Roja Dove tells us that Bernard Chant, who created the great chypre, Cabochard, is behind Ralph Lauren's signature scent.
He calls it a "fresh, spicy chypre" and notes the addition of violet, marigold and jonquil to the classic chypre pyramid.
Turin is not impressed with the reformulation, calling it a "muguet pretender" and giving it only two stars.
Top notes: Orange, Tarragon, Petitgrain, Marigold, Rosewood, Pineapple, Spearmint
Heart notes: Bulgarian Rose, Violet, Lilac, Jasmine, Muguet, Cyclamen, Jonquil, Clove
Base notes: Cedarwood, Oakmoss, Sandalwood, Vetiver, Carnation, Musk
The original Lauren was truly a nice spicy chypre, similar to R&G's Le Jade or Gres' Homme de Gres, not extraordinary, but perfectly nice if you love chypres. The reformulation smells to me like a green plastic mess, totally undistinguished.
I was given this by my high-school sweetheart as a Junior (11th grade). I remember it as being warm, heavy and spicy/woodsy. I enjoyed it quite a bit, took it with me to college, and used up the bottle. It was especially nice during sweater season.
Many others were wearing this at the time, as it was a fairly well-known and popular fragrance.
Mature female scent
This was my mother's signature scent. This fragrance is for a mature adult, this will not work for someone under 30. Nice scent for evenings and winter. I would never suggest wearing this scent during the summer unless it were a late evening.
Pros: mature, dries down nice
Cons: hard to find "
Men love this on a female
I RARELY ever comment on or review a female fragrance, but since I first smelled this in '91 I HAVE TO let every girl know what she needs to wear to get his attention
floral, pleasantly strong yet not overpowering.
lasts long on her skin, strong projection
theres something here that drives men crazy.
the original (or whatever it was in '91) was a solid 5 stars. this comes close, albeit not quite.
Pros: huge turn on for the man
Cons: hard to find"
My purchase of what was one of my all time favorite scents gave me the BLUES. What I remember as a fresh apple kind of smell has turned into one of those pretend perfume sticks I got as a child. Boo. The bottle is still gorgeous, but Ew to the scent.
I feel it is a crime what has been done to this beautiful fragrance. At one time this was the most beautiful "fresh" fragrance you could wear, and now the reformulation is a watery, weak version of what it once was. Occasionally you can get a whiff of what it once was, and I keep a small bottle around for nostalgia sake. The thumbs up is for what it used to be.
The best way I can sum it up is this fragrance has lost its soul.