White Mortal – Review: Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess

I had a major craving for Bronze Goddess long before I ever smelled it.

Dee enticed me first with this post and talk on Twitter did the rest – I needed Bronze Goddess. Although I am more of a white-as-the-wall mortal than resembling the title of this perfume, I was sure nontheless – I would love Bronze Goddess.

With some scents you just know. Unsniffed, I was already certain of it would work with the two of us. And – for once – I was right.

Bronze Goddess has a bit of a history. Azurée Soleil by Tom Ford for Estée Lauder (a body oil) came out in the year 2006. The next year it appeared again as a skin scent (Eau fraiche) and when Tom Ford got his own brand Azurée Soleil came back the following year in new clothes as Bronze Goddess and reappears with slight alterations in scent and bottle every April or so. Thank Goodness!

I did not find it here in Austria, because the five bottles we probably got were sold out quickly, but thankfully the perfume community stepped in and offered me decants from their own supplies. The lovely Ines promised some, and Dee did as well (her package was almost thought lost, but it finally made its way to me). I used up that decant so fast, you’d think I drank it (do not try this at home!). I used the Howe method of application which involves practically taking a shower in the fragrance. It is so light, that is necessary to create some good waft, but it is also extremely pleasurable to drench myself in refreshing, great-smelling coconutty summer juice. Thankfully my favorite SA rustled a bottle up for me, and – Embargo temporarily loosened – I bought it. I cannot stop using it, I do not want to be without it this summer.

Notes include coconut milk, sandalwood, vanilla, vetiver, myrrh, amber, mandarin, bergamot, lemon, orange, tiare flower, jasmine, magnolia, orange blossom and lavender.

Bronze Goddess smells of summer like nothing else can. There is that carefree, feel-good vibe to it that instantly spells summer the minute it is applied (lavishly, remember!) It is very well blended and the mix of exotic flowers, coconut and citrus is seamless.

Although my complexion is closer to this image above, I smell like this:

Let us make it quick and say it all together: Bronze Goddess smells gooooood!

Image source: fragrantica.com, movieline.de, esteelauder.com

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34 Responses to White Mortal – Review: Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess

  1. Ines says:

    I saw the title of your post and thought surprisedly, It couldn’t have possibly arrived already. 🙂 I just sent it a week ago.

    But yes, yes, yes! You love it! I knew it! 😉 There is something about BG that makes you feel instantly great and relaxed, like you lounged all day long at the beach and are coming home with the color of your last photo.

  2. Marie says:

    I’m joining the choir! Bronze Goddess smells gooooood!!! I was the lucky winner of Dee’s giveaway and it arrived a few days ago. It’s so smoooooth and pleasing and the coconut is so nicely done in this fragrance. Yum.

  3. lady jane grey says:

    I have to admit I’ve never tried Bronze Goddess – simply because I don’t like its name, it reminds me a rather overestimated selftanner.

    But Elizabeth with Kate Blanchett is one of my favorite films ever. I’m afraid she didn’t smell like Bronze Goddess and sorry for being off-topic…

  4. deeHowe says:

    Bronze Goddess smells gooooood!

    Haha ha! I can’t even remember how my obsession began with this scent, I just remember catching it like the flu—I tested it once in a dilapidated department store (on a scent strip, not even on skin!), and I was head-over-heels. As you said, “I was already certain of it would work with the two of us.” And it did. 🙂

    And now we need a post about all the wonderful things to layer it with: Philosykos, Frangipani, Jeux de Peau…

    • Olfactoria says:

      I think you should write that layer post!
      Thank you for passing on this particular bug! 😉

    • Marie says:

      Funny you should mention layering. It’s something I’ve never really done, but wearing BG today I thought about it. My first thought was too-much-of-good-thing: layering with a good coconut body lotion or I love coco. But a good floral would also be interesting……

  5. kjanicki says:

    Well you’ve sold me. I’ve never tried it, but I’m going to check to see if they have any near me.

  6. angie Cox says:

    I had the most peculiar discussion with a Guerlain S.A trying to sell tan powders . I told her I like looking white , I’ve never liked tans ( me with a husband the colour of chocolate) . She seemed to think that impossible yet I really don’t like to tan . I think smelling like a bronzed Goddess might be good though.

    • Olfactoria says:

      I am with you, Angie. It would be absurd for me to aim for bronzed skin, I am happy as I am – white as a sheet. 🙂 But how I can smell, that is another matter, that is the beauty of perfume, everything is possible!

  7. Oh, Lord. I’ve been wanting to try this for a couple of years now, but when I went back to either Macy’s or Bloomingdale’s to finally get a bottle, they were out of stock, and I haven’t pursued it. Maybe it’s time to start looking again. I adore scents like this when they are well done, nothing beats a tropical summer-y scent when the mood strikes. Another one I like quite a bit is Juara’s Candlenut Oil Perfume. It’s not expensive, comes in a rollerball, and the scent is unbelievably clean and fresh without smelling soapy or too sweet. It takes me to my happy place. 🙂

    • Olfactoria says:

      I think scents like Bronze Goddess speak to us, because who does not crave its promise of carefree happiness, relaxation and freedom?
      I have never heard of Juara yet, I’d like to visit your happy place, off to google… 🙂

  8. JoanElaine says:

    I want to try this and I don’t even like coconut. I also want to try the Soliel version that is apparently coconut free and has loads of citrus.

    I also have that pasty complexion and if Bronze Goddess gives me the illusion that I can be a BG too, then I will welcome the coconut! 😉

  9. Undina says:

    Thanks to Dee and her generous giveaway I also tried this perfume I would have overlooked otherwise and I like it a lot (even though usually I like coconut only as in “food”). I think I need a bottle of it an a tropical vacation…
    Dee, thank you once again.
    Birgit, pictures are just perfect for the illustration! I know exactly how you feel ( take it from a person who physically cannot get any tan no matter what).

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