But I never associated Norway, The Land of the Midnight Sun, with perfume!
That has all changed, since I was introduced to Laila Eau de Parfum. This perfume, created by Norwegian fragrance Designer, Geir Ness, was named after Geir’s mother. The name is well deserved, as it was she who apparently was the driving force behind Geir’s determination to create a fragrance representing his homeland of Norway. And it is her signature that Geir has attempted to re-create, along with boyhood memories. Then he put her name “Laila” on the bottle, and gave it her for mother’s day!
..so what does Norway smell like (at least to Geir)? It’s surprisingly distinctive. The light, almost clear juice smells fresh and clean, but it’s got some fruity and floral notes that make it more a floral with fruit, than an American style fruity floral. The natural oils include an infusion of Norwegian mountain wildflowers with just a touch of fruit inflections – including watermelon. The scent is strong and it lingers (nicely) on skin and clothes. I can’t get an exact breakdown of the notes, but there is some floral, probably a white floral, that sticks in my nose and won’t go away. But it’s memorable, in a subtle way, not one that makes you feel like you’ve been overwhelmed by scent in your nostrils!
What’s really adorable about this fragrance is that it was created, I think, by someone who truly loved his mother, and wanted to include childhood memories in the bottle as well as making it a tribute to love. I believe it’s more an essence of love, not just an essence of Norway.
I like the presentation, too. A barely-ice-blue carton looks cool and elegant. The bottle inside is a rounded pyramid with a brushed silver top over the spray diffuser. It’s clean and spare, with only the name of the scent: “Laila” in white script to mar the view.
Laila is available nationwide at Nordstrom Department Store, specialty boutiques throughout the nation, DisneyWorld’s-Epcot (Orlando, FL) Norwegian Pavilion and www.laila.com. Visit our http://www.laila.com/ for more product information and to order online.
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