a big personality to pull it off. If I had to stand up in front of a group of people and do a presentation at work this would be the fragrance I'd wear to give myself an extra hit of confidence.

I don't just choose a perfume for how it smells. I choose it for how it makes me feel. And even if I felt unsure of myself this would be the "fake it until you make it" scent I'd choose.

Sep
17
2013
aqua76239
aqua76239

I already wrote a review(see below) but I will add that I like to layer fragrances and the other day I wore this together with Aimez Moi by Caron. Those are both strong florals and work quite well together. IF you own both, try it for youself. I actually prefer the combination to Red Door alone

Sep
08
2013
Nil3
Nil3

What is this??? I smelled this like 15 years ago,maybe less. My classmate (a guy) was crazy about this and I just wanted to know what the big deal was. It's like Mrs. arden WANTS to be hated. Have to smell it again to make sure I'm not completely unfair.

Sep
08
2013
schamberae
schamberae

sniff it on the dept.store, first impression was way too strong and little bit like cat pee because the sales girl sprayed it twice on a paper. but my mind keep telling me to keep it! you will be back to sniff it again ! and I kept it on my Bag. 2 days after I opened my bag and found this strip paper of Red Door and it's smell amazingly classic just like shopisticated women on night social gathering with her backless black dress, simple balerina updo,gold earring, red lipstick, thick eyelashes, daring smile and a glass of champagne on her hand and welcoming every guests with her top class manners. could be Madonna, Jennifer Lawrence, Cher, Diane Lane, Eva Longoria, Cheryl Cole, Penelope Cruz, or even Anne Hathaway then I decide to buy it via online. sometimes some perfumes need to be very perfumey because the way it is. not a barely floral or fruity or boring vanilla cake. the shynthetic ingredient made it fabulous as natural ingredients gave natural scent, right? If you want everybody sniff behind your back, wear this, don't be shy. it's like aroma therapy that gives you a feeling like you have all that money to buy high end dresses and jeweleries from Chanel or Dior. Yes.. it's smell expensive product.

Sep
05
2013
jacky rujel
jacky rujel

only...delicius

Sep
04
2013
prem_katt
prem_katt

This Perfume is KEY TO MY LOVE STORY !
Real one !This is Perfume is worn by my Girl friend during our Training ,which attracted me a lot and I started falling for the smell :) .Really,This is one such a Magnet drive Men's mind crazy (In my High opinion) .Its sillage is enormous,though my Girl Friend stands 6 feet away ,Still I can feel the smell . Once we start loving each other,I asked her to spray it in Hand kerchief and give it to me so that I will feel her nearness whenever smelling this.Believe me the smell stayed in Handky for aroung one month,I was having it safely.5 Years Passed ,And now that ,She is near to me as my Wife.Yes ! We got Married ! Still Red Door's Smell will drive me crazy and will bring my Wonderful moments!Unfortuantely,In Chennai it is not available.Searching for this Wonder which made Wonder in My LIFE!!

Aug
29
2013
fabuleusetoujours
fabuleusetoujours

I connect this scent so strongly with my mother, who's worn it for as long as I can remember. She was a singer, and used to wear this in the evenings. I remember her hugging me before going on stage, and enveloping me in the musky white floral scent.

For women uncertain if this is wearable at a younger age, my mum started wearing this in her late 20s, so go for it!

Aug
24
2013
aqua76239
aqua76239

This is strong, spicy, full bodied, rich floral. It falls in the same category as Tiffany and Beautiful. I was a teen in late 80s and early 90s and girls in those days wore lot of fragrances like Oscar de La Renta, Red Door, Poison, Samsara, Tiffany, etc not some fruit flavored water that seem to be so popular with teen set today. I miss the old days when perfume was dabbed on because it was so potent, now you can spray yourself all over with many of them and scent dissappears so quickly. ah..yes..the good old days..
Having said that, I have rollerball of Red Door which I wear occasionally. I have to be in the mood for it because its strong and spicy floral which I am usually not a fan of. Its a nice scent and smelling it always takes me back to different era of fragrances.

Aug
15
2013
pusia
pusia

It was my first 'adult' scent, after Coty and Revlon. I got it in late nineties at the beginning of my studies. Ok, that was the start of my fragrance experience and adventures but I still like it, it is warm, opulent, noticeable and so eighties;) I cherished my first bottle and truly loved it.

Aug
09
2013
winkibat
winkibat

OK, I love this one. I have since I was a little girl. (I'm 30, so I was 6 when this came out.) It's a familiar smell, but I can't place the person in my life who wore this; more than one, I imagine. There are so many notes in this that my nose has trouble picking them out. I can smell lots of strong, rich flowers. I can smell some sort of spice. I can smell a certain woodiness. There's an almost musty (but not unpleasant) undertone to the scent.

There are a lot of reviews decrying Red Door as an "old lady" perfume. I can understand that reaction (especially as it was a common scent when a lot of us were children; I imagine that there's some sort of memory link there...), but don't agree. The words that I associate with this fragrance are "elegant" and, yes, sexy. Red Door is a huge, strong, heady fragrance that can be overwhelming...but I like that.

Jul
27
2013
Ben's Aldehyde
Ben's Aldehyde

Red Door: It makes me bananas. Literally.

Fragranticans have voted rose as the main note in this perfume.* And, once you tell me rose is in there, I can't ignore its presence. Still, to me this is a jasmine perfume. Honey-sweet, candied jasmine.

To me, functional and discount fragrances labeled "jasmine" smell distressingly of bananas. It's not just a matter of quality, though. Jasmine absolute itself reminds me of bananas, though in a more tolerable way. Chemistry offers and explanation: The main component of jasmine absolute is benzyl acetate, which, according to Victoria Frolova (and me, I guess), smells a whole lot like bananas.

Perhaps because I have a troubled relationship with bananas, I have a really hard time liking this perfume. I have family members who love Red Door. But I simply feel ill if I wear it.

For a sweet, inexpensive scent, I prefer Tabu. For one thing, it lacks the aggressive bananas.
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* Rose was voted the main note when I wrote the review.

Jul
23
2013
opheliasophia
opheliasophia

It smells sexy a cheap way - like a hot woman on a hot day in thick tights... or a strict headmistress of a school... on a rare night out... ugh.

Jul
07
2013
MsDana
MsDana

I have loved this scent for a long time, I bought it for my mom when I was younger and it makes me think of her, HOWEVER, you must know that it is a strong scent & one spritz is more than enough application, some women think they have to spray both wrist, and neck, but if you do so it will be overwhelming due to its strength, this is a spritz then walk into the mist, or lightly spray ONE wrist then distribute all over kind of perfume. If over applied it can be cloying. If lightly applied it is beautiful, I use it on occasion and many people love it. It will always be one of my favs.

Jun
28
2013
Paradelle
Paradelle

A woman wore this and walked by my office. It smelled awful, like expired, musty potporri from a cheap motel.

Roses, when done in perfume, have to be a near immaculate balance between freshness and powderiness--roses can go wrong in so many ways. A little too powdery here or there, then it turns into a cheap air freshener nightmare. This conconction, unfortunately, falls into the latter category and misses the mark entirely

So heady and moth-like, like grandma's perfume. A big failure.

Jun
12
2013
Soignee
Soignee

I love this perfume. I got it in 1997 and fell in love with it. It is so elegant, sophisticated and unique. The white flowers make their presence known, but are not overwhelming. This fragrance is well crafted. So far I've had three bottles of this and I never get tired of it--which is saying a lot, since I rarely finish a large bottle of perfume before getting bored of it. I've smelled the recent formulation, and it's just not the same. I'd advise anyone who wants to try this perfume to try the Limited Edition, since that's supposed to be the original formulation.

Jun
01
2013
icecube
icecube

Sweet and Strong opening - this is not a discret lady.
Powdery notes kicks in after a short while.
It have a vintage-vibe.
Powerhouse of flowers and honey so far.
After drydown it evolves to a very smoth, balansed and just wonderful fragrance. There is a small vanillanote that just finishes it beautifully.
A quality perfume for daytimewear.
(My bottle is vintage but not sure from what decade)

Jun
01
2013
tbjetta
tbjetta

I loved Red Door when it first came out. My supervisor wore it at work; she also kept a bottle of hand lotion of the same on her desk. While working, her hands would scent the files I had to run upstairs. Everyone knew who's department those files came from! It's fresh and I love the white flower fragrance - clean and bright. Will always carry fond memories of our Red Door File Days. I hear the newer version is not the same as the original. That's a shame; EA should have left well enough alone because it was a classic.

May
27
2013
Limpylou
Limpylou

When Red Door was first introduced I loved it. It was not everywhere; not at the drug store, the Flea Market or in CVS. ( and I am NOT a fragrance snob!). It was unique, unusual and less overpowering than the current formula. I was a very athletic weight lifting wild woman back then; this fragrance suggested powerful girly-ness! It is different now... Too sweet, lacks the power..... And too common, as well...

May
18
2013
ryanhuynh
ryanhuynh

I hate it. It's smell like a cheap perfume. Very very old-fashioned.....

May
10
2013
NikkiChantel
NikkiChantel

nopasho what can I say . . . your review was fabulous and unique and uplifing. I am a true Red Door lover and always have been. I stopped wearing my Red Door some years back because my sister complained it was too strong and made her sick. This was my signature frag for many years. I always received compliments on it and even walked into a room of Heroin addicts once and they all came out of their smack head stupor to ask "what is that smell?" That smell was ME with my "old lady" Red Door. I remember when I first smelled this, I was the hired help at a brand new Country Club. The beautiful and young rich women of the club were all wearing this fabulous scent. I was just the "Help" but I wanted a bottle so badly and could not afford it. After saving for some time, I finally bought a bottle and felt as fabulous as the women at the club. This is a true "great frag" and will always be in my heart forever . . .

May
02
2013
snowbunny007
snowbunny007

I used to wear this fragrance all the time, many years ago. I swear it has been reformulated to contain more rose. The fragrance I used to wear was obviously an oriental. You could detect many flowers- not just rose. It was warm, exotic and floral/oriental. This new version...I will wear it until it's gone, but after that I'm done. It's far too rosy for me. This reminds me of Tea Rose. It's a sledgehammer of roses with a touch of honey to intensify. It's too much for me. I like roses in a fragrance, but only when they are subtle.

If you love roses, I do recommend it. It is similar to Tea Rose in the way that it is intensly rosy. But, it's a tad more modern I think.

May
01
2013
mrsu
mrsu

I discovered this beautiful perfume back in the 1990s when I was a fresh-faced 18 year old student.
All my friends were wearing 'light' scents of the era - CK one, Issey Miyaki and the like - but I just loved the way it seemed to envelope me in a delicious waft of sumptuousness.

I recently discovered it again & just had to have a bottle - It is just as heavenly as I remember (maybe a bit lighter but not sure if its jut my older nose!)

Yes, its heavy & a Love it/Loathe it scent. But it works with my body chemistry & I happen to LOVE it!

Apr
07
2013
2746cstreet
2746cstreet

My 2nd grade teacher wore this. Not that I knew at the time, but having sampled it later in life I know without a doubt she was wearing Red Door.
Gutsy move for an unmarried Catholic school teacher. It's a power fragrance, but not a Power Bitch fragrance, if you know what I mean. I can't imagine a woman climbing the corporate ladder with this unless she was seducing her boss from the typing pool.
It's one of those 80's / 90's hairspray florals. It screams for attention. Sharp, yet powdery.

Apr
02
2013
nellyrlight@aol.com
nellyrlight@aol.com

mr nopasho!! Your review is AMAZING to read..Loved it!!! Thank you! and please do continue to love scents..they are my passion too..(I wish I was as knowledgable as you are--despite my Aromatherapy training LOL!) and I love knowing people out there who are passionate about perfumes..Life is more fun with them!!

Mar
26
2013
Rene5
Rene5

I smelled this for the first time on another woman while shopping at Safeway. It was so lucious I had to ask her what she was wearing. I decided I needed it too. I saw it at Macy's and only sprayed a test card to see what it did after a few hours. I loved it so much that yesterday I sprayed a bit on my skin to try. Well, I realized quickly that it was much too "big" of a scent for me. It smelled good but way too strong and overpowering to the point of distraction. I was so disappointed as I really love it so much on others.

Mar
26
2013
afreimann
afreimann

Though I mostly enjoy this fragrance, the unfortunate presence of an elusive ingredient triggers an asthmatic response and I am therefore incapable of wearing it.

Mar
14
2013
pickletastic
pickletastic

This was my first 'grown-up' fragrance that I became passionate about. The beginning risked being overwhelmingly hairspray-floral [but then I do like the smell of Elnett as my mother and grandma used it] if not sprayed with caution, but not the toxic tear-gas some would have you believe. It is not the perfume's fault if it has been applied in the manner of a fire-hydrant. Perhaps that is why so many perfumes these days have such poor longevity and sillage, because they are no longer dabbed but crop-sprayed when applied? ANYWAY Red Door was floral but not sweet, powdery without being musky and crisp without aldehyde soapiness, or sinus-clearing fougeres. Not a fresh fragrance but never cloying - warming and sophisticated with the MOST BEAUTIFUL dry-down of honeyed amber I have ever experienced until Alien's different but equally wondrous cashmeran woods. It lasts and lasts, especially on clothes. I have a leather purse that had a tester strip in it and I get a whiff each time I open it, years later. I am very upset to hear of the possible reformulation so please note that this review is based on the 'old' bottle with the highly naff red plastic semi-circle lid. I much prefer the look of the new bottle, less cheap and nasty, but am not impressed if the perfume itself has been made into a piercing, synthetic, linear assault.

The body lotion and shower gel were utterly dreadful however, with none of the rounded warmth and floral softness of the perfume, so I do not recommend them at all. If that is what people who don't like Red Door smell when they sniff it I can begin to understand the loathing.

Mar
12
2013
crikat
crikat

I love the color red, so I just had to sample a perfume named "Red Door." This frag has a complicated relationship with my skin. It begins as a floral attack, boisterous schoolchildren coming in after play with carnation and tuberose tussling over honey snacks. Professor Benzoin rises from her amber desk to settle the mob on a blanket of musk to listen to a story about plums and peaches, and about an hour in the room is settled into a soft harmonious bouquet with a breath of sweetness. Patience is key.

Mar
07
2013
MaryJaneP
MaryJaneP

Red Door ....

A wonderful fresh, clean, but floral scent that, in my mind, immediately takes me back to the early 90's.

What I can say is that this scent inspired in me a fashion sense that was beyond what any other scent has/had done.

When I wore Red Door, I somehow became a bit of a modern day fashionista (of the 90's). I would wear it with my jeans, patent loafers with gold buckles, white T-Shirt, black blazer with gold Lion Buttons and a big chuncky gold charm bracelet! I LOVED that look, and feeling, and that is what Red Door brings back to my psyche!

Feb
22
2013
bj.rawson
bj.rawson

My husband said "it was me"

Feb
14
2013
kmlundgren
kmlundgren

Nopasho: Wonderful review!!!!! Impressed.

Feb
10
2013
redsuedekitten
redsuedekitten

I wore this when I was 17-18 and loved it then, though it did give my skin a rash at times. I tried it again recently and found it overpowering, too floral and heady and just not appealing. Not sure if my body chemistry has changed a lot or my taste.

ETA (13th March 2013): Now I've been researching perfumes a bit longer, I tested this again and realised it's almost an exact carbon copy of Paris by YSL. It's just not as rich and lovely as Paris, but is still so very like it. It's extremely strong for an EDT and I don't think it develops or changes much over time - the fragrance stays the same until it fades - meaning it's not as complex or interesting as Paris, which reveals more notes as time goes on.

Jan
25
2013
gabygol
gabygol

My father gave the original to me as a Christmas present in 1989, it was recently introduced and I was only 12 but eager of having a real women fragrance in order to throw away my Charlie... He said he chose it because he wanted my first "serious" fragrance to have a beautiful and yet powerful smell, just like my temper. I used to alternate it with a younger perfume, Pavlova, but eventually Red Door became my signature fragrance when I was up to 18. A lot of perfumed water under the bridge led me to different scents and a new signature perfume, but I still have it and whenever I use Red Door I confirm what my dad said so many years ago: it suits me, it always had and it always will.

