Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Tocca Graciella Eau de Parfum review

             Tocca Graciella Eau de Parfum is an elixir inspired by the beauty and sophistication of Grace Kelly, 1950's movie star turned Princess of Monaco. Tocca Graciella is packaged in Tocca's classic rounded bottle topped with aged gold filigree that channels the old-world romanticism of the brand. The fragrance itself is a pale blue, which hints at the water notes in this floral fragrance.

Notes: Bitter Orange, Asian Pear, Watery Apricot, Casablanca Lily, Ylang Ylang from Comoros Islands, Karma Fleur, Rose de Mai, Cashmere Musk, Benzoin, Laos.
         Tocca Graciella is a floral musk with fruit and water notes; it's delicate but not sparkling. The fragrance opens with a clear rose paired with the warmth of ylang ylang, a truly classic combination. The rose transitions nicely into a watery pear. (Pear and rose might sound a bit unusual, but I find the combination to be quite pleasing. If you're a fan of those two notes, try Escada Especially Escada (reviewed here) which is a more full bodied rendition). The pear is short lived and gives way to the Tocca Graciella's creamy center, which is my favorite part of the scent. A soft, non-pungent, non-spicy lily perfumes and adds a touch of sophistication. I don't sense much iris; at best it's a touch of freshness. Apricot becomes the predominant fruit note. The base of Tocca Graciella is rounded out by a light musk. There might be a pinch of benzoin, but it's barely evident. As time passes, the apricot grows sweeter and more syrupy on me, much like apricot preserves. The lily trails a bit toward the end as well. Overall, I agree with the notes described in the paper sleeve above, however the sequencing was a bit different for me.

            Tocca Graciella Eau de Parfum is a graceful and easy-going floral musk. The water notes and choice of fruits add a touch of intrigue to otherwise classic floral notes. I'm particularly fond of the apricot note. As is typical of Tocca perfumes, Graciella's character differs from mainstream scents without venturing too far off the beaten path. As for its muse, Tocca Graciella seems more like an anecdote about Grace Kelly's youth, as opposed to a the full bodied elegant fragrance that might adorn a royal princess. However, the light and pretty character of Tocca Graciella make it wearable for even for those that are perfume shy. Thanks for reading! Have you tried Tocca Graciella? What are your favorite Tocca scents? What Grace Kelly films have you seen?

Love, Dovey.

P.S. Creed Fleurissimo is the actual fragrance associated with Grace Kelly, as I learned from The Non-Blonde. The tuberose, rose, iris, violet, and amber scent was commissioned by Prince Rainier III for their wedding day!


  1. This sounds so beautiful! :)

  2. High Society, The Swan, Rear Window, Dial M for Murder, To catch a Thief, Mogambo and High Noon. Favourite is probably Rear Window- I love Grace Kelly and would looooooooove to try the Creed or Tocca perfumes.

  3. I like Graciella - I got a sample and used it up. But it is a much lighter, fleeting scent. a bottle ;)

  4. oh I haven't heard about tocca graciella before! But you describe fragrance really really well, Dovey! I can imagine how it smells, by reading your post ;) So beautiful written :)xx

  5. I still can't get over how beautifully you write! This sounds amazing -- light and fresh, but still a little musky. I really must try this out. :D

  6. The combination of bitter orange, lily and cashmere musk sounds delicious! You are so good at describing scents/perfumes, I really enjoy every perfume post (and not everyone can write about perfumes, including me, it is really difficult I think). Looking forward for more, Dovey, beautiful! / Claire

  7. I love how you describe fragrances, a great review like always.

  8. I had no idea that this was named for Grace Kelly. Is it just me or is she pictured a lot wearing blue a lot? I associate the colour scheme with her, too.

    I spent some time exploring Tocca a few years back and Stella was the only one that really appealed to me. My tastes have changed since, however, so it's always worth the trip back to re-sniff everything!

  9. I agree with the other comments, your fragrance reviews are excellent, Dovey! I've not tried any Tocca scents before, but Graciella sounds lovely!


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