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June 08, 2011

Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess and Bronze Goddess Soleil : Perfume Review

BardotBronze Goddess

Rated 4.5 out of 5.0

Bronze Goddness Soleil

Rated 4.5 out of 5.0

Star rating: 5 stars--outstanding/potential classic, 4 stars--very good, 3 stars--adequate, 2 stars--disappointing, 1 star--poor.

The ingenuity of Bronze Goddess, a limited edition Estée Lauder fragrance, lies not only in its ability to convey summer indolence with its scent of coconut, gardenia and warm sand, but in making this fantasy wearable and sophisticated. It is elegant and refined, with an interesting twist of dry ambers that give Bronze Goddess its crisp and polished character. While it may lure one with the promise of a beach themed indolence, in reality, it is a versatile fragrance that can easily travel from beach to office, from summer to fall.

Originally, Bronze Goddess was introduced in 2007 as Azurée Soleil Eau Fraiche Skinscent as part of a collaboration between Estée Lauder and Tom Ford. As I mentioned in my review of its body oil version, the fragrance combines the milky sweetness of white tropical flowers with the delicious warmth of amber, oscillating between the opulent sensation of gardenia petals on the skin and the smooth richness of sun bleached woods. The original Azurée Soleil was re-introduced in subsequent years, and Bronze Goddess is its latest iteration. All of these versions were created by perfumer Alberto Morillas, and they are essentially the same fragrance with some minor differences in floral accents. The composition has a playful character, with the sensual touch of musks lending it a caressing sensation. I particularly love the surprising touch of myrrh, which lends a cool facet reminiscent of damp stones and green moss to this voluptuous fragrance. My only qualm with Bronze Goddess is its limited edition status because a perfume of this caliber truly deserves its own permanent place in the collection.

Bronze Goddess Soleil, introduced this summer along with Bronze Goddess, is a variation on the gardenia and amber theme of the original. It has a stronger fruity accord that reminds me of sweet oranges and green apples. On the skin, the fragrance exhibits a completely different character from Bronze Goddess, being more of a citrus cologne than a white floral orchestration. The sparkling citrus opening reveals a full spectrum, from juicy mandarin to bergamot, while the fresh floral notes give it a jaunty twist. It is a well-crafted composition, with a pleasant character, yet in comparison to the original, it feels less memorable and unique. I would be glad to wear Bronze Goddess Soleil occasionally in the summer, but the fantasy it weaves is not enough to make me crave it after the beach towels are put away and the tan lines begin to disappear. On the other hand, I would want to have Bronze Goddess on my vanity table all year round to remind me of summer languor and to make the winter more bearable.

Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess includes notes of coconut milk, sandalwood, vanilla, vetiver, myrrh, amber, mandarin, bergamot, lemon, orange, tiare flower, jasmine, magnolia, orange blossom and lavender. It is available in 100 ml Eau Fraiche, 100 ml Body Oil and 200 ml Luminous Body Lotion.

Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess Soleil includes notes of citron, bergamot, tangerine, lavender, petitgrain, pittosporum, neroli, orange blossom, jasmine sambac, grapefruit tree blossom, pink lily, blonde woods, iris, ambrette seed and crystalline musks. It is available in 100 ml Eau Fraiche.

Sample source: Estée Lauder

Image: Brigitte Bardot in 1963 film Le Mépris.

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