elizabeth-arden-provocative-womanInspired by Catherine Zeta-Jones’ beauty, Elizabeth Arden Provocative Woman perfume is a refined fragrance that combines exotic floral scents with subtle undertones of woods and amber. It is recommended for evening wear; however, it is light enough to wear during the day as well. Launched in 2004, perfume designers Loc Dong and Jean-Marc Chaillan created Provocative Woman under the Elizabeth Arden label. The result was a blend of lilies, orchids, lotus, and freesia on top of a base of amber and sweet woods that is neither too intense nor too subtle.

Elizabeth Arden Provocative Woman is a fragrance that is meant more for mature women than for teens and young adults, as its alluring scents are more sophisticated than the sweeter perfumes preferred by that age group. Delicate and feminine, the scent just makes you feel better about yourself. The refreshing fragrance helps you project an air of confidence and classiness no matter where you go or what you do.

Elizabeth Arden Provocative Woman Notes

Provocative Woman starts out with the fresh top notes of quince, ginger lily and water lotus, a light introduction for a serious perfume. Some people have categorized the opening notes as “powdery”, but only in the sense that it isn’t a heavy start. It moves into the middle notes of papaya blossom, pink freesia and midnight orchid, bringing out the sophistication of the scent, which gives the perfume its provocative name. The oriental florals in the heart are designed to incite the senses and enliven the emotions.

The longer the fragrance is worn, the more the base emerges, with Hinoki wood, red amber and white sand bringing the perfume to a close. The Hinoki wood is a unique addition to the perfume, as it is a prized oriental wood that is used to build shrines, palaces temples. Although its inclusion in the scent is a surprise, it is not shocking that it would be such a pleasant fragrance since it has long been associated with royalty in the orient.

Although there are hints of woody, citrus and oriental scents in Elizabeth Arden Provocative Woman perfume, it is best described as a floral fragrance. Its main notes are floral and it is a scent that is meant to be feminine, alluring and even a bit romantic. Many floral perfumes are meant exclusively for daytime wear, but this particular perfume is perfect for either day or evening wear because of its other undertones from other fragrance categories.

Elizabeth Arden at a Glance

Elizabeth Arden established her beauty company in 1910 and her vision of creating quality products and services that women need has continued into the 21st century. Elizabeth Arden was the first to introduce eye makeup to American women and popularized the term “makeover.” She also developed the first travel-size beauty products and began the practice of sending trained demonstrators and saleswomen to women’s homes to sell products.

Her line of perfumes are recognized across the globe, with Elizabeth Arden Provocative Woman being one of the most popular, alongside her signature scent, Red Door. Other perfumes developed under her label include:

  • 5th Avenue
  • Blue Grass
  • Eau Fraiche
  • Green Tea
  • Mediterranean
  • Pretty
  • Splendor
  • Sunflowers
  • True Love
  • Untold