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    Question Green Irish Tweed & Cool Water: Similarities & Differences for Fans of Both

    A lot of people have done Green Irish Tweed versus Cool Water polls and threads, but I don't care about which one is better.

    What I want to know is your thoughts on the similarities and differences if you are a fan of and wear both.

    For sake of simplicity, leave formulations or batches of either out of the conversation. I only want a broad/general comparison and where/why you'd use one over the other yet own both

    I'll weigh in after some traction has been put on this thread.
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    I enjoy both.

    The more I wear them both, the more easy it has become to notice their differences.

    There are mostly likely many that will be mentioned....but to start...

    Cool water has a sharp edge that GIT lacks. Sometimes I find this pleasant (most likely due to the nostalgic effect of experiencing this sharpness years ago, prior to my purposeful journey down the fragrance rabbit hole), but sometimes I find it off putting (when I want a more smooth olfactory experience offered by GIT).

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    Default Re: Green Irish Tweed & Cool Water: Similarities & Differences for Fans of Both

    I’ve tried Green Irish Tweed repeatedly at department stores and have never been drawn to it, while Cool Water immediately jumped out to me when I first smelled it in a magazine ad growing up

    They don’t seem that similar to me but maybe I’m missing something
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    Cool Water seems a lot more aquatic when I sniffed it, especially the vintage stuff. It feels far more blue than green, to my nose, if that makes sense. GIT has more depth and complexity but also feels a bit more understated.
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    Default Re: Green Irish Tweed & Cool Water: Similarities & Differences for Fans of Both

    Contrary to what many feel, I find them only slightly similar. For me, GIT is smoother and richer throughout its progression while Cool Water is a bit a rough around the edges. Smell wise for me - CW more aromatic and aquatic; GIT woodier.
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    CW - crisp bite almost sneezy; stays fresh for a couple of hours

    GIT - green/dull dark rich; ambergris keeps it alive

    I reach for CW for bright happy summer moments; same reason i acquired its flankers, especially the Summer Fizz versions.
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    Default Re: Green Irish Tweed & Cool Water: Similarities & Differences for Fans of Both

    From limited wearing.

    CW starts sharp and crisp, and dries down to become less sharp, sweeter but still crisp. Less sophisticated smelling perhaps but only if you know what to look for and haven't tried GIT. It's a decent one on its own and cheap as chips.

    GIT starts less sharp than CW but even so still becomes blunt as it dries. I don't get this alchemy like progression or phased dry down with GIT, other than losing its crisp edge and becoming what I can only describe as a smooth but blunt or dull it doesn't change at all on me. It actually gets a little boring after a while.
    Same as my recently sold BDC Parfum, it was just lovely very but just monotonous.

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    Default Re: Green Irish Tweed & Cool Water: Similarities & Differences for Fans of Both

    Some interesting answers in here, particularly from some people who mention smoothness or bluntness from Green Irish Tweed but increased sharpness and freshness from Cool Water. Since Cool Water came three years later and has an entirely different theme to it (aquatic versus woody), I can imagine the differences are meant to distance it from Green Irish Tweed, whether or not they make a superior or inferior scent as a result based on preference.

    Since both perfumes were composed at least in part by the same perfumer (co-perfumer for GIT anyway, and sole perfumer for CW), it's easy to see what was changed, what was kept in, and what was amplified or toned down between GIT and CW based on the replies so far, which is also really interesting to me. Pierre Bourdon clearly de-emphasized the woody and floral aspects when making Cool Water, and added in lavender to tug it towards more conventional territory since even back then Davidoff was a brand sold in drug stores alongside department stores.

    For me, the differences are most noticeable in the opening and very end.

    Green Irish Tweed hits you with a big slug of galbanum and verbena, with a waxy but fleeting sort of feel to the iris that for me gets immediately buried under the peppermint and dihydromyrcenol "woosh" of the opening. This dihydromyrcenol also comes to dominate the drydown, but a lovely violet leaf keeps the chemicals in check, turning into the bone-dry woody base where the ambergris/ambroxan does its beachy mineral musk thing with hints of the green top coming and going. Fresh, green, damp, and as others have noted, blunt with its sillage rather than piercing the nostrils, Green Irish Tweed is an amazing quality fragrance but also sometimes a bit humorless in expressing itself.

