I was asked to review a new fragrance, Frozen in a Bottle, which was a collaboration between Disney, and Norwegian Perfumer- Geir Ness. Overall it was a very positive experience. The fragrance itself was beautiful, transportive, and a genuine pleasure to wear. Starting off sweet and somewhat icy, it enveloped you in luscious floral and herbal notes. I am a fan. So when I also had to opportunity to interview Geir Ness, I jumped on the chance. I have been familiar with him for quite some time, having worn, and enjoyed his first fragrance, Laila, for a good long while. However I didn’t want to do a standard interview. Rather I wanted to talk to him, pick his brain, and find out what made Frozen in a Bottle so special.
Our conversation wasn’t to long, as we both are busy (him much more then myself). But if I could say one thing about the entire conversation was the pride he took in creating this fragrance, as well as how meticulously he crafted it. He told me he wanted to invoke, not just the movie, but Norway in and of itself. The beauty and splendor if it’s environment. After being approached to craft FiaB, he spent several weeks in Norway gathering herbs, flowers, and somewhat communing with everything, figuring out the best way to tackle his chosen task. Laila, and his masculine fragrance – Geir, are both sold in Disney’s Epcot Norway Pavilion. So when Disney approached him, they knew what to expect when reaching out to Geir to craft their first real, signature fragrance. Having taken about 2 years to create and tireless effort, Frozen in a Bottle went live in March.
If you have experienced Laila, you can definitely feel that same heart in Frozen in a bottle. Lighter, and a bit less sweet then Laila, it’s easy to see why it had such a positive response when it was launched. Not only drawing on Frozen’s already, cult like following. You had a lot of people also genuinely excited to experience something transportive, unique, yet very wearable. Geir said some people picked this out to wear on their wedding day, and it is easy to see why. Sweet, light, and refreshing, Frozen in a Bottle hits all the marks. Fragrances like this need to have mass appeal, and in a lot of ways compromises have to be met. Either in the formula, packaging, marketing and quality. Even if a lot of concessions had to be made, you couldn’t tell that in the final product. From the beautiful icy blue bottle and packaging, to the lovely wildflower and herbal notes to the juice, Everything was carefully picked out. Lavender was added to represent the end of the movie. And the together of two sisters, calming, pretty, clean and beautiful. The packaging’s beautiful blue hue was chosen to invoke light (it is also his favorite color) . Everything was very deliberate, yet when it all came together it was an effortless final product. You can almost feel the crisp breeze when you wear this, and smell the herbs and wild flowers, and most importantly, you can really identity Norway in this fragrance.
This fragrance isn’t the only thing in this lineup either. A shimmering hand and body cream, as well as a giftset are other things you can get your hands on if you enjoy this fragrance. On top of Laila, FiaB, and Geir he also has his own skincare line, The Skin of Norway. With moisturizers, Mist and serums, you have a plethora of amazing products to try as well.
Overall I greatly enjoyed speaking with him, and was very honored he took time out of his very busy schedule to talk with me. I learned a lot about the creative process in creating fragrances. And most importantly I got to experience his passion and expertise first hand! He told me he was most excited to really represent Norway and all its beauty with this fragrance, and I think he did it marvelously!
Here is some fun little tidbits
- Geir’s Top 3 Favorite Disney Movies- Frozen, Lilo and Stitch, Zootopia
- Describe FiaB in 7 words or less- Fresh, Clean, Light, Happy, All Ages
My Frozen in a Bottle YouTube Review-
You can purchase any of the fragrances right off of Geir’s Site, Laila.com