“ Brand: Davidoff / Type: Fragrance / Concentration: Eau de Toilette / Gender: for women / What it does: Refreshes, „
I am a huge fan of Davidoff's Cool Water Woman fragrance - such a huge fan that every year when Davidoff launch a new limited edition summer variant I get rather excited. Cool Water Woman is a fragrance that I associate with summer anyway but I am always interested to see what twist they will put on the original scent.
In 2010 the variant was entitled "Ice Fresh" and I am not ashamed to admit I bought this at the Duty Free shop at the airport within days of it being released as I headed off on a trip to Spain. Two years on my bottle has about a third of the 100 ml remaining and I will try to track down a replacement because I love it so.
~~Bottle and Notes~~
The bottle for Cool Water Woman Ice Fresh is almost identical to the bottle you get for regular Cool Water Woman - an almost teardrop shape with a long neck which tapers out for a wider bottom. Instead of being clearly transparent the glass has been given a frosted effect, with the words "Ice Fresh" embossed into the glass giving it a nicely cool appearance.
The top notes are melon, pineapple and mint, with middle notes of sea water, violet and jasmine. The base notes are amber and wood.
Although I have owned this fragrance for two years now, it is the first one I gravitate towards whenever the sun shines. As the weather has been so pleasant over the past few days I have worn it as a matter of course.
The top notes of melon and pineapple are not immediately evident when I apply Cool Water Woman Ice Fresh. The mint is far more predominant, giving an earthy aroma. The melon and pineapple add a sweetness to the mix but not overpoweringly so.
The heart of sea water, violet and jasmine would suggest something far more floral but I find the sea water is what dominates the fragrance at this stage, giving a refreshing and light aroma. I love sea water in a fragrance and Davidoff use it to great effect in the Cool Water range and it doesn't let me down in Ice Fresh.
The base notes of amber and wood round off Cool Water Woman Ice Fresh beautifully, adding a sense of comfort to what is overall a refreshing and light fragrance, giving me a sense of being held in a reassuring embrace with an old friend.
My biggest gripe with this eau de toilette is the fact it really doesn't have much in the way of staying power at all, and despite hunting for an eau de parfum I couldn't find one in this variant. If I apply this in the morning - and I apply it liberally - by lunchtime it needs topping up again. I do wonder if the lack of staying power has something to do with the overall subtlety of the fragrance but it is an annoyance.
A further annoyance is of course the fact that this is no longer widely available, something that continues to irk me as I see Cool Water Woman Wave continue to fill the shelves despite easily being the most disappointing of Davidoff's variants of late. It is available online, retailing at £32.05 on Amazon but you will have to hunt. I do plan on buying another bottle as I definitely prefer the Ice Fresh variant to last year's Summer Dive but being the cautious sort shall wait to see what Davidoff release for summer 2012.
Overall this is a lovely, light fragrance which is perfect summer as it both refreshes and comforts in equal measure - I just wish it stuck around a little longer.
We all get perfume for Christmas and either hate it or love it and this perfume completely fits my personality - or rather, it smells nice to me and I like to smell good.
I consider this perfume to be a 'classic' as it's really been the perfume to stand the test of time; from the age of when I discovered dating to where I am now and married.
This perfume comes in a light blue bottle that is tear shaped, with a funky blue lid and works as a spray/pump action perfume. It does look like a bottle of posh water you'd see in a high class restaurant, but well, I wouldn't want to drink this ;).
The smell isn't over powering, but it's recognisable, fresh and crisp. Recognisable because, of course, a lot of people do wear the same perfume. To describe the scent: the smell is sweet, but not sickly. It reminds me a little bit of a mix between very mild aftershave and a hint of cotton candy! I know that sounds weird, but it's honestly how I'd describe it. I didn't like the smell at first but it gradually grew on me until I was wearing it nearly every day.
I found out something really strange about this perfume; it works great when sprayed onto clothes (I used to coat my denim jacket in it) but doesn't really last as long or as powerfully on skin! So basically it will last through a wash of a denim jacket but won't last more than half an hour on your skin...very strange.
However, at nearly £30 a bottle this should be used sparingly (unless, of course, you have money to burn ;). I find that prices of perfume have risen over the past couple of years but that this price tag is justified - the smell is divine!