    Cool Water uses calone 1951 for the shiny "aquatic" opening that replaces the green notes (dosed much more lightly than stuff like New West or Tommy), then the familiar mint and dihydromyrcenol "woosh" comes almost right on cue. Lavender as the heart note makes Cool Water much softer to my nose, which also has the unfortunate side effect of letting the aquatic aromachemicals dominate, making Cool Water feel a bit cheap (and it is cheap so no disappointments here). However, the dry down is built more around oakmoss and tonka like a fougere, with a clean laundry musk, making it an easier more casual wear but with chemical pangs here and there to remind you of what it is.

    For me, Green Irish Tweed is what I want when decorum matters and I want to feel classy in hot weather, or I have a particular itch to scratch for a fresh violet scent for a hot day humid day. Cool Water is what I want when humidity is a bit lower to negate the added sweetness of the lavender, or I want a "fresh out of the shower" feeling the aquatic notes provide.

    Update: I guess that's all the traction this thread's getting, so thanks for playing! Moving along to something else!
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    Default Re: Green Irish Tweed & Cool Water: Similarities & Differences for Fans of Both

    This is of interest to me as it is known that i am on the fence regarding GIT, i.e. is it worth it or should I scratch the itch with something cheaper and then look at others of a different vibe, in other words get more frags for my cash or buy GIT and less frags for my cash?

    CW is of course one of the options for a cheap way of scratching the GIT itch, along with others such as L'Aventure Knight, Kiton, Caron, Tres Nuit, Egra etc... but would it?

    As I said, I'm interested in this thread, hopefully it will not just fade away just yet......

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sloth View Post
    This is of interest to me as it is known that i am on the fence regarding GIT, i.e. is it worth it or should I scratch the itch with something cheaper and then look at others of a different vibe, in other words get more frags for my cash or buy GIT and less frags for my cash?

    CW is of course one of the options for a cheap way of scratching the GIT itch, along with others such as L'Aventure Knight, Kiton, Caron, Tres Nuit, Egra etc... but would it?

    As I said, I'm interested in this thread, hopefully it will not just fade away just yet......
    I get great longevity from GIT. If you like / want this type of scent - this beats the cheaper alternatives.

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    Default Re: Green Irish Tweed & Cool Water: Similarities & Differences for Fans of Both

    Cool Water is more of an aquatic fougere, and GIT is just a normal fougere. GIT is just Cool Water minus the blue notes, with added green notes.

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    Default Re: Green Irish Tweed & Cool Water: Similarities & Differences for Fans of Both

    Quote Originally Posted by Zealot Crusader View Post
    Some interesting answers in here, particularly from some people who mention smoothness or bluntness from Green Irish Tweed but increased sharpness and freshness from Cool Water. Since Cool Water came three years later and has an entirely different theme to it (aquatic versus woody), I can imagine the differences are meant to distance it from Green Irish Tweed, whether or not they make a superior or inferior scent as a result based on preference.

    Since both perfumes were composed at least in part by the same perfumer (co-perfumer for GIT anyway, and sole perfumer for CW), it's easy to see what was changed, what was kept in, and what was amplified or toned down between GIT and CW based on the replies so far, which is also really interesting to me. Pierre Bourdon clearly de-emphasized the woody and floral aspects when making Cool Water, and added in lavender to tug it towards more conventional territory since even back then Davidoff was a brand sold in drug stores alongside department stores.

    For me, the differences are most noticeable in the opening and very end.

    Green Irish Tweed hits you with a big slug of galbanum and verbena, with a waxy but fleeting sort of feel to the iris that for me gets immediately buried under the peppermint and dihydromyrcenol "woosh" of the opening. This dihydromyrcenol also comes to dominate the drydown, but a lovely violet leaf keeps the chemicals in check, turning into the bone-dry woody base where the ambergris/ambroxan does its beachy mineral musk thing with hints of the green top coming and going. Fresh, green, damp, and as others have noted, blunt with its sillage rather than piercing the nostrils, Green Irish Tweed is an amazing quality fragrance but also sometimes a bit humorless in expressing itself.

