Happy New Year! – Review: Caron Bellodgia

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!

Picture source: new-year-card.blogspot.com, aromierotici.blogspot.com, wallcoo.net, some rights reserved, thank you!

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19 Responses to Happy New Year! – Review: Caron Bellodgia

  1. Happy New Year! Your evening sounds like the one that we will be having at our home. Actually, less glam. You mentioned champagne. I’ll be having red table wine.
    Bellodgia is my favorite Caron, I say that and I haven’t tried all of their line. I’m surprised that I like it so much too. It doesn’t seem like something that I’d love but it is, like you said a “flowery-feel good” fragrance! I want the EDP in my collection too.
    I’m quite envious of the Bellagio travels. George Clooney? I’d be happy to catch a glimpse of him in person, even it was from a speeding boat!
    Thanks for the review and I know you’ll be offering us many more in the new year and I can’t wait!

  2. Victoria says:

    I used to associate carnations with socialism–those endless May Day parades with carnations in our arms, but I have since moved on. Your review reminded me of this lovely fragrance, which I have neglected as of late. It is such a beautiful, retro floral.
    I am about to cook our dinner for tonight, which we will be having at home. Some champagne, fireplace lit up and some candles–I would not want to have it any other way. I am still thinking about my perfume!

    • Olfactoria says:

      I can believe that the socialist associations must be strong for you. But if one is able to put that aside, Bellodgia is so lovely. We are cooking right now, too. Filet Mignon in a herb crust, a small lobster and potatoes. Going all out tonight 🙂 I wouldn’t want to go to some party either! Just jealous of your fireplace 😉 Have a great evening!

  3. Marina says:

    I have the same associations 🙂 But some carnation scents have been able to break through the, um, iron curtain to me 🙂
    Oh and my venue tonight will be just as terribly glamorous 🙂
    Happy New Year to you and your fabulous boys!

    • Olfactoria says:

      I’m glad! I love many carnation perfumes, such a happy scent.
      Let us drink to staying at home at New Year’s Eve, glamorous AND cozy 😉
      Happy New Year, especially to your little N., who hopefully will spend it sleeping 🙂

  4. JoanElaine says:

    I have always loved the smell of carnations.

    Years ago, I bought a bunch to brighten up my work space, only to have my manager tell me she cannot stand the smell because it reminds her of funerals. I felt terrible! She was very reasonable about it though. I offered to remove them, but she said it was her problem and she couldn’t smell them anyway. Perhaps seeing something you don’t like the smell of sometimes tricks you into thinking you to smell it when you can’t. For instance, I see a sealed pack of bacon and all I can think is “ewwww that stinks”.

    Unfortunately, I have not found a carnation fragrance that suits me. I did find a scent from DSH called Poivre, a beautiful blend of roses and carnations, with spices and incense. and it suits me just fine!

    Happy new year! All the best in 2011!

    • Olfactoria says:

      Oh no, another DSH recommendation 😉
      Truth be told I have been eyeing Poivre already, and your mention does not help me save money 😉
      Happy New Year, Joan Elaine!

  5. deeHowe says:

    Bellodgia sounds heavenly! I refrained from wearing fragrance all day (hard to believe, right!?) and am now contemplating what to wear to usher in the new year…

    Happy New Year Birgit!


  6. angie Cox says:

    Oh Lord I’m getting horrible visions of you being swept up into Uncle Joe’s arms wearing a sweet embroidered blouse ! I do find carnations a little bit headache inducing but am on a mission to try all Caron’s . You’ll have to forgive me if it’s not the U.SSR. that you hail from !

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  8. Kafkaesque says:

    This is another Caron that I can’t decide if I want to buy blind or not. I’m constantly go back and forth with myself about it. It’s the carnations that give me huge pause. I’ve never liked the smell particularly, so it’s not any past associations with death or what have you. I think I would be a LOT less reluctant to buy this if I could get the vintage version, instead of the reformulated version. But your review may have just made me switch camps a little and pushes me a bit further towards the positive side. Thank you for a lovely review.

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