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Polo (1978)
by Ralph Lauren


Polo information

Year of Launch1978
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 764 votes)

People and companies

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

About Polo

Ralph Laurens first male fragrance contains a very distinctive pine note.
The packaging and bottle are a forest-green colour.
FIFI award winner in 1979

Reviews of Polo

Ahhh...Polo. My first love. Of course I wore a few fragrances before Polo, but they were all pathetic in comparison to the wonderful pine and woods love affair my nose began with Polo in 1983. The original Polo was such a rich and complex concoction, and I splashed it on every day for many, many years. Then, one day it changed. The richness seemed to fade. It became less powerful, more alcohol based with my pine and woodiness somehow subdued. I still bought Polo and wore it hoping that I just got a bad bottle or something for about five more years, but eventually even I had to admit to myself that it just wasn't the same. I still enjoyed it to a lesser degree than I had before, but then...I found a bottle of vintage Polo! The love affair was back on! It's amazing the feelings that smell can generate, the memories that come sweeping back into the mind when a scent from the past hits the olfactory organ. I'm so happy to have the original Polo back in my rotation. I love this scent with a passion, and always will. Now, I need to try the Modern Reserve that I've heard so much about but never got around to trying. Viva Vintage Polo!!!
29th January, 2016
Herbal spicy scent which smells natural with complex composition. Very masculin and still contemporain.

Good Stuff 8/10
15th August, 2015
I own the current formulation and love it. It is the only fragrance I keep in the drawer next to my bed so that I can access it easily when I get home from work. I find it to be the perfect scent to wear in the evenings at home, makes me feel comfortable in my skin. The pine opening is stunning and then you are left with a thoroughly masculine aura thanks to a beautiful recreation of dried golden tobacco in a freshly opened packet of cigarettes complimented brilliantly by the multitude of other notes..
10th July, 2015 (last edited: 04th November, 2015)
To start with this brings back one vivid memory from my childhood. Opening the small, empty, wooden barrel-shaped container that my Grandad used to keep his pipe tobacco in. Gets me every time. For me it's a powerful, green, fresh and very masculine scent. And unmistakeable fresh tobacco from start to finish. To be honest i thought I got cinnamon too at the start, but I think that must be a mistake as I don't think it's listed as an ingredient. My boss years ago used to wear it, and this, combined with my childhood memory, is what this scent conjures up for me: a very masculine, authoritative, older man, a man's man who speaks directly and is what he is. I would wear this if I thought I'd be in a group of men, especially in a competitive environment. And in this situation I would forget subtlety - spray liberally, you're either wearing it or you're not. Make your mind up! Great longevity and silage too. Great. :)
June 2015
26th June, 2015
Polo is a massive heavy weight in projection , if aramis is Ali then this is George forman, bruising and thumping the air with pine and woods ..this really does suit a more mature man as it's so far nailed into the seventies and eighties that it would take one hell of a push start to bring it into the could start by not over applying, because like aramis if overdone it can stain a room but done subtly it can be pleasent and very clean smelling , I couldn't think of a more appropriate scent for a walk in a forest or a weekend by a lake ..maybe a cognac sat on an old chesterfield with a crackling fire, like another reviewer commented ..a big quality wooly jumper too.
09th June, 2015
I have always hated this scent - for almost 40 years.

It is a dry, green, tweedy thing with an underlying sweetness that is nauseating to me. Very unpleasant. Of course, it has been around almost 40 years because other noses love it. So, I am definitely in the minority.

One of the powerhouse scents that men must have found - and still do - wonderfully masculine and repulsive, so therefore of value.

Those with noses, sniff elsewhere.
08th June, 2015

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