Cool Water 1988 Eau de Toilette

Cool Water (Eau de Toilette) by Davidoff
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Ranked 73 in Men's Perfume
7.2 / 10 2757 Ratings
A perfume by Davidoff for men, released in 1988. The scent is fresh-aquatic. It is being marketed by Coty.
Pronunciation
Layers well with Étoiles Silver
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Fresh
Aquatic
Green
Synthetic
Spicy

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Top Notes Top Notes
Green notesGreen notes LavenderLavender MintMint RosemaryRosemary CorianderCoriander
Heart Notes Heart Notes
GeraniumGeranium NeroliNeroli SandalwoodSandalwood JasmineJasmine
Base Notes Base Notes
CedarwoodCedarwood OakmossOakmoss MuskMusk AmberAmber TobaccoTobacco

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Submitted by DonVanVliet, last update on 26.05.2024.
Interesting Facts
Currently actor Scott Eastwood is the face of the advertising campaign. Previously actors Josh Holloway and Paul Walker (†) were faces of the campaign as well.

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Serres74

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Here I am in his apartment...
...and open the mirror cabinet in the bathroom. Immediately the blue bottle catches my eye...a smile flits across my face. No matter what perfumes I've given to him over the years...Cool Water has always been his. I unscrew the top and this fresh aquatic scent, aromatic from the rosemary and mint, catapults me back to 1989. For his twentieth birthday, I wanted to get him something special, so I diligently saved my allowance and bought him this scent. Back then, Cool Water was what Aventus is to men today.

I sit on the edge of the bathtub and wet my sweater with this scent...I breathe it in deeply. When the top notes dissipate, the lush oak moss takes the stage...paired with the musk and woods, the scent takes on depth and has a calming effect on me...somehow. I sigh. Star Wars probably would have completely passed me by if it hadn't gotten me excited about it. I can still remember him coming home after going to the movies (Return of the Jedi Knights 1983) and him telling me about it. He also had a talent for imitating sounds like the laser cannons or the TIE fighters, which made it all that much more vivid and comforted me over the disappointment of not being allowed into the cinema at the time. Star Trek with Captain Jean Luc Picard we both liked to watch as well. Ben Hur on the other hand I would never have watched but he said that you have to see this great movie at least once...and he was right, the movie is great. I discovered my love of movie tunes through him...I would have otherwise mistaken Morricone for an ice cream flavor...in general, I learned a lot from him...riding a bike without training wheels, painting, drawing, playing the piano (but I was never as good as he was) and he always took the time to take me to the traffic practice area when I was about to get my driver's license.
As I'm reminiscing I have to laugh out loud...my daughter appears around the corner and looks at me questioningly... "oh nothing honey, I was just thinking about how your uncle greeted my first boyfriend with the words "if you break my little sister's heart I'll make it look like an accident". My daughter grins... "he said the same thing to my boyfriend"...we both laugh... "well"...I say and shrug my shoulders... "and who's going to protect us now?"... "oh mom"...my child sits down next to me and takes me in her arms... "I'm sure he has a much better view of us from up there"...

R.I.P big brother...I miss you very much...
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Thoughts
My Outlook recently showed me your birthday. I was already on the verge of sending off the greetings, just like every year.

Even though I've known the distinctive, for me rather deep green than blue scent of Davidoff Cool Water for much longer: I've actually only associated it with you for about 15 years now. Whenever you were in the house, you could always smell Cool Water everywhere. In the hallways, you could always smell the intense cloud of green notes, lots of spices and a rich base of musk, oakmoss, amber and a touch of woodiness. Her signature. Over so many years. Since I liked the fragrance very much and also you as a person were an absolutely pleasant contemporary for me, the overdose never actually bothered me with you. Rather with your colleagues with their niche fragrances, which had changed so much after you retired.

While most probably think of their own youth, wild parties or first love when they think of this 1988 classic, I think of one of the most important mentors of my career when I think of this deep, refreshing and, to my nose, absolutely masculine scent. I think of a manager who had his heart in the right place and who intuitively got a lot of the things that some companies are accused of today in terms of management style right back then. I associate Davidoff Cool Water with you just as much as I do your Swabian dialect, which always made you so likeable in a city where it is no longer appropriate for one or two residents to speak Swabian these days.

A true fragrance classic for a great leader and a very special person who I miss dearly.
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Fresh21

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Hurray for the reformulation !
Huh? What's that supposed to mean? ...to understand that, we better start at the beginning: If I remember correctly, Cool Water was my very first perfume right after its launch, which i.Ü. proves to be not 21 anymore, as a perfume erroneously concluded from my username ( nevertheless thank you very much for the flowers ;-)

Back then this fragrance was really so different, so hip! Unfortunately, every second person wore it. Anyway, so did I... This stuff had to be simple, I had to have it. And so this was somehow a violent fragrance entrance for a young guy, with a never before seen Aqua-Wummser.

