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Chaps (original) (1979)
by Ralph Lauren


Chaps (original) information

Year of Launch1979
Average Rating
(based on 111 votes)

People and companies

HouseRalph Lauren
Parent CompanyL'Oréal Group > Prestige & Collections
Parent Company at launchWarner Communications > Warner Cosmetics

About Chaps (original)

FIFI award winner in 1980

Chaps (original) fragrance notes

Reviews of Chaps (original)

One of the most amazing, intoxicating, powerful fragrances ever created. Absolutely sickening that they discontinued this masterpiece. That was the stupidest decision ever made by a perfume company. What a loss to our world. I miss it every day.
14th December, 2017
Old Skewl. A favorite while knock'n around the house on weekends. Musky. A little powdery honey. A little baby's butt ambrette. Go vintage. Messy splash!
04th November, 2017
I gotta give props to one of the first scents that I had decades ago.

Chaps has that unmistakable masculine leather-musk-spice blend that I think I've measured all other colognes that I've tested since.

The fragrance profile has a LOT of notes that I typically enjoy in men's fragrances: Amber, Vanilla, Musk, Honey, Moss, Benzoin, Tonka Bean in the base; Jasmin, Patchouli, Orris, Geranium, Sandal, Cedarwood, Patchouli in the heart; and Anise, Clary Sage, Bergamot, Lavender, Lime, Lemon in the head.

This wouldn't be the first scent that I apply today necessarily, except for wearing around the house to elicit nostalgia. A legendary cologne to take note of.
28th December, 2016
Oviatt Show all reviews
United States
Drugstore Cowboy. Although this was launched as a lower end product than the original Polo, there is nothing wrong with this cowboy! While his older brother may have been off playing polo with the rich folks, Chaps hung around the stables, saddled the horses and got all the girls. This reminds me of a sweeter, more rounded Azzaro Pour Homme, with an extraordinary number of ingredients that all seem to hang well together. A shame that you can no longer pick this up for a song at the drugstore.
02nd July, 2015
rbaker Show all reviews
United Kingdom
Fresh fougère - Young Ralph is the best

The top notes are a fresh lime and bergamot but with a green-floral bent with lavender, geranium and a very good patchouli. A cedar note is added. After about three hours a new chapter is opened, characterised by a delicious amber with honey, benzoin and a delicious gorgous, soft oak moss without any sharpness. The blending is superb, as are the ingredients. A confident, green drydown with good silage and projection and an excellent longevity of seven hours. A wonderful classic autumn chypre of great quality.

06th September, 2013
Stetson, all grown up.

Top notes: I mainly get a floral/herbal bomb. The citrus notes are subdued, being blended into the floral sweetness. Though there some anise (as the note profile on here claims), it's nowhere near the amount in Azzaro pour Homme, for example-- to me, it's hardly detectable. It's possible that this note has decayed over the decades as the fragrance aged (top notes are usually the first to go).

Middle notes: The floral aspect continues, and changes, dropping the subdued citrus aspect, and picking up patchouli and resinous woods instead. The only other notes I can detect are jasmine and orris; if the geranium from the note profile is there, it's very subtle-- enough that I can't find it. The jasmine does give the fragrance a sort of 'dirty' or sensual aspect- something that continues into the base. Also, for me, the sandalwood is much more prominent than the cedarwood.

Bases notes: The combination of the musk and amber gives the base a sweet, leathery smell. The amber's sweetness is reinforced by some very well-blended, other sweet notes-- the amber, honey, vanilla and tonka bean are intermingled to the point of being an amorphous, somewhat spiced sweetness. The benzoin picks up the sensual aspect right where the jasmine left off, but the note is even more 'dirty', evoking the scent of a resinous incense. Last, but not least, the oakmoss adds a woodsy aspect that works harmoniously with the spices from the tonka bean and the sensual incense scent of the benzoin.

Pros: Masculine; refined; complex.
Cons: Slightly cloying."

02nd September, 2013

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