Jan
20
2013
jsmith94062
jsmith94062

I had read a multitude of negative comments about this scent and especially took note that quite a few people considered it their least favorite perfume of all time. Therefore, my interest was peaked, but I braced myself before giving it a try. My initial reaction was that I had smelled it before but couldn't quite remember where or when. The prominent note on me is the honey. We're in the midst of a cold spell weatherwise and this fragrance is appropriately soothing, soft and comforting. I can tell that it might be overpowering if applied liberally. One spritz was enough for me. I feel like I've discovered a hidden treasure.

Jan
13
2013
thefemalemantis
thefemalemantis

at night in the smallest doses it's strong, sexy, powerful. any other time.. waaaaaaay too much. overpowering and distracting to people and not in a good way.

Jan
08
2013
thefemalemantis
thefemalemantis

at night in the smallest doses it's strong, sexy, powerful. any other time.. waaaaaaay too much. overpowering and distracting to people and not in a good way.

Jan
08
2013
knomrlse
knomrlse

this smells so good, feminine, floral - fruity. Very sexy fragrance, easy to wear !
I really like it a lot.

Jan
08
2013
bailarina
bailarina

I remember this from when I was a child and remember the scent even when I haven't sniff it for a long time. I thought it smelled good, a little strong but not bad. I think people liked it so much that every where you went you could smell it and now people are tired of it. My grandma used to wear it and I loved it on her. She gave me a little bottle and I used it until it was over, I felt so grown-up, lol.

Jan
04
2013
Lodestar
Lodestar

My mum used to wear this and it smelt gorgeous on her. My favourite for her as it worked so well and smelt heavenly, sort of like amber/honey (she usually wears Samsara) . I was given a bottle a little while ago and was very excited and had my fingers crossed that it would work on me as we'll as it did her. It smelt nice, I didn't need much and I was very happy with the silage. It was not as heavenly on me so I passed it on to mum. I still love it though and agree with other comments saying it's a classic. I'll give it another go in a few years.

Jan
04
2013
urbanlily
urbanlily

Where do I begin...

I fought for a full-size bottle of Red Door during a Dirty Santa Christmas Party. I had heard great things about it (mostly from much older women...I am in my early 20s) so I wanted to give it a try. I ended up with the perfume...and lo and behold...it was the WORST perfume that I have smelled thus far.

It was FAR too fragrant. Even one spritz is overpowering. There is too much going on within the scent. It actually burns my nose. I'm not sure if it's the Freesia (I hate it) or the fact that it has too many florals combined. And I'm a girl who loves TABU and other strong scents.

This felt like it was too dated...too 80s Business Mom...I picture those huge shoulderpads and a woman with that short bushy 80s doo.

I really wanted to like this but I had to give it away! Thankfully a friend's mother loved it (go figure) so I let her have it!

I would wear this with caution around asthmatics....seriously. lol

Dec
31
2013
SGLENN2086
SGLENN2086

I absolutely hate the smell of this! My mom use to wear it and it gave me horrible migraines. She finally stopped wearing it thankfully! Now a lady I work with wears it and it literally makes me sick. I walked through a cloud of this stuff and was at urgent care the same night.

Dec
28
2012
jessigirl
jessigirl

I used to dislike this fragrance when I started collecting/wearing perfumes a few years back. I have a small 0.5 oz or something like that (it came in a gift set, my mom gave it to me) so I gave it a try the other day and I actually really love how it smelled on my skin! I also recently started loving late 80's-early 90's perfumes and this perfume is definitive of that time period for me. so yeah I have come to appreciate it. it's bold and strong, not like a lot of other perfumes today.

Dec
15
2012
icekat
icekat

My friend described Red Door as ‘very perfumery’ and I agree. The big, bold and powerful bouquet, mixed from impressive number of flowers, does not smell gentle or natural. It is designed to stand out and announce its presence from far away. Child of 1980s, Red Door was designed to exude aggressive confidence. Whenever I smelled it, I always thought about tough business woman in tailored suit, high heels and no nonsense attitude. Color red suits this scent well and expresses its highly energetic mood.

There are so many flowers in Red Door’s composition. I can smell them all at once, desperately trying to fight for the spotlight. I think jasmine manages to get an upper hand at one point, but then carnations creep in and swallow it alive. Lily, freesia and lily of the valley has cool and overpowering attitude silently fighting with their rival jasmine and rose. Perhaps it sounds crazy, but to me that’s what makes this scent so energetic. There is this dynamic battle of wills in this scent that makes it interesting to experience. As the battle of flowers finally subsides, I am left with pleasant, slightly animalistic, woody base.

Red Door is not my type of scent, but I don’t mind smelling it on others, as long as the usage is moderate. If used in excess, I think it could incinerate any intelligent life form within 5 meter radius, not to mention to induce a severe allergic reaction. And the scent lasts a long time too.

I am impressed that Red Door is still in production and has loyal number of followers. The composition is not as refined as other big floral creation of that era, but I think it is a good bargain for the price if you would like to experience a floral scent with tons of attitude. Overall score is 6/10.

Dec
15
2012
TanteSimone
TanteSimone

Okay, I'm a bit too late for the Red Door hype but I want to believe I have some history with this fragrance. My fave aunt used to wear this and it smelled heavenly on her---honey and amber and warm skin at the height of summer.

20 or so years later, I finally tried it. I think it is a timeless floral. Totally reminded me of Burberry Weekend but a million times more beautifully put together. It smells rich and yummy and totally red.

I love it.

Dec
13
2012
SeenLyndaLately
SeenLyndaLately

This perfume is a scent I have loved for years but must say I much prefer the Red Door Body Lotion as the fragrance lasts much longer than the atomizer

Dec
12
2012
ilovesmells
ilovesmells

I use to really dislike this scent, but surprisingly I love it now! Its a wonderful, timeless, floral, sophisticated scent. My mom own a 50ml bottle that is almost empty & my younger sister owns a mini of it :) I can't find it in stores anywhere? I really want this.

Dec
08
2012
feelawesomerobot
feelawesomerobot

Tried this last night for the first time. To me it smells like flowers and urine
I went to bed and got ready for the day and now it is over 12 hours later and I can still smell it.

Nov
30
2012
iamjennyrobyn
iamjennyrobyn

This was a gift when I was in college. I used it a few times, it is sweet but not exactly my type.

Nov
29
2012
bond_girl1979
bond_girl1979

@Nopasho.
I gave you a thumbs up balloon just for how well-written your review was, the time you took, and the argument you put forward. You seem like you would have been ace at debating at school.

However...I do on this instance have to disagree. The reason being, is that in theory, with all those flowers, one should be able to see the beauty within. But that is just theory, and an actual sniff is reality. Reality dictates also, that within the so called 'harmony' of flowers lurks a villian. Hiding secretly in the base, sniggering away as he messes up the floral bouquet and pees all over it (lol). Yes, that old critter..the civetta! Even on one of the arden approved websites it lists the note. A note that can make or break a fragrance depending on taste. Therefore, it is naturally a polarising scent for that reason. Believe it or not, t's not just bubble-gum chewing, fad-following teens with their sickly sweet, fruit-candy perfumes that might detest this scent. It's anybody who dislikes civet. And when civet and leather are combined - some people will head for the hills faster than bob on iceskates!


I happen to love most 'old granny' (to quote the insult) perfumes. I always have - as a teen even. But this is one scent that I just cannot tolerate for the reason above.

Nov
27
2012
theprophetblog
theprophetblog

I'm surprised to see all the dislikes for this. I was shopping for a 'mature' fragrance today as a last minute gift for my Grandma after I forgot her birthday, and I tried this one and though it was amazing. Definitely something I'd enjoy smelling on an older woman. I didn't buy it --I opted for an Elizabeth Taylor miniatures gift set because I figured my nan would get a real kick out of a Liz Taylor product since she likes all the old hollywood stars of her era-- but I've smelled White Diamonds before and I hate it, and I'll be surprised if any of the Liz Taylor scents in the pack I bought are as nice as this is.

By the way, I did only smell this on a tester paper strip that I sprayed myself, so perhaps it's different on the skin, but what I smelled was amazing and I could NOT stop sniffing the tester strip in the store.

Nov
18
2012
kycvi
kycvi

Me encanta! Es el mejor perfume que he probado. Sirve para ir al trabajo o para una fiesta. Al usarlo me siento segura y bella

Nov
10
2012
Assra
Assra

My mum uses Red Door and she also gave me a bottle of this 2 years ago. I used it up, but didn't really like it back then. But recently I smelled it again and suddenly I liked it so much that I even consider stealing it from her. I knew that my perfume taste was not the same anymore, but it was this perfume plus the fact that I couldn't wear any of the scents that I used to love last year ( with one exception) made me realize how drastically my perfume taste has changed. I can see why it is considered as outdated, but well, I don't care, I prefer this to many of the new perfumes that are realized today.

Nov
03
2012
Adriannayo
Adriannayo

One of those perfumes that my mom used to wear. Smelling it ALWAYS makes me think of her, so it's great smell in my opinion.

Oct
20
2012
Whit
Whit

I remember wearing this when I was eighteen; it was actually my signature for a while. I was out and about and figured I'd re-sniff for old times sake; it smells exactly as I remembered, even though it's been years since I've worn or smelled it. I used to get tons of compliments when I wore it and I'm really surprised by the amount of people who dislike it, though I can understand why; it is quite heady! I never knew the notes in this but I'm a little surprised that it's mostly floral; it was always quite spicy on me. Ahhh Red Door, your sillage and longevity were always amazing when I wore you way back when, but I may just leave you tied to those fond memories. :)

Oct
20
2012
drummagick
drummagick

My day job is front end hotel work. Lots of people coming and going and I get a lot of chances to smell wonderful, and not so wonderful, perfumes and colognes. Recently, I got to smell Shalimar again and I hadn't smelled it for years. Coco for the first time ever and it smelled wonderful on this woman. Both of these, you had to be close to the woman wearing it to catch the scent, as it should be. A gentleman from India was in one day and he was wearing one of the most beautiful sandalwood scents I have ever smelled. It can be such a treat!

Then you have the people who you can smell before they even hit the lobby or as soon as the elevator door opens, and I don't know why this is, but those perfumes and colognes are almost universally nasty.

This was my first experience with Red Door a few weeks ago. I would be willing to bet this woman was still a good 25 feet away when I got hit with her perfume. And I had to ask what she was wearing, so I would know to never, ever check it out unaware. It was about the most cloying. headache inducing perfume I've ever experienced.

Oct
20
2012
whiteshoulders
whiteshoulders

Yyyyuuummm. I am shocked and amazed when people say they don't like this. I love it, and nothing will ever change that for me. When this came out I was actually "too young" for it, but it was worn by my mother, an incredible lady...beautiful, powerful, strong, but very feminine...a force to be reckoned with, for sure. It is everything luxurious, elegant, and rich to me.....parties at night with drinks and older, dressed up people coming over, lots of noise and laughter while you sneak down the stairs in your Jammie's to catch a glimpse of the beautiful ladies and handsome men. Then, one of the men, a kind man from a different country spies you, and sneaks up to tell you in broken English that you are beautiful, holding your face in his hands, and if you were just a bit older......
That is Red Door to me.

Oct
20
2012
b.a.denney
b.a.denney

I really don't like this scent. I used to love florals and still like lots of them. I have a full bottle, spayed once, gifted to me and I just can't wear it. I'd be willing to swap it...

Oct
07
2012
saguna
saguna

Beautiful fragrance, reminds me of good NIVEA cream mixed with flowers, my grandmother smells of Pani Walewska cream and perfume, and it's very simmilar. I don't put it onto category for old women, no. I think it's very feminine, beautiful scent that lasts and lasts .
I was sure it was a masterpiece, and it is.

Oct
07
2012
mamta173
mamta173

umm....donno about others but this fragrance hits me the moment i spray it....m not fond of this smell, it gives me headache. but it lasts for 5+ hours !!

Oct
02
2012
nopasho
nopasho

WARNING! LONG DETAILED REVIEW AND DISSECTION OF A FRAGRANCE AHEAD!

Time for some much needed rehabilitation of a vilified under the radar classic, a sad victim of ageism.

This has been called: ‘grandma diaper fume’, ‘embalming fluid for the barely living’, ‘old lady BO’ etc. Well, got news for you grandma haters: this is an under the radar, dirt cheap almost classic.
My interest was piqued just by al the ‘grandma’ insults. Every time I see a fragrance being assaulted by teens being raised on a mix of fruity florals and celeb frags, identical terms really, I try it. And in 99% it is a great fragrance. So bring on the ‘grandma’- fumes!! I’ll leave the Britney’s for the milkshake-brigade. An yes, ‘Red Door’ is a grandma fume. And proudly so. Because it is intricate, complex, lovely, comforting and unique.

Another confession: I am a hetero man of 33 and I often wear 'Red Door’ by Elisabeth Arden! Shock, awe and horror. I say:‘Et alors? So what?’ You must be very insecure about your sexual persona or sexuality or age for that matter to worry about if a fragrance, for god's sake, is compatible with your sexual identity or age. ‘It is too masculine, it is too feminine, it is too old, it is too young, it is too wintery, it is too sping-y or autumny…’Who decides that? God? Perfume guru’s? The fragrance police? The good taste brigade? The fanatical ‘fragrantically correct ‘cops? It would better be you who decides what you like! There is only one person who matters in liking or disliking a fragrance: you, yourself, you! Can a man wear ‘Opium Women’? Yes! Can a woman wear ‘Egoiste Man’? Yes. Can a 23 year old woman wear Samsara (Hi Nadia!): Yes! Can a granny wear ‘Barbie’ by Quorum? Yes! Can I wear ‘Fame’ by Lady Gaga? No! Because I think it smells crappy, cheap and is sold way too expensive for what it is. And it will be in the discount bins after Christmas.

For me 'Red Door' is not yet in the pantheon of true classics like 'Opium', Chanel 5', 'Amarige', 'Poème', Burberry’s London for Men', Bulgari’s ‘Black’, Lauren’s 'Polo' but just under it. It is one of those ‘almost-classics under the radar’. A gem of a fragrance and dirt cheap to boot. This must break the world record for ‘bang for your buck’.

Many condemn 'Red Door' without having actually having smelled it, without knowing what it really is made off. I admit that it is the only Arden fragrance I really do like. And to think Arden most recently made the horribly over-hyped Nicky Minaj’s ‘Pink Friday’! Give me ‘Red Door’ any minute of the day then. And the night. So only one Arden for me, thank you very much. But here the Arden firm has gone out of his way, spared no cost to make something timeless and classic that is made with craftsmanship and knowledge of fragrance. Before they switch to über weak and über hyped Money-Minaj’s.And they succeeded gloriously in making a great fragrance with ‘Red Door’.

Let's look at the notes this IMHO only great Arden fragrance, this vilified great ‘granny fume’ that drives teens to ageist insults and verbal eruptions, to this highly underrated gem of a fragrance. A true All American Almost-Classic, almost on the level of ‘Youth Dew’ and ‘Obsession’. To the fragrance police and the ‘niche hipster’ and ‘celeb crazy’ fragranazi’s, I promise: you won't believe your eyes if you read the notes this is made with. And you want believe your nose if you smell this objectively or do a blind smelling test and put this anonymously into a batch. It will win gloriously, hands down.

Top: Orange Blossom, Plum, Violet, Peach, Anise, Rose
Middle: Honey, Carnation, Tuberose, Orchid, Freesia, Lily, Jasmine, Ylang Ylang, Lily of the Valley, Rose
Base: Sandalwood, Amber, Musk, Benzoin, Vetiver, Heliotrope, Cedar.

Yes, you counted right: 23 different fragrance notes! Not bad for a vilified, tarred at the stake and burned 'grandma fume'.

