April 17, 2008

Smellerific: Geir by Geir Ness

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What has Norway ever been famous for? Hamlet was from Norway, wasn’t he? No wait, I think that might’ve been Denmark. Regardless, Geir by Geir Ness is one of the few things from Norway I have ever encountered in my life. I may indeed have to visit that country now …
The essence of this rare male eau de parfum (most masculine scents are eau de toilette concentration) is the crisp air of Norway — mountains, herbs and all.
The beginning of this Scandinavian experience is quite intense. With fresh mint, pepper, various florals and something I can only describe as a “mountain air accord,” the fragrant hills of Norway hit your nose right away. As the pepper note grows ever more prominent, the sweet “mountain air” note stays constant and subtle hints of musk and sandalwood start to share the limelight. I detect a noticeable lily scent in the middle notes as well and this further sweetens the overall scent. I do not believe this fragrance has a true dry-down (or fading progression), which is all for the better. The fragrance is allowed to linger and then disappear delicately; as gently as the morning breeze.