(Review): Estee Lauder's Bronze Goddess Soleil Fragrance, 2011

Estee Lauder wants you to be a Bronze Goddess once again. For several summers they have turned out a Bronze Goddess collection to go with the beautiful Bronze Goddess fragrance. Well it’s that time again and there’s a new goddess on the block: Bronze Goddess Soleil.

Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Soleil

The original Bronze Goddess scent , which itself was the new version of the Tom Ford for Estee Lauder fragrance Azuree Soleil (and basically unchanged), was the go- to summer beachy scent. It was a departure for Lauder and not like any of their previous offerings. It instantly transported you to the ocean with it’s fragrant wave of suntan lotion, salt air, coconut and tiare.

Now in addition to the original fragrance which returns again this season, we have the Soleil version. Bronze Goddess Soleil is a floral, much more so than the original while still maintaining that tropical quality. It’s dewy and slightly sweet thanks to notes of neroli and pink lily nectar but a hint of the suntan lotion accord of the original seems to be still in there in the tiniest amount. Citrus in the form of bergamot, tangerine and lemon tree petitgrain notes, provides a little zest . Soft musks and light (blonde) woods round things out and by the drydown you still have that day at the beach kind of scent.

It fairly yells SUMMER and wears lightly and fresh and will surely complement the hot days to come. Estee Lauder calls it a “Solar Citrus Floral”, meant to evoke the sun as opposed to the sand of the original scent.

Both Bronze Goddess and Bronze Goddess Soleil are LE for the season and retail for $ 55.00.

Are you a Bronze Goddess fan? Why or why not?

– Diane Artzberger, The Beauty Alchemist

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