Today is the last day of 2010 (I am fairly certain you did not need me to point that out, but bear with me ;)). This year went by in a flash, it seems the older I get the faster life is sprinting by, it pains me to be uttering all these platitudes, that I always abhorred when they came from my parents, but (and you did not need me to point this out either) they are true.
So, despite getting older and not much the wiser, I am happy today and will celebrate tonight (not as raucous as you might think, but it´ll involve a huge chunk of beef prepared by my husband, who has been looking forward to this task for months, and some champagne). The venue is terribly glamorous – our kitchen, with the children hopefully sleeping despite the fireworks going off all around the city.
What fragrance will I be wearing?
Something gloriously happy, bright red, uplifting and empowering: A carpet of red carnations in the sunlight – Caron´s Bellodgia.
Thanks to the beautiful and fearsomely intelligent Tarleisio, Bellodgia quickly made it into the top ranks of my favorite perfumes.
Although my first association with carnations are funerals and the second one is socialism, this perfume is neither sad nor prone to call you comrade.
It is one of the most joyful and joy-inspiring fragrances I know. It is sunshine in a bottle.
It was inspired by the beautiful landscape around Bellagio, Lake Como in northern Italy. I spent a vacation there once, and it is still burnt into my memory as one of the most wonderful times of my life. Great food, nice people (not to mention spying George Clooney on a boat flashing past, hysterical giggling ensued, it was mortifying) and the most beautiful landscape imaginable. If I had to move to Italy I would choose the Lake Como area. George has great taste, after all. We share a lot of interests, I reviewed Nespresso candles just the other day, if that is not destiny, then what is? But I am digressing…
Bellodgia was created by perfumer Ernest Daltroff and introduced in 1927; notes include rose, jasmine, violet, lily of the valley, sandalwood, vanilla and musk.
Bellodgia opens with a heady and quite peppery flower accord, that then mellows somewhat and settles down to a sweet, exuberantly flowery feel-good fragrance, that despite its positive attitude has a lot of depth and complexity. (That is not to say happiness precludes depth, but I find that to be true oftentimes nonetheless.)
The flower aspect is rich and the carnations feature prominently, I also get a hint of rose. The drydown is typically Caron (as far as I can say that, since I did not try all of the line´s perfumes, but from what I tested I perceive a certain common trait in the base) a musky, powdery drydown, that is a little dark and shadowy, in this case sweetened with vanilla.
I have the Eau de Toilette (for lack of availability of other strenghts, but there is an Eau de Parfum as well as an extrait, which is on my wish list), but the sillage and longevity are still impressive.
Bellodgia is a perfume I would never have thought that I would like, judging from the notes. But this is one aspect of fragrances that I love so much, you are always in for a surprise.
Therefore, beware of the unsniffed buy and be prepared to fall in love with perfumes you are set to dismiss. I graciously bestow these wise words on you to take to heart in the coming year ;)
Happy New Year to all of you! Have a great time tonight!
What will you be doing? Party or Dinner for Two? Let me know in the comments!
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