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Review of Elizabeth Arden Pretty Fragrance

Elizabeth Arden Hopes You'll Feel Pretty


Everything about Elizabeth Arden's new soft floral fragrance is ultrafeminine, from the pink packaging to the perfume's name. Even the glass bottle's silhouette is inspired by a bud vase with the cap depicting a floral image.

Elizabeth Arden's new Pretty Eau de Parfum Spray ($49 to $62) is formulated with petalia, a new fragrance molecule that smells like, well, a petal.

Pretty is not as sappy-sweet as you might expect. Italian mandarin, orange blossom, and peach juice lend a fresh, bright feel, while starry jasmine, pink lily, and peony help create that expected floral scent without an overwhelming effect. To round it all off, musk, jacaranda wood, and creamy amber give it a warmth that's smooth yet hearty enough to be noticed.

While Pretty isn't an iconic scent like Sunflowers was for the '90s, this fragrance is pleasant, and it's worth a sample spritz at the perfume counter. Be sure to check out the Body Lotion and Body Powder with Puff ($37.50), too. In one word, Pretty is very "Spring," both in scent and the way it makes you feel when wearing it.

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