We Tried Burberry Goddess Eau De Parfum & It's Not Your Mom's Classic Vanilla

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When you think of Burberry, you likely think of descriptors like "timeless," "classic," and "chic" — and that's exactly what the fashion house gives with its latest fragrance, Goddess Eau de Parfum. As described on the brand's website, the perfume is comprised of three different vanilla notes combined with a hint of lavender. This isn't run-of-the-mill vanilla, either. Burberry's process includes using vanilla that's dried under the sun for five to seven weeks and then developed further in wooden crates to get that rich, multi-layered scent.

Goddess Eau de Parfum comes in Burberry's first-ever refillable bottle, with gold, goddess-like accents adorning the square glass. What's more, it comes in three sizes — 1 oz. for $100, 1.6 oz. for $129, and 3.3 oz. for $168— that you can find online and in person at Sephora. Those who want to try out the fragrance before committing to a full bottle can get a mini 0.34-oz. option for $38. Then, if you love the fragrance, a 5-oz. refill bottle will cost you $168 (but last for a long time). Just like actor Emma Mackey running alongside a pack of lions in the fragrance's visual campaign, we couldn't wait to unleash our inner goddess and try Burberry's contribution to the vanilla scent revival.

Our first impression of Burberry Goddess Eau de Parfum

The first spritz of a new perfume is pretty much always going to be the marker of whether or not it's palatable to your nose. With vanilla being one of the most popular base scents for perfumes, we couldn't imagine Burberry Goddess Eau de Parfum being anything other than inviting. Upon our initial spray, we caught the strong notes of vanilla with an undertone of spice, which was probably due to the fragrance's ginger and cacao top notes. When these spicy notes dissipated, we were left with a complex and earthy mix of the three vanillas. 

According to master perfumer Amandine Clerc-Marie, who created Goddess, the fragrance uses a "vanilla infusion, which provides the brightest, wood vanilla possible" and "Firgood, also known as vanilla caviar" (via New Beauty). Finally, she used vanilla absolute to give Goddess a "mysterious, milky aspect." The intricate combo of these three different forms of vanilla results in a rich, warm, and full-bodied scent that we think is a perfect cozy fragrance to wear during the winter months. It's definitely not a light, daytime fragrance, and we love that the not-too-sweet smell is bold yet perfect for literally anyone.

How Goddess lasted throughout the day

We gave Burberry's Goddess fragrance one spritz on each of our wrists, and that was enough to give us a sufficient but not overwhelming amount of aroma. As an Eau de Parfum, it's a pretty strong formula, so you won't want to overdo your spritzing. After wearing it for about five hours, we could still detect a good amount of vanilla. By then, the ginger notes were gone, but we were able to detect its hints of cocoa. Ultimately, the perfume got a bit sweeter over time, which may be the lavender notes slipping in as the heaver spices wore off. 

Overall, we found this fragrance sophisticated with a delicate balance of vanilla, spice, and sweetness gracing its long wear. We undoubtedly believe Goddess has the potential to be a mesmerizing signature scent, so if you're looking for a new one — or your first one! — and love vanilla scents, this may be a good fit for you. The fact that it comes in an eco-friendly bottle that's gorgeous to boot only makes Burberry's latest scent more of a winner in our eyes.