This is a by under 21 obsessed and corrupt (free bottles, goodie bags…) ‘beauty product critics’ totally undervalued intricate perfume work of beauty. Maybe also because it is so cheap. A lot of people have the reflex: it is cheap so it must be bad. And the opposite: it is expensive, so it MUST be good. 'Red Door' is much less expensive than all niches and is better than most overpriced niches. It is even less expensive than most celeb frags, and yes, you guessed it, a zillion times more perfume -technically better made. Meaning: longevity, sillage, deepness, perfect mixing… And yes, I smelled a lot of niches myself and a lot of cheap fruity floral fragrances.

Firstly, this fragrance is not made by a generic computer formula with one fragrance note altered or by an anonymous lab rat. It is made by none other than the genius nose Carlos Benaim! Yes!!! The magician who made Bulgari’s 'Jasmin Noir', Klein's 'Eternity' and 'Euphoria', a bunch of Carolina Herrera's, Dior's 'Pure Poison', a bunch of Armani's, Givenchy's, Halston.. He made Mariah Carey's not so bad and original first frag ‘M’, before she drowned into her midlife crisis and retrograded into toddler-thinking with her 'Bling Bling Blah Blah’. I mean, Carlos Benaim is no cheap hired gun. Hell, the Bling Blings, Fame’s and the Purrs of this world don't even have a creator with a name! God himself created ‘Lollipop Bling Bling’ no doubt. Anyway, ‘Red Door’ by Arden was created in 1989 and is still going strong. Stood the test of time. Let’s see how long ‘Bling Bling’, ‘Fame’ and Purr’ sing it out.

So how does ‘Red Door’ smell? You know me: I first look at the base. That for me is the making or breaking of a good or bad fragrance, technically speaking. I never talk about smell itself, because that is personal taste. I always talk about the way a fragrances are technically thought out (or not thought out), , the interaction between the three levels of the fragrance pyramid and the various fragrance notes and how a fragrance is constructed and layered ‘inside’. So the base here, even a niche junkie and a celeb-addict must admit, is a true powder keg, a potent brew, ‘fragrance marriage material’, the stuff by which you can make a serious fragrance and long lasting harmony and be happily ever after. I let you savor the base-notes by yourself: a power trio of sandalwood, musk, and amber. These three are like a power trio in rock: they make magic together and lay the foundation for a hard rocking powerful set. No nonsense but a solid, rock hard base. No vanilla here! Sorry Jessica and all the Dairy Queen-fragrance fans. But the base is more than this power trio. Heliotrope -earthy and floral- follows in the base. Then we get the woody cedar and the green freshness of the vetiver. And then Benaim uses the secret weapon of a seasoned fragrance maker: benzoin. This note acts like an amplifier of high quality fragrance notes. It makes the separate notes stronger and brighter, polished them up and accentuates them but also sees to it that they stay separate and recognizable and work together, that it isn’t a blurred sorry chaotic mess. And to make the base nearly perfect he adds sweet sandalwood, velvety and rich amber and spicy musk that gives this a dose of sex appeal, the heliotrope that gives an earthy and floral flavor, the green vetiver that gives freshness and the benzoin that turns everything up to a loud and clear level. This is a rock of a base to sell your soul for. With a base like that you must be a moron to ruin a fragrance. And Benaïm isn’t. Read on, there are a few more surprises in the ‘El Cheapo’.

The strenght of that base is necessary with a middle like there is no equal in the whole world of cheaper fragrances. Jesus Christ! Her come The DIVA’S. In marches an eight woman strong army of flower diva’s, the one more dominant than the other. Mrs. Tuberose, Dame Ylang Ylang, Sister Jasmine, Miss Lily, Queen Rose, My Lady Orchid, Princess Freesia, Countess Lily of the Valley. Eight of the biggest flowers with a personality, eight of the most dominating flower smells. Side by side. It is like putting eight Mariah Carey’s or eight Cher’s or eight J Lo’s on stage and let them sing one song together in harmony without claiming the stage and hijacking the show. But Carlos Benaim is the puppet master and the producers who has the Cats under control. The doses of each powerful flower fragrance note are weighted with a pharmacists scale. So that all 8 flowers are equally in harmony.

That must have been monk’s work. He brought in the two notes in the middle to tame the diva’s somewhat and see to it that the buyer of this fragrance isn’t smothered by the powerful diva-flowers. The dry, peppery, businesslike carnation helps to keep the diva’s in their place. And the Honey oils smoothes and massages the floral ego’s so that they don’t clash. Result: the middle is a harmonious, rounded unit. A work of genius, that middle. I dare everybody to try to do this. The result is a hypnotic feast of flowers with all shades of the different white flowers from the indolic jasmine by the intoxicating ylang ylang to the mighty bewitching tuberose. It is all there. What an ensemble! But they play like a well oiled ensemble. Like the Manhattan Transfer or the Doo Wop groups of the Fifties or the Girls Groups of the Sixties. Great, joyous, intensely pleasurable harmony that gives you a feeling of being temporary in fragrance heaven or at least in perfume paradise. A tour the force by Carlos Benaim. As good as what he did with ‘Euphoria’ and ‘Obsession’.

But then the top has yet to play its role and make this already impressive fragrance into a true finished, brilliant gem. The top starts with the delicate, fragrant and fresh orange blossom that give a dose of zesty effervescent lightness to the army of flower diva’s in the middle. Then time to give some serious counterbalance to the flower power. The meaty plum and the sweet but velvety peach shave away the most aggressive aspects of the flower dominatrixes. But to be sure that the flower mid level is not too heavily attacked by the mighty base and the strong top, Benaim places some rose in the top. Rose is not too strong, but gives the flowers an extra presence here. Tuberose would have been too strong, lily too weak. But he is quick to add also the powdery, dry violet that makes sure the flower power stays in its rightful place: not too strong, not too weak.

And then Benaim makes perfume magic with the grand finishing touch. Every great fragrance has a stroke of genius. Here is is called: anise. Benaim takes anise to tie this impressive 23 note fragrance together. Anise is used in cookery to diminish a too much sugary sweetness and yet gives a herbal sweetness all by itself. It is a wondrous note that works its magic in ‘Lolita Lempicka’, Dior’s ‘Poison’, Guerlain’s ‘Champs Elysées’ , ‘Après l’Ondée’ and ‘L’Heure Bleue’, Givenchi’s ‘Pi’, Cacharel’s great powerhouse ‘Lou Lou’, the mythical ‘Le Feu d’Issey’ and Yohji Yamamoto’s ‘Pour Home’… All these masterpieces have anise as secret weapon. The less expensive ‘Red Door’ also. The anise here -together with the formidable base, the rest of the top, the carnation and honey in the middle- help to keep the meticulously mixed to perfection army of 8 flower-diva’s in the middle in check. A true tour de fragrance force by Benaim. A construction that a lot of much more expensive niches and big house fragrances wish they would have for their overpriced fragrances.

I leave your imagination to do the work to discover the inner workings and contrasts in each of the three levels and then the interaction between the 23 notes of the three levels in between. The result is smashing and a constant evolution on the skin. We have the sturdy, reliable ‘masculine’ yang base of power trio sandalwood-amber-musk mixed with the woody cedar, the earthy and flowery heliotrope, the green freshness of vetiver and all this amplified clearly by the benzoin. On this the ‘female’ yin middle starring the 8 diva flower army marches out but is kept in check by the mixing of the 8 power-flowers with the stand-their-ground base and the two other middle notes: peppery dry carnation and honey to please the diva’s but also to round and smooth things out. And then on top the ’unisex’ yin-yang top of fresh orange blossom, the meaty plum and peach, the rose to represent the flowery middle and as the ‘Deus ex Machina’: the anise that gives this fragrance its own magic. A magic that many much more expensive fragrances wished they had. A harmonious, impressive piece of perfumery art. After Benaim’s death or after ‘Reed Door’ is discontinued, people will realize how great this fragrance was. And this will be as sought after or expensive as Yohji or the first ‘Armani’.

‘Red Door’ is a totally underrated sub-classic masterpiece. Better than 99% of the post 2005 fragrances. Created in 1989 and still going strong, it proves that you can make a great fragrance that doesn’t hurt your bank account too much.

Thank you Mr. Benaim for giving us a not expensive great fragrance. Maybe too ‘cheap’ because it seems that many people want to spend more money on less crafted fragrances in the belief that the more expensive a perfume is, the better. Well to each its own. And ‘Red Door’ is my ‘dirty fragrance secret’. How about you? Come out of the closet, ‘Red Door’ -lovers! ‘Mark my word: ‘Red Door’ will make a comeback and will be rehabilitated as the great fragrance it is. You simply can’t get around that when you analyze this beauty. Or just smell it and give it a fair chance over your prejudices.

And to all your ‘out of date, granny smell, not hip, old fashioned…’ utterers, I say one thing: you don’t know what you’re missing! Keep it that way and indulge in the ‘new’ weak and hyped ‘Abercrombie and Fitch’ or ‘Creed’. I’ll stick to my trusted ‘Red Door’. An underrated almost-classic, as young a fragrance as a spring chicken. This ‘Old Lady Fume’ is a true ‘Perfume Fountain of Youth'. You’ll realize when you’re tired of your week breezy overhyped fragrance of the weak, or of the week. Red Door: only for real passionate men and women. For strong characters who don’t follow sheepishly trends made by others but who choose their fragrances on the basis of quality. And want bang for their buck. ‘Red Door’ delivers as a true winner. An Almost All American Fragrance Classic. For very little money.

‘Red Door’ is rad and in the coming years it will become cult and then a highly prized vintage. Mark my words…

Sep
30
2012
laura.linger.3
laura.linger.3

There is no other fragrance to me, except perhaps Red by Giorgio, that says "the end of the 80s." This scent was everywhere in the fall of 1989, and I coveted it. I stole squirts here and there from my friends who were lucky enough to have it. I hoarded scent strips with beautiful Vendela and her long legs, heralding the scent.

It's loud, it's heavy, it's heady, it lasts forever, and it's like a snapshot of another time, another place. I wear Red Door today solely for that reason. It's like a time machine to a younger, more buoyant, more innocent Me.

Sep
25
2012
dominiquevanreenen
dominiquevanreenen

I love this fragrance, have had so many compliments on it! I think it all depends if it matches you or not.

Sep
19
2012
bond_girl1979
bond_girl1979

There is something very sickening and cloying in this fragrance. Nausea inducing. Is it the cinnamon mixed with vetiver? (Cinnebar also makes me a little ill). It is one of the very few fragrances I had to wipe off with baby wipes, and had me close to throwing up. Even the mere thought of Red Door makes me a little queasy. I am eager to get rid of the 90ml/100ml left on my shelf.

Sep
10
2012
Silage Monster
Silage Monster

1989 was my time for Poison and Obsession. Red Door...... not so much. I dismissed it as being for more, ahem, mature ladies, not for the rockin' rebel black leather miniskirt wearer that was the teenage me. Well, some twenty-three years later, I picked it up and gave it a sniff. OMG! I am so in love. This is like a softer, sweeter, muskier Opium. If that sounds like your sort of thing, then definitely give Red Door a try.

Aug
29
2012
B.Blackheart
B.Blackheart

My ex SIL, who was angelicly beautiful inside and out, wore this as her signature, so when I divorced her brother I began wearing it and I've always loved it. It was banned from my former workplace so I gave it up. And yes, definitely one little spray or dab is enough. There's nothing I can add to the description except that; easy does it!

Aug
29
2012
lister
lister

This is an old hit from Elizabeth Arden,it was a quite popular scent,when silleage and lasting power were a must.Time has changed,it is still a nice scent with complicated formula,but Jesus Christ,take it easy,only 1 spray a day is allowed.

Aug
26
2012
Trinidella
Trinidella

This fragrance says "I got ya!!" more than any other fragrance I've tried. It definitely has a presence.

Aug
24
2012
KateAnette
KateAnette

I had a customer today who smelled really beautiful. When i complimented her and asked what perfume it was, i was surprised to hear that it was Red Door. I remember Red Door being a really strong 90's "old fashioned" fume. On this lady it smelled gorgeous, as she hadn't oversprayed it.

Aug
16
2012
carlacoulthard
carlacoulthard

Ah ye olde sillage monster! I LOVE Red Door but this perfume really depends on your body chemistry... I have had compliments wearing this out in the evening and love the heady dizzying musk. Drape yourself in velvet and pop this in your Chanel handbag - alternatively stick on an anorak and go out to get a loaf of bread, either way you'll smell like a Russian princess - До свидания!

Aug
02
2012
meligonlan
meligonlan

This perfume smells amazingly good depending on the person's chemistry PERIOD! It's very strong and not everyone can carry it elegantly.

Aug
01
2012
StarMagix
StarMagix

I finally broke down and bought a small bottle of this scent. I would spray this on my hand or on a paper when I passed it in the store, come home, and my hubby just loved it. He actually asked me to get it! This never happens. I do find it to be a fine soapy kind of a scent but it is clean, classic, and feminine so I do not mind wearing it. I do not think it smells anything like the Avon scents listed above & I have not smelled the other 2. I am older now so perhaps that is why I can stand wearing this one. For an EDT is does last a very long time which is surprising to me. As a norm, I do not purchase EDT's because of their poor lasting ability, but this fragrance last a very long time on myself. I do enjoy Elizabeth Arden fragrances and I love the idea they are affordable. This one is not a bad scent for the small amount of $.

Jul
15
2012
acavicchi
acavicchi

This one is my Nanna all the way. She had the giant bottle on the dresser and carried the perfumed hand cream in her purse...every hug she gave you left a little Red Door lingering behind. It seems, from reading the reviews, that I'm not the only one with the "grandmother" association!
I suppose that it's a nice scent, very sweet and flowery, it's just hard to get past strong personal associations and feelings when it comes to fragrance.

Jun
12
2012
dmaw
dmaw

50 is the new 30, folks. My father's girlfriend wears this and whenever I smell it, I have to get mine out, too.
A spicy floral...not for a day in the park, but nice for a night out. Use a light hand.

Jun
11
2012
Jellybean
Jellybean

This one really smells nice at first: fresh strong floral with creamy and fruity notes. It changes too swiftly for worse; it becomes syntheticy cheap smelling unbearable grandma perfume. I couldn't get this smell out of my nostrils for the longest time. The whole drydown part reminds me of street vendor rip off perfumes, so gross, and sad at the same time. Many notes involved, too complex, perhaps. Some ingredients should be taken out for better.

May
31
2012
Rosemayre
Rosemayre

I remember wanting a bottle of this one back in the 80s'. However, when I bought a small bottle not too long ago, it felt WAY too mature on me, and overpowering. I ended up giving it to a grade schooler who wanted to feel a bit more grown up. :)

May
28
2012
jennifer60656
jennifer60656

Don't get me wrong - if you look on my "love" page I love old-fashioned scents so that is not my complaint with Red Door. Actually it starts off quite lovely with a honeyed, waxy lipstick type rose scent but then that quickly fades and the roses seem to grow exponentially by the moment. At that point I was starting to get nervous.

I left it on a little longer, and one really cool thing about Red Door is that as you move around you can smell real rose scent, like if you were surrounded by rose bushes. However, what smells pretty nice from a slight distance gets very distorted when you smell it on your skin. It's kind of like the older TVs - from a foot away everything looks normal but when you get really close to the set you just see dots. Same thing happens here. I think that is the reason so many people say wonderful things about women they know or knew who used Red Door. From a slight distance, this is great, up close it's just weird and potentially strangling.

If the close-up scent was the same as the distance scent I would have liked this very much, instead, as I said I was beginning to feel a little closed in so I had to wash it off and douse myself with Demeter's Whiskey Tobacco which made me feel a heap better.

May
12
2012
CIOGHIUZEL
CIOGHIUZEL

Heavy scent,oldish,bitter!
Season 2 wear:Autumn
Lasts v long

Apr
26
2012
cmoca
cmoca

I found this to be very strong, pungent, gave me head aches.. etc. BUT, the good thing is, that if you like it, the smell will last forever.

