October 1, 2014
Fiore di Bellagio Bottle
Last year Shelley Waddington of En Voyage perfumes collaborated with ÇaFleureBon Editor-in-Chief Michelyn Camen, to create Zelda . The perfume was inspired by the life of Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald, the talented, tempestuous wife and muse of author F. Scott Fitzgerald, who dismissed her artistic and literary accomplishments throughout their marriage. En Voyage's Zelda was a prizewinner and a big hit with fragrance fans. This year she decided to go deeper into the world and history of the First American flapper and think to about fragrances from the Roaring 20s that Zelda might have actually worn. She chose the iconic Caron Bellodgia, composed by Ernest Daltroff, 1927. The resulting perfume Fiore di Bellagio was over a year in the making and the inspiration and the scent story told by Shelley Waddington can be read here
Flapper by M. Montedoro
Fiore di Bellagio takes its cue from Caron Bellodgia, but it is not a replica. Ms. Waddington wanted a similar vibe to that presented in Zelda; a modern twist on a bed of vintage. It has an opening zing of citruses on a bed of sumptuous ylang ylang, like an olfactory amuse-bouche to open up your senses. As the carnation, enhanced with spices and the richest of florals, throws its arms open wide, the sillage bursts forth like a song and you are lost in a swoon. Women smoked back in the flapper age almost just to have a sexy prop, and I can almost smell the smokey addition to the sensuousness of the perfume. The spiciness of carnation weaves throughout the drydown, tossing out wafts of darker, more resinous and animalic aromas. Longevity is great; I put it on two evenings in a row and in the mornings could smell a trace.
Shelley Waddinton of En Voyage
I love many of Ms. Waddington’s perfumes but I think this is her finest creation to date. Sitting on my sofa letting this lush, complicated perfume float around me, was blissful.
Notes: Italian Lemon and Citrus, Green Leaves, Ylang Ylang, Spicy Carnation; Gardenia absolute, Jasmin absolute, Bulgarian Rose Otto, Muguet, Violet, Bois de Rose, Dark Vanilla, Antique Sandalwood, Iris Florentine (Orris absolute), Costus Oil, Vintage Resins, Civet and Musks
I received my sample from Shelley Waddington of En Voyage Perfumes.
Tama Blough, Managing Editor.
With thanks to En Voyage, we have a 4-ml Spray of Fiore di Bellagio for one reader anywhere in the world. Let us know what you think you will like about Fiore di Bellagio, and if you have a favorite En Voyage fragrance. Draw Ends October 4, 2014. Please let us know where you live.
10/2/14 UPDATED: If you leave a comment, (one comment per IP ) Ms Waddington will send each commenter a vial sample. One will be the winner of the 4ml spray. This is a CaFleureBon reader gift from Shelley
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