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    Default Green Irish Tweed vs. Cool Water (Similar?, Is GIT worth the price?, Cool Water inferior?)

    I searched the forum history. I know this discussion has happened a few times before on this forums. However, there is some new blood on this forum so I want to give them their chance to comment on this long-debated topic.

    For those who don't know, here are the basics.
    1. Creed released Green Irish Tweed in 1985. Highly popular in the fragrance community, though it is expensive ($200-300 per bottle).
    2. Davidoff releases Cool Water in 1995. It sold well, and at only $20-30. Many people see it as an attempted clone of Green Irish Tweed.
    3. Some say that GIT is overpriced and not worth it when Cool Water is nearly the same. Others say that GIT is well worth it and Cool Water is a cheap synthetic imitation that doesn't even compare.

    (Personal background: Cool Water was my first fragrance I ever owned. 5 years later, I began collecting fragrances. I tried hundreds of designers, though Cool Water still remains one of my favorites.)

    I sprayed Green Irish Tweed on my left hand and Cool Water on my right hand. Here are the results

    First Spray
    If we are going by the first impression. The first spray. The first ten seconds. The fragrances are much different. Cool Water is dominated by a heavy lavendar opening. Green Irish Tweed starts out with a very strong lemon scent. In all fairness, it was probably the most high quality lemon note that I know of. Eventually Cool Water organizes itself and settles down, in about 15-30 minutes. The lemon scent in GIT is more subtle and it really helps the scent overall. At first impression, they don't smell much alike. In a half hour, they start smelling more similar.

    Are they similar?
    As they dry down, they are both very similar (like 80% similar), even though at opening they are almost nothing alike. Green Irish Tweed, up-close, is certainly of much higher quality than Cool Water. The ingredients are clean, crisp and much more easily detectable. Cool Water definitely seems to be the cheaper and more synthetic one in comparison. Green Irish Tweed easily wins, but both are very good fragrances. To me, I would give Cool Water an 8 or 9 and Green Irish Tweed a ten. Keep in mind that a ten is a rating that I very rarely give.

    Is Green Irish Tweed worth the price?
    It depends. How serious of a fragrance collector are you? How much disposable income do you have? If you have no problem with investing a lot of money into a cologne collection because it is something you are really passionate about, I would easily recommend it. If you aren't too serious about cologne collecting and just want to smell good, then go with Cool Water. GIT is ten times the price. It is much better, but not ten times better. Cool Water gets the job done. Green Irish Tweed doesn't just get the job done. It gets it done masterfully.

    After experiencing GIT, is Cool Water still a respectable fragrance?
    Much respect to the promethean Davidoff for taking a $300 fragrance and taking the essential of it and making it accessible to everyone. After experiencing GIT, I can easily go back to wearing Cool Water. The difference is big, but not that big. Cool Water may not be as good as GIT, but still in itself is a versatile compliment getter.

    Bottom Line
    Cool Water, as it passes through the air smells very good though up-close it may seem synthetic and cheap. The ingredients are harder to identify, but it creates an overall aroma and mood that most designers can't. Cool Water is not something to be examined closely, but rather taken in as a whole. Green Irish Tweed is the opposite. From a distance, GIT could easily be mistaken as Cool Water by the untrained nose, however, when you examine closely, GIT is unmistakably high quality and a real pleasure to smell. Cool Water gets the job done, but GIT will have you smelling your wrists all day.

    Any comments, questions or opinions?

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    Default Re: Green Irish Tweed vs. Cool Water (Similar?, Is GIT worth the price?, Cool Water inferior?)

    It's a long debated topic with no answer - you like what you like and if this conversation has gone on for this long, it's not going to go much further unless they drastically get reformulated.

    http://www.basenotes.net/threads/174...-or-Cool-Water
    http://www.basenotes.net/threads/297...-to-Cool-Water
    http://www.basenotes.net/threads/252...Head-challenge

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    Default Re: Green Irish Tweed vs. Cool Water (Similar?, Is GIT worth the price?, Cool Water inferior?)

