If You Have One Scent

If You Have One Scent
Estée Lauder's Bronze Goddess is one hyped up scent, there no getting away from that. I think I first heard about it circa 2013 on Lily's blog and instantly fell in love with the notion that summer could, quite literally, be bottled. However, in 2013 I was 15 and too far, both geographically and financially, from an Estée Lauder counter to get my hands on the fragrance.
 
Fast forward to summers 2014 and 2015: I spent an unnecessary amount of time at the EL counter in Boots, umming and ahhing over whether Bronze Goddess was worth the investment. Unsurprisingly, it was sold out and gone for another year before I could make a decision. So it wasn't until this year that I managed to snap it up (I actually managed to get my hands on it just before it sold out on The Fragrance Shop with a discount code I got with my electronics insurance!).
 
It costs around £50 for 100ml of eau fraîche, depending on where you go, so it sits comfortably in the average price range of high end scents. For something so seasonal, though, many wonder if it's worth the hype- particularly as it's so difficult to get hold of the limited edition range each summer. In my opinion, 100% yes.
It's described by Estée Lauder as "a sensuous, sun-drenched blend of Bergamot, warm Amber, Tiare Flower and Vanilla combined with delicious creamy Coconut" but to me it just smells like piña coladas on a warm beach as the sun is setting. It's the perfect fragrance to spritz before heading out for dinner on holiday or on the rare occasion that the UK sees some sun. It's definitely one for the evenings though, with the warm Amber contributing a deeper, more sexy tone.
 
The packaging is also stunning. It features a gold ombré bottle with a gold lid, perfect for holiday Instagrams and just a luxurious scent to put in pride of place on your perfume tray. This is a scent I use sparingly, saving it only for special occasions, but this is less to do with the price tag and more to do with the way it can save your happiest memories. When I spray it now, it takes me back to memories of this past summer- exploring new places, relaxing with friends and nights I wish I could remember.
 
So yes, despite it being a fragrance that is very much limited to the summer months, I definitely think Estée Lauder's Bronze Goddess is worth the hype and the investment. It's a unique scent that, when saved for special nights, can literally bottle your summer memories. It's a great one to treat yourself to at Duty Free or just as a reward for getting through the year in one piece. It reminds me that, sometimes, you have to let your hair down.

The Fragrance

Notes

Sensuous Notes: Amber, Coconut Milk, Sandalwood, Vanilla, Vetiver, Myrrh.
Warm Notes: Juicy Mandarin, Sicilian Bergamot, Lemon, Pulpy Orange.
Radiant Notes: Tiare Flower, Jasmine, Magnolia Petals, Orange Flower Buds, Lavender.

Have you tried Bronze Goddess? Do you think it's worth the hype?

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