A Sales Assistant in John Lewis recently told me that the current Estee Lauder best seller in the Cardiff branch is Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Eau Fraiche 2013. In fact they had sold out and were awaiting stock. She told me that would quickly sell out too and they would have to order even more in. Naturally, I had to try it.
It seems almost too obvious that a perfume that smells like sun lotion would be popular towards summer. It seems so obvious that I wonder why the obvious wasn’t said in the boardroom “but surely if a woman wants to smell of sun cream, she will just apply sun cream?”
It also seems obvious that Estee Lauder knows their consumers better than I do, for this stuff is flying off the shelves, and has even sold out on the Estee Lauder website (at the time of going to press. I’ve always wanted to write that)
On first spraying from the gorgeous bronze opaque bottle, my first impression was Coconut. My second was Tuberose. After that it stayed Coconutty and creamy and didn’t really change. There were some pretty and faint florals in there, however. Just enough to stop you smelling like a cake. Lasting power was good at around five hours.
Looking at the description on Fragrantica, I have to wonder if we are talking about the same scent. Fragrantica lists no Tuberose and no Coconut. It does list Lemon, Orange, Milk, Flowers and Amber. The Estee Lauder website is downright poetic in its listing of flowers and fruits and exoticisms. I can assure you dear reader that the fragrance name is an exact match to the bottle I tried. But I would never recognise this beachy Malibu scent from its notes in a hundred years.
There have been many flankers and many editions of Bronze Goddess. I can’t help feeling slightly cynical here, perhaps all I can smell is the cash needed to buy each year’s limited edition version and its flanker.
In any case, if you like smelling of sun lotion when the skies are gloomy and the rain patters down, this is fine quality. It is escapism after all.
I still call it Coconuts though.