    Cool Water uses calone 1951 for the shiny "aquatic" opening that replaces the green notes (dosed much more lightly than stuff like New West or Tommy), then the familiar mint and dihydromyrcenol "woosh" comes almost right on cue. Lavender as the heart note makes Cool Water much softer to my nose, which also has the unfortunate side effect of letting the aquatic aromachemicals dominate, making Cool Water feel a bit cheap (and it is cheap so no disappointments here). However, the dry down is built more around oakmoss and tonka like a fougere, with a clean laundry musk, making it an easier more casual wear but with chemical pangs here and there to remind you of what it is.

    For me, Green Irish Tweed is what I want when decorum matters and I want to feel classy in hot weather, or I have a particular itch to scratch for a fresh violet scent for a hot day humid day. Cool Water is what I want when humidity is a bit lower to negate the added sweetness of the lavender, or I want a "fresh out of the shower" feeling the aquatic notes provide.

    Update: I guess that's all the traction this thread's getting, so thanks for playing! Moving along to something else!
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    Cool Water is big, watery, airy, angular but not jagged. Synthetic but smooth. There is minty coolness with a non-specific citrus impression that isn’t citrus. Coriander, transparent sandalwood, oakmoss, 80s style amber, calone, DHM, hints of tobacco, iris (but not the Dior Homme lipstick) a clear scooped version. It wears great in the heat and will be noticed.

    I have to mention briefly what I’ve described is from a Lancaster bottle as someone smelling the newer stuff won’t get much of this. This version shows Bourdon’s genius. He has managed to tie together many rough synthetic elements and get them to work together just right. In the newer stuff many of the notes and much of the nuance are gone so you are just left with a synthetic mess of Calone, DHM and a bit of sandalwood. And it’s thin. And rough. And shrill. But I digress....That is all to say old CW and new CW are very different and my comparison to GIT is with the older stuff.

    Green Irish Tweed is also a great fragrance with a shift of emphasis from water to land. It’s grassy but retains the fresh breeze notes along with some nice clean musks, the Creed signature ambergris accord including some sandalwood, iris and violet leaf. They are both also crowdpleasers but that’s not surprising when you smell them.

    There are enough similarities between GIT and CW that in the open air one might momentarily think one is the other but in any confined space there will be no confusion.

    I enjoy both fragrances immensely; they are easygoing, smell great and last a fair while. GIT lasts on clothes for days but Cool Water pips GIT for the fun factor
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    Default Re: Green Irish Tweed & Cool Water: Similarities & Differences for Fans of Both

    Cool Water is fresher/minty, sharper, tobacco drydown, more synthetic and is more aquatic aromatic.
    GIT is creamier, smoother and greener, has violet, less synthetic, ambergris drydown and is more woody aromatic.

    Like both! (CW only in vintage formulation that is).
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    Default Re: Green Irish Tweed & Cool Water: Similarities & Differences for Fans of Both

    Some similarities in the opening, but the CW is more harsh and smells more synthetic to me. The CW almost gives me a headache.
    GIT is greener, smoother, better blended.
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    Default Re: Green Irish Tweed & Cool Water: Similarities & Differences for Fans of Both

    I wore Cool Water exclusively in the early to late 90s and to this day it was my most complimented scent. People couldn’t get enough of smelling me. When I got into this hobby and finally wore GIT a few times, I was a person who said they were almost identical. I’ve since changed my tune. The bottle of GIT I own now has allowed me to slowly try and figure out its nuances. Looking back I get a much greener, outdoors, fresh lawn type appeal from GIT than I ever got from Cool Water. There is this grape/purple type smell..the lavender/iris..that I always enjoyed in both but in Cool Water it is a little more amped and longer lasting where I feel in GIT it is softer/smoother and I’ll get it in small bursts vs a slap in the face.
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    Default Re: Green Irish Tweed & Cool Water: Similarities & Differences for Fans of Both

    I smelled Coll Water a few times in airports and never found anything similar to GIT. In fact CW is one of the most disliked fragrances I've ever smelled - horrible concoction of chemical smells. Every time I see this kind of comparison threads it makes me want to smell vintage CW to smell the similarity everyone is talking about

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    Default Re: Green Irish Tweed & Cool Water: Similarities & Differences for Fans of Both

