Sunday, March 4, 2012

Stop and Smell the Centifolias

"Hi, yah...I'm looking for a scent you sell that's French or something? And maybe has a name of a foreign city?" I relay to the gal at Anthropologie via telephone, who likely shared my sentiment that a geography lesson was needed in my future.

"Florence by Tocca? Yes, that's it!" I said with glee, then go on to ask the inappropriate question of whether it's sold anywhere else other than her store. Luckily the lights of Sephora shined over my head like the light bulb that went off that begged me to take an extra minute to see if it was sold there.

Alas, it was. A scent so delicious, unique, modern and romantic it just had to be mine...even after more than a decade of compliments due to Burberry Brit. You'll see why when you sniff what's in it: "Florence is scented with the sophisticated essence of the old European garden rose known as Centifolias or "cabbage" rose. Bred in the 16th and 17th centuries by the Dutch, Centifolias are noted for their highly fragrant blossoms. In the Florence collection, Tocca combines this delicate flower with iris root to anchor the scent. Notes: Italian Bergamot, Grapefruit Leaves, Green Pear, Apple Cocktail, Ivory Gardenia, Crushed Violet Petals, Jasmine, Tuberose, Blue Iris, Blonde Wood, White Musk.

Style:Sophisticated. Romantic. Feminine.

Just what the doctor ordered after what's been an incredibly challenging month. I'll take it!

And if fate tries to stop me in my tracks and throw me another one of these months like February? Well then I'll just have to stop and smell the centifolias.

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