Charlie Red 1993Eau de Toilette

Charlie Red (Eau de Toilette) by Revlon / Charles Revson
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Charlie Red (Eau de Toilette) is a perfume by Revlon / Charles Revson for women and was released in 1993. The scent is floral-sweet. It is still in production.
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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesGardenia, Orange blossom, Peach, Plum, Blackcurrant, Violet
Heart Notes Heart NotesCarnation, Jasmine, Lily-of-the-valley, Orchid, Rose, Tuberose, Ylang-ylang
Base Notes Base NotesAmber, Honey, Musk, Sandalwood, Cedar

Ratings

Scent

6.8 (66 Ratings)

Longevity

7.1 (52 Ratings)

Sillage

6.8 (46 Ratings)

Bottle

4.8 (52 Ratings)
Submitted by DonVanVliet, last update on 06.09.2020.
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8
Scent
6
Longevity
6
Sillage
5
Bottle
Elysium

389 Reviews
Elysium
Elysium
Helpful Review    4  
Womanly, Appealing, and Pleasant
I finally got my hands on this jewel. It was sitting on the shelf for €4,90, next to its sibling, Blue. And it turns out to be glorious! Well, I was looking for some reviews for Charlie Blue, which wanted to find out if it's the same scent as the classic Charlie, and I came across Red, which builds around the white flower's punch of tuberose, jasmine, and gardenia. Sometimes fragrances are initially not for you, and they need time to break through your heart and soul before you finally fall in love with them... and this is one of them. By the looks of it, Charlie Red doesn't seem to have many fans on here. However, I am proudly one of them from now on. With more notes than a magnum opus, Charlie Red has everything you could imagine, you name it, it's in there. This could be a general mess in the wrong hands, but the nose has fiddled with the dials until everything is just at the right volume. It smells more expensive than it is.

Charlie Red starts out very boozy as soon as I spray it. At first, it mightn't smell pleasant, with a familiar fruity-floral hairspray vibe, and I can understand some negative opinions here and there, but that is typical of such cheapie scents. So don't be hasty. It's quite good after a short while, all too tuberous, honeyed, and green, but then morphs into a delicately sweet white floral bouquet with no single flower taking center stage. The perfumer here attempts to keep the screaming tuberose on a leash by pairing it with a creamy magnolia and a very fresh Lily of the Valley. It almost works. The tuberose still muscles its way to the front, but in a more restrained, well-rounded way than usual thanks to a rich dose of honey, peach, and mellow orange blossom. When the violet leaf rises, it is pleasantly powdery, enforcing the make-up vibe. Let me tell you, I grow my own gardenias on my terrace; I know what the real flower smells like, and it surprised me to see how the nose replicated even that fleeting sweetness that comes with every puff. Nothing synthetic about it, if you ask me. The opening of Charlie Red is tender; it has an almost petal-like softness, even though you can smell some things to come.

The more it moves to the heart, the more it gets fruity, floral, burnt, and smoky. On my skin, I can definitely detect the sweetest notes of the yellow flowers, ylang-ylang, and orchid, mixed with the white flowers, which give off a waxy, vintage lipstick vibe. There is the slightly high-pitched whine of berries, rose and blackcurrant floating effortlessly over the top. And yet, it's never sticky-sweet. Instead, the carnation, and I swear some aldehydic note, keep it fresh. That's why people are saying it has a cottony, laundry, and soapy vibe to it. However, I don't find it off-putting as on myself. I catch hints of more of a clean cotton fragrance that I think is actually more of the carnation note. The peach is very dominant. It's ripe, honeyed, and has the peach skin velvet quality that I find rather sexy.

When the dry down comes to the flowery aspect tones down, the sensual notes of precious woods occur. It's woody, and a lot, over smooth and milky vanilla and sandalwood base. The cedar sits in the background. Instead, I get the burnt smell of roasted Tonka, which might come from the coumarin and honeyed amber shades. Somewhat a surprise to me, as I rarely like sweet fragrances, but there is a freshness to it that I love. The freshness even overcomes the honey. At this final stage the fragrance has a familiar aroma, and it took me a while to match it. You know what? That's the delicate fragrance of NIVEA Creme, which takes me back to my childhood and a summer’s day appears in my mind’s eye when I smell that all-purpose body cream in the blue tin. Scents influence our feelings and memories. The Nivea's scent is as pure and "simple" as it is multifaceted, a cream that "tastes good", remembers a soft perfume that pampers you. It is an aroma that envelops the skin and senses and simply ... makes you feel good!

I love the fine, casual, slightly intoxicating mash of florals and booze. Sillage softens dramatically after the first hour, but it has impressive staying power. Even after half a day, I was still getting friendly little floral whiffs floating up to my nose. I tested it last night before going to bed, and this morning I woke up with a gentling and cuddling redolence coming from my wrist, and yeah, it still was there under my skin. I can match its floral notes with formal daywear, casual weekend apparel, and it can add a hint of eroticism to that little black cocktail dress. Spring and Fall are the best seasons for me.
A cheapie fragrance that does not disappoint. If you want to take a dip in the past to rediscover joy and carefree, that typical hint of spring that looks timid, a fragrance that does not invade but remains soft on the skin. I have heard that Red layered on Blue is very interesting. Close your eyes and take a deep breath. Even blindfolded, there’s no mistaking it: the fragrance of Nivea cream is there. Definitely worth trying with such a great price!

This review bases on a 100 ml (3.4 Fl. oz) I own since Aug 2020.

-Elysium
9.5
Scent
8
Longevity
8
Sillage
6
Bottle
Helena666
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Helena666
Helena666
   4  
Hi Charlie
Also this one is a youth treasure.
At that time with the only portable and affordable fragrance from the drugstore.
Over the years forgotten .
Then I saw him standing at Rossmann's and remembered him darkly.
Tested and bought right away, of course. I haven't regretted it. I still actually like him. It smells floral and rich. But not as biting as some millionaire lady. Much better. And cheaper. Just not so modern and hip. And the bottle is unfortunately not suitable, otherwise it might have gained more prestige.
On the other hand, since 1993 he's been keeping himself. And I don't think for no reason
10
Scent
8
Longevity
6
Sillage
6
Bottle
Athenaida

41 Reviews
Athenaida
Athenaida
   0  
Charlie Red is my darling!!
Charlie my love what have you done...
Red as your deep red blood
Sparkly as your two smart eyes.

I bought Cherlie Red after read some reviews and after some time ago.
I think this winter but don't remember when.
Maybe it was November...?
It doesn't matter at all.

I like tuberose and have some collection with perfumes with this flower.
I like vintagy soapy perfumes and I like laundry, fresh and woody notes.

That's all is in my bottle of Charlie Red, yes the Red if you see the commercial is a littlebit funny and you think that this perfume is very sexy like a tiger jumps from a roof in a velvety red carpet.

I forgot to say how bubbly this is and not heavy at all at least on me.

I was about to give it for a swap after a first spritz some months ago but suddenly a "click" happend in my mind and I open my huge wardrobe where I keep most of my perfumes and start spraying it and testing it.

I love you Charlie.
IDK how much our relationship it is going to last but for the moment I really love your clean, fresh, bubbly flowery hug that I'm in.
PS:Very underrated guys...

Statements

Jazzy76Jazzy76 3 years ago
7
Scent
7
Longevity
7
Sillage
5
Bottle
Lighter and more flowery than the blue one, it's a pleasant fragrance for every day at a small price. Another "never without" in my wardrobe

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