    They smell similar in the beginning, but GIT morphs into a much better fragrance in the drydown.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zizzy View Post
    I smelled Coll Water a few times in airports and never found anything similar to GIT. In fact CW is one of the most disliked fragrances I've ever smelled - horrible concoction of chemical smells. Every time I see this kind of comparison threads it makes me want to smell vintage CW to smell the similarity everyone is talking about
    Cool Water use to be such a good fragrance. Very unique at the time, hard as it is to believe. The notes are still there in the current stuff but it's just too harsh and synthetic now.
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    Default Re: Green Irish Tweed & Cool Water: Similarities & Differences for Fans of Both

    Hmm,

    Both are similar enough for me in the base that I feel that owning both is redundant. The minor difference is the reason I picked Green Irish Tweed. And that difference is that GIT has a very sparkling green effect in the opening. It's a vivid and lively green. That green effect lasts for almost 2 hours then goes away and at that point you have a scent that is extremely similar to Cool Water. The Creed version's dry down though is more of a 'chalky' impression. The scent brings back some memory of chalk on chalk boards as a kid and the way chalk 'feel's to the touch is how the Creed GIT base/dry-down 'feels' to my nose. Also it seems to have a density to the scent like a fog is to try to look through. Cool water is thinner, more watery. They both share a very similar defining note or blending of key notes in their base.

    For me GIT's opening is one of the very best and most mesmorizing in my entire wardrobe. I've had strangers sort of 'follow' me in the grocery store (not long after I first spray it on before leaving home). When it comes to that fascinating appeal GIT has for people, I've found it's that opening 1 and a half to 2 hours. It's my opinion that GIT could be the safest and best fragrance in existence. Sure, there are a few people who say they didn't like it on here. but the public experience I get from those who GIT 'hypnotize' is unique. They turn into fragrance stalker zombies. Either consciously or subconsciously.
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    Default Re: Green Irish Tweed & Cool Water: Similarities & Differences for Fans of Both

    Both fantastic frags, and very different. As a younger man I thought they were similar, but as I got older and more into fragrances, I noticed major differences, so much that I wouldn't even put them as suitable replacements for one another. They are definitely both worth owning for their own reasons. I think as I got older my nose became more refined, and although it may sound snobbish, it's the truth. I can depict individual notes often times, things that maybe the next person doesn't smell. Like with any other hobby or subject, you get better as you learn, or here you get better as you smell. I think people who have experience with dissecting and building fragrances from scratch have even more refined olfactory senses, like perfumers especially, which is why some of the more prolific ones have made such amazing creations, that are so intense and intricate, that the next guy wouldn't even understand because they can't even smell certain things.

    But.. I digress.. the topic here is CW and GIT. Yes they are easy to compare because they both "are similar", to me though, they just remind me of each other, but they're not clones, they're not replacements, and they're different enough to own both. GIT is all about the fresh green notes, it's one of the few true green frags that keep it's completely fresh without diving into mosses, patchouli, or dirty, earthy, rooty types of smells. That combined with the heritage of the brand, the good quality, is what makes it such a hit I think. It's not mind blowing by any means, but it's just the best at what it does in its very small genre of fresh green frags. On the opposite side of the green spectrum, you have the green kind Polo, which by comparison is nothing like GIT. GIT smells like the outdoors, but also maintains a clean, fresh laundry, or out of the shower, maybe shower gel (but not generic) kind of smell. It's like 70% outdoorsy, and 30% clean. There's also this really cool vegetal green pepper smell at the top of GIT that not many people seem to ever talk about, but I always do, because I find it so intriguing. My problem with GIT is batch inconsistency, although it's not nearly as bad as Aventus, the big problem II have with GIT is some batches feeling more watered down and performing much worse than others.

    When you go back into designer from the luxe market, you don't have to worry about batch inconsistency, just reformulations. Thankfully CW mostly smells the same to me. I have smelled batches as old as the early 90s, to current stuff. Currently I own a Lancaster bottle as well as a current bottle from Coty. They both smell almost the same, subtle differences that most people wouldn't detect, but the major difference is the way they perform. The newer Coty version is very strong in the way it projects, it can easily fill a room, but it isn't as "thick" as the Lancaster, which takes to the air more like an edp. The Lancaster lasts longer, is more heavy, doesn't project as much. The Coty is more thin, stays in the air better, projects better. Both are fantastic and both smell nearly identical, just perform differently.

