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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

So Pretty by Cartier

The tagline for So Pretty by Cartier goes, "Que serait l'audace sans la grace?" "What is audacity without grace?" Indeed, nothing is much good if it is lacking grace. On the other hand, grace without a certain boldness is rather boring. So Pretty has the balance of the two down pat. The powerful rose note, enhanced by the creaminess of orchid and sweetness of the fruity accord is softened and made somehow very recherche by a generous dose of orris. To me, that delicate, velvety powderiness always speaks of a lady-like, graceful quality in a perfume.

And how perfectly named is this scent? Whenever I spray it, I want to exclame, Aah! Created not that along ago, in 1995, by the master of beautiful, infinitely feminine audacity (Cacharel LouLou, Paco Rabanne La Nuit, Fifi Chachnil, Nina Ricci Deci-Dela, Fendi Asja...), Jean Guichard, the fragrance seems to have been forgotten. Yet, there nothing dated about this classical beauty, it is no less interesting then the much-hyped Les Heures. Give it a try if you haven't already. It really is So Pretty.

Available widely, for about $40.00-$50.00 for 1.7oz.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree---this fragrance is perfectly named. The first time I smelled it, that was exactly my first thought---'This is SO pretty!"

12:38 AM EDT  
Anonymous Olfacta said...

I love it too -- I have the EDP and EDT. The EDT is a little "fresher." It's one of my go-to sleep scents when I've had a difficult day.

8:17 AM EDT  
Blogger Alyssa said...

Love hearing about these forgotten mainstream faves, M. Thanks!

9:16 AM EDT  
Blogger fey said...

I need to try this! Thank you for the review. Sounds lovely. :-)

9:54 AM EDT  
Anonymous Maria said...

Yes, really "how perfectly named is this scent?" I will try it.

10:04 AM EDT  
Anonymous Suzanne said...

For that price, it's definitely worth a try! Especially after reading your review of it, Marina. I love perfumes with "that delicate, velvety powderiness" you mention.

10:57 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is by far more interesting than some of those overpriced Les Heures!

12:57 PM EDT  
Blogger Tammy said...

This has been n my radar for years, and I've just never gotten around to trying it. Has it been reformulated, and if so, does anyone know if there's a huge difference?

1:19 PM EDT  
Blogger Flora said...

One of these days I will buy this; it's one of those "just right" scents that you reach for when nothing else will do. Very nice, as is your review!

10:53 PM EDT  
Anonymous Sturdana said...

Things that are purely beautiful are often boring. They need a jolt of something to create conflict to make them truly worthy of that epithet.

8:25 AM EDT  
Anonymous Kata said...

My favourite rose scent is even more forgotten than So pretty, a flanker called So pretty Rose verte. I bought a sample in a Chinese perfume store and spent at least a year searching for it on ebay.

It truly lives up to its name: a so pretty green rose.

4:30 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

Glad to find a feelow fan!

10:06 AM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

I think a touch of freshness wouldn't bother me here

10:07 AM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

There are quite a few!

10:07 AM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

Let me know what you think when you try it

10:07 AM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

Let me know! :)

10:07 AM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

I love powderiness when done well!

10:08 AM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...


10:08 AM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

Sorry, I don't know!

10:08 AM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

It is somehow always fitting for almost any situations

10:09 AM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

I agree. Conflict is where it's at :)

10:09 AM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

Oh I need to find that! :)

10:09 AM EDT  

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