Estee Lauder launched Azuree Soleil in 2006 as a limited edition body oil. It was part of the “Tom Ford Estee Lauder Collection” or somesuch, and the body oil returned in the summer of 2007, along with a new Azuree Soleil Eau Fraiche Skinscent formula. As I understand it, now that Tom Ford’s own brand (under the Estee Lauder umbrella) is off and running, we won’t be seeing any more joint Tom Ford-Estee Lauder products, so Azuree Soleil is kaput (as is Youth Dew Amber Nude).
Fans of Azuree Soleil needn’t worry; Estee Lauder’s new Bronze Goddess is very nearly the same thing, in fact, only the fragrance-obsessed will notice (or care about) the difference. They’re both tropical beach-y scents, and the Azuree Soleil I thought of as not exactly suntan oil-ish, but as what suntan oil ought to smell like. It was the perfect thing to wear on the boardwalk on a hot summer night, in fact, it is almost all I wore on vacation last summer.
It is not worth describing Bronze Goddess in any detail since it is so close to Azuree Soleil (you can see the Azuree Soleil review here). The Bronze Goddess is maybe a bit sharper and more citrus-y in the opening than Azuree Soleil, and perhaps a wee bit less gardenia-ish, a wee bit more “warm sand and sun-warmed skin” in the dry down. Or, perhaps the difference is merely due to the fact that my Azuree Soleil is now a year old.
I’ve only tried Bronze Goddess in the Eau Fraiche Skinscent version. It is also available in Body Oil, but I have to say that I was very unhappy to pull out the Azuree Soleil Body Oil I bought last summer and discover that the 3/4 of a bottle I’ve got left is nearly — not entirely, mind you, but nearly — scentless. I looked around on the Estee Lauder website to see if I could find out if the Body Oils are silicone-based (I haven’t had good luck with silicone formulas hanging on to their fragrance) but couldn’t find anything about the ingredients. I should note that when I announced Bronze Goddess earlier this month, at least one commenter checked her old bottle of the Body Oil and it was fine. Still, if I buy again, I’m sticking with the Eau Fraiche; my decant of last year’s Eau Fraiche is doing just fine.
Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess is available in 100 ml Eau Fraiche, 100 ml Body Oil and 200 ml Luminous Body Lotion. The notes include coconut milk, sandalwood, vanilla, vetiver, myrrh, amber, mandarin, bergamot, lemon, orange, tiare flower, jasmine, magnolia, orange blossom and lavender.
Update: Bronze Goddess was released again in the spring of 2009, and then again in spring 2010.