Maybe it smells good from a distance, if the wind is blowing it far far away and freshens it up..

Apr
25
2012
SarahSk
SarahSk

I like this. It's got its own distinctiveness about it, and a certain maturity that I can carry as a woman in her 40's. But it does not smell overly sweet or flowery. It smells confident. The reasonable price point is a plus. I also like the look of the bottle. I learned about it from my sister, who wears it regularly.

Apr
21
2012
perhapspersephone
perhapspersephone

Red Door is hugely popular with the 60 something set down south. It is a nice scent on them . I tried it on myself years ago .... horrible, cloying....yucky. and it has lasting powering ! I wish moer of the fragrances I like lasted that long.

I think when I get older I will have to find a different fragrance so I don't offend myself and those around me.

Apr
17
2012
frusia
frusia

Someone on here said that there's something sad in this fragrance; and I thought - exactly, that's the word: sad. I like the scent, I think it's classy and well done and I respect it. But I would never ever choose it for myself.

Apr
14
2012
Shadowfroggy
Shadowfroggy

Like most of the reviews already said, much too sweet! To me, it smells like the masking scents put in face creams, only amplified. Probably not a good idea to buy it without sniffing it first.

Apr
14
2012
lbures68
lbures68

Did not smell good on me and made me sneeze a lot.

Apr
06
2012
nananessa
nananessa

I love this one but it smells like a spicy Oriental Floral on me. It is intense, lasts about 6 hrs on me but then is so faint it has to be reapplied. I love the Ylang-ylang, Lily-of-the-Valley, blending with the sandalwood & honey. I like the Arden fragrances & this one has been my fave from this design house. It is very strong & heady in the beginning, but as it dries down is begins to soften & mix very well with my chemistry.

Apr
06
2012
Maylone
Maylone

I have a couple small bottles of this perfume. My Nana always wore it so I love the way it smells. It's comforting and reminds me of the holidays. I have a large unopened bottle that needs a home. It belonged to her and I would love give/trade it with someone who actually likes this perfume. I will always keep the small bottles though....I love smelling it and being tranported to times with my nana!

Mar
31
2012
veritech
veritech

I use this in powder form mostly. I also have a mini bottle. You cannot use alot of this because it is too strong. Once in a while I wear this(very lightly). I don't get the old lady smell that people seem to say it has, or the too sweet( use lightly). I like it, but then again it all depends on your chemical reaction to it. I pull florals where others say they pull sweet, and pull sweet where others get the flowery notes. Nice for me and my little girl says I smell pretty.

Mar
31
2012
Karen.M.OShaughnessy
Karen.M.OShaughnessy

Liked this in the late 80's. early 90's. Too intense for me now.

Mar
28
2012
mj518
mj518

I really, really, really dislike this perfume! Way too sweet and "mature" smelling. I hate overly sweet perfumes, they are the reason why I didn't wear perfume for years. I got a big bottle for my birthday (I have a sneaking suspicion that the person that gave it to me was trying to get rid of it) and I had to regift it to my aunt. Would never spend money on it!

Mar
27
2012
CUPCAKEDOLL
CUPCAKEDOLL

Smells like a wonderful vintage soap. Hope it will never been reformulated, I absolutely love this.

If you like a clean scent, mature, extremely femenine wich has a long lasting power, try this. You´ll love it as I.

Mar
23
2012
Beatriz2222
Beatriz2222

I have tested this today, I though it was great because of all great reviews I saw about it. I have been disappointed I really don´t like it at all !!!

So glad I didn´t buy it blindly !!!

Mar
10
2012
wajeeha85
wajeeha85

This is one of the first perfumes i smelled and really hated it! It's wayyyy tooo sweet and medicinal at the same time. And sadly this is one perfume I've gotten twice as a gift and had to pass on cos I just can't stand it. Doesn't even smell good to me when others are wearing it and those I know who wear it tend to douse themselves in the stuff which is really unfortunate for the rest of us. Apologies to those who are fans of the perfume and may be offended by my review. Peace!

Mar
10
2012
trice9081
trice9081

I have see I really didnt care to much about this fragrance either when I first smelled it. I smelled the red door limited EDITION at Carson's to me it was way to spicy and overpowering and mature for me somthing a woman in her late 40's and older would wear. I had a change of heart a couple months later when I smelled the original red door and for some reason this one is lighter to me than the newer version. Maybe because it is an eua de toilette vs. eau de parfum which is the newer version. Overall, I really, really like this fragrance because it very sexy, mature and it makes a statement. This fragrance is one of the few fragrances that actually last a long time and you do not have to reapply.
HINT: A little goes a long way.

Mar
07
2012
christina2015
christina2015

My dad can't stand this perfume because it smells too strong whenever my mom uses it. So I got this big bottle from my mom.For me, this smells very classy and flowery but a little mature.If you're the kind of people loving flowery scent, you should sniff it( before buying this ).Anyways, I like this scent and it lasts very long on me, but I spray very little whenever I use it, because I don't want to be overwhelmed and headache.And I received some compliments whenever I use this scent

Mar
07
2012
goodcupoftea
goodcupoftea

I LOVE Red door. It is very long lasting, one need it only a little bit and the smell is luxurious and sofisticated. Even though i am reasonably young, i have got huge amount of compliment when wearing this parfum!

Mar
07
2012
PLUMPIE
PLUMPIE

This is one of the sexiest fragrances ever. I am 26 and yes perhaps I favour older fragrance but this is divine in the right quanitities! ylang ylang, lily of the valley and a good dose of honey. Honey is such an under-rated ingredient in fragrances, it offers a dry sensual sweetness like no other my nose can pick honey out of any perfume if it is there as it is so unsual in modern perfumery - a highly sensual smell on the right chemistry.

Feb
18
2012
Lushylori
Lushylori

Last year I bought a fairly large bottle of this at a good price.I really liked the scent but at the time I wasn't into smelling sofisticated...I wanted to smell young and girly but I would spray this inbetween my front and screen door so that when someone would stop by they would get a sweet whiff of Red door.I was told that I had a beautiful smelling house and everyone loved approaching my door :) This year I feel more sofisticated so I think I'll buy another bottle for me and not use it for my door haha..Its still a great idea if you want your home to be inviting..People love it used in that way :)Its Even cooler if you own a "Red Door" :):)

Feb
04
2012
rubyscribe
rubyscribe

This is one of the cheapest designer perfumes out there that has a fairly elegant packaging. Which is why people love to gift it.

The smell is ugh!! I own a 0.33 oz bottle which i received as gift but never used. This winter when my usual chypres and fruity florals werent working, I sprayed just a tad behind my ears one day. To my utter amazement, it smelled good.

This frangrance is best for spraying a tiny spritz behind your ears just once, any more and it gets overwhelming. I would never buy this brand though.

Feb
02
2012
Zephyrae13
Zephyrae13

what note or notes make this smell so mature? is it the musks? My skin hates this combination, and it turns sour, pungent and sickly synthetically floral on me. Not to mention it has the staying power and sillage of opium. I couldn't do versace bright crystal either, but the notes they have in common I've done well in other perfumes, so what gives Elizabeth?

Feb
01
2012
PseudoCz
PseudoCz

An acid, harsh, a bit fresh and aldehydic-like entrance which I love. It, at some point, has resemblance with some chypre features for me.

The noisy start calms down and appears a honeyed rose. It isn't that powdery, super classic rose. It's warm, sweet and different of several scents based on this flower. I feel like this flower is touching my skin with that velvet petal and it's on my nose too. Yes, this is a honeyed, velvet rose scent primarily.

This is a bit annoying sometimes but I don't know why people dislike it. Totally romantic.

Jan
30
2012
lostintheshadow
lostintheshadow

Not something I would wear myself, although it doesn't smell too bad on me after a few hours. Very bold, overpowering and headache inducing at first; a little goes a long way. Lasts ages.

Jan
23
2012
mizlover1
mizlover1

ive always loooved red door...the bottle...smell..everything! but i met my hubby and found out a few years later from my sister inlaw,that his ex live in girlfriend wore this everyday...is that awkward for me to still wear it? lol...i still wanna...but dont cause i know perfume is verrry nostalgic and dont want him to smell..her.lol

Jan
13
2012
heathbye
heathbye

I received two small samples of this perfume in a gift pack I received. When I first tried it, it did remind me of my Grandmother. But that's not necessarily a bad point as my Grandmother always smelt lovely. I do agree that the scent gives connotations of an older, mature woman. However having said that I wore this on New Years Eve (I am 22 years old) and a few of my friends (the same age as me) were asking what perfume I was wearing as it smelt so good.

It is a very floral fragrance with slight warm, woody undertones. I would wear this perfume when wearing a classic and smart outfit. A mature yet pleasant scent.

Jan
04
2012
Juma
Juma

Are there many original Red door??? I don't mean flankers.
I tested it before days and, sorry to lovers, it's absolutely the worst perfume I sniffed.
It's possible it was reformulated one and it's mess of ingridents, I can't smell any of notes separetely...
I had to wash it off!
Meanwhile, I love RD Velvet, soft little gem.

Jan
03
2012
stella by starlight
stella by starlight

the more i try and experience all kinds of perfumes, the more i appreciate red door. i just love it.

Jan
03
2012
jena.peterson
jena.peterson

Okay....you remember that scene in Mommie Dearest when the Pepsi Cola board is trying to oust Joan Crawford and she tells them "Don't f*@% with me fellas! This ain't my first time at the rodeo!" Well, that's the essence of what Red Door smells like on me.

It's feminine but not soft, no nonsense, sharp, and very commanding. Powerhouse perfume. I wouldn't have chosen it-it was given to me as a gift-but it serves it's purpose occasionally. I wear it a lot for job interviews. It is definitely floral, and white white white-lilies and ylang ylang and orange blossom-bright like strong sunlight. One person told me that they there was a note in it that reminded them of chlorine. Mind you, they liked the perfume, but they did detect that note, and once they pointed it out I could smell it too. This scent is high heels and red lipstick and upswept hair with out a tendril escaping. If you want to give an impression of "Don't make the mistake of not taking me seriously.", this is the scent for it.

It's also very VERY strong-just once I tried layering the lotion with the spray and a co-worker told me "Damn woman-you smell like the perfume departments at Macys, Saks, and Neiman Marcus ALL put together!" It doesn't take much for this one to be overpowering. I also wouldn't recommend it on date night. It's not a warm, inviting, fall into me type of scent. It's feminine, but glacial.

Jan
03
2012
CamilaLC
CamilaLC

I got this for peanuts at a perfume outlet in Florida. It was a total nostalgic impulse. Maybe one day I'll get around wearing it, with a Revlon red lipstick and pearls. ;-)

Dec
30
2011
oona noir
oona noir

I see a lot of people have labeled this a winter scent, but on my skin it does *much* better the rest of the year. In freezing temps, this smells like old lady in a bottle on me. But put it on in 70 degree (F) weather and it is sex in a bottle. I love honey and this satisfies admirably from time to time. Do yourself a favor and test it in the spring or fall for best results.

Dec
24
2011
Hollie
Hollie

I was a young teenager in the late eighties/early nineties and I wore this then. I loved it...it had a clean,distinct smell that smelled mature but not old. I just bought a little bottle today because I thought I couldn't go wrong.

Ack.

I really don't think my nose and/or tastes have changed THAT much since then so this must have been reformulated?? All I smell is Aquanet or some other ancient, horrific hairspray. When I really get my nose down against my skin after ten minutes or so I can detect a slight remnant of the Red Door from my past but it's not worth it.

Bummer.

Dec
22
2011
20thcenturyrelic
20thcenturyrelic

I finally tested Red Door a couple of days ago. I'm not sure which concentration I tested - I didn't get a good look at the tester bottle. But whatever it was, it lasted for more than 8 hours on my scent-eating dry skin. The sillage wasn't much - maybe 1 foot for a couple of hours.

On me, it's an OK floral, with a prominent note I couldn't identify. It did seem soapier as the hours went by.

My rating: Meh. It's OK, but there are lots of fragrances I like better. If I received it as a gift, I'd use it up, but I wouldn't buy it for myself.

Dec
18
2011
Channi770711
Channi770711

This is one perfume that I don't like at all...Had a bottle many moons ago, but I won't use it today. I can smell red door from a mile away and it tends to give me a migraine

Dec
10
2011
Mushroomfat
Mushroomfat

IMO, Red Door is a misrepresented mess that so many consider a classic, where the formula is so offensive to smell and unbearably cheap it's needs to be overthrown and eliminated in a hostile takeover funded and organized by it's own creator, etch-a-sketch style! It's the mistake that created the eraser.

I honestly think it would really take off and be worthwhile among Fragrantica frequents and the whole fragrance loving community, if Elizabeth Arden were to create an EDP of Red Door, really specifying the EDP quality as bringing a softer (if not just as strong but with focus on the lighter notes) formulation that was much better quality sustained throughout the lifetime if its production (instead of cheapening off and focusing on the masses) therefor an opportunity for wearability and uncountable approval (and it would pretty much advertise itself too.) I've seen the same trend in any EA scent I've once loved that I haven't seen in nearly any other fragrance to date. (I'm not secretive of my conspiracy theory of the EA co.s business tactic)
Just a thought.

Dec
08
2011
jezziebezzie
jezziebezzie

I love Red Door, but I agree with many reviewers that this seems to be dependant upon the wearer's body chemistry.

There does seem to be a love it/hate it component to this perfume that can literally change the scent from wearer to wearer. I have smelled it on other people & had no idea it was the perfume I've been wearing daily (and enjoying!) for over 20 years.

Both men & women do seem to like it & respond to me when I wear it. At first I thought it was 'cause I wear too much, but I've been assured that's not the case.

Dec
06
2011
olga1780
olga1780

Ususally a lot of new and extreme scents tend to grow on me overtime. But for some reason the more I revisit Red Door, the more I get disenchanted with it, especially after having explored so many other fragrances in the same family.
It really lacks that smoothness that makes a fragrance smell ellegant and alluring. It could be due to extremely cheap ingredients.

Dec
06
2011
terra0821
terra0821

I agree with other posters that it's old fashioned, 'perfumy', heavy to the point of oppression, strong to the point of obnoxious upon initial application. But I'm one of those people with a strong natural body chemistry that devours lighter, more delicate scents quickly. So, while I may still smell 'clean' when wearing these other gauze-like perfumes, I'm told I don't smell like anything at all. Maybe someone will tell me they notice my bodywash but nothing else. Very frustrating when I've purchased and worn an expensive and delicate perfume. Money down the tubes.

EARD dries down delicately on folks like me and elicits compliments all day long; no kidding. Finally I've found a scent that results in a lasting feminine aura around me that isn't "Lever 2000".
Woot!

For someone like me EARD transforms into a lace shawl of a fragrance. For someone else, I can see where it would be camo and combat boots. Choose accordingly!

Nov
30
2011
Sorcerer1001
Sorcerer1001

I want to rectify my past review, i think i have finally come to terms with this one. Initially it had one odd note in the middle/base that made it smell off and gave me a migraine. The top notes i have and still do love but it was just too much for me that mystery note somewhere in the floral accord. Anyways i gave another try and put on the bare minimum, about a half spray between both arms and it didnt floor me, hooray! So i went the full monty and it seems to be working for me so far. Maybe i still am using less than i initially did or maybe i finally adjusted my perception enough to appreciate this one for what it really is, maybe both. So i would strongly urge anyone having the same problem to play with it and give it some time. It only took me 3-4 months to get it but it finally happened. I can now smell the peach and fruit in the top of it. Not to say it will ever be my favorite but its nice that my blind buy worked out after all.

Nov
28
2011
Radchick
Radchick

Judging by the notes I should love this. In real life though, this one has that dreaded persistent "cat pee" note on me. Odd, since there is no civet listed, or any other animalistic ingredient. Another one down to chemistry.

