I have this in sample size from the 'Love Yourself' sampler set. I'm new to Tocca fragrances & wanted to test out as many as I could since there's a large variety. I'm pretty much loving all of them, each evoking a different feeling & perfect for different moods & occasions.
Wearing Stella today, I love how this fragrance is light & fresh....as most Toccas apparently are, but this is one of the lighter ones than the others....in the same soft, powdery vein as Violette rather than headier concoctions like Florence & Cleopatra.
I love how Stella dries down nicely spicy & peppery on me (plus a touch salty). In that way it reminds me of Celine Dion 'Belong,' my longtime drugstore favorite....but this one's more luxurious & complex. It's a gentle scent that surprisingly starts out innocent & then turns mischievous - nice feat! Wearing Stella makes me feel more strong, self-assured & professional, rather than the usual feminine, girlie or sexy effect of traditional floral scents. To me it evokes a spirit of independence, singularity & maturity or seriousness. It isn't overpowering, stays close to the skin, & the peppery note softens down earlier than expected into a more creamy floral layer that adds a touch more femininity than it started. How does Tocca accomplish this w/all their fragrances?
At this rate I won't be suprised if I eventually end up buying most (if not all) of the Tocca fragrances in full-size bottles (albeit slowly). They are all complex, develop beautifully in layers over time, & linger all day. If I don't wash it off @ the end of the day, I can still smell it clinging to my skin the next morning. Perfumes can linger in my clothes, but they never do on my skin. This is impressive.
This was the first Tocca fragrance I bought in the collection because I love the smell of orange blossoms or something with a beautiful citrus note to it. At first I liked it but then I leaned more towards Colette as it blended well with my chemistry. The one reason why I won't buy this one again is because of the first note that emerges from the bottle is very off-putting and reminds me of "old lady smell", best way I can describe it.
This is the first Tocca fragrance I've ever sniffed. I sprayed this on my wrist and instantly, I knew I wasn't going to like it. Though this is subtlety sweet, there is a note in this perfume that completely turns me off about it. At first spritz to me it has a masculine feel.
Keep in mind that I do not mind wearing mens cologne, but with this one it felt too over powering. This is a floral scent mixed with sweet musk. I read the reviews on this, and one reviewer mentioned that is almost identical to Britney Spears's first perfume "Curious". That's when everything clicked. I wore Curious in middle school, and I stopped wearing and this perfume reminds me why.
I'm not saying this perfume is horrid. But at my age, and the way I carry myself I just don't see myself pull this one off... On to the next.
One must truly adore citrus scents, most notably orange, to enjoy this perfume. And, Stella definitely imparts a pleasant orange scent that is graced with a backdrop of spicier notes and blossoms (mainly, you guessed it, orange blossoms) to round it out and make it more sophisticated, To me, this reminds me of a more elegant version of the now discontinued Orange Sapphire scent from Bath and Body Works, so if you liked, loved, or were curious to try this scent but never got around to it, I'd say this may definitely be a good substitute. While I liked both Orange Sapphire and this scent alike and was pleased to find that they really did take after one another in a lot of ways, I must confess, on me personally, citrus scents, especially orange do not smell as good on me as they do in the air or on someone else, so this fragrance was not the most ideal fit for me to purchase in full (have a sample size in a collection of all the Tocca fragrances), though it would be nice to have in a rotation of scents for a pleasant change-up every once in awhile. And, if you love orange scents or even a good spicy one this may be a good one to try especially in summer and early fall, I think, but for me, I would not repurchase. but I do recommend.
I really love Stella, although I have to admit I'm partial to citrus scents. Stella Is my favorite of the Tocca line and Cleopatra is my second runner up. I feel Ike you get less per bottle with the Tocca edp than with my other every day scent Citron de Vigne from Fresh and they're about the same price.
My favorite of the Tocca offerings, I'm an absolute sucker for blood orange and orange-blossom fragrances, and this one is my go-to.
I do like this fragrance, however, it is not one I use as much as my favorites. The blood orange definitely comes out in this fragrance, but it dries down to a less sweet, less fruity scent on me, and becomes more floral and soft. I do like the bottle, but find my Tocca scents hard to tell apart as the bottles are all the same. That is the only problem I have with Tocca fragrances. The ones I've tried have all lasted a long time and have been good quality. Not all are necessarily the most unique fragrances, but I find that I do like most of them.
I have a set of Tocca samplers that I've been working through. Stella is one of them. This is an eau de parfum that reminds me of Elizabeth Arden's Red Door.
And, like Red Door, Stella smells like a 1980s super-sweet power scent. If you love that loud, bold sweetness you'll probably enjoy Stella. I do not however. The predominant notes that just won't quit are blood orange, lily and orange blossom. Stella packs a punch!
The full sized bottle is like that of the other Tocca bottles - fluted glass, bronze-like cap and overall baroque-ish Italian 'old world' design. Very attractive and of course would look great on a dresser in ones fragrance display.
The full sized prices for a 1.7 oz eau de parfum spray run about $60.00....not extremely expensive, but not inexpensive either. So, try to sample the Tocca line first before taking the plunge.
I got this in the Viaggio set along with Florence and Cleopatra. I don't think I've used any other Tocca fragrances except Giulietta, which I LOVE, but I've always been intrigued by this line and love the packaging and testing them out in stores.
I guess I should've tested these 3 before buying because I really didn't like any of them. I'm not an expert at describing scents but I'll do my best here :)
I like to be scented but not "perfumed" if that makes sense and I like that the Tocca fragrances are kind of soft and light. I've also found I prefer this kind of packaging where you use your finger to put it on rather than a spray. That way I'm not scented all over - I just have a little hint where I dab it on.
To me, Stella is not an unlikeable fragrance, but there's nothing unique or special about it. It's fine. It's a run-of-the-mill soft floral that's neither off-putting nor memorable.
I guess that's what I didn't like about it. I feel like it's a perfume I've smelled a million times. So it just wasn't appealing to me.
It reminds me of a perfume you could buy at the drugstore when I was a teenager in the 80's which was called Chloe. I'm not sure if it's the same one that's on the market now, but I never liked it. It has a "roundness" to it that I'm not fond of.
Love Stella - crisp Blood Orange and citrus notes. I also like Pacifica's cheaper version of Blood Orange but not quite as much. Stella has a wee hint of orange blossom (white floral) in there, too and is more complex.