Even though I hate the beach, when I think of summer, it’s still the first thing that comes to mind. (And to be fair, it’s not really the beach that I hate. It’s just the fact that I can never get rid of all the sand afterward and that no matter how often I put on sunscreen with a high SPF, my fair skin still always burns. It’s crazy!) Despite my beach issues, I still love it when my summer scents remind me of the beach, so it’s no wonder I’m obsessed with both of Estée Lauder’s Bronze Goddess scents. 


Last summer, I was really into the original Bronze Goddess. With its notes of bergamot, mandarin, Tahitian gardenia petals, coconut, amber, sandalwood, and vetiver, it’s the ultimate summer scent. To me, it smells like a sophisticated mix of sun, salty ocean breeze, suntan lotion, and tropical flowers. It’s just flat-out sexy—I don’t think I’ve ever worn it during the day (although it would be totally appropriate); for some reason, it seems like such a nighttime fragrance for me. It’s the kind of scent people lean in to smell more of, the kind that lingers on your skin in the hot summer air. I can’t get enough of it.    


This summer, even though my obsession with that scent continues, I also can’t get enough of the new version, Bronze Goddess Soleil. This one is a bit lighter—it was inspired by the warmth of the Mediterranean—and is a citrus-floral blend with notes of bergamot, orange blossom, blood orange, pink lily nectar, and blond woods. I can definitely smell the fruit notes in this one, as well as the florals, but overall I would say it’s a crisper version of the original. I love this one as a daytime scent, so it actually kind of works out perfectly since I can wear this one to work in the summer and then layer on the original over it at night. It’s so convenient, especially in the summer when nighttime events seem to come up more frequently and I’m always trying to rush off to them at a moment’s notice. They turn even someone with my perpetually pale white skin into a bronze goddess!

Read more of Stacey’s musings at The Daily Obsession.




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