Bubble baths are at the top of my list of favorite pampering rituals. After all, few things are as relaxing and calming, forcing one to slow down and enjoy a few moments of rest. Even when my busy routine forces me to cut corners everywhere, I still try to make time for a bath. Of course, soaps and candles are an important part of this activity. Although I tend to be partial to L’Occitane’s mildly scented soaps, lately I have found myself craving richer fragrances. Florence, Stella and Cleopatra are the threee scents for which Tocca soaps are available, along with matching candles….
Florence captures the fragrance of iris and rose, a classical and delicate balance which is presented quite simply without much embellishment. It unfolds with a sharp rose, but the remnants on the skin hint of soft, sweet iris. Stella, on the other hand, is less of a blood orange than a handful of orange blossoms tossed with some green leaves. As much as I did not care for the candle (it left my room smelling of wilted lettuce), the fragrance of the soap is very gentle and appealing. I find it to be a great soap to use in the morning, as its soft scent does not clash with whatever perfume I might decide to wear. In the case of Cleopatra, I found the situation reversed. As much as I love the candle, the cucumber notes in the soap turned out to be rather overwhelming. Yet, those who love the fragrance might find this soap to be an excellent choice, as the scent lasts for quite a while on the skin.
In general, the soap is of very high-quality, with long lasting fragrance and great moisturizing properties. It foams easily and does not leave any residue on the skin. As loyal as I have been to L’Occitane, I found myself repurchasing Florence and Stella twice already and enjoying them very much. Of course, as an added bonus, the yellow presentation boxes are quite irresistible. All three scented Tocca soaps are available in the Tocca assorted gift soap set.; other products are available from Tocca, Sephora, Saks 5th Avenue, Beautyhabit, Bigelow Chemists, and Blue Mercury.