Nov
21
2011
goslawa
goslawa

For me this fragrance is conected with two feelings- fascination and annoing. That's why I like it so much. It's not the type of perfume which you can just like. There is a bit of sth like the smell of wax and a lot of vanilla. Sweet but not dull.

Nov
13
2011
sweetness10
sweetness10

I really loved this fragrance back in the 90s. It quite an elegant, floral, slightly sweet scent with a medium intensity, but not overly long-lasting. Now, while I don't dislike it at all, I wouldn't buy it again because I think it's a basic, slightly dated scent. It isn't very complex or expensive-smelling.

Nov
05
2011
Flowergrl
Flowergrl

I was curious about this with all the mixed reviews so I bought a mini, (edp I think). On my skin I smell honeyed roses with a touch of violet. It's very sweet but not overwhelming with just a drop or two on my wrists. In close quarters and overapplied I guess it could be too much. I wish I picked up the sandalwood but the roses and honey predominate. A good price for a potent scent if you wear it well.

Nov
04
2011
Shyn's Release
Shyn's Release

My mother gave Red Door to a friend as a gift and then she gave me the mini perfume and lotion and shower gel.I didn't want it because I knew it was too strong.However, my mother insisted that I take it and try it out.Well, I did and I was amazed and impressed by the quality of the products especially the shower gel and body lotion.The shower gel just a 100ml was so concentrated it lasted a very long time and left my skin soft and scented.Same with the lotion I especially was impressed that you didn't need much.The fragrance of Red Door which my husband loves is elegant heady with notes of red flowers and ylang ylang among other notes.This is quality elegance very womanly scent.Only a very small amount is what you need.By time I finished this I was in love with this.It can be bought at resonable prices lasts forever yet feels so elegant.So timeless what a classic and yes I will be buy some of this and wearing it with pride.
I can see how many don't like it as I have been one of them but I give it a chance you may find yourself smitten by this bold 80's fragrance classic.Give it a chance you may grow to love it like I have.

Oct
22
2011
Scenxtual
Scenxtual

I'm not a 'granny' (heaven only knows why so many snicker 'old!' at the mention of Red Door), but I do sometimes wear this one...and when I do, the guys at work are frequently spotted sneaking up behind me just to "breathe you in" (their words). They say it's "intoxicatingly soft, clean, fresh and alluring" to their noses and that they "just can't get enough of it".

It lingers so softly and pleasantly on my clothes and invokes memories of beautiful Spring days, dappled sunlight through new leaves, babbling brooks and frolicking Friesians...go figure!

A woman at work loved the way it smelled so much, that she purchased a bottle one lunchtime, but much to her dismay, it smelled exactly like Paris on her skin - a perfume she loathed. I guess that's evidence of how changeable a fragrance can be from one person to the next.

Red Door shall remain one of my trusted friends :)

Sep
05
2011
IamWoman
IamWoman

I received a mini "gift" sample of this with a purchase. Lovely to smell from the tiny bottle. Once applied (even with a Q-tip), however, I felt as if I'd been slapped across the face. Then came the headache. Now, after the drydown...I'm still waiting for the true beauty of this fragrance to surface. Unfortunately, that is not to be. Normally, I've never had problems with Elizabeth Arden fragrances. Red Door, however, is a completely different story. This really disappoints me, as the fragrance really IS lovely, aside from being overwhelming and headache-inducing. It's as if there's a "clash" between all of its beautiful notes. I can SENSE the beauty in this fragrance, but it is so "rough" and hard-hitting (for me) that I can't seem to get to it. If only this fragrance had a bit more "smoothness" to it, it would be heavenly...feminine, elegant, and even aristocratic. But, until then, all I'm getting from this is a scent that says, loud, rude, and pushy. My apologies to all those who love this fragrance, but I find it a bit too "brassy".

Sep
01
2011
olga1780
olga1780

I don't mind its potency at all, but it is kind of rough around the edges. If it was a little bit smoother, it would be just perfect. Nevertheless still like it!

Sep
01
2011
HappyShopper123
HappyShopper123

Red Door is a full-on blast from the 80s sexy perfume. There isn't much about it that's subtle! The base notes really dominate on my skin and after a while leave me feeling slightly headachey. I wish I could wear this as the ultimate effect is very sultry.

Sep
01
2011
seatonica
seatonica

The 80s monster I was expecting from the reviews never arrived. After a heady burst reminiscent of Chloe Narcisse, Red Door quickly faded to nothing on my skin.

Aug
14
2011
TawnyMoon
TawnyMoon

Reminds me of Poison (which I dislike) they seemed to be popular at the same time in the 90's. Its a strong, bold scent and shouts to be noticed which I could tolerate in small measure but too much I find a little nauseating.

Aug
13
2011
DrPattyCakes
DrPattyCakes

I had to click like and put in my first review.. this is the perfume of my deceased mother and every time I smell it I remember her.

I always ask to smell it when I go into a store and not only that.. to show testament to how recognizable this smell is - I never got a "no" when I thought I smelled it on someone and asked if it was Red Door - let's just say those sweet ol' nannies are impressed with my nose :)

Aug
08
2011
Migalex
Migalex

I have two different versions of Red, Door, both acqured in the last four years, one made in France and the other one in th USA, and they are slightly different, the one made in thge uSA being much woodier, and the other one honey sweeter and also much more ambery. I do like the french version better, but my review underneath is for the american version, which is the one I have worn more often. I am surprised that no one else here mentioned the two versions. I do not understand why some people say they hate this perfume. It does not smell sophisticated and I can understand that not everyone likes wearing pefumes this loud, mostly these days. But it smells good, and much better than most of the other perfumes out there and, even rarer,lasts and lasts and everyone around you will smell it. It is actually pervasive, which in itself is a good thing, if not for anything else, for its rarity. You touch the opening of the spray nozzle and will keep smelling it for the rest of the day. Also the other people seem to love it, which rarely happens with most of the other perfumes. The evolution is quite dramatic since it changes a lot over time, going from a very strong anise opening, which I would swear has also adehyds, through a flowery sweet rose and jasmine stage, quite woody, and at last it smells very much of amber and musk, which I love and makes it a true floral oriental in a traditional way, although I do not think at all it is a classical perfume. After several houirs, the woody scent has gone. I actually find the scent somehow close to Poison, and the composition is quite similar. They are very different but share some features, to do mainly with the fruity part of the scent. In Poison the anise is much much heavier ans lasts for hours. This note imparts Poison opening a freshness Red door does not have. Also, Red door is very woody, which Poison is not. But the fruity notes are of the same type, although in Poison they are sweeter, while in Red Door they have a sour twist, with softens with time. At the same time The harshness of the strong anise opening make Poison cruder. I also find Red Door relatively, actually even more, similar to C'est La Vie and this one shares with Red Door the woodiness. Red door is sold cheap, but I find it very good.

Jul
26
2011
SandraV
SandraV

I know I am in the minority but I adore this scent.I bought a little mini of the parfum and I'll admit:at first it was so strong and cloying.It instantly took me back to the 80s.Well I decided to give it another shot and something sure changed-I put a tiny drop on one wrist and pressed my other wrist to it....and it was wonderful.It does start off a bit strong but I like the actual smell.I get A LOT of honey out of it which is one of my favorite notes.The main floral I get is violet-not rose.It quickly becomes a honeyed violet on me and lasts forever.The drydown is just a warm honey scent.I really like this-I can see how even just one spray would be too much but a single drop is perfect:I can't even smell it if my arm is more than 2 feet from my nose.A new favorite for sure...in fact with all the perfume I have this is the one I have reached for every time for the past couple of days.

Jul
11
2011
melitalee
melitalee

I love Red Door's smell but it is just to strong. I can't wear even a little bit of it. I tried every way possible to make it work for me.

Jul
11
2011
Miffymuffin
Miffymuffin

I love this scent. I bought it off eBay in a pack with 3 others (Sunflowers, Fedi Theorema & Madness Chopard). I bought them all without knowing what they smelled like. I was not disapointed with any of them.
I get honey and sandlewood. Not at all old ladyish. I have to keep sniffing myself as I smell so good. Great staying power, 24 hours and its still there.

Jul
10
2011
olga1780
olga1780

Oh, and it also reminds me of Teatro Alla Scala by Krizia

Jul
09
2011
olga1780
olga1780

I spontaneously raided TJmaxx for some stinkers today, Red Door one of them!
Red Door is a very rich oriental floral, reminds me very much of Chloe Narcisse and Le Chic by Molyneux.
If applied in reasonable amount, it can be a very nice fragrance for winter time. But for me, it doesn't reach the bar of being a special occasion perfume.
I'm glad i got a 1.7 EDT and not a large EDP like I had intended to buy blindly before. With this huge sillage it will last me until death do us part.

Jul
07
2011
glama
glama

UGH It smells like hotel soap or that pink hand soap in public bathrooms too rosey & chemically. I got this for Xmas in a coffret set- Green tea (nice) provocative (smells like grape juice) 5th ave (nice) Mediteranian (very nice) red door- my daughters & I all hated it & said soapy.

Jul
03
2011
Mad-Lainey
Mad-Lainey

I cannot tell much difference between Poeme by Lancome and Red Door by Elizabeth Arden.
Both are rich floral fragrances appropriate for an evening night out or the office, if applied sparingly.
Fruity notes are not really detectable, I cannot tell particular floral notes either.
The dry down in both, Poeme and Red Door, is woody-creamy-honey and lasting power as well as silage will keep you from re-applying during the day :-)
Good quality fragrance which, to unknown to me reason is being called 'an old lady perfume'.
I cannot help but wonder what does it mean the 'old lady perfume'?
I think it is quite offensive and age discriminating feature to associate awful (to some of you) fragrances with an old lady type of perfume.
We will all turn old eventually, I wonder how would some of you feel to hear you're wearing a fossil type of fragrance???
Have a moment to think about this :-)
xxx

Jun
11
2011
amcleo
amcleo

es un perfume verdaderamente elegante solo para usar en la noche por ser tan fuerte no es el tipico perfume juvenil...

Jun
02
2011
pw
pw

excellent staying power lasted days could not believe it

Jun
02
2011
stella by starlight
stella by starlight

i love this perfume and i've been lovin it since i was 20 something. nothing smells like it. its feminine, even festive, strong and assertive. long lasting and warm. for a "woman with balls".

May
24
2011
katyas
katyas

I got a small roller-ball of the EDT of this scent and just love it - lots of flowers (I get lilac for some reason?) with the sweetness of honey and sandalwood at the base - to me it smells like a fragrant bouquet. Lots of people have commented that it is really strong, but that hasn't been my experience. The first application wore off after only a couple hours, as did the 2nd and 3rd - I applied it for a 4th time and that time it stayed - apparently it just needed to soak into my skin or something - and stayed and stayed and stayed - almost 24 hours and I could still smell it; and it still smelled great on me!

May
06
2011
Convict13
Convict13

This is one of those perfumes where a little goes a long way. I couldn't wear this to work for ages because the girl I worked next too used to get a headache it I wore it, and believe me I didn't overdo it, but she is gone now so I can wear once again. Originally an expensive perfume when it first came out, never at the lower end, and I believe that the fragrance has changed throughout the years, it is not as good as it was in the early 90's, but I still like it and wear it.

Apr
21
2011
krissycat
krissycat

I think I'm one of the ones who like Red Door. I can see how wearing too much of this would produce a migraine, but I bought just a little tiny bottle of perfume and I just dabbed the scent on my pulse points, so I just get a soft breath of the fragrance, not a hurricane of scent.. and I think applying it this way might be the trick. I'm assuming a little goes a long way with this one.

Apr
20
2011
derkargy
derkargy

this is my mom's signature perfume.I still love it,after so many years...

Apr
20
2011
harmony
harmony

i got this perfume from my ex boyfriend on my birthday seems like it's working magic on me cause the feelings are rekindling and i'm loving him more than before.it's so classic...

Apr
20
2011
xanman
xanman

Love this perfume on others, a co-worker, my sister and step mom all wear it, and frankly.they smell gooood! I find Red Door to be a warm,sensuous, soapy, jasmine fragrance. Clean and heady at the same time.Changes up and is hardly recognizable as "Red Door" during its development, depending on chemistry. Sometimes a whiff of fresh laundry, other times a jasmine filled garden on a hot summer day. Yes, Red door is quite obnoxious at first, chemically, brazen, whatever you want to call it, fine. But so are many other fabulous perfumes in their initial openings.So please don't judge this book by it cover, Thank you

Apr
10
2011
Doc Elly
Doc Elly

This is exactly as I remember it from years back when it first came out, a medium-sweet, completely synthetic-smelling scent that somehow manages to be plasticky and flat despite its overpowering strength. It’s generic floral, with a base right out of the industrial-sized vat of 80s drugstore floral mix, with even more random stuff added so that everything cancels out everything else, leaving absolutely nothing to recommend it. Sometimes tastes change, but not this time. I disliked Red Door back in 1989, and I still dislike it. Enough said.

Apr
10
2011
Wim Janssens
Wim Janssens

If you don't like this fragrance then it is something very personal. It is not because you don't like it the fragrance is crap. Red Door is a very good creation, you just need to like it. Compared to other so called "niche" fragrances I have to admit that this fragrance is from an outstanding quality for its price.
Be nice to each other! ;-)

Apr
08
2011
viewdemonde
viewdemonde

I was really floored when a female relative gave my daughter - who was in her early teens at the time - a HUGE bottle Red Door for Christmas, which is more a perfume for a mature woman. Maybe it was given to this person and she didn't like it and passed it on. It's still sitting in a cupboard, hardly used. I have to admit, sometimes use it as room fragrance, just to use it up! I just hate the title, though, RED DOOR. "What are you wearing?" "Red Door." Sounds odd.

Mar
29
2011
Ms. Holmar
Ms. Holmar

I love this smell but that is because I associate it with my grandmother. This was her signature scent. Whenever my brother or myself smell it, we always think about grandma. I would not wear it because to me it is a fragrance for an older person, but I would spray it around if I had it because I miss my grandmother :( and it would feel like she was in the room again. Funny how scents can bring back memories...actually the sense of smell is very much linked in our brains to our memory center and that is why a good perfume is important. THere is a lot more to it. If you have a boyfriend make sure that he likes it and if he does, what if any memories it brings to him (make sure it doesn't remind him of his ex or his grandmother, especially if you are "intimate" with him...

Mar
28
2011
seaofghosts
seaofghosts

I don't like this at all. A perfume I had as a teen and I think every perfume wearing woman on the planet has probably owned this at one stage or another. There is nothing unique about it (except for the cheap price perhaps) and the fragrance isn't pleasing to my senses. The bottle is world-renowned though so I'll give Elizabeth Arden props for their marketing. It's your run of the mill grand-mothers perfume, low-priced and resilient. All those things aren't necessary a bad thing but it's not for me.

Mar
18
2011
cisco
cisco

Awesomeness just gifted me a small bottle of Red Door and it is just what I remember which is a lovely Oriental Floral. It is just sweet enough for daytime wear. I think it is my favorite out of her line and I like several of her fragrances. This is a great "go to" perfume. The sillage is average and the lasting power good.

Thank you again awesomeness.

Mar
18
2011
Vamy69
Vamy69

This is a very strong perfume. I was actually not expecting it to be that strong. It for some reason sort of reminds me of Giorgio Red. The two could be cousins. Not a bad scent but nothing that hasn't been done before.

Mar
16
2011
twillocks
twillocks

I love Red Door!! have worn it since it came out! I wish i could find another perfume that I would love to wear like this.

Mar
10
2011
kosmoskukka
kosmoskukka

I love Red Door. For me this scent is very sexy and sparkling, temptation. Red Door have strong nature, not like a mass scent. For strong Ladies who knows what they want and do not hesitate. Live their dreams true. They Dare to walk throught this Red Door.

Feb
26
2011
kmpp
kmpp

I used to love this fragrance. I first began wearing it in 1991 as a college freshmen. Men would walk up to me just to tell me that they loved what I was wearing. I had never had that reaction with any fragrance I had worn previously. The scent is feminine, yet it has a sexiness to it. This became my signature scent.

