Product Type: Davidoff fragrances
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Davidoff Cool Water Eau de Toilette
Member Name: Nar2
Davidoff Cool Water Eau de Toilette
Advantages: Beautiful rich, "cool" fragrance, very unique and classy fragrance for men.
Disadvantages: Seasonal limited editions with cut price offers aren't always available
“Cool Water” by Davidoff has been around longer that I can remember. Infact I think it came onto the market roughly after I turned 20. I’m now in my 30’s and I don’t buy that many aftershaves these days as they tend to be given to me in gift form. “Cool Water” though always seems to be a personal purchase rather than a gift given with respect or love. It is known to have a strong love or loathe aspect with women whilst men in general appreciate its longevity throughout the day and its majority tones of musk contained in its ingredients. This review is as long as my long experience...
** The Look **
“Cool Water” is usually available in glass bottles which are additionally placed in turquoise, sea blue boxes which have a slight holographic effect. The glass bottles themselves have been designed with the minimum of styling exercises and incentive. The bottle is usually tall (depending on ml sizes) coloured in a dark turquoise and sea blue colouring. Mostly all bottles come with a black top hat that pulls off to reveal the neck of the bottle, if splash on aftershave is bought, or spray if it’s the Eau de Toilette (EDT). I have only ever bought one bottle of EDT before when it was a splash on limited edition. Therefore the bottle is lacking in a lot “buy me” incentive although it looks understated on any bathroom shelf but clearly recognisable by many people to what it is.
The graphics on the bottle is shown in silver writing, using a Calligraphy cursive style to promote the company name. This is located at the top of the bottle whilst at the bottom you will see capital letters in that same silver writing to indicate what type of fragrance you have purchased. I know from experience with the product that the name can fade over time whilst spray bottles can sometimes gunge up with over use.
** The Promise **
The advertising for this product from Davidoff’s main website states the following with reference to the EDT and in general to the aftershave:
“...contrasting lavender and rosemary against mint, coriander and orange flower... heart notes of jasmine and geranium are offsets against sandalwood and the earthy notes of moss. Vetiver provides a firm masculine, yet sensual base note...”
“...Modern, fresh - a unique fragrance. Sensuous, yet daring, like the changing moods of the ocean. Clean, clear and compelling. Davidoff Cool Water confidently accentuates who you are: someone who knows how to enjoy life. With passion and abandon...”
**Okay? So what does Nar think? **
You know, it’s quite ironic that a company such as Davidoff make tobacco because this is what I can detect from the first initial spray from the EDT. Don’t confuse this with the stench that a left over ashtray gives off because the smell is rather reminiscent of sweet smelling pipe tobacco than anything else. It is heavy but not heavy enough to put you off it. Couple this with flowery base notes such as jasmine and less of sandalwood and you have here a good base of which the tones much higher in the spice tree will emerge later. Indeed as the fragrance is allowed to linger later in the day I can really smell some orange and musk – never a bad thing I’d say in a man’s aftershave - I haven’t smelt moss in a long time so I can’t really comment on the companies’ claim for this. As for mint? Well it ain’t chewing gum or mouthwash here – infact I would say there’s no mint at all in this fragrance. If mint has been added, it could well qualify for this scent’s staying power – which is lengthy even after say 2 sprays of this fine misted water.
For sandalwood fans look to “Fahrenheit,” by Christian Dior. Here, the sandalwood content is minimal but understated and at times this fruit cocktail of sweetness comes over more strongly at times. Quite frankly, “Cool Water” changes its scent depending wherever you wear it. In public I can smell that sensual, deep rooty, earthy aroma whilst at home I detect more fruit than spices. It is indeed a well rounded flavour but above all else it has a very strong staying power from other variations and not always the EDT liquid. What is more important to emphasize is that on me, it always seems to retain its freshness – even if I do smoke!
Do I get sheer abandon with this product? No but I do comments from lady friends and their friends. And, those comments from them tell me this is a scent which is positive once it hits the nose!
** Other Types/Variations of Cool Water**
• EDT (Eau de Toilette) Spray
• Aftershave (spray or splash on, depending on the type available)
• Aftershave Balm
• Deodorant Spray
• Deodorant Stick
• Extremely Mild Deodorant Stick (alcohol free)
• Shower & Shampoo Gel
• Body Lotion
Although I have never tried the deodorants I must say that I am impressed with Davidoff for releasing a mild version of the stick which is alcohol free.
I have used the shower & shampoo gel and it cost me £14-95 from Boots for a 200ml tube. It is long lasting and doesn’t dry my greasy hair out, let alone feel that all I’ve done is washed with a combination shower gel which doesn’t leave me fresh. The shower gel is as strong as the EDT but sometimes carries a deeper woodier aspect than the standard fragrance and more importantly it can be used instead of the aftershave or EDT because it still lasts as long.
