Mainstream Monday: Sniffing a Popular Perfume
This winter hasn’t been that gruesome so I really shouldn’t complain. But, this past weekend I realized I that I am over winter. It was in the 60º+ range, sunshine and birds chirping…I realized I’m sick of wearing bulky coats and wool socks. I’m ready for spring.
This sudden awakening had me craving citrus perfumes. Suddenly, I wanted bright, airy scents. I ended up spraying on Tocca Stella¹, a perfume I remember smelling like juicy blood oranges.
Stella is a citrus floral. It opens with bright rays of orange juice. I was really enjoying bathing in it’s juicy rays of citrus sunshine. I went for a walk and decided I wanted to buy a bottle of sparkling wine. As I was paying the cashier, I smelled Britney Spears Curious, a perfume I haven’t sniffed in ages but always liked because it smelled like fancy shampoo and it’s “Britney, b*tch!”. I thought Curious was an odd choice for the cashier, but I loved the contrast. He’s probably a major Britney fan and I loved how he was rocking a cloud of white floral waterfalls.
Halfway home. Wait. It’s me. I smell like a celeb perfume launched a decade ago. Stella turns into an aquatic white floral – heavy on the waxy blossoms of freesia and gardenia. The heart is like a fancy shampoo that somehow manages to turn into a heady, humid lily. Stella’s theme is “fresh” and the florals are fresh out of the shower. The dry-down is one of those crisp, clean modern musks that manages to always smell radiant.
Notes listed include bitter orange, blood orange, watery accord, white freesia, diamond orchids, lily, musk and sandalwood. Launch date 2006.
Give Stella a try if you like sheer citrus florals. Or perfumes like Britney Spears Curious, Ralph Lauren Blue, Halle Berry Exotic Jasmine, Jennifer Lopez My Glow and/or Victoria’s Secret Body. Like I said, it really, really reminds me of Britney Spears Curious but arguably, Tocca’s is more sophisticated.
Projection is average. Longevity is below average. Or maybe I just become anosmic to those modern musks?
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – Oranges and yellow freesia. I’ll never wear a perfume like this even though I think it’s pretty. Most aquatic/citrus florals leave me with headaches, but Stella is actually pleasant to wear. It’s that fresh, citrus floral outline without having any of those “hissy”, high-pitched notes that these sort of florals have. If for some reason my preferences shift and I want to smell like prettier-than-reality freesia and oranges, I’ll wear Stella because it doesn’t leave me with a migraine.
¹Do you have any idea how much restraint it takes for me to write this without doing a single “How Stella Got Her Groove Back” joke? Do you?
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