However, over time this scent became so common - my aunt began wearing it, I began noticing it on so many women, and it began to be sold in the discount and drug stores making it likely to become worn more widely - that my love affair came to an end.

Feb
01
2011
marmh
marmh

I love this perfume and have for a few years. Everytime I wear it, I get compliments and men ask me what I am wearing because they want to get it for wives etc. I have had men come up and just smell me :)

Jan
31
2011
sweetnspicey
sweetnspicey

I just received a mini EDT from a friend who didn't want it, and hmmmm...I like Red Door. It's good. The first spritz is a strong blast of florals and peach, but like most perfume, the blast fades away in a matter of minutes. What's left behind is sweet, floral, jasmine, plum, and honey. The musk, benzoin, and sandalwood really shine in the drydown. I think it's a very classic floral. It does not make me think of old ladies in the least. On the contrary, it makes me think of a very sweet, pretty, charming young lady who's really got her sh*t together. The kind of girl who has everything going for her and who graduates magna cum laude from Harvard Law because both her parents did. Thoroughly enjoy this one.

Update: I bought a large bottle of EdT and thought it didn't smell quite so good as the mini. It turns out my mini was Parfum, not EdT! I highly recommend seeking out the Parfum. It's smoother and lacks a certain plastic smell that the EdT has.

Jan
20
2011
boardbat
boardbat

obnoxiously blaring as written by another reviewer, absolutley sums this one up. too much of everything and just too strong and cloying. not for me.

Jan
09
2011
Fashionkid123
Fashionkid123

I love Syrenna's review, so I'm officially buying this fragrance...I always look around it thinking it can't smell good! if only perfume boxes in the store had top/middle/base notes written on the back! haha

Jan
09
2011
Syrenna
Syrenna

I just don't get it! I LOVE this scent! Red Door was my moms favorite perfume. She always wore it. She's been gone now for nearly 13 years and to this day if I smell it I am flooded with wonderful memories of my mom! She was a very classy lady and the best mom that ever set foot in shoe leather!

Even now my 24 year old daughter will cry when she smells Red Door because it reminds her of the grandmother that she lost when she was so young. A grandmother she loved VERY much!

Yes, the perfume is strong. But that's easy to take care of..., DON'T BATH IN IT! A little goes a long way. And it's a WONDERFUL fragrance.

Dec
24
2010
nature nut
nature nut

I shut this door and never opened it again. It was noisy and chaotic in there and I couldn't hear myself think.

The problem for me was too many indistinct notes going on and the result was unnerving, like a brass band with the musicians playing different tunes at the same time.

Not horrible by any means, just a waste of perfectly good skin in my opinion.

Dec
13
2010
guest_Belle
guest_Belle

I can only base my review on how this smells on my grandmother: wonderful. Like any perfume, if you aren't careful it can be overwhelming. Someone should be within a few feet of you to smell it. My grandmother had this down and I could only smell it when she hugged me. I only have pleasent memories of it.

Dec
12
2010
xanman
xanman

I understand why alot of folks write negative reviews about this perfume. It is a blaringly obnoxious perfume upon initial application.Very strong blast of rose. Also it must never, ever be applied to clothing,it simply won't develop if this occurs. However, give this scent a chance please.It is actually nice after being on the skin for approximate l/2 hour and becomes even more wonderful as time progesses,dry down has a warm jasmine soapy essence to it. Very appealing and alluring.As for the reviews that many a man finds it revolting ,both my stepmother and my sister wore this- at their husbands insistance.But of course they wore it the right way, in moderation and on the skin.Not a cheap smelling scent in the least.

Dec
06
2010
sweetcookie
sweetcookie

This isn't really a review but just my take on things here. I chose the Red Door thread because what I have to say seems particularly appropriate for this spot.
I like the site a lot, and have learned beaaucoup about 'fumes, but... I never understood why some members get soooooooooooooooo indignant (and, oftentimes, downright rude) if a pet perfume receives an unfavorable review. Are we all not allowed to an HONEST opinion, either pro or con, so long as it is tastefully written and meets site guidelines? And why should what strangers think of a scent bother someone so much?
A year or so ago, I was chastised and led to the proverbial chopping block for the egregious sin of disliking White Diamonds! Heaven knows, I'm not unique in that respect. So, as the perfume Marie Antoinette, I anticipated to read "Any last words, Madame?" There wasn't any such query, but if there had been, I would've cheerfully replied, "Yep, let them wear Bal A Versailles, instead!"
Conversely, MY scent was panned for being something like "a weird floral that makes little dogs sneeze". It was so laughingly inane, that I chuckled unbelievably hard. My sides split, and my day was made.
I don't know- maybe I have an off sense of humor-but there are MANY, MORE important and distressing things in today's world to fuel anger. Lighten up, people!
Sorry for the rant.

Dec
05
2010
guest_LD
guest_LD

I am 31 years old and I have loved Red Door for years. It is not an old lady perfume it is a storng womans perfume!

Dec
05
2010
noosagirl
noosagirl

Reading through the reviews of Red Door seems to confirm what I have always thought about it - it seems to be an elderly person's perfume, probably because they have worn it all their life. (By the way, I'd also fall into the older age group. I agree with the many people who said they seriously hate it. I can smell it coming a mile away and I hold my breath - it's way too strong and smells like cat's pee. It is awful and I just can't understand why, with all the fantastic and beautiful perfumes out there, that some ladies predictably wear this cheap and nasty perfume almost like an old age uniform. Sorry to be cruel about it, but I hate it so much and I'd really love those ladies to try something new and more refined.

Dec
03
2010
guest_
guest_

well mr kc rocker.each to their own!. everyone is entitiled to their opinion. i personally adore this scent and have worn this on/off for 21 years. ive had loads of compliments on this perfume.

Nov
27
2010
guest_kc-rocker
guest_kc-rocker

I am a guy who loves perfume on women(and likes to experiment with colognes on myself). Many types of scents are OK with me In fact, it's pretty exciting to smell new and different ones, being the openminded sort that I am.
That said, there is only one perfume that I simply abhor- and that is Red Door. I will NOT date a woman who wears it. Not because it's retro, as I am all about 80's music and love the era, nor is it because it's very floral. Red Door has all the right stuff, but, unfortunately, comes off smelling like a cheap, loud, obnoxious mess without rhyme or reason. Totally unappealing and devoid of any sexiness.

Nov
27
2010
sweetcookie
sweetcookie

OK, here's the scenario:
You're whisked away to a field of an impressive array of flowers. While taking this all in, something strange starts to happen. The field morphs into one gigantic venus (people?)flytrap which threatens to swallow you up. You wait and wait for this flower to take the form of,,,Rod Serling?????????????????? Well,not exactly. It isn't the Twilight Zone but the Red Door experience,
If you're a brave soul, by all means give it a whirl, but you had better like blooms.


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Nov
24
2010
mochaspice
mochaspice

Okay. This perfume smells pretty nice in the bottle. Still very strong. But when you put it on, well it can be very overwhelming. It just over powers you with ROSE lots and lots of rose. To me it's a granny scent (not in a bad way!).

Nov
21
2010
dfwag2011
dfwag2011

It was around 1996 when my older sister received a sampler gift set of mini perfumes, including Red Door, True Love, and Dana Navy. When we were trying them on, my fave was Red Door, by far (I was 7 years old at the time!!!) I need to go find them now and see if the verdict stands!

Nov
13
2010
guest_salz
guest_salz

my mum had this wen i was younger i remember i used to go to her room and wear it it smells lovely very longlasting might buy it again!

Nov
06
2010
secretcrush
secretcrush

Classic femininity and elegance!!! My mom wore this when I was a kid and I wore it as an adult... That should tell u something about it... Timeless!!! Word 2 the wise: use a light hand cuz this juice is seriously powerful lol...

Oct
20
2010
guest_LeeLee
guest_LeeLee

When I was in my teens and 20s this seemed to not quite work with my body chemistry or my tastes. It wasn't light enough. Or perhaps it was that I lived in a very warm and dry climate in Southern California. A few years have passed now and my body chemistry and my tastes and my climate have changed. I tried this on today in EDT and it was wonderful! I was surrounded by a bouquet of rich, lush flowers and the sandalwood and honey sweetened and warmed it up on my skin in the dry-down. 6 hours later and I still smell a faint trail of it on my wrists, with the sandalwood and vetiver lingering and only the faintest hint of floral. But one must respect it and go lightly when spraying! There are so many elements here that I love individually and in other fragrances, it almost feels like a celebration. And yes, I had 2 guys ask me what I was wearing and where I got it today. Maybe it's the weather, maybe it's the body chemistry, maybe it's just applying the right amount...But this is NOT just for "old grannies". Nor is the spa experience per its namesake! It's luxurious.

Oct
20
2010
truffles
truffles

DEFINITELY a Granny perfume.
Not offensive though. Not in the league of CK Eternity.
It is, weirdly, smelling a little bit like curry on my skin but I think that might just be something about my skin in reaction to some particular note, as I got the same effect with Estee Lauder Knowing.
Floral and 80s/pre-80s type of smell.
I got a miniature of this out of curiosity on reading lots of reviews, wearing it today.
Jury still out - my final test for a perfume is catching a waft when I'm wearing it outside, will be going out shortly so will know better then, although it's definitely not sickening to wear as some perfumes are.
Well, I wore it out and no lovely wafts :(.
Now that it's dried down though I'm getting LILAC strongly (or am I imagining things?).
Hmm, I will keep this for when I want a lilac hit. Even though I'm wary of subjecting others to this perfume too much as there's a raft of Facebook groups calling for it to be banned..
2nd update:
I've decided that smell-wise, despite the Grannyness, I really like this, it's comforting somehow.
BUT... I've also deduced that - I feel it on my skin and I feel it in my airways - this stuff is TOXIC. Might explain why so many people complain about smelling it on others.
I've only ever had this reaction to one other perfume - CK Euphoria - another one which I like the smell of but simply can't wear, and that affected 'only' my airways but not my skin.
I get a definite warm tingle on my skin from Red Door - wearers beware!
PS - Hmm.. Red Door/Euphoria - same creator.. interesting..
PPS: bit of net research - this perfume has been found to be particularly high in harmful chemicals called pthalates - my mini bottle is now going in the bin, nice smell or no.
EA, CAN'T YOU REFORMULATE THIS PERFUME TO HAVE THE SAME SMELL BUT WITHOUT THE HARMFUL CHEMICALS??

Oct
14
2010
adele l
adele l

Maybe this is one of those scents which should be revisited..I just got a large parfum sample as part of a makeup bonus kit and thought eww Red Door why? Smelled it many times before and didn't like it but guess what? It's just lovely, very mature and womanly, not horribly artificial as I remember. The drydown is outstanding- soft and clean- very pleasant surprise!

Sep
23
2010
lialuvhatetragedy
lialuvhatetragedy

I was skeptical to try this frag at 1st, cuz I thought that it'd smelled obtrusive, turned out that it didn't.I couldn't particularly detect any of the notes listed but this one totally smells like a beautiful bouquet of flowers! On me it smells very clean and pretty. For an EDT this has a monstrous sillage and superb staying power. Couldn't wait to get a full bottle soon :D

Sep
10
2010
beachgal09
beachgal09

I have used the whole line for years as I am one of the few fortunates who can wear it well. Definitely need the right body chemistry for this one. I often surprise people that are familiar with it because they like it on me but not on themselves. Buy as a gift only after wearer has tried and likes it. When it is compatible with your body it is awesome and very sexy. Yes it is strong and a little goes a long way.

Sep
03
2010
Cubby
Cubby

I'm trying Red Door EDT right now. There's something in it that reminds me of my grandmother's wonderful signature scent, Coty L'Origan (1905).

Jul
28
2010
sunshineandroses
sunshineandroses

I had some of this once that was a gift with purchase from Elizabeth Arden. It smelled good in the bottle but on me it was just too big of a fragrance. It was overpowering to me. A co-worker really liked Red Door and was planning on buying it. I gave her my bottle and she was so happy that she hugged me. To each his own ! She loved it and I would never use it. She was a young woman but could carry it off. For me it was just too much , I felt like the smell just exploded when it was on me. No, I don't think it's for mature women . It's just too much for some women regardless of age.

Jul
26
2010
Disconouvo
Disconouvo

This fragrance on the right person is amazing. It does not replace dry cleaning or showering as is often the purpose Red Door is put to. Also as you reach for what is now an incredible bargain remember that just because you can't smell it, the other passengers on the bus, pulling their handbags over their face are letting you know they can and have probably forgotten their ventalin puffer.
in the 90's it was a recession buster. it was for woman who would wear a small drop. Red Door suits frugal application not the way we spray the modern transperant wiffs that are released daily.

May
27
2010
sistertricked
sistertricked

I like well-made florals and orientals, so I like Red Door. I enjoyed the initial flowery blast (applying only a quarter of one-sray quantity) with its orange flower and peach notes, inhaling long for a good serving of the rich flowers coming forth. At a second step orchid, rose and jasmine and later honey and sandalwood appear, tamed down and creating a confident aura. Worn in the right amount, this perfume is brilliant, rich but also simple, having a positive attitude. In the drydown I am left with an almost aldehydic airy soapiness and slightly musky feeling, which is very far from the bright beginning as a floral. It is not to be feared for its floral richness, but sought for, like a trusted friend. I expected it to have a pronounced honey note in the drydown, but on me such note only stays for a short while. It leaves an overall impression of cleanliness, like that left by neat people you can count on, people able to find a good solution for everything, to competently find simple ways to handle difficult tasks. Yes, I perceive Red Door as a bright and smart perfume, worn by all ages yet not by the very young.

For those who consider it too strong may I remind you that it stays well on clothes so you can spray the night before and have a slight waft the day after.

May
09
2010
guest_ggr
guest_ggr

Este perfume sofisticado elegante glamoroso, refinado no a cualquiera le sienta bien este aroma, es dulce queda muy bien este perfume a mayores de 30 años. Tiene un agradable aroma a dulce es solo para usarse en otoño-invierno.

Apr
30
2010
guest_Ang
guest_Ang

Though the name is nice and inviting, I do not feel the same for the fragrance. It is too strong, and yet, another fragrance toppled over with top notes of violet. It isn't appealing at all to me. Mabey when I get older and my sensory factor is less than sub par then I will too like it. But for now I do not. Oh well, venturing on...

Apr
21
2010
kittymoon
kittymoon

I remember I loved it but only for a few weeks... It's a very sweet and rich smell, almoust fruity. I find it grown up as well, I used to wear it as a young girl and felt very mature and sexy wearing it. I wouldn't wear it today, it reminds me of an American Lady from Denver Clan ;)

Apr
10
2010
tennischick
tennischick

I wore Red Door in the early to mid 90's, I smelled it on someone and had to ask her what she was wearing, she smelled so good! I fell in love with this scent and it worked very well on my skin! Everyone always asked me what I was wearing and that I smelled wonderful! and so it became my "signature scent" it became a part of me! I never tired of the smell it was kind of addictive to me! It seems nothing compares to Red Door, it is strong at first but after it settles it is a beautiful floral with the best lasting power I didn't have to keep reapplying it all day. Now years later I have used many other fragrances and have been on a mission to find something new and updated but have yet to find a new signature. (anyone have any suggestions?)

Mar
29
2010
The_Entity
The_Entity

best elizabeth arden frag, most of them are subtle florals, but this is strong and heady which i like in a frag, i first bought this in my teens, loved it, recently smelled it on a friend, which prompted me to buy again, still love it

Mar
26
2010
Lady Love
Lady Love

I don't like many fragrances of Elizabeth arden, but I have an affair with Red Door from the first time I tried it, and if this makes me and old lady, i wouldn't have no problem of being old forever!

This fragrance has 21 years on the market, is still very young.. but like all the fragrances of the 80's, is intense and very long lasting.
Red Door is a mature (but not old!) scent for any girl with self-confidence, high ideals, who want to get everything she want. And as it were not enough to, Red Door is one of the most elegant fragrances I know.


