"Tea. Earl Grey. Hot."
(Capt. Jean-Luc Picard)
I am a tea junkie. There is nothing like a simmering pot of tea. I am also a fan of fragrances that use tea as a note. I am a proud owner of TAK's T scent. This is not a fragrance that has a huge group of fans. Several of my MUA friends cringe when it is brought up. I am smitten and have been its staunch supporter since day one.
The new Elizabeth Arden fragrance called Red Velvet Door will have similiar troubles on getting a fan base. Red Door has a large group of loving fans. They also have a significant group of "haters".
This review is for the haters.
This is not just a reworking of Red Door. You can detect the subtle trace of it but the most powerful note is Earl Grey Tea.
Earl Grey tea is any tea blend with a distinctive flavour and aroma derived from the addition of oil extracted from the rind of the bergamot orange, a fragrant citrus fruit. Traditionally the term "earl grey" was applied only to black tea; however, today the term is also applied to both green and white teas that contain oil of bergamot. (wikipedia.com)
It surprised me since I have never been a great fan of Red Door. Arden does tea fragrances very well but this one is the most authentic. There is just something about this note that makes me think of a pot of tea on a chilly day. It has subtle sillage and a suprisingly lovely drydown.
Beauty Addict did a great review of this fragrance several weeks ago.
The 3.3 fl oz EDP is $52.50 and the 1.7 size will be $42.50
It is available at your local Elizabeth Arden counter.
Great Earl Grey teas are available at:
Ratings of the best Earl Grey teas:
photos: Blogdorf Goodman, wikipedia.
Disclosure: A press sample of this product was provided by Elizabeth Arden