But as great as his severely undercooled, almost piercingly clear BlueGreen VIBE was, I always felt this new fragrance DNA a bit too much for me. That's why I was always torn: On the one hand so super, so clean, so deep and gaaaanz different, but on the other hand also a little too different! ... The years passed, I remained divided, and the desire for other fragrances made me increasingly lose sight of the blue aquatics, which I then no longer bought. Thus Cool Water remained unnoticed for more than two decades ...

But when I created my profile on Parfumo in February of this year and clicked on the earlier fragrances in the Hatte I collection, this cool CW feeling immediately went to my head again, but also the memory: "that was the one with this extraordinary over-the-top note, better leave it alone" ... On the other hand Cool Water had so many beautiful fragrances ... Shit, again this ambivalence, and already I was on my way to the miller. Arriving there I immediately took a long breath in joyful expectation of being able to deepen this CW-boost-like. But what was that? The deep green-blue ocean had obviously ebbed into a turquoise lagoon. Where was the previous "is it too strong, you're too weak" effect?

Gone! -r-e-f-o-r-m-u-l-i-e-r-t- and only mainstream? No doubt about it. But it couldn't have been that, could it?! As I now had to find out, I was probably still a little behind the Ur-Cool Water. Do what, then? To make a long story short: Green Irish Tweed was too expensive for nostalgic fun, and I ended up at Étoiles Silver, a very distinctive twin fragrance(?). When he finally arrived at my place, I immediately noticed: "Yes, there it is again, that mega-fresh, crystal clear aqua note with which Cool Water landed the worldwide surprise hit back then. So I had found in Étoiles Silver a great counterpart that came pretty close to my former favorite.

All's well?

Not quite yet ... because in fact it seemed to become a never ending story with both of us: Already after 1-2 months of Étoiles Silver the effect of that time caught up with me again: Too much of a good thing !

What?

"Rin inne Kartoffeln, rausse Kartoffeln", as they say here, or is this indecision a sign of an unsteady personality? No, no, this is still only about perfume ;-) and then I come to the last act. Because as it is in life, some things return to you again and again, until they finally become right for you ... That's why I finally found out in a new attempt of extensive tests that today's Cool Water is probably exactly as I had always wished, namely with throttled cooling water performance ;-)

Therefore I end here with the nearly unique final sentence, which might have certainly large rarity value, but actually once on a smell applies - at least for me:

Hurray for the reformulation !

Edit for the Ur-Cool-Water fans: see the tip in the side story [my Étoiles Silver Kommis]

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CoViD comments, tenth piece: Aquatic deconstruction.
First of all, many thanks to all those who have followed me here for the tenth day. I'm glad if I could really entertain you all these days and that you stay true to this little series. The number of my subscribers usually only grows when I'm on dive station for 6 to 8 weeks, so I always feel a bit like a street musician who gets paid to shut up. This time it was different, which I find really nice.

Apart from the "plague" of Camus, which was the subject of discussion the day before yesterday, another classic epidemic is the Decamerone of Bocaccio. The Italian was a contemporary witness and survivor of the great plague of 1348/1349, which depopulated large parts of Europe. At the end of these two years, many estates and countries had only half or a third of the population as before. So things are still getting worse. The story is that ten young high-society guys from Florence, three boys and seven girls, during the plague after the service (!) say to each other, actually starkly, that there are less here every Sunday, not because they all left the church, but because they left life. Therefore (this corresponds roughly to the attitude of the super rich in New York and California to winter the plague on yachts off the coast) they retire to a chic remote country house, with servants of course, and have a good time there. Because this is to be done "within the bounds of propriety," ahem, they tell each other stories for ten days, always one per day, each of the ten, a hundred altogether. So the book consists of a hundred funny stories (mostly about sex; apparently the good ones had to verbally work off their backlog of urges, which had formed because they would have liked to do something other than telling stories) and a little plague story. By the way, I forgot if and how it was justified that they broke up after ten days and returned to the plague hole Florence. The plague will hardly have been over. No more stories in stock and too boring without? I read the book many, many years ago and found it a bit dusty. It seemed to me as if the style and content of the stories doesn't mean that much to us today, unless we are interested in cultural history or something similar. But maybe you would see it differently, so: reading suggestion for the curfew ?

I've already told my ten stories now, if you look at it that way. Would any of you like to take over the next ten? Like a virtual perfume country house? I'm taking a break tomorrow and the day after. If no one is found in that time (threat!), then I'll continue with ten more comments from Tuesday until Maundy Thursday. From Good Friday on I have to take a break for eight days anyway, and then we'll see if the air is a bit cleaner out there...

Today we're going to talk about a fragrance that you all know. And if not, then somehow that's your fault, because Cool Water belongs to European popular culture like Asterix and Pizza. So please go and test it as soon as possible (Shit, I can't, so order something from the souk or whatever). And if you don't know Pizza and Asterix yet, order that too. For Asterix I personally recommend "Asterix at the Swiss" and for the pizza the Napoli with anchovies, capers and olives. Vegetarians who have never eaten pizza before and need a tip without anchovies, please write me a PN. So I skip the station of the scent description here. I will start right away with the fact that there are two fundamental obstacles in the way of any "objective" occupation with this scent:

First. We have been used to the advertising messages for generations: colour BLUE. Muscle-men. Who jump in the water. Name (for the name 10 points as recognition for the marketing coup) COOL WATER. Name of the fragrance in any book or blog as prototypical AQUATIC. What else should one think but that this fragrance smells "like water" and is THE typical men's summer sports fragrance?

