Davidoff Cool Water Review: An Oldie But a Goodie Perfect for Summer!

Davidoff Cool Water About the author:  Cheryl Johnson is our on-staff Expert Fragrance Writer.  Tune in each Saturday while Cheryl reviews fragrance with her keen nose and unique, in-depth perspective!

Though not new to the retail market, I thought this would be an interesting fragrance to review because it is very different from the previous two I have reviewed in that it is not a strictly feminine scent. Cool Water Eau de Toilette for women by Davidoff is a complex sort of a scent. I have smelled the men’s version of the scent and now having sampled the women’s version to my nose they are not to dissimilar. It felt interesting to me to wear a scent that could easily be unisex, although it is not marketed as such. It felt like you had grabbed your man’s shirt and put it on- inhaling his scent- sexy indeed!
As for the details on the fragrance it has a very clean, fresh scent with aquatic and citrus notes. There is a floral component with a slightly musky finish. The scent is appropriate for day or night, and it lasts approximately four hours. My husband said after about an hour dry down time that he smelled honeysuckle which is not one of the notes in the scent, but with the combination of the middle notes of May Rose, Jasmine, and Muguet I can see how he would think it smelled like honeysuckle. I can definitely detect the bottom note of mulberry in this heady perfume.


To me this fragrance is meant for casual wear and most appropriate for summer, although it is not a “summer version” fragrance, something about the scent just says warm weather. The most prevalent bottom note is Orris . Orris root is a term used for the roots Iris germanica, Iris florentina, and Iris pallida. Once important in western herbal medicine, it is now used mainly as a fixative and base note in perfumery, as well as an ingredient in many brands of gin. It’s also the most widely-used fixative for potpourri. (Wikipedia). Orris has been described as tenaciously flowery, heavy and woody. I would recommend trying this scent out if you don’t like perfumes that are strictly feminine.

Here is the technical breakdown:
Launched: 1996
Gender: Feminine Availability: In Production Perfumer: Pierre Bourdon
Suggested Retail Price: $45.00 3.4 oz

Top Notes
Ozonic notes, Citrus, Pineapple, Blackcurrant, Honeydew Melon, Lotus Blossom, Water Lily
Middle Notes
May Rose, Jasmine, Muguet
Base Notes
Orris, Vetiver, Sandalwood, Peach, Mulberry

The Eau De toilette is quite strong initially, which is unusual, because in terms of oils or “juice” concentration eau de toilette contains the least other than aftershave. I thought readers might like to know the breakdown of the different forms of fragrances and why perfume is so much more expensive than say eau de toilette.
The differences are simply a matter of the amount or concentration of oils in the fragrance. These oils are called “juice.” The highest concentration of “juice” is in perfume (or parfum). Next would be Eau de Parfum, then Eau de Toilette, and finally Eau de Cologne. Actually, Eau de Toilette and Eau de Cologne are generally interchangeable, particularly in Men’s fragrances. After Shave has the least amount of oils. The higher the concentration of “juice” the longer your fragrance will last, and the less you need to apply. (Fragrancenet.com)

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Product Review: Dermalogica Clinical Colloidal Oatmeal Masque

Dermalogica Colloidal Oatmeal MasqueAfter reading beauty industry expert (and FutureDerm.com writer) Leah Argento’s May 7 article, Are Facials A Worthwhile Investment?, I decided to go ahead and get a professional facial done at a local spa.  The truth of the matter is, my skin looked better than ever before – more even-toned, with a marked reduction in clogged pores.  I immediately asked for the secret.  The licensed aesthetician informed me it was the combination of diligent gentle scrubbing, the alternated use of steam before the masque and cool water afterwards to close and open the pores, and the Dermalogica Clinical Oatmeal Masque ($65.95, Amazon.com) itself.

Recommended for sensitive skin, the secret to Dermalogica Clinical Oatmeal Masque is – no surprise here! – oatmeal.  The truth of the matter is, Dermalogica Clinical Oatmeal Masque contains so much colloidal oatmeal, it actually feels like a goopy paste on your face!  And in truth, it is:  To apply, you stir the oatmeal masque and warm water into a paste; apply to your entire face and neck; cover with 2 warm, damp gauzes or thin washcloths; then, gently steam your face for 10-15 minutes before rinsing with cool water.  The results are pretty astounding.

About Colloidal Oatmeal

Colloidal oatmeal is one of the few skin care ingredients that is regulated by the U.S. FDA.  From the Avena sativa L. plant, colloidal oatmeal is simply oats ground into an extremely fine powder. It is known for soothing and calming the skin, as studies have shown it improves barrier function, cleanses, soothes, and even contains soothing antioxidant vitamin E (Cosmetic Dermatology supplement, 2008).

Colloidal oatmeal also relieves pain and itching by inhibiting prostaglandin synthesis in a mechanism similar to that of the drug indomethacin (Cosmetic Dermatology supplement, 2008).

Due to its anti-inflammatory and soothing nature, studies published in the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology suggest using colloidal oatmeal as a first-line treatment to alleviate the symptoms of psoriasis, eczema, and atopic dermatitis.  It is suggested that use of colloidal oatmeal to treat these conditions may allow for reduced need of topical drugs like corticosteroids or calcineurin inhibitors, which have more known potential side effects than colloidal oatmeal.

Bottom Line

I’m now a huge fan of Dermalogica Clinical Oatmeal Masque (and facials in general), so I will definitely be using it in the future.  I highly recommend this masque to anyone with eczema, psoriasis, atopic dermatitis, or generally dry or sensitive skin – so long as you check with your dermatologist first!  ;-)

Product Rating:  9/10

  • High or optimized concentration of clinically/scientifically-proven ingredients:  3/3
  • Unique formulation or new technology:  3/3
  • Value:  2/3 (because it works)
  • Sunscreen:  N/A (bonus point, as facials don’t contain sunscreen)

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