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Caron was one of the first houses whose perfumes I explored and Bellodgia was my first Caron love--so beautiful I searched for vintage and current formulation, too. Both are involving, creamy carnations with a hint of spice--sheer masterpieces of fragrance, IMO. The vintage is a bit deeper, has more lily-of-the-valley I think, but both are really divine. This is a romantic perfume in which Carnation, Jasmine and Rose are ennobled and elevated by Lily-of-the-valley (support being the latter's best use, IMO, rather than starring). A single spice and classic base do the rest. Daltroff created it after visiting Bellagio on Italy's Lake Como, an idyllic jewel of a town full of history, fairytale vistas, and flowers. He had a genius for capturing femininity in scent and, to me, Bellodgia is his best. Wear it fully expecting a prince to come.