    Weird, I just bought CW today after owning GIT for a while. Truth be told, I got it because it was on offer, but actually had a conversation with the SA about the similarity to the Creed. Does the Creed offering smell better? Yes. It's more natural, obviously better ingredients. Do they smell similar? Yes. CW will be a casual, doing odd jobs around the house scent for me; if I want to go out (though I'd have no problem wearing the Davidoff) I'd probably reach for GIT. I suspect that Cool Water may actually perform better in the longevity department, but without a full wearing, I'm just speculating.

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    Default Re: Green Irish Tweed vs. Cool Water (Similar?, Is GIT worth the price?, Cool Water inferior?)

    I would love to test Green Irish Tweed myself to see what the fuss is all about, though I would never buy it since I already have Cool Water and would rather spend money on something radically different. Thanks for the analysis though. It's very interesting!

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    CW is a good fragrance for the $.

    GIT is miles better though. Quite noticeably different.

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    Default Re: Green Irish Tweed vs. Cool Water (Similar?, Is GIT worth the price?, Cool Water inferior?)

    Quote Originally Posted by Fraghead View Post
    Weird, I just bought CW today after owning GIT for a while. Truth be told, I got it because it was on offer, but actually had a conversation with the SA about the similarity to the Creed. Does the Creed offering smell better? Yes. It's more natural, obviously better ingredients. Do they smell similar? Yes. CW will be a casual, doing odd jobs around the house scent for me; if I want to go out (though I'd have no problem wearing the Davidoff) I'd probably reach for GIT. I suspect that Cool Water may actually perform better in the longevity department, but without a full wearing, I'm just speculating.
    I agree with your assessment. Cool Water does have better longevity, but GIT's longevity is not bad at all.

    Quote Originally Posted by automorphism View Post
    I would love to test Green Irish Tweed myself to see what the fuss is all about, though I would never buy it since I already have Cool Water and would rather spend money on something radically different. Thanks for the analysis though. It's very interesting!
    Yeah, that's my logic here. I'm not adverse to buying GIT at all, but I have a whole list of fragrances I would like to buy that would add to my collection something completely different from what I already have.

    Quote Originally Posted by jamwires View Post
    CW is a good fragrance for the $.

    GIT is miles better though. Quite noticeably different.
    Noticably different in close-range. If you were to stand two feet away, it would be harder to tell.

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    Default Re: Green Irish Tweed vs. Cool Water (Similar?, Is GIT worth the price?, Cool Water inferior?)

    Quote Originally Posted by jamwires View Post
    CW is a good fragrance for the $.

    GIT is miles better though. Quite noticeably different.
    Agree.

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    Default Re: Green Irish Tweed vs. Cool Water (Similar?, Is GIT worth the price?, Cool Water inferior?)

    Quote Originally Posted by noirdrakkar View Post
    Noticably different in close-range. If you were to stand two feet away, it would be harder to tell.
    Bottom line is that they do smell similar, but the differences are probably only going to be noticed by the wearer. The same thing can be said about a ton of fragrances. Also if your going to take into account other people's opinions besides the wearers then your talking about all kinds of possibilities and odd responses. I can make a point that from 2 feet away Le Male smells like Amouage Reflection or Invasion Barbare.

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    Default Re: Green Irish Tweed vs. Cool Water (Similar?, Is GIT worth the price?, Cool Water inferior?)

    Quote Originally Posted by silentrich View Post
    Bottom line is that they do smell similar, but the differences are probably only going to be noticed by the wearer. The same thing can be said about a ton of fragrances. Also if your going to take into account other people's opinions besides the wearers then your talking about all kinds of possibilities and odd responses. I can make a point that from 2 feet away Le Male smells like Amouage Reflection or Invasion Barbare.
    Agreed entirely.

    Cool Water is good for wearing for other people.
    GIT is good to wear for yourself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by noirdrakkar View Post
    Noticably different in close-range. If you were to stand two feet away, it would be harder to tell.
    I'd disagree, Modern Cool Water is extremely synthetic and Tweed has that unmistakable Violet note. For me the difference between the two is really quite large.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kron View Post
    I'd disagree, Modern Cool Water is extremely synthetic and Tweed has that unmistakable Violet note. For me the difference between the two is really quite large.
    This. Never really understood the comparisons
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    Default Re: Green Irish Tweed vs. Cool Water (Similar?, Is GIT worth the price?, Cool Water inferior?)

    maybe you have a different batch of GIT than i do, because they do smell VERY similar at dry down

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    Default Re: Green Irish Tweed vs. Cool Water (Similar?, Is GIT worth the price?, Cool Water inferior?)