Secondly, for us men in our mid-thirties and fifties, who are probably a strong cohort here among the regular perfume writers (and even more so among the Cool Water commentators), this fragrance is always associated with biographical memories. Pimples. Pimples. Girls. Wanting to belong. Eighties memories. Or something. That's what a lot of nice comments are about here
But what would be, if you tried to free yourself from all this (as good as possible). To put yourself in the position of a person who neither knows all the advertising nor has any biographical memories associated with it. Let's say a 25-year-old Afghan from Herat, who is presented with the stuff in a neutral test tube with the inscription "Scent number 16c". If this person could express himself in a sufficiently differentiated way, how would he describe this scent? If you feel like it, try the experiment itself, it is very informative!
If it's not a spoiler, as I felt it was: I thought it was a damn sweet smell. Sea water doesn't smell like that (I recommend Un Air de Bretagne by Artisan Parfumeur), it's rather fresh water, if not sugar water! Then I find Cool Water actually very green (I fully agree with Yatagan). Apart from the fact that many languages of the world do not know the difference between green and blue, it is perceived as one colour with several shades: It's actually a green scent, and the whole blue is a huge advertising fake. If I say so now, it proves the opposite. I'm gonna smell a lot of flowers. And after all that, it's not really a very masculine scent to me. On the contrary. Actually, it's a girl's scent. It should be called Pink Sugar Water with Green Thing in it. So! Yes! Eat it! But nobody listens to me!
Instead, if you look at the chart here: With 658 votes, 100% for "male", 0% for female. Out of 1320 users, 97.5% suckers, 2.5% cupcakes. I say: Mass hysteria, advertising-induced, I say!
I still like to spray the scent from time to time. I just have the courage to wear girl's stuff sometimes (so less with clothes now).

Keep well!
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The king under the waters
Young people today can hardly imagine what was going on back in the 90s when this men's perfume was launched. People always talk about the Aqua Di Gio hype. I was there and it was nothing compared to Davidoff's Cool Water. CK One hype? Also just a lukewarm breeze against the comet impact Davidoff put down with Cool Water. I'm 45 now and I can say that no men's fragrance ever made such an impact in my perception as this fragrance did. No Aventus, no sweet Le Male plürre, nothing. And completely deservedly so.
Everything, but everything about this fragrance meshes perfectly. This fragrance is the Sweet Child o' Mine of men's perfumes. He is perfect!
The scent matches the name, like vice versa, the deep ocean blue bottle, matches both. The advertising was hard to beat for perfect accuracy. Similar to Heaven by Chopard.
The bottle is handy, looks damn good, the lettering is the icing on the cake of perfection.
Or rather, front to back: A masterpiece.
When the fragrance came out, everyone bought it. And I mean everybody had Davidoff Cool Water. And the best thing was, nobody gave a shit. The stuff was so good, you just had to smell it. Cool Water was so good that various shower gel, deodorant and soap companies, immediately brought out a product, which smelled like this fragrance milestone. ...Unfortunately
There is something special about smelling this fragrance. This perfume smells so unique and good, hardly anything beats it. Of course, the scent is now overbroken. It's nothing individual, or new anymore. The scent doesn't blow anyone away anymore, how could it after a whole generation has worn it ad nauseum. ...But still: Once a year I take out this masterpiece and spray myself full of it. Especially in winter, when it's freezing cold, Cool Water really hits the nose. That clear, fresh mint and lavender and cool, sweet aquatic men's scent cloud that surrounds you is just divine. When I wear this scent, I know I smell good. Especially in the winter, I notice the scent on myself in swarms all the time. Something I appreciate in a good scent. There is nothing worse than not noticing your own scent after 5 minutes. This is one of those scents that I wish no one had ever smelled, and then I spray it on myself and start the fucking hype
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HgscentHgscent 1 year ago
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The OG of fresh aquatics, this fragrance was probably the most popular EDT in the whole of the 20th century. A safe bet given the price.
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KingisnaKingisna 2 years ago
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Fresh Definition and in a great manner.
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KanPerfumeKanPerfume 2 years ago
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Old but gold!! Greatest value for money blue fragrance imo. Longevity is pretty good for a fresh fragrance( about 5 hours on my skin).
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MrMoustacheMrMoustache 3 years ago
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Victim of its own success, but still a solid fragrance I enjoy wearing. I don’t get the aquatic brand image as this is all green & fresh!
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BambukBambuk 9 days ago
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It was like a meteor that killed the dinosaurs on Earth. When this scent of the sea appeared in a bottle, all men's perfumes became outdated
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