DSC01707 (2)Cleopatra, a fragrance by Tocca  (Tocca 2007) is an urbane, lovely oriental floral.   Top notes are: black currant, grapefruit, and green notes.  Middle notes are: jasmine, tuberose, and peach and base notes are amber and patchouli.

I’ve noticed I have a predilection for orientals, especially those with a hint of peach or apricot.  There’s something about those two notes that create an engaging yet refreshing quality…

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I also smell a kick of grapefruit from start to finish.  And, it’s in perfect harmony with the other notes (cassis and tuberose in particular).  Instead of being acerbic or too literal the grapefruit is really light and uplifting.

Sillage is light to moderate and longevity moderate to strong.  I wish Cleopatra was more detectable, but I’ll try wearing it on a warm day and see what happens.  And, fittingly, this scent would be a perfect match for early summer or late spring anyway.

Until tomorrow. 🙂


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Colette by Tocca from 2010 is a super pretty, citrusy floral scent.  It’s very bright, especially at first.  During the drydown it continues on with its lightness, although it slightly mellows.  There’s something enigmatic about Colette, and perhaps it can at least partially be explained by the wide use of citrusy top notes (bergamot, lemon, mandarin orange) combined with the warm base notes, including the unusual choice of pine needles.

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I found my bottle on Sephora in a Tocca gift set that also included Cleopatra.  Of course, on the back of the set, as per the usual Tocca custom, they’ve written, “love yourself”.  I’ve always liked Tocca and I particularly like Colette (I love violet, mandarin orange, and Amalfi lemon).

DSC01702 (2)Top notes: bergamot, mandarin, Amalfi lemon, mandarin orange, and juniper berry.

Middle notes: pink peppercorn, jasmine, violet, and cyclamen.

Base notes: incense, sandalwood, musk, amber, vanilla, pine needles and Virginia cedar.

Until tomorrow. 🙂