I love fragrance but sadly I am not well versed in the artof fragrance. By that I mean I am a neophyte when it comes to understanding the nuances of a fragrance. I’ve heard the terms; dry down, chypre, sillage, olefactory habituation (?), but I’m not sure what they mean. I would love to learn more about how a fragrance is conceived and how notes work together. I think I’ll make that a goal this year. In the meantime, although I may be a fragrance school dropout, I know what I like.
My favorite scents are all about being feminine. I go for white florals, citrus, maybe vanilla and for me, it’s just as much about the way the scent makes me feel as how it smells. That being said, my newest fragrance obsession, Tocca Biancamakes me feel gloriou! Â This is the descriptionfrom the box: The notes are inspired by tea time in Italy–it opens with a light, sparkling citrus blend of lemon orpur and mandarin. Fresh green tea and rose petals bloom, leaving a dash of musk and sugar to linger on the skin.
Although I’ve never been to Italy, when I wear this fragrance, I imagine myself on vacation in the Cinque Terre. It’s summer and I’m dressed in a light cotton sundress, on an early morning stroll down the cobblestone streets and stop at a outdoor cafÃ© to buy a cup of tea and a pastry. I’m sitting at a small table overlooking the ocean. I am high above it, the table situated next to a high stone wall– a cliff almost. Glancing down I see the beach filling up with children and families; the children are playing in the water, the parents getting set up for day. The hustle and bustle of the beach is in stark contrast to my perch high above and my relaxing cup of tea. I feel the warmÂ sun on my shoulders, tempered by the cool sea breeze;Â it lingers on my skin and mixed with the lemon scent from my tea, it fills my senses and has a calming effect. On the other side of me along the path to Vernazza, are rows of flowers in full bloom; roses, jasmine, lavender, their scent a bouquet of delight to my nose.
I am alone and I am happy. The tea and pastry are delicious, the pastry, a vanilla scone; light and flaky with a white vanilla icing that tastes sweet and mingles with the other scents around me. I take a note pad and pen out of my tote bag and plan the days activities. Â A quick glance down to the sea, and I put away the pen and paper– this is where I want to be; gazing at the ocean, people watching and smelling the sweet and delicate scents all around me. I order another cup of tea.
Tocca Bianca is light, fresh,Â and delicate. It staysÂ with you throughout the day without being overpowering. It’s a bit more complex than it seems at first sniff, it opens with the citrus notes, then driesÂ down to a softÂ rose and finally a fresh almost powdery scent.Â Even the bottle and cap have a beautiful Â old world feel to them.Â If you like light, citrusy,Â feminine fragrances with a floral undercurrent, you will love Bianca. Tocca Eau de parfum has many wonderful original scents and can be found at Tocca.com, Sephora,&Â Beautyhabit.com
Do you have a favorite fragrance that evokes a memory or image you’d like to share? Let me know in the comments.