This beautiful Oriental Floral is definitely in my top 10.
Maybe I'm the only person who likes Red Door.


Anyway! Try it!

Mar
14
2010
guest_
guest_

I use to love this perfume. However my taste in perfume has changed. There have been many unkind reviews. On the right person chemistry this can smell devine.

Mar
03
2010
Vânia
Vânia

This sense is very similar to the perfume GIO by Giorgio Armani, it smells like candies or something like that....althoug im still testing this one

Mar
03
2010
guest_pc
guest_pc

this is one you will certainly never forget if you've grown up with it.

my mother wore this (just like evrybody here) and i love it.
not for me, anything with jasmine or tuberose rots on my skin.
but whenever i catch a whiff of this, it reminds me of when i was ten and i knew my parents were leaving the house to go out for a romantic dinner, red door would be wafting down our very long hall way.

i feel liek if this was made with better quality ingredients, and didnt cost $19.95, this frgrance and its composition would be given the respect it deserves.
but unfortunatly. its smells cheap. not like "i-think-a-hooker-would-wear-it" cheap, more like "i-just-got-this-imitation-chanel-bag-for-five-dollars" cheap.

Feb
21
2010
817flowers
817flowers

I love most perfumes - do not care at all for this one. My mother wore it - maybe to much - but I tried it and it still didn't like it. It's strong, over-whelming and though I hate to say it as I'm older - it's old lady.

Feb
16
2010
AnnMarie
AnnMarie

L O U D That's what this is
N I C E AND L O U D

not unpleasant at all though

Feb
16
2010
nyoka
nyoka

I LOVE this loud (takes a little) fragrance.You get a lot of fume for the money.IT smells exactly like candid by avon(EVEN CHEAPER).Maybe its because i have a BIG personality.LAUGH.All notes suit me and its one of the few I can actually smell.

Feb
14
2010
Robynlovesperfume
Robynlovesperfume

When you put only *ONE SPRAY* on your skin, THEN this scent is so womanly & elegant. As a matter of fact, on my skin, this actually reminds me of a 4x stronger version of 'Couture Couture', with the exception that Red Door is more spicey, and Couture Couture is sweeter. And when I looked at both of their notes, I noticed they share many of the same ones, so it's no surprise I thought that. Plus, they're in the same olfactive category as well.

While there are so many fragrances out there nowadays, there are few that can truly be considered 'womanly', but this one definitely is. I feel like a true lady when wearing this. In order to carry this scent off well, one must be classy, well-kept, self-confident, and elegant, otherwise this perfume won't be carried off as well, and therefore, be cheapened.

Feb
08
2010
Jillzilla
Jillzilla

Sweet, earthy, flowery, jammy. Unfortunately, beyond that, I can't tell what I am smelling in this fragrance, because there is a sharp, plasticky, parrafin wax note that develops instantly on my skin and pierces through all the other notes, obliterating the fragrance. The same thing happens with Nicole Miller - Nicole Miller, Givenchy - Ysatis, Givenchy - Amarige, and Jean Patou - Joy. Since, in each case, I applied only one distant and cautious spray to the wrist, I believe this is entirely the fault of my own chemistry. I'd just love to find out which note is causing this olfactory revolt!

UPDATE: It's the very present ylang-ylang note!!!

Feb
06
2010
imperfect-angel
imperfect-angel

well,my mom got it as a gift. And she gave it to me I decided to try it oneday because oriental floral has always been my liking, but definitely not this one! it gives me headache at the second i put in on and all day long either. Very long lasting, which is very bad for me in that day. Never gonna touch it again.

Feb
05
2010
kezbekistan
kezbekistan

I'm re-reviewing this one :-)
Older women love it, younger women love it, but us 'not Gen-X and yet not Baby Boomers' just don't tend to. So I'm wondering, why?
Yes, it still gives me a rotten headache if I get overwhelmed by it. Almost all of the 'Red' perfumes do... Oscar De La Renta, Giorgio of Beverly Hills, Hugo Boss... if anyone can tell me what is in so many 'Red' perfumes that causes this, let me know!
It does smell nice, if used lightly, on someone with the right chemistry.
Sassy1, I don't know how to define 'cheap' in a scent, but if you smell it, you'll know it ;-)
It could be Red Door, it could be Chanel No. 5, it could be Joy. But whatever it is for you, you'll know it!
I also don't believe in perfume being for certain ages, but I think we tend to associate a certain fragrance with a certain age... who doesn't automatically think of Big Hair and Huge Shoulder Pads when they smell Opium or Poison? Only those too young to have made the association.
And who doesn't think of teenage romance when they smell CK1? Only those of us too old to have made the asssociation!
Red Door is a strong and complex perfume, not for everyone, and not for crowded, confined spaces :-p

Feb
01
2010
frenkuzumu
frenkuzumu

When I ordered Red Door, first time, I was really suprised because my expectations are quite low about this perfume.I think I have prejudgements just because of the way it looks.
It's really impressive, It smells like a soap. Just like a tender touch on your skin. Every woman can wear this perfume without any hesitation. I love it!

Jan
26
2010
waking
waking

too mature for me. and the scent is too burning. Might fit for elder and noble ladies in Jane Austin's novels.

Jan
19
2010
Sissi
Sissi

I just got this for Christmas yesterday
and this is or maybe the No 1 favorite perfume in my collection This perfume
Represents the color Red it's Sexy
Passionate fiery Bold & daring!
I can find some notes like orange blossom rose jasmine Honey jasmine & Sandalwood.
but the others are less dominate to me
I Give this a 10!

Dec
26
2009
njawalt
njawalt

I love this scent. It's my favorite. I didn't like it when I was younger but I decided to try it again a few years ago and I love it. I get compliments on this fragrance all the time, especially from men. There is something very classic about it. You don't need much and it lasts.

Dec
25
2009
tee_vee09
tee_vee09

arden isnt the greatest i like pretty though.. my sister gave me a small bottle of red door for my birthday a few years ago and i couldnt tell her i hated it then she bought me a even bigger bottle the next year! Ew! So much better stuff on the market these days. Very strong and long lasting. Please not another bottle this christmas

Dec
20
2009
Firewhite24
Firewhite24

Well, it's good if you are looking for a perfume that lasts. But I personally don't like it. It's too strong and hurts my nose. It smells like something grandmothers would wear.

Dec
20
2009
livingdedgrl
livingdedgrl

i have this scent, i don't "love it" but don't hate it either, my husband absolutly LOVES this perfume. it is very strong and also reminds me of an older woman's perfume...but i still wear it once in a while for him! other people have commented to me while wearing it that i smelled nice. don't use too much of it though!!

Dec
05
2009
bartenderbabe
bartenderbabe

This fragrance reminds me of my first boyfriend's mother. I use to love going to their house, which was like a mansion. They were wealthy people. She was a very petite brunette who chain smoked and drove around in sports cars, wore tens of thousands of dollars worth of jewels at one time, designer clothes, etc. But she had a heart of gold. And the only thing she ever wore was Elizabeth Arden's Red Door. Which sums up this scent...enough to be rich, but still down to earth.

Dec
01
2009
guest_Anne
guest_Anne

I absolutely love Red Door -- it's just about my favorite perfume. I always come back to it. To me, it smells much more expensive than it really is. It smells like perfume that would be sold only in exclusive stores, therefore, it smells like perfume that a millionaire would wear. I always have the feeling of being a woman who knows about quality and style when I wear Red Door, hence, it gives me the feeling that I'm completely knowing when it comes to my overall appearance when I have it on. It's always good to be confident.

Nov
29
2009
myrakes
myrakes

I absolutely love Red Door. It is the first perfume I have found that stays with me all day long. I have also gotten more compliments when I wear it.

Nov
15
2009
Halvah
Halvah

It's a beautiful winter fragrance, relatively cheap in my country but no way would it call "cheap smelling"! When I tried it first, I loved the top notes, then I wanted to wash it off, but I didn't, and a few hours later I recognized myself sniffing my wrist time to time. Finally I found out that you should spray only a fewprecent of the amount you usually use of perfumes to be able to enjoy Red Door, but if so, it can be really nice and even a signature scent! I often feel the athmosphere of christmas when sniffing this beautiful aroma.
It's complex and a bit dated, yes, but as a classic it should be worn only by those with a proper style and skin chemistry of course. It's a "lady", but a very elegant, chic lady who knows what she is and what she wants. It's character is a bit similar to Giorgio (G. Beverly Hills)or Chloé from 1975.
Anyway, now, in 2009 this fragrance is really outstanding and you need a certain courage to wear it, but if it goes well with your skin you will love it.

Nov
12
2009
guest_lulu
guest_lulu

There is an underlyin lingering scent that I cant seem to tolerate and till this day havent figured out what it actually is. Its an 'aquired' smell and I can see why this iconic fragrance isnt on everyones favourite list.

This fragrance is like a 'has-been' socialite who lost her reign of popularity when younger gals took to the celebrity spotlight - Red Door was produced in the wrong era when newer olfactive perfumes came to rise and oldies like Red Door were being forgotten.

Nov
10
2009
Sassy1
Sassy1

Wow...if this is considered a cheap smelling frag, I want to live where you people do cuz it must smell like a million bucks!
What does cheap smell like anyway, because I've tried some new perfumes that have so much alchohol in them you could mix with a little soda and get drunk. I've sniffed others that smell like vitamins and cough syrup.
Talk about cheap and synthetic...
Give me this classic full bodied beautiful floriental any day of the week. A few drops and I'm wrapped in a simply wonderful seductive bouquet. I'll wear it proudly and know that I smell like a woman, not a bottle of Nyquil.

Nov
06
2009
c3c
c3c

I thought I might like this when I first smelled it in the department store but after I sprayed it I definitely don't. It's very bland, cheap is a great description. A disappointment.

Oct
24
2009
raleigh
raleigh

This was my signature fragrance in the early nineties, but it was very strong. It worked best when I could spray once or twice 2-3 hours before I went anywhere. What I loved most was the delicate fragrance that I noticed when I opened my closet door. It is still a special memory that I sometimes spritz on in the department store, but I am thinking of trying 5th Avenue of the Arden line instead.

Oct
17
2009
guest_Alex
guest_Alex

Inherited a huge bottle of this when my Nana passed away... it was her favorite. My mother and I both found it to be a bit too heavy for our tastes, so we gave it away. Definitely a very bold scent, but not a fan!

Oct
15
2009
milena
milena

A strong smelling perfume. I like the smell of this scent but not on me. On some women this scent is outstandingly beautiful and not overpowering at all.I need just a tiny drop of this scent to work on my skin.

Sep
24
2009
Miss Guerlain
Miss Guerlain

I can`t understand some of the really bad reviews people give this one on the internet. This is one of my classic fave-fragrances. And even when I don`t wear it people around me are asking me to wear it. It`s really strange. And people always truly honestly LOVE this one on me, and especially guys get really hot over it *LoL*. Maybe it`s just that this one comes out in "another way" on me, than on the ones "here & there" who are giving this grand beauty a bad review! I ABSOLUTLEY think you should try this one out - and just after doing so - make up your own mind!

Sep
16
2009
holly13
holly13

I wore this as a kid when I was 13 and 14. I was looking for a perfume to wear at that young age.

I don't like it anymore. It is a very sophisticated scent yet also smells generic in my opinion.

Sep
01
2009
michele23
michele23

I use to Love this perfume.I would get lots of compliments too but I think I got a hold of a bottle that was old once and ever since then I havent used Red Door.I use to love it.Maybe my taste has changed.

Aug
20
2009
teedee
teedee

Strong and flowery! Very strong actually...

I tried this in the drugstore, not knowing what to expect... it is a classic fragrance. I can imagine posh ladies from the 50s (may be)using it. But it feels too old for my taste.

Opens up with a very strong flower note, I couldnt stand it and wash my hand with water. To my surprise, it transform to pleasant smelling flower-powdery. Very unique smell I never get from other perfumes before.

May be I sprayed too much of it. I should go back and try again! this time...very cautiously with the dose :P

Aug
06
2009
lillybee
lillybee

Based on the 'big classic rose scent' description I bought a mini of Red Door on Ebay to try. It's totally different on me though. In the first few minutes, it's fresh sparkling herbal - spicy citrus then it changes into a big, indolic jasmine scent. Almost nothing else but jasmine! And I must say I never liked an overwhelming presence of jasmine.

About half an hour later other notes start joining in, like the violet and carnation, making it extremely strong and powdery smelling. The drydown is dark and woody with a powdery vanillic edge.

Overall it's a classic but unlike Shalimar, this didn't do it for me. There's something very sad in Red Door, it doesn't get me in a good mood. An overdose of violet often kills an otherwise great fragrance. You either love Red Door or hate it, it falls into the latter for me.

Jul
19
2009
MoietToi
MoietToi

My Grandmother wears this perfume and it suits her very well. But as soon as I tried it on I instantly thought:
"Agh! Old lady!"
But a few seconds later it smelled very elegant. I do understand that this is a very mature and extravagant scent that a few pepole can wear but I sure can't.

Jun
03
2009
guest_
guest_

Always reminds me of my Nanna. Whenever I saw her, she's hug me and I'd always smell like this after. I don't think I could imagine anyone young wearing this.

May
09
2009
exciter76
exciter76

I still have an old bottle of Red Door that I forget I own. It's from 'back in the day' (yes, the 1990s) but it still smells just as I remember. This was my signature scent when I was seventeen. Like so many reviewers before me have mentioned, it smells a bit dated since we now live in an age of gourmand/dessert fragrances.

I hesitate to refer to this fragrance as exclusively for older or 'mature' women. This fragrance does not discriminate according to age. However it does discriminate according to personality and confidence. I think referring to this fragrance as a "power fragrance" is brilliant. I think age is getting confused with self-assuredness which is often acquired over time. That said, this scent is better suited for a confident twenty year old than a timid fifty year old.

I don't love it as much as I once did. Not that I've lost my moxie. I've grown more mellow as I've grown older (I'm in my thirties now) and I burned myself out with this fragrance. Since I've reminded myself of my once-prized perfume, I'll have to enjoy it once again.

May
02
2009
sharyssa
sharyssa

One of my all time favorites. I love the spicy note and the fact that it lasts! I need to go buy a bottle I haven't worn it in years! But I remember the smell of this lovely fragrance!

Mar
02
2009
missk
missk

This is my mother's signature scent. It's a strong, yet elegant and sophisticated rose scent.

Sure, this fragrance is mature, but not in the way that everyone makes it out to be. Red Door is quite a complex fragrance, and in my opinion it does not smell like an old lady. A young person, with the right skin chemistry could quite easily wear this.

I must say that this fragrance smells amazing on my mother, many people have asked her what she's wearing and have been surprised to discover that it was something as simple and inexpensive as Red Door.

Feb
24
2009
Cherub573
Cherub573

I used to use my mom's bottle of Red Door until she gave me my own miniature. I wore this when I was 13-14 years old and haven't touched it since. It does seem more of a mature, classic fragrance. Not in a powdery way though, it's very professional, as someone else mentioned, a "power fragrance". It's difficult for me to pick out any particular notes. Can easily be overwhelming if overapplied.

Feb
04
2009
ineedavktion
ineedavktion

Classic and you either like this one or you don't. I love the florals that it dries down to. I occasionally use this one as my 'power' fragrance in the office. Not to strong, but still has a nice statement. I wouldn't wear it all of the time, I have others that I like better so I didn't get a giant bottle, just a little mini when I want to others to take notice in a good way.

Jan
31
2009
Ayse
Ayse

i was given this perfume by my mother when i was 16. she obviously liked it...so did i at the time. but looking back now i dont understand how i used to wear it as its a really mature perfume. i think i would like to wear it when i reach my 50-60s.

Its a perfume that makes you trust the wearer... u just asume someone who wears this perfume is really kind and loving.

Jan
21
2009
Rach86
Rach86

I love this scent... spray it with a light hand, and it's very subtle. The dry down is mostly sandalwood on my skin, and I find it comforting. The only problem is that the reason I find it comforting is that it reminds me of the scent my grandmother wore (it may have been her scent - I'll never know).