    I kind of agree that the violet note makes a big difference to my nose. I immediately get that green violet leaf at the top of GIT. I like both & do see the comparison in that they share a similar kind of vibe or feeling (especially from a distance). But there are differences in the notes. To me, GIT is violet leaf and lemon verbena up top that dries into a sandalwood and ambergris base, while CW is lavender & peppermint on top with a base of moss, musk, & sandalwood & tobacco. I think GIT is brighter & more green on top, while CW is sweeter & mintier. In the drydown, GIT gets a tad sour with that ambergris note that I'm not too fond of, while CW stays sweeter and more mossy/musky (and I would say cleaner than GIT's ambergris note).

    As I said, I own & like both (I'm actually wearing CW today). But honestly my favorite scent in this genre that hasn't been mentioned is the often compared Chez Bond from Bond No 9. It's closer to CW in smell than to GIT, but it ramps up the sweetness a bit more by drying to a really nice herbal tea & vanilla note. If you like GIT & CW, I highly recommend giving Chez Bond a sample.
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    Default Re: Green Irish Tweed vs. Cool Water (Similar?, Is GIT worth the price?, Cool Water inferior?)

    Cool Water was released in '88

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    Default Re: Green Irish Tweed vs. Cool Water (Similar?, Is GIT worth the price?, Cool Water inferior?)

    Quote Originally Posted by EarNoseThroat View Post
    Cool Water was released in '88
    LOL. My mistake.

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    Default Re: Green Irish Tweed vs. Cool Water (Similar?, Is GIT worth the price?, Cool Water inferior?)

    I'm somewhat new to this and don't pretend to have a sophisticated nose. All I have is my own experience and GIT puts a big smile on my face. I love smelling that fresh green scent all day. The one time I tested CW I experienced what smelled like a chemical factory explosion.

    One other point, if you are spending 200 to 300 for GIT you are getting seriously screwed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jamwires View Post
    CW is a good fragrance for the $.

    GIT is miles better though. Quite noticeably different.
    I agree!!!
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    Default Re: Green Irish Tweed vs. Cool Water (Similar?, Is GIT worth the price?, Cool Water inferior?)

    Aspen, released just after Cool Water, is actually closer to GIT, especially at first. Coty makes both Aspen and Cool Water and Cool Water and GIT were both designed by Pierre Bourdon. So a close relationship.

    I find all three are distinctly different takes on a similar theme and all are, in their price ranges, good fragrances.

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    Quote Originally Posted by silentrich View Post
    Bottom line is that they do smell similar, but the differences are probably only going to be noticed by the wearer. The same thing can be said about a ton of fragrances.
    Yup. This. 100%.

    In the end, you've got to ask "Do I wear this for me or do I wear it for others?" If you wear it for others, I'd say get Cool Water. If you wear it for yourself and you like it enough to find the price worth it, then get GIT.

    And, by the way, I think it's A-OK to wear a scent for others. I have stuff I specifically own because I know women like it on me. What you have to do is figure out how much you wear a scent specifically for yourself, and then ask if it's worth the price to YOU. That's not just true of GIT. It's true of any scent, I think. It's only worth the price if you think it's worth the price. I think GIT isn't worth it, but I think Aventus IS worth it. But that's just my nose for my wallet. I know some here think the opposite, and they're right.

    The only wrong answer is thinking GIT is worth it because it's expensive or because it's by Creed. That's wrong. But if you smell it and think it's worth it, then that's the right answer.

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    Default Re: Green Irish Tweed vs. Cool Water (Similar?, Is GIT worth the price?, Cool Water inferior?)

    Vintage Cool Water when it first came out was an outstanding fragrance that I truly enjoyed wearing and have very fond memories of. I honestly can say I might have picked vintage CW instead of, or at least as equal to GIT back then. The current version of CW is not as good as it once was, IMO, and GIT is superior nowadays... That said, like some have mentioned even in its current "inferior" guise, Cool Water remains a good value.
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    Default Re: Green Irish Tweed vs. Cool Water (Similar?, Is GIT worth the price?, Cool Water inferior?)

