Thursday, January 7, 2010

Norway Meets New York...

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I’m a little embarrassed to say, but up until now, my exposure to Scandinavian culture had been acquired by watching hours of Rose Nyland on The Golden Girls. And even that experience was limited to Rose's tales of life in St. Olaf, the Norwegian farming settlement in northern Minnesota, known on local license plates as "Big Statue Country.”

Rose was born out of wedlock to a monk and his lover. Her biological mother died during childbirth, and her father returned to the monastery. Her first eight years of life were spent in an orphanage; during this time she developed a conviction that her biological father was Bob Hope, a belief she would retain until she met her real father toward the end of the series. Ah, but I digress.

Anyhoodle, you can imagine how excited I was when I received this cologne and press kit for the new Norway-NYC inspired fragrance called Kristiansand New York — created by Norwegians, Britt Hovde Ross and actress Elisabeth Steen. These modern golden girls set out to create a men’s fragrance inspired by the two places Britt and Elisabeth love most…New York and Kristiansand! New Yorkers long for the peace of the ocean and countryside while Norwegians long for the excitement of the city. Kristiansand New York aims to capture both longings.

I can best describe KNY as a sexy, clean, slightly powdery masculine scent with nice, not-too-strong sillage (that's the wake of scent you leave trailing behind.) The top notes are pleasant and somewhat familiar, but patience is required for this one, because the dry down is definitely worth waiting for. I got a nice surprise after sniffing the scent on my skin the next day — Kristiansand NY kept all the warmth of the initial spray but then transformed, very elegantly, into a clean, crisp-creamy-smooth, and sexy aroma. Very nice. The strength of Kristiansand New York is in the dry down.

And btw, the image below was included in the press kit and I'd imagine that Rose Nyland would have some kind of heartwarming story involving this strapping dude.

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