It doesn't really fit my life stage or my personality, but it is lovely and classic. I'd wear it on a night when I pulled out my LBD, but not on a night when I wanted to feel sexy.

Jan
20
2009
snobuni77
snobuni77

I wore this perfume when I was 16 & I loved it.It has a distinct rose scent to it & on the right person it smells gorgeous.I don't think its an old women scent either although it is a mature scent.I still admire it from afar & I know what it is when someone else has it on & walks by me.
It is a very pretty scent & if your a rose lover you have to try this out ;)

Dec
30
2009
Chatnoir
Chatnoir

An 80's statement frag with a lot of rose. This was popular on women my mother's age when I was in HS, so I always have considered it an "older" scent. It was waay too strong for me back in the day, but I actually found myself liking Giorgio, so maybe I'll give this another chance...

Update- I tried this today, and I love it! I guess I just needed to grow into it. I also think it doesn't hurt that this bold rosy floral smells nothing like all of the fruities that are the rage right now. I also enjoy the spiciness that peeks out ofter drydown.

Dec
29
2009
essija
essija

I too used to love this, in my younger days maybe b/c It was easily accessible or popular at one time. Now as I have become much more into scents and sniffing I'm not so much a fan. For my personal taste anyway, but not putting the scent down in any way, this is not bad smelling I have just changed my scent taste. This is Bold and Strong. Screams Floral and must be worn on someone who likes alot of attention. I would suggest this to someone who can wear a lot of jewelry and accessorize well b/c this will get a lot of heads turning. Might as well look good too. I'm more casual and descrete about applying scent. Pretty cheap in my area too..

Dec
06
2008
kokica
kokica

..this is a classical EA perfume...and I don't like EA perfumes...the are pretty flowery and fresh and almost as if they don't have any character...liked provocative woman though and Beauty by EA...but generally-those perfumes stopped in time,I think,they are just way too much 80-ies-like to be somewhat popular...
personally,not a fan!

Nov
13
2008
tangledvines
tangledvines

My mother received a bottle of this last Christmas, and when she spritzed it on I thought it smelled lovely! So I rushed out to purchase a bottle for myself. Bad idea. I should have tested it out on my skin beforehand. On me it smells dreadful. Like flowery soap. I don't think I am a fan in general of Elizabeth Arden's perfumes, as I have smelled several scents since then and have been unimpressed.

Oct
17
2008
Annette87
Annette87

I had both the perfume and the creamy body wash. It just didn't work for me. My daughter said the perfume was too strong. I did not care for the body wash either. But, hey I gave it a try.

Oct
16
2008
woogyjones50
woogyjones50

Not so sure I would say this is a perfume for 'old women' because I think it's great for women of all ages to be able to enjoy perfume without those kinds of constraints. But, boy, this one makes a statement! A friend wore it for many years and it was great on her but very, very strong. A male coworker told her smelling that perfume on her made him physically ill. With a light hand, it can be wearable and it does smell very flowery, but I don't think it's one to wear if you're going to be in confined areas with others for a period of time.

Oct
10
2008
Me_the_vip
Me_the_vip

a perfum for a special ocassion.
very elegant

Sep
20
2008
guest_GiGi
guest_GiGi

My mom loves this perfume and it smells nice on her, but on me the scent reminds me of the perfumey, flowery chemical cleaners fast food joints use to clean their bathrooms. It's not for me....

Sep
10
2008
amanda
amanda

my mother used it, when she was younger, when i smell this first i think of old times, not old women but women who lived their 20s and 30s 40 years ago, i could imagine this for people of the present, but they have to have enoght courage, unforunately im not brave enough to wear a fragrance like this, im a bit safe about perfumes, i rarely wear extravagant and outstanding ones

Aug
21
2008
guest_ZoeM
guest_ZoeM

Very flowery, like a grandma perfume. I found it elegant, but five hours later the smell is so chemical and is like a very cheap perfume

Mar
15
2008

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Red Door by Elizabeth Arden for Women Eau de Toilette 0.17 oz MINI
Red Door by Elizabeth Arden for Women Eau de Toilette 0.17 oz MINI
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Deodorant 1.5oz
9.95 USD
Red Door Deodorant by Elizabeth Arden, 1.5 oz Deodorant Cream for Women
Red Door Deodorant by Elizabeth Arden, 1.5 oz Deodorant Cream for Women
Perfume.com
Deodorant 1.5oz
10.35 USD
Red Door Perfume by Elizabeth Arden - 1.5 oz Deodorant Cream
Red Door Perfume by Elizabeth Arden - 1.5 oz Deodorant Cream
Elizabeth Arden
Deodorant
11.00 USD
Red Door Cream Deodorant
Red Door Cream Deodorant
Elizabeth Arden
Deodorant
11.00 USD
Red Door Cream Deodorant
Red Door Cream Deodorant
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Eau De Toilette 1oz
26.00 GBP
Elizabeth Arden Red Door Eau De Toilette 30ml
Elizabeth Arden Red Door Eau De Toilette 30ml
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Eau De Toilette 1.7oz
26.95 USD
Red Door by Elizabeth Arden for Women Eau de Toilette Spray 1.7 oz
Red Door by Elizabeth Arden for Women Eau de Toilette Spray 1.7 oz
FragranceX.com
Gift Set 0.85oz
26.95 USD
Red Door Gift Set by Elizabeth Arden Gift Set for Women Includes .85 oz Eau De Toilette Spray 1.7 oz Body Lotion .17 oz Parfum
Red Door Gift Set by Elizabeth Arden Gift Set for Women Includes .85 oz Eau De Toilette Spray 1.7 oz Body Lotion .17 oz Parfum
Perfume.com
Gift Set 0.85oz
28.03 USD
Red Door Perfume by Elizabeth Arden - -- Gift Set - .85 oz Eau De Toilette Spray 1.7 oz Body Lotion .17 oz Parfum
Red Door Perfume by Elizabeth Arden - -- Gift Set - .85 oz Eau De Toilette Spray 1.7 oz Body Lotion .17 oz Parfum
FragranceX.com
Eau De Toilette 1oz
28.75 USD
Red Door Perfume by Elizabeth Arden, 1 oz Eau De Toilette Spray for Women
Red Door Perfume by Elizabeth Arden, 1 oz Eau De Toilette Spray for Women
FragranceX.com
Eau De Toilette 0.85oz
28.90 USD
Red Door Perfume by Elizabeth Arden, .85 oz Eau De Toilette Spray for Women
Red Door Perfume by Elizabeth Arden, .85 oz Eau De Toilette Spray for Women
FragranceX.com
Gift Set 0.25oz
28.95 USD
Red Door Gift Set by Elizabeth Arden, .25 oz Gold Travel Mini EDP Spray Free Earrings and Free Brooch in Gift Box for Women
Red Door Gift Set by Elizabeth Arden, .25 oz Gold Travel Mini EDP Spray Free Earrings and Free Brooch in Gift Box for Women
Perfume.com
Eau De Toilette 1oz
29.90 USD
Red Door Perfume by Elizabeth Arden - 1 oz Eau De Toilette Spray
Red Door Perfume by Elizabeth Arden - 1 oz Eau De Toilette Spray
Perfume.com
Eau De Toilette 0.85oz
30.06 USD
Red Door Perfume by Elizabeth Arden - 0.85 oz Eau De Toilette Spray
Red Door Perfume by Elizabeth Arden - 0.85 oz Eau De Toilette Spray
Perfume.com
Eau De Parfum 0.25oz
30.11 USD
Red Door Perfume by Elizabeth Arden - 0.25 oz Gold Travel Mini EDP Spray Free Earrings and Free Brooch in Gift Box
Red Door Perfume by Elizabeth Arden - 0.25 oz Gold Travel Mini EDP Spray Free Earrings and Free Brooch in Gift Box
FragranceNet.com
Eau De Parfum 1.7oz
31.19 USD
RED DOOR for WOMEN by Elizabeth Arden EAU DE PARFUM SPRAY 1.7 OZ 100TH ANNIVERSARY UNBOXED
RED DOOR for WOMEN by Elizabeth Arden EAU DE PARFUM SPRAY 1.7 OZ 100TH ANNIVERSARY UNBOXED
FragranceShop.com
Eau De Toilette 3.4oz
31.95 USD
Red Door by Elizabeth Arden TESTER for Women Eau de Toilette Spray 3.4 oz
Red Door by Elizabeth Arden TESTER for Women Eau de Toilette Spray 3.4 oz
FragranceX.com
Eau De Toilette 1.7oz
32.67 USD
Red Door Perfume by Elizabeth Arden, 1.7 oz Eau De Toilette Spray for Women
Red Door Perfume by Elizabeth Arden, 1.7 oz Eau De Toilette Spray for Women
StrawberryNET.com
Eau De Toilette 1oz
33.00 USD
Elizabeth Arden Red Door Eau De Toilette Spray 30ml 1oz
Elizabeth Arden Red Door Eau De Toilette Spray 30ml 1oz
Perfume.com
Eau De Toilette 1.7oz
33.98 USD
Red Door Perfume by Elizabeth Arden - 1.7 oz Eau De Toilette Spray
Red Door Perfume by Elizabeth Arden - 1.7 oz Eau De Toilette Spray
Boots.com
Eau De Toilette 1.7oz
35.50 GBP
Elizabeth Arden Red Door Eau De Toilette Spray 50ml
Elizabeth Arden Red Door Eau De Toilette Spray 50ml
FragranceNet.com
Eau De Parfum 1.7oz
37.19 USD
RED DOOR for WOMEN by Elizabeth Arden EAU DE PARFUM SPRAY 1.7 OZ 100TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION BOTTLE
RED DOOR for WOMEN by Elizabeth Arden EAU DE PARFUM SPRAY 1.7 OZ 100TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION BOTTLE
FragranceShop.com
Eau De Toilette 3.4oz
40.44 USD
Red Door by Elizabeth Arden for Women Eau de Toilette Spray 3.4 oz
Red Door by Elizabeth Arden for Women Eau de Toilette Spray 3.4 oz
FragranceX.com
Eau De Toilette 3.4oz
40.78 USD
Red Door Perfume by Elizabeth Arden, 3.4 oz Eau De Toilette Spray Tester for Women
Red Door Perfume by Elizabeth Arden, 3.4 oz Eau De Toilette Spray Tester for Women
FragranceNet.com
Eau De Toilette 3.3oz
41.19 USD
RED DOOR for WOMEN by Elizabeth Arden EDT SPRAY 3.3 OZ TESTER
RED DOOR for WOMEN by Elizabeth Arden EDT SPRAY 3.3 OZ TESTER
FragranceShop.com
Eau De Toilette 1.7oz
41.95 USD
Red Door by Elizabeth Arden for Women 3 Piece Set Includes 1.7 oz Eau de Toilette Spray 3.3 oz Body Cream 3.3 oz Shower Gel
Red Door by Elizabeth Arden for Women 3 Piece Set Includes 1.7 oz Eau de Toilette Spray 3.3 oz Body Cream 3.3 oz Shower Gel
Perfume.com
Eau De Toilette 3.4oz
42.41 USD
Red Door Perfume by Elizabeth Arden - 3.4 oz Eau De Toilette Spray Tester
Red Door Perfume by Elizabeth Arden - 3.4 oz Eau De Toilette Spray Tester
FragranceNet.com
Eau De Toilette 3.3oz
44.19 USD
RED DOOR for WOMEN by Elizabeth Arden EDT SPRAY 3.3 OZ 100TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION BOTTLE
RED DOOR for WOMEN by Elizabeth Arden EDT SPRAY 3.3 OZ 100TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION BOTTLE
FragranceX.com
Eau De Toilette 3.3oz
45.05 USD
Red Door Perfume by Elizabeth Arden, 3.3 oz Eau De Toilette Spray for Women
Red Door Perfume by Elizabeth Arden, 3.3 oz Eau De Toilette Spray for Women
Perfume.com
Eau De Toilette 3.3oz
46.85 USD
Red Door Perfume by Elizabeth Arden - 3.3 oz Eau De Toilette Spray
Red Door Perfume by Elizabeth Arden - 3.3 oz Eau De Toilette Spray
StrawberryNET.com
Eau De Toilette 1.7oz
47.00 USD
Elizabeth Arden Red Door Eau De Toilette Spray 50ml 1.7oz
Elizabeth Arden Red Door Eau De Toilette Spray 50ml 1.7oz
Elizabeth Arden
Eau De Toilette
49.00 USD
Red Door Eau de Toilette Spray Naturel
Red Door Eau de Toilette Spray Naturel
FragranceNet.com
Eau De Toilette 6.7oz
49.19 USD
RED DOOR for WOMEN by Elizabeth Arden SET-EDT SPRAY 3.3 BODY LOTION 6.7 OZ COSMETIC BAG 100TH ANNIVERSARY BOTTLE EDITION
RED DOOR for WOMEN by Elizabeth Arden SET-EDT SPRAY 3.3 BODY LOTION 6.7 OZ COSMETIC BAG 100TH ANNIVERSARY BOTTLE EDITION
Beauty.com
Eau De Toilette
50.00
Red Door by Elizabeth Arden Aura Mother's Day Set, 1 ea
Red Door by Elizabeth Arden Aura Mother's Day Set, 1 ea
Beauty.com
Eau De Toilette
50.00
Red Door by Elizabeth Arden Mother's Day Set, 1 ea
Red Door by Elizabeth Arden Mother's Day Set, 1 ea
Beauty.com
Gift Set
50.00
Red Door by Elizabeth Arden Aura Mother's Day Set, 1 ea
Red Door by Elizabeth Arden Aura Mother's Day Set, 1 ea
FragranceShop.com
EDT Mini 3.4oz
50.95 USD
Red Door by Elizabeth Arden for Women 4 Piece Set Includes 3.4 oz Eau de Toilette Spray 5 ml Mini 3.3 oz Body Lotion 3.3 oz Shower Gel
Red Door by Elizabeth Arden for Women 4 Piece Set Includes 3.4 oz Eau de Toilette Spray 5 ml Mini 3.3 oz Body Lotion 3.3 oz Shower Gel
Boots.com
Eau De Toilette 3.4oz
53.00 GBP
Elizabeth Arden Red Door Eau De Toilette Spray 100ml
Elizabeth Arden Red Door Eau De Toilette Spray 100ml
Elizabeth Arden
Eau De Parfum
55.00 USD
Red Door Eau de Parfum Spray Naturel
Red Door Eau de Parfum Spray Naturel
Elizabeth Arden
Eau De Parfum
55.00 USD
Red Door Eau de Parfum Spray Naturel
Red Door Eau de Parfum Spray Naturel
StrawberryNET.com
Eau De Parfum 3.4oz
61.00 USD
Elizabeth Arden Red Door Revealed Eau De Parfum Spray 100ml 3.4oz
Elizabeth Arden Red Door Revealed Eau De Parfum Spray 100ml 3.4oz
Beauty.com
Eau De Toilette
62.00
Red Door by Elizabeth Arden Eau de Toilette Spray Naturel, 3.3 fl oz
Red Door by Elizabeth Arden Eau de Toilette Spray Naturel, 3.3 fl oz
Beauty.com
Eau De Toilette
65.00
Red Door by Elizabeth Arden Holiday Duo, 1 ea
Red Door by Elizabeth Arden Holiday Duo, 1 ea
Elizabeth Arden
Gift Set
65.00 USD
Red Door Valentines Day Gift Set
Red Door Valentines Day Gift Set
StrawberryNET.com
Eau De Toilette 3.3oz
66.00 USD
Elizabeth Arden Red Door Eau De Toilette Spray 100ml 3.3oz
Elizabeth Arden Red Door Eau De Toilette Spray 100ml 3.3oz
Elizabeth Arden
Eau De Toilette
68.00 USD
Red Door Eau de Toilette Spray Naturel
Red Door Eau de Toilette Spray Naturel

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