    Now speaking GIT vs CW, it really depends on the day you ask me. Sometimes they smell similar, but most days not. They are 2 very different frags, with very different stories. Personally I prefer GIT, because it gets me more compliments. Like some of the best compliments I have ever heard before. Stuff like "why does this side of the room smell so fresh", "who's cologne is that?" and other comments from people who physically have moved in closer to me just when I wear it. To see a fragrance bring a smile to people's face, that's what GIT has done in my world. I can't say the same for CW. Fwiw, the girl who made those comments above, who i used to work with, this is what sparked one of our many convos about fragrances and my passion for them. I wound up giving her some decants I made of both GIT and CW to give to her husband to analyze them for themselves. As I told her about the big "CW vs GIT" debates that take place on forums all the time. After a few days, she got back to me, as said there's no comparison, the GIT is way better.

    So I am more compelled to like GIT because I associate it with a lot of good days. Though I can't recall anything negative while wearing CW, and it has been complimented on me, just not as much. After all though, I am not one who thrives off of compliments, but it doesn't hurt to wear frags that please others around me. I wore CW through most of high school, along with Tommy, Polo Sport, and a few others, but CW was always a dumb reach go to. In high school, I had no clue what GIT was.. so now being older, CW is so played out and GIT is still more fresh to me, even though I've been using it for the better part of the last decade. Bottom line.. both are excellent, both have served a purpose in my life. CW is more economical, GIT is the quintessential gentleman's go to fragrance. But let's address the real elephant in the room, GIT is nothing like CW, but is nearly identical to Tres Nuit!

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    Default Re: Green Irish Tweed & Cool Water: Similarities & Differences for Fans of Both

    Similarity: Performance of both kinda sucks. First owned CW in 91-92, and have sampled GIT in more recent years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigsteve View Post
    Similarity: Performance of both kinda sucks.
    Maybe I'm lucky, but I get excellent performance from Green Irish Tweed.

    I still haven't tried Cool Water.
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    Quote Originally Posted by L'Homme Blanc Individuel View Post
    Maybe I'm lucky, but I get excellent performance from Green Irish Tweed.

    I still haven't tried Cool Water.
    Oh, I'm always happy for the peeps who get good performance out of frags I don't. Though I had one situation where I hadn't smelled my BdC in hours, then was standing and talking with a neighbor lady who complimented it. So anosmia could be an issue with me, at least sometimes. Some frags I know have crap performance cuz even my wife can't smell 'em, up close to me, after a couple hours. CW is one of those.

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    Default Re: Green Irish Tweed & Cool Water: Similarities & Differences for Fans of Both

    Quote Originally Posted by L'Homme Blanc Individuel View Post
    Maybe I'm lucky, but I get excellent performance from Green Irish Tweed.

    I still haven't tried Cool Water.
    Agree. It’s been a bit but it seemed CW lasted days snd my new GIT is excellent
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    Similarity: Performance of both kinda sucks. First owned CW in 91-92, and have sampled GIT in more recent years.
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    Quote Originally Posted by L'Homme Blanc Individuel View Post
    Maybe I'm lucky, but I get excellent performance from Green Irish Tweed.
    Same here. My GIT lasts well beyond all day.
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    Default Re: Green Irish Tweed & Cool Water: Similarities & Differences for Fans of Both

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    Both fantastic frags, and very different. As a younger man I thought they were similar, but as I got older and more into fragrances, I noticed major differences, so much that I wouldn't even put them as suitable replacements for one another. They are definitely both worth owning for their own reasons. I think as I got older my nose became more refined, and although it may sound snobbish, it's the truth. I can depict individual notes often times, things that maybe the next person doesn't smell. Like with any other hobby or subject, you get better as you learn, or here you get better as you smell. I think people who have experience with dissecting and building fragrances from scratch have even more refined olfactory senses, like perfumers especially, which is why some of the more prolific ones have made such amazing creations, that are so intense and intricate, that the next guy wouldn't even understand because they can't even smell certain things.

