Tocca Violette Eau De Parfum Review
I finally got my hands on a bottle of Tocca Violette Eau de Parfum this weekend. I fell in love with a sample in November of last year, and it’s been on my wish list ever since. I consider this to be a warm weather scent, and since it’s now warm outside, and Sephora was handing out triple points for fragrance purchases over the weekend, I decided now was the time to finally bring this home.
Despite it’s name, Violette doesn’t smell very strongly of violets. Sure, there’s a violet note in there, but it’s not as heavy handed as it is in something like, say, Lolita Lempicka. Instead, the violet note is seamlessly blended into a bouquet of rose, ginger, bergamot with a base of cedar and cashmere musk. It’s a soft, powdery fragrance – but not powdery as in baby powder. The powdery quality really has more to do with how delicate the notes are, as if someone took a picture of the way Violette smells through a soft focus lens.
Tocca Violette is classified as a Floral Woody Musk. It’s soft and delicate enough for office wear, but it’s also romantic enough for a date. It is especially appropriate if, for some reason, your date involves spinning around with your beau in a field of flowers bathed in sunlight, then drinking old timey sodas under an oak tree that has a heart with your initials in it carved into the trunk.
I had a list of metaphors I planned to use to describe Violette, but I thought that for this particular fragrance, it might be more effective to show you what it smells like:
The only complaint I have about this fragrance is that although it is an EDP, it’s very low on sillage, and the fragrance itself only lasts a few hours on me. For those who aren’t big fans of sillage, this is actually an advantage, but I personally love sillage as long is it isn’t overdone. I’m not big into hugs you see, and I’d like it if my perfume could be detected, even for just a fleeting moment, without having to embrace whoever happens to be around.
It’s also worth mentioning that the bottle for this perfume is gorgeous. It’s simple enough to be a little modern, but decorative enough that it would look completely at home sitting on a 1920s dressing table.
Where to Buy
Tocca is $68 for 1.7 oz / 50 mL, and is available at Sephora, Anthropologie, and the Tocca website. I also managed to find one eBay seller who has it for $63 with free shipping that might be worth checking out.
Skin & Tonics Rating:
Performance: 4/5 – Beautiful, well-blended floral with a nicely executed powdery finish, though the scent isn’t very long lasting.
Quality: 5/5 – Gorgeous packaging worthy of any vanity, and not a cheap note to be found.
Value: 3/5 – $68 is a little steep – we’re getting into Chanel EDT price point territory here – but there’s a full 1.7 oz. in the bottle and the fragrance is very high quality.
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