‘Goddess’ Eau de Toilette, from Coty Paris New York, was my favorite fragrance and signature scent from the 80’s / 90’s, then it got discontinued and i have been looking for it ever since. I really loved this fragrance, it was part of me and of a very significant part of my life.
Goddess was a low budget EDT that could be bought at most drugstores in the Netherlands (Etos, Kruidvat, DA, etc) and came in a 30ml and 50ml transparent glass bottle with curved lines and a matching transparent plastic cap. The back of the bottle shows it’s from Coty. The fluid itself had a yellow golden color.
The price was under fl 10,00 (guldens/florin’s at that time). Goddess discontinued around 1992 but was still available until half/end nineties. Goddess is listed online under General Cosmetics.
Goddess EDT was a fresh energetic, fruity-flowery, slightly oriental type of fragrance (from what i remember), with similarities to that of the opening scent of Born Original by Adidas.
I have no idea who the nose was behind Goddess or what the fragrance notes were.
I remember the opening was sharp, citrus fruity and fresh. There might also have been peach notes in the top (as i loved peach scents at that time). The fragrance kind of reminded a bit to the smell of apple juice. I believe there were white flowers (maybe jasmine, apple or orange blossom) in the heart. The fragrance had a remarkable strong silage and the longevity was good too.
Notes: …. ?
Possibility of notes that could have been in there (?): Bergamot, mandarin, orange or grapefruit, apple or apple blossom, peach, pineapple, gardenia, green notes, honeysuckle, orange blossom, lily of the valley, rose, jasmine, iris, heliotrope or vanilla, ylang ylang, ginger, amber, ceder, oak moss, sandalwood, musk
(The above notes might be completely off because it’s way too long ago to remember and i didn’t know anything about notes back then so i’m just guessing, but i would love to smell Goddess again)
There is hardly any information to be found about ‘Goddess’ on the internet, it’s almost like it never even existed.
If anyone remembers any info like the perfumer, the notes, release year and year it was discontinued, or still has a filled or empty bottle, please contact me or leave a comment.
Other fragances and brands that were popular among teens and available in drugstores in the Netherlands around that time were Beverly Hills 90210, Lou lou by Cacharel, Anais anais by Cacharel, Vanderbilt by Gloria Vanderbilt, Gabriela Sabatini, Samba, Naf Naf, United Colors of Benetton, Magic Girl (Papaya flirt, Cherry kiss and Lemon touch), Miss Sporty, Chipie, etc
In 1904, François Coty founded a fragrance company in Paris that would bear his name. He was determined to revolutionize a fragrance industry that had seen little change during the 19th century. With Coty, he set about reinventing the perfumer’s fragrance palette.
Just five years later, Perfume City was born. A residential villa outside of Paris that was transformed into a grand industrial complex. Over time, Perfume City grew and by 1920, Coty owned and controlled all aspects of his fragrance production, including flower fields, packaging factories, print shops, and delivery vehicles.
Coty understood that to succeed on a larger scale, he needed to reach a wider audience.
His strategy was simple: offer a product of rich appearance,that was affordable. Coty commissioned artists and manufacturers, such as René Lalique and the Glassworks of Baccarat, to design beauty products imbued with luxurious quality, never previously available to the masses. The strategy worked and perfume quickly became an international mass-market luxury product almost instantly.
In 1912, he opened subsidiaries in New York and London, an important move for the company.
At the end of World War I, soldiers returned home with gifts of French perfume for their loved ones. This led to a demand for Coty products in the U.S.
François Coty dies in 1934, and the family stays in control of the company, remaining on the board of directors until the 1960’s.
In 1963, COTY Inc. and COTY International were acquired by Pfizer Inc. of New York. Fragrances, lipsticks and powders continue to be COTY’s bestsellers. The company also becomes the third largest fragrance company in the United States.
In 2016 Coty completes its merger with The Procter & Gamble Company’s fine fragrance, color cosmetics, salon professional and hair color and styling businesses, making it the third largest beauty company in the world.
Coty has an iconic portfolio of more than 77 brands across fragrances, color cosmetics, hair care, body care and skin care.
Once a Coty product is discontinued, their inventory of the item is completely depleted. Discontinued products are no longer distributed through authorized retailers. (FAQ)
To get the most out of your fragrance, cosmetics, skin, sun and personal care products, it’s recommended storing them in dry place, preferably away from light, and avoiding extreme temperatures. Remember to close all packages tightly after each use.
If you are searching for that long lost or discontinued perfume of your memory, please remember that perfumes over 7-10 years start to lose their freshness and may start to smell like alcohol. The older the perfume, the less it may smell like what you may remember.
The shelf life for an Eau de Toilette, Eau Fraiche, bodymist, etc is much shorter.