    But.. I digress.. the topic here is CW and GIT. Yes they are easy to compare because they both "are similar", to me though, they just remind me of each other, but they're not clones, they're not replacements, and they're different enough to own both. GIT is all about the fresh green notes, it's one of the few true green frags that keep it's completely fresh without diving into mosses, patchouli, or dirty, earthy, rooty types of smells. That combined with the heritage of the brand, the good quality, is what makes it such a hit I think. It's not mind blowing by any means, but it's just the best at what it does in its very small genre of fresh green frags. On the opposite side of the green spectrum, you have the green kind Polo, which by comparison is nothing like GIT. GIT smells like the outdoors, but also maintains a clean, fresh laundry, or out of the shower, maybe shower gel (but not generic) kind of smell. It's like 70% outdoorsy, and 30% clean. There's also this really cool vegetal green pepper smell at the top of GIT that not many people seem to ever talk about, but I always do, because I find it so intriguing. My problem with GIT is batch inconsistency, although it's not nearly as bad as Aventus, the big problem II have with GIT is some batches feeling more watered down and performing much worse than others.

    When you go back into designer from the luxe market, you don't have to worry about batch inconsistency, just reformulations. Thankfully CW mostly smells the same to me. I have smelled batches as old as the early 90s, to current stuff. Currently I own a Lancaster bottle as well as a current bottle from Coty. They both smell almost the same, subtle differences that most people wouldn't detect, but the major difference is the way they perform. The newer Coty version is very strong in the way it projects, it can easily fill a room, but it isn't as "thick" as the Lancaster, which takes to the air more like an edp. The Lancaster lasts longer, is more heavy, doesn't project as much. The Coty is more thin, stays in the air better, projects better. Both are fantastic and both smell nearly identical, just perform differently.

    Now speaking GIT vs CW, it really depends on the day you ask me. Sometimes they smell similar, but most days not. They are 2 very different frags, with very different stories. Personally I prefer GIT, because it gets me more compliments. Like some of the best compliments I have ever heard before. Stuff like "why does this side of the room smell so fresh", "who's cologne is that?" and other comments from people who physically have moved in closer to me just when I wear it. To see a fragrance bring a smile to people's face, that's what GIT has done in my world. I can't say the same for CW. Fwiw, the girl who made those comments above, who i used to work with, this is what sparked one of our many convos about fragrances and my passion for them. I wound up giving her some decants I made of both GIT and CW to give to her husband to analyze them for themselves. As I told her about the big "CW vs GIT" debates that take place on forums all the time. After a few days, she got back to me, as said there's no comparison, the GIT is way better.

    So I am more compelled to like GIT because I associate it with a lot of good days. Though I can't recall anything negative while wearing CW, and it has been complimented on me, just not as much. After all though, I am not one who thrives off of compliments, but it doesn't hurt to wear frags that please others around me. I wore CW through most of high school, along with Tommy, Polo Sport, and a few others, but CW was always a dumb reach go to. In high school, I had no clue what GIT was.. so now being older, CW is so played out and GIT is still more fresh to me, even though I've been using it for the better part of the last decade. Bottom line.. both are excellent, both have served a purpose in my life. CW is more economical, GIT is the quintessential gentleman's go to fragrance. But let's address the real elephant in the room, GIT is nothing like CW, but is nearly identical to Tres Nuit!

    Scrolling up here.. I know this was mostly a lot of rambling to basically say very little.
    I am surprised this thread picked up some traction after I figured it still born (blaming myself for starting a thread about a tired topic, but I was on a tangent that night), and have come back to see what I missed. I don't mind reading stories about personal experiences and I definitely like it when people expand upon their experiences with a fragrance, so don't worry about "rambling".

    The only time I've rolled my eyes at long walls of text was when they were in those weird perfume gender debate threads that kept popping up for a while in the MFD. Also, whenever a basenoter mentions deodorant or antiperspirant, the "aluminum gives you Alzheimer's" anti-vaxxer mob storms in and tells everyone that armpits smelling like onions is nature's way or something.

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    I don't like current cool water it's crude whereas vintage is wonderful.
    GIT reminds me of vintage cool water.
    Both are very very nice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zealot Crusader View Post
    I am surprised this thread picked up some traction after I figured it still born (blaming myself for starting a thread about a tired topic, but I was on a tangent that night), and have come back to see what I missed. I don't mind reading stories about personal experiences and I definitely like it when people expand upon their experiences with a fragrance, so don't worry about "rambling".

    The only time I've rolled my eyes at long walls of text was when they were in those weird perfume gender debate threads that kept popping up for a while in the MFD. Also, whenever a basenoter mentions deodorant or antiperspirant, the "aluminum gives you Alzheimer's" anti-vaxxer mob storms in and tells everyone that armpits smelling like onions is nature's way or something.

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