Of course, as is always the case, you are paying for the brand. The brand has been represented by a number of sexy male models - not forgetting Sawyer's Lost ;) - and has a sophisticated feel to the brand because of this. I wouldn't quite tag it luxury but it's certainly not Semi Chem quality, either.
It can be found at places like Boots, Debenhams and House of Fraser perfume counters so this tells you all you need to know about the brand, that they like to sell their perfume at an accessible and acceptable price but not too low as to reduce perceived quality of the product.
This can be found in gift sets usually around Christmas time so if you want to try it out I'd say that's the best time.
To summarise would I recommend this perfume to other ladies? Yes. If you want to try it out by all means spend the £30 a bottle on it but be prepared that if you spray it onto your skin that it won't last too long ;).
I got a small bottle of this in a gift set I received for christmas. I loved Davidoff Cool Water (the original one) so I was extremely interested to see what this latest addition would be like. It was the first perfume I used out of the gift set and overall I was fairly pleased with it.
Davidoff Cool Water Ice Fresh has a nice, uplifting, refreshing smell. I would say it is more of a day perfume in my opinion than something you would wear out to an evening do. I say this because it is quite a light scent, nothing too overpowering but also not with enough body to wear out in the evening. The only down fall of this is that unlike some of my other perfumes I do have to reapply it a few times during the course of the day.
I still prefer the original Davidoff Cool Water just because I think it has a slightly more powerful scent that doesn't require so much re-application and is a little more distinct and original.
Overall I would say this is a good perfume that will make you smell fresh for a few hours. For people who like to wear perfume during the day that is refreshing and cooling but don't want to have an over-powering scent following them around all day!
I have a small 30ml bottle of Davidoff Cool Water Ice Fresh, it must have come as part of a gift set as Davidoff isn't a brand I'd buy and I didn't actually know I had it until a few days ago while looking through my perfumes for review ideas! I had a quick spray and liked the freshness but I've decided it's not worth the bother!
Yes, it smells gorgeous. It's more of a summer perfume as it's very light and fresh but even in the winter I think there is sometimes the call for this type of fragrance. A brilliant example is an upmarket wedding I went to a few weeks ago, chock-a-block full of snobbish types and me - feeling like a complete norse in the heaviest Dior perfume I own. Cool Water Ice Fresh would have come in perfect and at least I wouldn't have offended the noses of people who (some of them) own the countryside!
The problem is that this perfume has the staying power of water, it's a five minute wonder which might have a beautiful smell when you press your wrist to your nose but what's the point of that? After wearing it several times I give it an hour, it's never strong even when I first apply it but it is ridiculous how short a life span it has.
The notes are all very subtle within this perfume and that makes it very hard to describe, I know what the individual fragrances are but only because I've looked them up online and I still can't differentiate between them myself! One thing I did notice is that this perfume is the equivalent to eating watermelon, it's initially juicy and full of flavour but after chomping on a piece (or in this case spraying yourself) you quickly realise it's just water! Funnily enough melon is one of the top notes but I came up with this analogy before reading that, and you can't specifically smell the melon in it anyway. Or any of the other notes.
It's very feminine with a very slightly floral fragrance, but the overwhelming sensation is of freshness. I think it matches the name (Ice Fresh) perfectly as it's a very cool scent which does give the perfume a very summery feel. It's an Eau de Toilette which accounts for some of the lack of fragrance, but I think Davidoff have taken the minimalist fragrance trends to ridiculous extremes here. There is a time and a place for a subtle perfume, but this is subtle to the point of not being worth wearing.
I did a little experiment today, I applied Cool Water Ice Fresh at 9am and kept a track of the fragrance throughout the morning. By 11am I couldn't smell it at all unless I physically sniffed my wrist, and when I checked again at 11.45am I couldn't even smell it on my wrist. My daughter commented (when asked) that it lingered in the air for an hour but when I came in from the shop she couldn't smell it at all. What's the point in wearing a perfume which has such useless staying power, and I do have pretty good skin when it comes to fragrances so they don't disappear quickly usually.
Davidoff can be quite generous if you email them for samples, I'd recommend you do this before purchasing a bottle of Cool Water Ice Fresh as you might well be disappointed with it's staying power. You need a good long spray to get a decent level of fragrance, but however much you put on it has too faint a scent to make any kind of impact.
£26.45 (100ml bottle) from Cheap Smells.