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Just for the scent of it ::: TOCCA Stella

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On top of the already dry California weather, I have two birds that are always on me when I'm home, which compounds to my already dry and crusty hand problems. My birds have sharp nails, which scratch and damage my hands easily - it's to a point where my coworker thought I was a druggie due to the cut marks up and down my hand.

My dryness gets to a point where it's embarrassing to use my hands in front of anyone. As a result, I've ended up with numerous hand cream/lotions around my apartment and in my purse. Of them all, I like to carry around at least three, accordingly with different functionalities.

Currently, I have my Trader Joe's Hand cream, L'Occitane Hand Cream and TOCCA Stella Hand Cream in my purse. TJ's is a moderately okay hand cream. It's not sticky, doesn't have a scent and absorbs pretty quickly. L'Occitane, I've carried tube after tube for many years (I think since 2008), and it's more of a go-to repair cream because it's sooo thick. Aside of these two, today's focus is TOCCA's Crema da Mano in Stella.

I stumbled upon this product when I was waiting in line at Sephora.  There was a TOCCA tester in one of the trail sized product cubbies, and I mindlessly picked up the bottle to moisturize my dry hands. I was instantly blown away by its airy, fresh and clean scent. Stella's scent is "Italian Blood Orange", but I like to call it "Fairy Shampoo Scent". If fairies were to come out of a waterfall shower, this scent would be THE scent that they'd smell like. Anyway, I left the store without purchasing it, went home and lost sleep thinking about how great it smelled, couldn't get it out of my head all day the next day, and went straight back to Sephora after work to buy the damn hand cream.

I have to admit that the product itself isn't the best. Aside of the amazing scent, the lasting power is almost non-existent and moisturizing power is mediocre to say the least. Usually I apply a layer of my TJ hand cream first and then apply the TOCCA on top (just for the sake of the scent). When people are sitting at my desk to discuss something (or stare at my screen), or when I'm a conference room I always get compliments of how great I smell.

If you're up for great smelling hands I recommend the TOCCA Stella (haven't tried other scents). It's only 8 bucks, and usually the bottles are stashed in the waiting line part of Sephora. If you're not a sweet, flirty scent type of person, or if you prefer functionality over scent, I guess this could pass.

Oh -before I go, funny thing about TOCCA. I tested out the fragrances from the brand (there's an Eau de Parfum under the same name), and it smells nothing like the lotion version.

Anyway, I'll see you guys in my next post!


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