Davidoff Hot Water ~ new fragrances

Davidoff Hot Water fragrance for menDavidoff Hot Water advert

Davidoff will launch Hot Water, a masculine follow-up to their immensely popular Cool Water fragrance from 1988. Hot Water is described as a sensual oriental, and the press materials promise a "burning, latent heat".

The fragrance notes feature absinthe, red basil, pimento, patchouli, styrax and benzoin.

Davidoff Hot Water will launch in September in 60 and 110 ml Eau de Toilette. (via parfuemerie-thiemann.de, researchstudiosparis, with many thanks to Nick for the tip!)

Other recent launches from Davidoff: Adventure Amazonia, Cool Water Cool Summer.

Update: Davidoff Hot Water was developed by perfumers Domitille Bertier and Olivier Polge, and is "...all about heat and passion, intense sensation and primal masculinity". (via cosmeticsinternational) You can see the "making of" video for Davidoff Hot Water here.

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  1. jirish says:

    Why no tea note? What good is hot water without tea?

  2. Fernando says:

    I was wearing Cool Water yesterday, and it turned out to be a rather cold day. (Spring in Maine…) So I joked that I really should have worn Hot Water instead. And now this. Amzanig.

    Of course, the question is whether it is any good. Davidoff seems not to have done much of interest since Cool Water…

    • Robin says:


      Davidoff is one of those brands that are oddly elusive in the US — I never see testers. So, can hardly comment on their recent output since I haven’t tried it…and they mostly seem to be doing flankers anyway.

      • Fernando says:

        Around here, Davidoff is in all the pharmacies, but none of the serious stores. I found my Cool Water in Marden’s, a low-low-rent seller of overstock items from other stores. At their price, I could get a whole bottle for the price of a sample…

        • Robin says:

          There are fewer & fewer pharmacy-type stores in the US that actually put out testers, unfortunately. They’re either in locked cabinets, or not there at all.

  3. lilydale aka Natalie says:

    I get a kick out of the name, perhaps because of the connotations of “NOW you’re in hot water!” Will Tepid Water be next?

    • Robin says:

      Exactly! I get a HUGE kick out the name. I’m really surprised it took them this long to use it!

      • lilydale aka Natalie says:

        I don’t know if Davidoff has a sense of humor, but they could do some funny ads with this one.

    • Daisy says:

      maybe “Dirty Water” and it’d have patch & cumin in the base…..

      • bergere says:

        You could go a long way with this. Lukewarm water! Brackish water! Standing water! Muddy water! Heavy water! Pool water! Running water! etc.

        • ggperfume says:

          Salt Water!

          Clear Water!

          Ditch Water!

          • Daisy says:

            I think I’m getting a bit sea sick….

        • lilydale aka Natalie says:

          I like Brackish Water — and its flankers, Bilge Water and Bong Water.

          • Daisy says:

            LOL those are good ones! I’m a little concerned about Heavy Water though….think it’ll get “glowing” reviews? or make wearers have a ‘meltdown’? …..fuse with your body chemistry…..

        • ecliptika says:

          the possibilities seem to be endless LOL
          maybe carbonated water?

  4. Giustino says:

    Must be a joke, I hope.

  5. Dagmar says:

    I think this is cute. Might be good. After all, Cool Water is supposed to be great, right? Still, I agree it would have been nice with some tea note.

    • Robin says:

      Might be, who knows? Cool Water was ground-breaking. It’s been so widely copied since that I don’t know if it’s possible to approach it in the same way that you could in 1988.

  6. pyramus says:

    Oh, look. ABSINTHE AGAIN. Imagine that!

    But other than that, every single thing in here makes me want to try it. There’s no point in getting my hopes up, but this could be really, really good. I can’t even remember the last worthwhile mass-market men’s oriental. Opium Pour Homme EDT (not the EDP) comes to mind, but that was in 1995. There must have been something since then, but what?

    • Robin says:

      LOL…didn’t take long, did it? Hope Kevin will wander by & chime in on worthy men’s orientals, my mind is blank.

  7. miss kitty v. says:

    I like the promise of a “burning, latent heat.” :)

    “What’s that smell? Is something on fire?”

    “No, darling, that’s just me and my burning, latent heat.”

    • Robin says:


    • Daisy says:

      you might want to see a doctor about that….

  8. krokodilgena says:

    I think it sounds good….

  9. asuperlongusername says:

    If this actually smells hot, I’d have to try it. It’s so hard to get a fragrance that exudes warmth without going the way of an oriental.

    • Robin says:

      It is an oriental though…

  10. UtahFish says:

    i did not mind Zino so much back in the day….it had a decent dry down. I wonder if they are reworking it to create ‘Hot Water’?

  11. Joe says:

    Sounds interesting to me. I’m not sure, though, how I feel about the “hot water bottle.”

    Even though Cool Water was on every Macy’s counter I’ve ever walked past, I maybe smelled it only once, and have no memory of it. Did it usher in the era of Acqua di Gio?

    • Robin says:

      Yes. Do you have Perfumes The Guide? If so, worth reading the entry on Cool Water.

      • Joe says:

        I shall look it up! I’m overdue for spending some time flipping around in The Guide anyway…

  12. Kari says:

    How about “Hard water.” ??

  13. cazaubon says:

    OMG, this is the funniest thing I’ve seen all day. Thanks for the laugh!

  14. smpeach says:

    Ok, slightly off color but I found myself wondering if this frag has a “warming quality” on skin – like the KY they have on the market ;)

    • Robin says:

      Ack. Perhaps best not!

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