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Ça Sent Beau (1988)
by Kenzo

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Ça Sent Beau information

Year of Launch1988
GenderFeminine
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 46 votes)

People and companies

HouseKenzo
PerfumerFrançoise Caron
Parent CompanyLVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton

About Ça Sent Beau

Ça Sent Beau is a feminine perfume by Kenzo. The scent was launched in 1988 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Françoise Caron

Ça Sent Beau fragrance notes

Reviews of Ça Sent Beau

rbaker Show all reviews
United Kingdom
The opening blasts heads straightaway to the floral - a rich and smooth floral concentrate, with a creamy texture. Orange blossom, tuberose - bright without and waxy or indolic character, muguet, and carnation the a main players initially. Later on whiffs of lilies associate with a pleasant rose. This is all a bright affair, with some tangerines and bergamot supplying added brightness. Later on a bit of cumin, coriander, and sone orris add a spicy side, but this is rather weak on me and never really takes off.

The base also tries to add a bit of another edge, but the patchouli I get is soft and gentle - a patchouli lite so to speak. There is a weak and discreet mossy note, together with an ambery woodsiness that is not particularly convincing in its depiction of cedar, but touches of sandalwood transiently appear. A cluster of white musks round it off.

I get moderate sillage, excellent projection and a an impressive twelve hours of longevity on my skin.

This is a lovely spring scent. Clearly proudly a floral concentrate mainly, it is composed of high-quality floral ingredients, and the other components remain in the background; many do not develop fully within the complex stricture of this olfactory piece of art. It is bright, smooth, with a floral sweetness that comes across as quite natural most of the time and that is never intrusive, cloying or sickly sweet. It is blended well, and the performance is excellent. Overall a good result. 3.5/5.
16th October, 2020
Ca Sent Beau may be the most challenging fragrance I own. I consider it a fruity-floral, but to simply label it as such is much too reductive. It is a real chameleon of a fragrance with several different facets, all sharing the same space, yet they never crowd each other - rather the effect feels strangely organized, methodical, and deliberate. There's sometimes a sharp amber that wafts in and out; at other times there are fougere aspects. I don't love the Amber when I smell it, but then it's gone. The fruity-floral aspect smells great.

It is not the easiest perfume to wear, but has been good for days when I want a more challenging fragrance.
21st November, 2019
Genre: Fougère

Notes (from OsMoz.com): Mandarin, bergamot, orange blossom, tuberose, plum, peach, orris, vetiver, patchouli, oakmoss, amber.

“Ça Sent Beau,” and so it does! This is one of those scents that has me sniffing again and again, puzzling over the source of its attraction. The structure smells much simpler than the listed notes suggest. Forget the tuberose, vetiver, oakmoss, and patchouli. I get sweet fruit (mostly orange), some indistinct floral notes, a bit of spice (cardamom?) and a lot of musk. The secret to Ça Sent Beau, I think, lies in its weirdly compelling blend of powdery clean and faintly grungy animalic musks. For some unaccountable reason, the clean/dirty tension in the base notes and the prominent orange keep reminding me of – are you ready for this – Kouros, but with none of that scent’s provocative civet reconstruction. Ça Sent Beau’s particular juxtaposition of orange and powerful musks also bears some relation to Caron’s L’Anarchiste, though the two smell nothing alike.

In the end, Ça Sent Beau’s closest kinship may be with powdery, fruity chypre scents like Yvresse (Champagne) and Kenzo’s own later Kashaya, both by Sophia Grojsman. It seems less sweet than Yvresse or Kashaya, and the prominent musks lend it an altogether different balance. Those musks may also account for Ça Sent Beau’s peculiar sillage, which carries for a great distance, but paradoxically manages never to seem loud. Ça Sent Beau is also one of those scents which makes no pretense of smelling “natural.” In its firm and positive embrace of the overtly chemical, Ça Sent Beau shares an aesthetic stance with many of the abstract fragrances from Comme des Garçons, and with countless niche offerings that followed. Unlike many, it remembered to smell good while it was at it.
11th June, 2014
For me, this should be renamed "Ca Sent Mal."

A sour tangerine opening and then a plastic nothing for the short duration it can be detected.

Turin of course loved it and gave it 5 stars with a moniker "tangerine fougere" and called it "trim and chic." Herman called it "juicy, fruity, floral and waxy."

I think it smells cheap and adolescent. It has a gazillion ingredients, all adding up to nothing:

Top: Bergamot, Mandarin, Musk
Middle: Tuberose, Muguet, Jasmine, Rose, Carnation, Coriander, Cumin, Orris, Cedarwood, Sandalwood
Base: Vetiver, Patchouli, Moss, Amber, Musk

My first and undoubtedly my last, Kenzo sample.
17th March, 2014 (last edited: 26th May, 2015)
This is technically a fruity-floral. It is a plummy orange/tangerine draped with tuberose and orange blossom. But I suppose this is a floriental. I mean it’s white flowers resting on a comfortable amber. And I reckon it’s a fougère since it seems to have a dark, nutty coumarin base. Chypre? Yeah, there’s bergamot and oakmoss.

I’m not even joking. What the hell is this? Fruit? No question. Perhaps orange, more likely tangerine. It’s definitely floral. A bit of steamy orange blossom and a bucket of green, creamy tuberose. Amber for days (literally) spiked with patchouli. And the darkness---coumarin? oakmoss? Mix it up with a good measure of musk and you wind up with a languid slurry of a perfume. In tone, Ça Sent Beau is like a grand queen about 2 martinis into holding court with a gathering audience. A little tipsy, talking fast, one opinion to the next. An increasing flourish and emphasis that don’t quite cover up the slurred speech. Mesmerizing.

And while this is a cousin to Prescriptives Calyx---tasty fruity chypre--- Ça Sent Beau replaces the straight-forward oakmoss base with a narcotic cough syrup base made of what seems like oakmoss and coumarin.

CSB’s components are not so much potent as heavy, but the balance is perfect. Rather than calibrate the heavy with lighter elements, the cough syrup base adds some shadow to the density and makes it feel sultry.

I can think of four definitively syrupy perfumes that I like. Serge Lutens’s Cedre (mothball syrup.) Lutens's Arabie (spice cabinet syrup.) Badgley Mischka’s Badgley Mischka (simple syrup.) And Ça Sent Beau. I think cough syrup is my favorite.
14th December, 2010 (last edited: 31st December, 2010)
I found this one quietly citrusy, with a faintly creamy quality (coumarin?), and a pale, not-too-sweet fruity-floral heart note that is oddly suggestive of gumballs. That's right; the big, brightly colored, jaw-breaking shiny gumballs of indeterminate flavor, from the vending machine at the supermarket. That's not to say that it's candy-like or 'girly'--it isn't. It gets progressively floral-spicy in the drydown, but even then, it's pretty subtle...demure, even. Relatively dark colored juice that could stain white fabric. Really cheap looking ugly bottle. A nice feminine that talks in a whisper. Misses a 'neutral' rating by a hair's width.
10th March, 2009

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