Elizabeth Arden Red Door Aura (2012) {New Perfume}


Elizabeth Arden have introduced a limited-edition composition for the Holidays season of 2012 called Red Door Aura, a variation on the American classic Red Door from 1989. It's described as a more "dazzling and modern" version of the original,

" a vibrant new floral fragrance inspired by our luxurious classic Red Door. It takes a master perfumer to create a fragrance this luminous and sparkling while maintaining the elegant sensuality of our famous Red Door scent."...


The new Eau de Toilette is signed by perfumer Carlos Benaïm who is the author of the first Red Door.

The modernity of the new fragrance is said to be conveyed by the addition of woods and creamy notes - cue in a perfume like Sensuous by Estée Lauder, a modern feminine woody - while the top opens with very fresh notes of luscious raspberry, lily and Italian bergamot. In other words, we get to enjoy the best of both worlds, it seems ($49 - $65). Elizabetharden.com

An "aura" is a lighter, more evanescent yet enveloping impression of something more definite. The flacon is now a blush pink to make you experience better the new texture. 

Judging from initial reactions, this is an easy-to-wear perfume, with a day-to-night versatility. 

Olfactory Pyramid: Head: raspberry, bergamot, lily; Heart: orange blossom, jasmine petals, delicate rose; Base: creamy amber, sandalwood, soft musk. 

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  1. Oh my! I horribly despise the original Red Door. But THIS? This is so darn wearable and refreshing! I get a musky bitter orange, which morphs into a creamy jasmine pudding with hints of raspberry and orange. Yes, I get floral. I am not a fan of the foodie, gourmet scents and the raspberry in this, although lending a sweetness, stays away from the edible side. I find this a more complex scent than it seems. Is it bitter? Is it floral? Is it sweet? Is it a powdery? It seems to be all, yet none. My husband absolutely loves this scent. It lasts an impressive six hours on my skin. The silage is intrusive, yet not offensive. I think this flanker is a limited edition, so I got myself some back up bottles as well, which I normally never do.


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