** Price and Availability **
This is what I have found:
It’s fair to say that if you are after the aftershave or the Eau de Toilette (EDT) then you should be able to find it in larger stores of high street names such as Boots, Savers, and Semi-Chem whilst even Argos and Index also sell it. But having such availability on the two types of fragrance can sometimes be misleading as I have found recently. For those who cannot get to larger department stores, at least most of these high street names carry this brand.
Boots for example sell a wider range of “Cool Water” than any other outlet I have tried save House of Fraser’s and other leading department stores. Boots tend to sell the fragrance in the already mentioned EDT and Aftershave series but they also sell deodorant and a further bottle of shower gel.
Onto stores such as “Superdrug” where the store I looked at in Greenock had no “Davidoff” products whatsoever. The “Savers” store across from this shop has Cool Water EDT and Aftershave starting at £19-99 and upwards. “Semi Chem” also have the same prices for the aftershave and EDT – but both these stores don’t sell other variations and types of the fragrance. Index and Argos sell the fragrance, again only in the aftershave and EDT series starting at £21-99 and ending at £23-99 for larger bottles. These prices are correct at the time of review research but they may change! Already as a consumer I can see that a high mark up is applied to this range of fragrance for men depending on larger well known store companies and the lesser few who are ultimately known for the cheaper end of the market such as Savers, Semi Chem and to a lesser extent Superdrug.
In general then and for the purpose of this review let’s just say that the prices for the two popular types of this fragrance weigh in at over £20 for differences in sizes for the aftershave and EDT. For example, 125ml Eau De Toilette usually comes in between £23-95 and upwards (I’ve seen prices as much as £35 for this size!) Smaller bottles such as 75ml aren’t that far off from the over £20 purchase price either and this can be disappointing for all that you get in the size of the bottle. 100ml EDT or Aftershave both come in at £22 to £25-00. The smallest bottle available of EDT comes in at £7.99 and upwards.
• This is where it does certainly pays to shop around! And upon research online it seems to be roughly on average the same kinds of prices when you add in the cost of postage and packaging rates.
** How Long Should A Bottle last? **
In my experience the spray bottles last longer than the splash on aftershave and this can also be applied to the EDT variety too. I’d say that a 100ml bottle would last on average up to 3 or 4 months depending on how much you use – but over the years when I have only been able to buy 75ml, I have made it last longer by buying the shower gel or body lotion.
** Bargain Bonus Finds & Product Conclusion **
If you do want to buy Cool Water, I would advise getting the spray bottles rather than the splash on. I’ve wasted money on splash on types before where Cool Water is concerned and it only reminds you of that extra expense when there is very little of the liquid languishing at the bottom of the bottle.
Airports have this fragrance for a very cheap price, sometimes coming in as low as £7-99. Indeed I did see this price for the 75ml EDT but I didn’t think at the time of making a purchase on it. TJ Hughes sometimes has this on offer – again you do have to shop around if pennies are short.
By far one of the better bargains I have recently bought is a gift box from a “Passion For Perfume” shop. This special edition “kit” is called “Discovery Kit,” and where it may be the discovery of a bonus aftermarket variation or the discovery of the price remains ambiguous. I find the “Discovery” can therefore be applied to the two. This kit, like the bottle has that shiny turquoise blue colouring and contains 40ml EDT spray bottle and 40ml tube of shower gel. The box cost me £21-50 and I found this reasonable even though the bottle and tube is small. Both products come wrapped up in black tissue paper and this would make an ideal gift for someone.
Another version and of very limited variety appears to be a Davidoff body soap. I have only ever seen it once and I was not able to buy it. Any seller I’ve met in department stores report that if this was a special edition, then it was extremely rare as no one seems to know what on earth I’m talking about! I know what I saw but I wish at the time I had dearly purchased it!
** Conclusion **
Cool Water is by far one of the most understated bottles of fragrance you can find for men but its scent is long lasting, fresh and emits a sensuality that few aftershaves hope to attain. I believe that one of its advantages to why it remains a constant best seller is that the fragrance is unique rather than a copy. It isn’t designed to be as heavy as my other favourite fragrance, “Fahrenheit,” but rather to do its business and stake its claim on male skin without having to reapply.
It’s a fragrance that truly does last the day and I feel that it could easily be worn for any occasion. There is also “Cool Water” for women available but I have never smelt this type. I would prefer if this brand was cheaper to buy given that there are so many outlets on the high street for the consumer to buy though. Thank you for reading! ©Nar2 2007.
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Summary: A timeless classic much admired.