Lomani Pour Homme Is The Original Cool Water
by, 1st August 2010 at 04:07 PM (5425 Views)
Let me challenge the popular assertion that Green Irish Tweed and Cool Water are blood relatives by pointing out that Lomani Pour Homme was released in 1987, one year before Cool Water, and shares far more notes in common with the Davidoff release than the Creed. Let's take a look at the notes pyramids. I've highlighted in red the 5 notes that link Lomani and Cool Water. None of these are present in GIT:
[COLOR="Red"]Lavender[/COLOR], [COLOR="Red"]Coriander[/COLOR], Peppermint, Rosemary, Orange Blossom..
Jasmine, [COLOR="Red"]Oakmoss[/COLOR], Geranium, Sandalwood..
[COLOR="Red"]Amber[/COLOR], Musk, Sandalwood, [COLOR="Red"]Cedar[/COLOR].
Lemon, Tangerine, [COLOR="Red"]Lavender[/COLOR].
[COLOR="Red"]Coriander,[/COLOR] Juniper, Patchouli, Vetiver.
[COLOR="Red"]Oakmoss[/COLOR], [COLOR="Red"]Amber[/COLOR], [COLOR="Red"]Cedar[/COLOR].[/CENTER]
Now take a look at the Basenotes pyramid for [B]Green Irish Tweed[/B]:
Iris, Violet Leaves.
Mysore Sandalwood, Ambergris[/CENTER]
See what I mean? Basenotes does not identify cedar in Lomani's pyramid, but Fragrantica.com does, and there's no denying the cedar here, it is a huge component of the drydown.
Furthermore, Lomani Pour Homme was never a hit, but is a French release, one that used lavender and oakmoss in a way that was a real departure from typical '80s "powerhouse" fragrances - the oakmoss in Lomani and Cool Water is far more '90s in nature, much, much friendlier.
When I first tried Lomani Pour Homme, my initial, unbiased reaction was, [I]this is Cool Water.[/I] I'm not a huge fan of Cool Water, but I was surprised by how similar Lomani smelled, and honestly, I think it's a better version. It makes more sense to me that Pierre Bourdon would secretly appreciate an obscure scent like Lomani Pour Homme, procure a general schematic of its formula, add to it, and sell the beefed-up concoction to Davidoff, than he would strip down his formula for GIT and somehow make it a bigger hit under the guise of Cool Water. After all, as a nose in the "know", he probably recognized Lomani Pour Homme as a beautiful fresh fougère that failed because of poor marketing, and had potential in a better commercial arena to become a game-changer.
The fact that Lomani Pour Homme remains in production, but is dirt cheap ($12 for a 3.3 oz bottle!) really makes my head spin. Obviously no one wears this. But there's absolutely no doubt in my mind: Lomani Pour Homme is the original Cool Water, [U]not[/U] Green Irish Tweed. If you doubt me, try it for yourself. The irony is that Lomani is better than Cool Water, with far better renditions of lavender and oakmoss, and in a blind test could probably pass as a Creed.