    Quote Originally Posted by noirdrakkar View Post
    so I want to give them their chance to comment on this long-debated topic.
    Why lord why????
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    I remember when I used to be in the "CW smells exactly like GIT" camp and ardently thought that GIT wasn't worth the price. Well, I have since done a full 180. After about a year of not wearing CW, I decided to try it on again. To my astonishment, I realized it was unwearable. I think because my nose matured. As others have mentioned, it was terribly synthetic, which kind of made it even cloying.

    I then tried on GIT and realized the two are miles apart. I ended up doing something I never thought I'd do, bought a full 4 oz bottle of GIT and never looked back. GIT truly smells like fresh cut grass and, to me, very natural smelling. CW has become just too synthetic for my taste, wouldn't consider ever wearing it again.

    For the fragrance newbies out there, I doubt they'd notice a difference. However, once they try many fragrances (especially high quality niche ones), they will soon realize there is truly a noticeable difference between the two.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kron View Post
    I'd disagree, Modern Cool Water is extremely synthetic and Tweed has that unmistakable Violet note. For me the difference between the two is really quite large.
    Yep, this. Quite large sums it up.

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    Comparing GIT to CW is like comparing Jessica Alba to Oprah Winfrey... take your pick....
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    Default Re: Green Irish Tweed vs. Cool Water (Similar?, Is GIT worth the price?, Cool Water inferior?)

    i never really thought they were that similar. I really like GIT, if you get a good batch. I think it's worth it, if you can find it at a discount. Full retail, I would say no

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    They are almost the same but Cool Water is much better.

    It must be, Luca Turin says so.

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    Not that this hasn't been said before, but . . .

    1. GIT is not ten times the price of Cool Water. I buy GIT at a typical 4 oz. price of about $140.00. Last time Walgreens had a sale, it was even less. Granted, GIT is many times more expensive, just not ten times so.

    2. At its best, GIT is so different from Cool Water they smell very different; my favorite bottle of Green Irish Tweed (from maybe 2008) had an incredibly lush violet note that was utterly absent from CW. But at its worst, GIT is only marginally better. Cool Water, due to its synthetic makeup, smells the same bottle to bottle. I personally think that consistent smell is pleasant enough, but nothing special. If I'm wearing a cologne at that price point, it's going to be Live Jazz.
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    Default Re: Green Irish Tweed vs. Cool Water (Similar?, Is GIT worth the price?, Cool Water inferior?)

    GIT is not worth retail although I do own a decant of it. the Opening & heart is lovely, too bad it doesnt last long on my skin.

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    Default Re: Green Irish Tweed vs. Cool Water (Similar?, Is GIT worth the price?, Cool Water inferior?)

    Quote Originally Posted by barclaydetolly View Post
    Not that this hasn't been said before, but . . .

    1. GIT is not ten times the price of Cool Water. I buy GIT at a typical 4 oz. price of about $140.00. Last time Walgreens had a sale, it was even less. Granted, GIT is many times more expensive, just not ten times so.

    2. At its best, GIT is so different from Cool Water they smell very different; my favorite bottle of Green Irish Tweed (from maybe 2008) had an incredibly lush violet note that was utterly absent from CW. But at its worst, GIT is only marginally better. Cool Water, due to its synthetic makeup, smells the same bottle to bottle. I personally think that consistent smell is pleasant enough, but nothing special. If I'm wearing a cologne at that price point, it's going to be Live Jazz.
    I'm talking about retail. Both have excellent sales, but I'm talking about a typical case. And I heard WalGreens upped their prices now.

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    Default Re: Green Irish Tweed vs. Cool Water (Similar?, Is GIT worth the price?, Cool Water inferior?)

    G.I.T. was my initial niche fragrance. It is so refreshing and a fantastic opening. I dies on the skin fairly quickly so that top note is short lived. Cool Water is very simililar to G.I.T., mid way and dry down. It is a lot more synthetic though. But for hanging out on the weekends, back yard, playing some ball, etc. I believe cool water is the better deal of the two. Most persons I know cannot tell the difference between the two.

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