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Cool Water for men has been on the market for a number of years, however in the interests of generating more revenue and taking advantage of the increased interest in male grooming products Davidoff launched a variation of their leading brand Cool Water in 2003 and imaginatively called it Cool Water Deep.
I purchased my bottle on impulse from Rackhams for £29.00 for a 100ml bottle of the aftershave. I knew I liked Cool Water and the sales assistant assured me after a tester that the gorgeous fragrance would last for hours. That was enough for me and the bottle was in my bag in double quick time.
Made in France, Cool Water comprises of alcohol, water, parfum, castor oil, extract of witch hazel and hamamelis. Taking the fact that the bottle didn't come with any notes, without trying this I wouldn't have had a clue what those ingredients would combine to smell like.
On investigation it became obvious that deep is marketed as a fresh, sensual yet daring fragrance and from this I would have expected it to have a light, citrus fragrance with hints of flowery undertones like Joop, Acqua Di Gio and CK Truth.
The bottle itself is easily identifiable and unique in it's design. Standing rather tall the clear glass bottle is thin and shaped like a hip flask making it easy to grip in the bathroom even with wet hands.
After unscrewing the silver lid I let approximately 5ml of the clear blue aftershave pour into my hand., rubbed them together and applied it to my face and neck. The first thing that struck me was the pain. This burnt after shaving more than any other product I have ever used before.
As the stinging subsided the smell became evident very quickly. It is strong yet fresh initially and very vibrant. It sort of makes your nose prick up if thats at all possible. The alcohol content is evident in the smell giving a sharp and strong feel but within a minute or so this had faded leaving a clearer more distinct citrus smell being a combination of lemon, subtle orange and a hint of lavender. After a further 30 minutes the sense of wearing an aftershave has gone as there was no rash and the smell had become so subtle I couldn't smell it at all. That is always a good sign as it means the aftershave suits my skin type.
Although I couldn't smell the aftershave it was noticed when I got to work by the receptionist and again that night in the pub some 12 hours later.
One application of Cool Water Deep will last for well over 16 hours, still being evident, if only lightly over 24 hours later. Great staying power.
Cool Water Deep is an ideal refreshing fragrance and one that has been added to my growing list of favourites. It does sting on first application but it didn't irritate my skin. It smells wonderful and has a long lasting smell. As it is so versatile it can be used for daywear, a loud evening out or that quiet romantic moment. I would say that due to it's light fruity smell this isn't suitable for a formal occasion.
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