The Mane Attraction — New Tocca Hair Fragrances Are A Strand-Spritzing Heaven
There’s something undeniably sexy about wearing your favorite fragrance on your hair, spritzing those strands so that, as your mane bounces when you walk and as you flip your hair or twirl it aloofly, a subtle trail of that scent wafts through the air. It’s also a great way to make your fragrance last all day since the natural oils in your hair can actually lock in that scent. But here’s the conundrum: most perfumes contain alcohols that will dry out hair, making those aromatic spritzes dangerous in regards to your strand’s health. The solution: hair fragrances, an the under-the-radar beauty product category that’s slowly but steadily gaining in popularity.
If you’ve ever encountered a product dubbed “hair fragrance” or “hair perfume,” and scoffed, wondering, Why would I ever need a perfume for my hair alone? Well, it’s not some marketing ploy. The truth is that hair fragrances are formulated with very lightweight moisturizing oils so that they nourish and protect strands while also swathing them in a lovely aroma. My newest obsession in this product category are the five luxurious scents in the Tocca Capelli Perfumati Hair Fragrance Collection (available for $36 each at Anthropologie stores and Anthropologie.com).
The Tocca hair fragrances correspond to the scents within the Tocca line, scents we’ve grown to love in perfume form, as well as in other iterations such as scented hand creams and luxe candles. The five scents available are:
Cleopatra — an exotic scent with top notes of sparkling grapefruit, black currant, and cucumber; a floral and slightly fruity heart encompassing jasmine, tuberose and peach; and a spicy base of amber, patchouli, musk and vanilla.
Florence — a floral aroma that opens with mouth-watering notes of apple, pear, bergamot and grapefruit leaves, then leads to a floral bouquet of iris, violet leaves, gardenia, jasmine, and tuberose, with musk and white woods rounding out the scent at the base.
Stella — A perky fruity floral scent with top notes of blood orange and bitter orange; a floral heart of freesia, lily, and wild orchid; and base notes of sandalwood and musk.
Colette — A sensual aroma with top notes of Amalfi lemon, mandarin, and juniper berries; an alluring heart of jasmine, violet, cyclamen and pink pepper for an unexpected kick; and base notes of vanilla, sandalwood, incense, and amber that lend the scent a mysterious allure.
Liliana — a fun-loving, feminine, effervescent scent with top notes of peach, bergamot, and neroli, a heart of lily of the valley, gardenia, and peony; and base notes of sandalwood, musk, and patchouli.
I’ve been wearing the Florence and Liliana Hair Fragrances and am head over heels in love with both. The Florence hair fragrance leaves my strands smelling like fresh gardenias (one of my favorite scents ever!) with just a hint of bergamot to balance the sweetness of that particularly dominant floral note. The Liliana hair fragrance, meanwhile brings out my playful, frisky, carefree side since the dominant notes are juicy peach and lily of the valley, the former a sweet and inviting fruity note, the latter a light floral note connoting images of innocence and hope.
The delightfulness of their aromatic compositions aside, the TOCCA Hair Fragrances are formulated with coconut oil, a fatty acid-rich substance that penetrates strands with relative ease (thereby not weighing down your mane) and safeguards against moisture and protein loss, and which is also known to boost shine. They’re also formulated with panthenol or vitamin B5, which is found in most hair products since it’s a potent humectant, attracting moisture and binding it to the hair fibers. In other words, any potentially drying effects stemming from the alcohol in each Hair Fragrance is counteracted by the hydrating and nourishing effects of the coconut oil and panthenol in the aroma, making these a mane attraction.
Like the Tocca EDPs, these Tocca Hair Fragrances come in the most exquisite packaging, each scent housed in a vintage-looking glass bottle adorned with metallic gold illustrations and topped off with an antique-flavored golden cap featuring an embossed design. These deserve a primo spot on your bathroom counter or vanity table, so why not give it to them?
Just remember: these are formulated specifically for use on strands so, while you can ostensibly spritz some onto your wrists or neck, the aroma won’t be as striking as if you were to use the corresponding Tocca EDP on your skin. If you really want the aroma to linger on the skin, then perhaps you can rely on both the EDP and the Hair Fragrance for your favorite scent. That said, don’t go overboard with the spritzing! The Hair Fragrances really do boast an astounding sillage and, at the end of the day, the hope is to leave behind an ethereal, spellbinding aromatic trail rather than launching a full-on fragrance attack. Try wearing the Hair Fragrances alone first — you’ll probably find it’s more than enough to create the desired effect. Besides, you’ll feel like a Samson-ette, with all this intoxicating power stemming from your mane.