Three New Travel-Loving Scents from Tocca - Beauty Addict

Thursday, November 05, 2009

Three New Travel-Loving Scents from Tocca

Tocca's new Aqua Profumata series - meant to evoke a journey through southern Italy - is essentially a collection of fancy, luxurious body sprays.

Having been a longtime fan of Tocca's candles and bath and body items, but a waffler when it comes to their fragrances, I had to sample the new offerings. Overall, they're pleasant and lovely, but none of them really blew me out of the water. They're pretty, but rather generic. And the staying power is disappointing, but I suppose with the relatively large bottle size - $38 for 3.4 oz - you can spritz with abandon.

Salina, bursting with freesia, is fresh and light but not as complex as the list of notes would have you believe. It was incredibly linear on me - no real progression from top notes to base - and I never caught any of the clove or iris that the description promised. I liked it, but if you're a real freesia fan, you could do better with a cheaper alternative - perhaps even the classic Sheer Freesia that's still available for purchase at Bath & Body Works (online only). Notes: Clove, Orange, Green Leaf, Purple Freesia, Iris, Peach, Raspberry, Musk.

Amalfi, for me, was the most disappointing of the three. I had high hopes for it, especially given the enticing description of cucumber and jasmine, but there's a sharpness in there that just didn't agree with me. I did expect an aquatic note, given the pale aqua color of the bottle and the fact that Amalfi is, indeed, a coast, but it seems there isn't enough depth in the fragrance to tame it. Apple and lily of the valley in the notes seem to be the culprit. Notes: Cucumber, Mint, Apple, Jasmine, Violet Leaves, Lily of the Valley, Violet, Musk.

Catania is a very sheer vanilla inspired by the smell of warm baked goods wafting out of Sicilian bakeries. Love the inspiration, but the fragrance itself is so sheer and soft that it really doesn't evoke a bakery at all. It's pretty, though, and possibly my favorite of the three. Catania is slightly plasticky at first - a problem I find with lots of vanillas - but settles into a warm vanilla that's just sweet enough. Notes: Vanilla, Hesperides, Muguet, Jasmine, Sandalwood.