Friday, March 14, 2014
Cool Water by Davidoff ( Revised )
Neroli, Jasmine, Geranium, Sandalwood.
Cedarwood, Oakmoss, Musk, Ambergris, Tobacco.
I try and revisit fragrances that are iconic and ones that have left me wanting in previous reviews. The version of Cool Water I'm reviewing is exactly like the image, which means it's a reformulated rendition. I have no way of knowing how it compares ( side by side ) to a vintage version as I don't own one. I've never been moved enough to snag one and that is still the case unfortunately.
Even during the heart phase, the advent of a more revealing orange rendition is evident once the opening notes peel away. This too is fleeting and the chemical quality gets louder for the second time. Both these transitions have lived and died on my skin in a 10 minute period. What remains is an anhydrous version of H2O that possess undertones of Musk and Earth. A subtle interpretation of Tobacco arrives as well, but it's only noticeable because I was focused on what I was smelling. I don't desire to give the idea that I find Cool Water completely underwhelming. The fact is I don't, but it's possible that it simply doesn't perform on my skin like it does on others.
Funny how one persons gem, comfort fragrance or go-to scent is another man's "Meh". Now, there's a reason why, since 1988, this fragrance is still selling and also finding new found fans. If I knew nothing else about this scent, that would be enough. Moral of the story is not to take my word on Cool Water as WORD. You may find yourself loving it, despising it or end up in the camp I happen to be in. It simply needs to be tried so you can make up your own mind. Sillage is good with longevity approximately 4 hours tops on my skin, with one third of that as a skin scent. Neutral rating from Aromi ( again !!!) for Davidoff's infamous Cool Water and as always, a sample wear is highly recommended.