I've decided that the best fragrances are summer fragrances. I'm basing this on absolutely nothing, except for the fact that a lot of the ones I've smelled lately are great. And now I have another one to add to the list - Estee Lauder's Bronze Goddess. Usually when a scent is raved about online, I end up being disappointed when I smell it, but it's the exact opposite with this one - I actually like it more than I thought I would. (And how often does that happen?) Bronze Goddess is a blend of Bergamot and Mandarin, with middle notes of Tahitian Gardenia Petals and Coconut, and a warm base of Amber, Sandalwood and Vetiver. What does that all smell like? Sort of like a bottle of expensive suntan lotion warmed by the tropical sun with a hint of ocean breeze. (I should totally be writing advertising copy, by the way. Feel free to steal that, Estee Lauder!) It's light and fresh, but very distinctive. I wish I'd had this last year when my sister got married in Costa Rica because it would've been the perfect scent to wear to her wedding on the beach. (Although possibly it might have attracted more of those flying beetle things to me and that would've been bad. Ahh, the joys of a tropical vacation...) The best part is the price - at only $49.50 for 3.4 ounces, you can afford to buy the Eau Fraîche Skinscent, the matching body lotion ($29.50), and the Body Oil Spray ($29.50) so you'll always have a a bottle of the scent around to make you happy. But act fast - it's a limited edition and all three products are already sold out online. If you miss this one, your inner Goddess might just kick your ass.
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