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Polo (1978)
by Ralph Lauren


Polo information

Year of Launch1978
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 798 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

I got the gift set for my dad, and I decided to sample it when it arrived, having never smelled it before. It has atomic strength and is a bit off putting at first, but it calms down after a half hour. This scent can last maybe around ten hours. As far as sillage goes, simply wearing the aftershave is enough to get you noticed from across the room. So, use sparingly, and spray it under your clothes.

Scent? I imagine a smoke shop in the middle of pine woods. That's how it smells to me from beginning to end. I can't think of any other way to describe it. This is truly a man's scent. No hipsters or kids allowed. I can't even pull it off.

Occasions? I wouldn't call it a casual or work fragrance. I think it should be worn on formal occasions and at home in front of the fire. Not very versatile in my opinion, but it does its job well.
07th October, 2016
Nothing to add that others haven't said in other reviews. Standard classic that stands the test of time. The best from the Ralph Lauren line for sure. Very pleasant herbal woody scent and should be in every man's arsenal. Enjoy?
12th May, 2016
A solid piece of Anglo-Saxon inspired classicism.

From the outset it hits you with green, and herbal anisic blue notes supported by vetiver, and a brown and purple camphoraceous patchouli exalted by plasticky white musk.

I must admit that I don't like anisic perfumes and I'm not keen on patchouli or white musk but there's something in the way they combine here that really turns my stomach.

Like a Footsie 100 CEO, impressive but not somebody I want to spend time with.

23rd March, 2016 (last edited: 31st March, 2016)
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)

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