Everybody knows somebody who wears Elizabeth Arden Red Door. Much like Chanel no. 5 and Opium, Red Door’s earned a spot in the fragrance hall of fame. Still, it’s one of those love it or hate it scents and, like the other classics I mentioned, tends to get more love from an older generation.
Now, however, Arden have created a fresh new flanker to the original; Red Door Aura, a scent that, according to them, is a ‘sensual yet bright floral that evokes the cheerful romance of a bouquet while holding on to the fresh smooth tones of wood’.
The same perfumer who whipped up the first Red Door, Carlos Benaim, used many of the original’s notes in creating his new baby but relied on sparklier top notes and a creamier, more modern dry down to create a more contemporary scent. Thus, Aura opens with luscious raspberry and bergamot lily, has a lush orange flower, rose and jasmine heart and a base of amber, sandalwood and musk.
Upon first spritz, I immediately pick up the raspberry and citrus and then – BAM – it suddenly manages to smell almost exactly like Thierry Mugler’s Alien which is one of my favourite scents in the world. It then morphs into a pretty easy-to-wear floral bouquet and later reveals its soft woody basenotes that have me repeatedly sniffing at my wrist.
While I think anyone who liked the original might appreciate this one two – both are still lush florals – I reckon Red Door Aura is going to go a long way in attracting a host of new, younger fans to the brand. In all, this is definitely not your mom’s Red Door.
Keen to try it yourself? It’s on counters right now and very reasonably priced in that a 30ml EDT is only R225.