It’s her hair you notice first — long, loose and wavy, and still a little damp from this morning’s shower. Today she’s riding her rickety bicycle, the one with the worn wicker basket on the front, along the cobblestone streets of the small Italian village you both call home.
“Hello, Graciella!” you call to her. She sees you, smiles and waves a hand high in reply.
Clackity-clack-clack, goes the bicycle, as it moves along the cobblestones. She’s wearing a flowery, flowing dress today, and all of a suddenly the air is filled with the scent of oranges, you assume from her shampoo. Fresh from a visit to the early morning market, her basket is brimming with white lilies and a brown paper bag filled with pears. Hungry (she’s always hungry), she nibbles on one of them as she cruises along, and when she passes you, there’s a whiff of soft musk from her skin, but it slowly drifts away…
Just like that, she’s gone, floating off toward the day’s adventure.
Graciella ($68), Tocca’s newest eau de parfum, is a fleeting, simple beauty on the corner of a cobblestone street. Sweet, feminine and innocent, it starts quietly, with notes of pear and bitter orange, moving from there into a slow song of white lilies, before winding down into a lush, creamy musk.
Like youth, it doesn’t last long, disappearing all too quickly. Unlike two of Tocca’s heavier scents, Colette and Cleopatra, Graciella exits after about an hour and a half on me, and I do wish it lingered longer.
Tocca Graciella’s official fragrance notes
- Top Notes: Bitter Orange, Asian Pear, Watery Apricot
- Middle Notes: Casablanca Lily, Ylang Ylang from Comoros Islands, Karma Fleur, Rose de Mai
- Bottom Notes: Creamy Iris, Cashmere Musk, Benzoin from Laos
But I adore the scent and the way it makes me feel. I’ve been keeping a bottle on my desk and spraying it on my wrists throughout the day, and each time I breathe in that first burst of orange and pear, I see myself riding an old bicycle down those same cobblestone streets, my hair flowing behind me, and me without a care in the world.
PRICE: $68 for a 1.7-ounce bottle
AVAILABILITY: Available now at Sephora stores and also online (NOTE: Right now get 25% off online orders using code HOLIDAY11)
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: A-
Now would really be a great time…
…for one of Santa’s elves to stop by and lend me a hand with gift wrapping.
Come to think of it, I may actually skip the wrapping and go the gift bag and tissue route instead. That also gives me an excuse to run to Target and then swing by See’s on the way home.
I hope you had a great Wednesday. I felt a little better today because I got a good night’s sleep, and right now I’m just sitting down on the couch to watch a movie. I rented Love, Actually a few days ago, so I’m gonna re-watch that for the umpteenth time.
Tabs isn’t big on Hugh Grant (he’s not a fan of his hair), but too bad. Poor cat will just have to deal.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,