Disney World Cheapskate Princess Extravagance: Frozen in a Bottle Perfume

Back in February of 2017, Disney started selling a product in Epcot’s Norway pavilion called “Frozen in a Bottle.” This perfume was inspired by the animated film and was created by Norway native Geir Ness. Mr. Ness is WDW-famous for selling another Norway-inspired perfume called Laila eau de parfum, which was named for his mother. He said of Frozen,“It’s a scent for people who love the movie, first of all, the nature of the movie. The scent is to capture the nature of the movie and not just the princesses.”

Is this a perfume purchase you’ll need to make while on vacation?

Let me stop there to say that while I thought the Frozen movie was ok, I wasn’t enraptured like the rest of the Disney-loving world. I watched it once; that was all I needed. I didn’t sing along with the songs. I didn’t buy the t-shirt or dolls for any small relatives. I would never have stood in line to meet either Anna or Elsa, a line that was four hours long when the meet and greet first opened. Nope. I just tolerated all the hype and went about my life, letting nothing go and continuing to let storms rage on under my non-cold skin.

If I even heard there was a perfume back in February, I’m pretty sure I snickered and mocked and then promptly let it go right out of my memory.

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Mr. Ness, who has been a perfume designer for 20 years, was at Epcot signing autographs for multiple days when the perfume first debuted. He said this scent had been in the making for almost two years, as he tried to “get this fragrance close to what the scent is of Norway.” To create a clean and fresh perfume, “so that people feel like they’re part of the movie, like they can smell it,” Ness watched the movie about 20 times.

Well, that’s 19 more than me, and I truly didn’t care how the characters smelled or what Norway smelled like, no offense to Norway.

When I first spotted the perfume display in the Tren D store at Disney Springs, I stopped in my tracks to look at Frozen…in a bottle. Here, I openly mocked both the movie and the product, especially after I saw the price tag. What small child dressed as Elsa can afford this?? Does it smell like snowballs? Would Anna really wear this?

My college-age daughter, who always smells fantastic I should point out, sprayed a little on a card for a sniff. She looked over at my sneer and said, “Smell this.” She wasn’t gagging or mocking but looked entranced. Smell it. Ok.

I barely sniffed, so as not to get too close to the silly blue bottle, and wow we wow wow, it smelled simply wonderful. My second smelling was far deeper. Inhale…the mock fell from my face, and I sprayed myself down with a double squirt from the sample bottle. Ya gotta love a free try. I honestly would have gone for an extra squirt, but I knew I was headed for an enclosed monorail.

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Frozen in a Bottle’s packaging was designed to reflect Scandinavia. “You can see a glacier of Norway, like the steep mountains. I wanted the feeling of ice into the bottle,” Mr. Ness says. “The packaging is blue, the same color you see in the movies. … You feel something — the effects of cold and ice when you see the packaging.”

Oh, I felt something. What I initially felt as irritation had turned into Frozen love. The second time on this trip I popped into Tren D, I purposely slid by the counter with the sample bottle and sprayed some more on my shirt. I hadn’t stopped thinking about it since my first encounter.

When I sprayed myself with a free sample for a third time on a different day, my senior in high school age son said, “What is that smell?” I replied, with a big grin on my face, “That is me you smell. Here, take a closer sniff.”  He then said,” That smells just like Disney World.” I thought to myself, why yes, yes it does. I turned to my daughter and requested, “Hand me my wallet so I can get my credit card.”

I then left my kingdom of isolation and made a Frozen perfume purchase, and not only does it look like I am a queen, I now smell like one too. The perfume includes scents of lily of the valley, rose, amber, wild mountain flowers and lavender. Being honest again, I seriously can’t pick out a single one of those smells. The Frozen scent simply reminds me, and my kids, of resort lobbies, butterfly gardens, gift shops, sweet treats, and Orlando vacations.

I pick up the bottle and smell Disney, and that’s a hard scent to capture.

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This perfume is not for the stingy of wallet, so it’s what we call an cheapskate extravagance. Frozen in a Bottle sells for $70 for a 3.4-ounce spray bottle and $50 for a 1.7-ounce spray bottle. Sometimes being cheap means you save up for something you really want and then you splurge. My daughter says if I use one squirt a day, it should last about four years.

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