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Green Water (1947)
by Jacques Fath


Green Water information

Year of Launch1947
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 67 votes)

People and companies

HouseJacques Fath
PerfumerVincent Roubert
Parent CompanyStar Fragrances International

About Green Water

Green Water is a masculine fragrance by Jacques Fath. The scent was launched in 1947 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Vincent Roubert

Green Water fragrance notes

Reviews of Green Water

The new Green water is a big disappointment for those who remember the old formula in the dark green bottle. This (the 2016 rendition in the cylindrical bottle, not the one illustrated above) is a very light cologne, with a significant chunk of neroli, it is said. But it's an insipid cologne: thin, banal, insubstantial and does no justice to its heritage. The essential rich mintiness of the classic Green Water is gone, and in its place is nothing much at all.

One suspects that this is yet another casualty of IFRA with their aggressive mission to ban everything in sight. As Tania Sanchez says, if one in ten thousand people gets a skin reaction to a perfume, why do they have to permanently deprive the whole world of it? Why can't they use something else?

Not surprising that the various previous versions are now fetching premium prices on ebay.
21st May, 2020 (last edited: 20th June, 2020)
rbaker Show all reviews
United Kingdom
This review il is of the original 1947 version:

The opening blast is gorgeous: a mix of lemon, bergamot and peppermint, with a touch of verbena - refreshing and bright. Not purely bright for long though, as the freshness is counterbalanced by a herbal component in the drydown; I get clary sage and basil mainly.

After several hours the citrus side is fading, and floral notes develop; I get lavender and a gentle and richly somber rose impression that remain present throughout the base.

From the top notes it is the peppermint that is most persistent; it becomes a bit patchier with time but retains a distinct present until the end, when a musky touch is present. At times I get whiffs of a soft notes of a mossy character towards the end.

I get moderate sillage, very good projection and eight hours of longevity on my skin - excellent for such a citrus/bergamot-based composition.

This is a beautiful scent for early summer days and evenings, which is blended well from ingredient of very high quality. Less crisp freshness but more depth and development than Monsieur Balmain. Traditional in its approach, it is expressing supreme craftsmanship, and the performance is beyond expectations. 4/5.
22nd August, 2018
Frosted bottle -- Spearmint gum & moss. Very nice old school warm weather scent. Comparatively, did not care much for the newer bottle, w/silver bottle label, less moss and more citrus.

I've got a deep vintage mini that is oddly different... no mint and more of a brut / fougere with a slight edge to it (up close). Odd. Then again, I can't vouch for authenticity so it might just be brut for all I know... and I don't have a problem with brut.
11th May, 2016
A period piece in classic Italianate style.

Straight forward; a refreshing and spare combination of citrus and herbs
with some underlying complexity.
Very masculine in tone.

The citrus quickly fades away leaving an unbalanced residue
of ginger, hydroxy and moss.

This is a review of the '93 formulation in the square column bottle,
where lime pops up like a signpost
on Green Water's rapid journey to nowhere.

Not worth the kind of prices being demanded on the web.

26th March, 2015 (last edited: 07th July, 2015)
An excellent and refreshing citrus/herbal fragrance from the forties.

The bright citrus combination of bergamot, lemon, orange, and petitgrain is classic, here supported with an herbal array of clary sage, basil, lavender and peppermint. Dazzling in and of itself, but given some weight and warmth with the tonka bean and musk.

Simple, elegant, très sophisticated.

The closest thing to it in my experience is Borsari's Acqua Classica, which came much later in time.

Deserving of its niche in the history of men's fragrances.

10th February, 2015
With a name that conjures up images of stagnant pools and algal bloom, Green Water doesn’t sound very promising...unless, like me, you have a weakness for green notes. Green Water goes on a little rough, with minty green and lemon top notes that are oddly harsh and discordant on my nose. The citrus is acidic enough to suggest vinegar, and the mint is insufficiently rounded to avoid the impression of toothpaste or mouthwash. The powerful geranium note that emerges next adds body, but the juniper berry that comes with it sticks out like a pimple on Green Water’s face. Meanwhile, the citrus remains distractingly sharp, and the whole composition fails to cohere. In short, while it’s the kind of scent I ought to like, the execution is badly flawed. I’d venture a bet that Vincent Roubert’s 1947 original was better blended and incorporated superior materials to the Green Water Fath sells now. For a more convincing essay in mint and geranium, I suggest Dominique Ropion’s Geranium pour Monsieur for Frédéric Malle, and as a minty citrus I prefer Creed’s much more natural Sélection Verte.
15th June, 2014

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