With the long, hot days of summer just around the corner, it is the perfect time to pull out Tocca's stunning blood orange scent, Stella. Blood orange is not as closely related to the fragrance of regular oranges as it sounds like it might be — instead of being tart or cutting, it is much more mellow and rounded, with a lush, honeyed depth to it.
Stella captures the fragrance of blood oranges wonderfully, with a lovely subtle hint of springy green leaves in the background to round out the fragrance. Tocca offers the scent in a wide variety of products, from candles ($16 for a 2.85 oz. pillar and $36 for 10.6 oz), soap ($12 for 6 oz), shower gel ($19 for 8 oz), lightweight body lotion ($28 for 8 oz), rich body cream ($45 for 6 oz) and Eau de Parfum ($68 for 50 ml). The Eau de Parfum puzzlingly (and disappointingly) misses the mark on scent, but the rest of the line, fortunately, executes it beautifully.
My favorite of all the products is the body cream, or the Crema Da Sogno. Rich, thick and creamy, it is a treat to apply. Like L'Artisan's Crème de Ananas, the texture is more akin to face cream than a regular body lotion — really luxuriant. Also luxuriant is the packaging: a heavy glass jar with gold inscriptions tucked inside a beautiful power-puff like box with gold trimmings. One of my absolute favorite body creams next to Crème de Ananas and People of The Labyrinths Luctor et Emergo Enriched Body Cream, but happily, at half the price of either.
For buying information, see the listing for Tocca under Perfume Houses.
Ed. note: Anjali is traveling and may be slow to respond to comments.