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Safari for Men (1992)
by Ralph Lauren


Safari for Men information

Year of Launch1992
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 346 votes)

People and companies

HouseRalph Lauren
Parent CompanyL'Oréal Group > Prestige & Collections

About Safari for Men

A classic fresh fragrance. The male counterpart to the original Safari Perfume. The packaging represents the finer things in life with a faux croc-skin leather on the box and a decanter type bottle, embossed with a Ralph Lauren crest.

Safari for Men fragrance notes

Reviews of Safari for Men

Ralph Lauren Safari for me represents a classic masculine fragrance, an archetypical "fresh spicy" fougere that has above average projection and longevity for an EDT. It doesn't resemble most of the Polo line (though I don't claim to be an authority on these) and its name alone rightfully suggests antiquity and primitiveness as it takes me back to a time when this is what I what expected middle-aged and older men to wear. I'm at a loss for many of the notes---some are obvious, like lavender, rose, cardamom---but Safari is such a harmonious blend that it's hard to encapsulate in a note breakdown. It's very versatile--good for cold and warm weather, day and night.

That I still have the same 60ml bottle from the 1990s shows how sparingly I've used Safari in the last 15+ years, instead opting for the newer, fresher options that have since popped up, but that I'm reaching for it again indicates that I've come around to the idea that Safari is symbolic of something meaningful, a subtle masculinity that is more difficult to embody in a fruity aquatic, even if the fruity aquatic is more applicable in more occasions.

Safari is both heavy and fresh to the point that it can, like Chanel Pour Monsieur, be one of only a few bottles that you own. Tom Ford for Men in the past decade did what Safari did in the 90s---updated the classic men's scent. Another recommendation if you like Safari.

7 out of 10
10th September, 2015
Oviatt Show all reviews
United States
I wore this a lot when it first came out—I was a fan of Polo, Polo Crest and Monogram, so it was a natural that I should take this one up. I like the ascerbic opening with its eucalyptus and bergamot; from there, it goes straight to dry spices, leathery patchouli and manly sweat. No sweetness anywhere and in fact it reminds me quite a bit of a drier, medicinal Givenchy Gentleman, in its vintage form.
Safari is as arid, spicy and masculine as a khaki bush jacket worn all day in the field, back in camp with a pink gin sundowner in its hand. It is hard and handsome, with a loaded bolt action rifle in hand and a day’s stubble on its sunburned face.
In his ongoing attempt to reimagine—in his own image—the last days of the British Empire, Ralph Lauren has created a harshly masculine, modern scent, seen through a sepia-toned lens, with all the retro trappings of the Raj. This recreation may not truly be a pukka sahib, but is still someone to be reckoned with.
01st July, 2015
I have owned Safari since it first came out in the early 90's. I used to think it was a really strong scent, (which it is initially) and I was always a bit shy about where I'd wear it. However, two things have always kept me going back to it.

First, I always liked the woody leather drydown it gives me, which seems to last on my skin beyond 8 hrs. Very unusual for me.

Second, Safari is a fragrance that I get complimented on quite frequently. Now that Safari's past it's prime, no one seems to ever recognize it and I am always asked what I'm wearing.

Additionally, Safari's timeless bottle looks great on my atop my dresser.
16th March, 2015
I was expecting so much more from Safari. It to me is a reasonably non-descript warmish fougere, with little character. I bought a bottle for a friend who owned it previously and in his opinion it is significantly weaker than it was in the 90's. I have any number of fragances that are superior and given the price, it is not worth the money (luckily I paid less than $50 Au - $42 US for the 4.2 Oz). It has been likened to YSL Jazz by some people, but Jazz is in every way a superior scent. For a real Man's fragrance I would opt for Montana parfum d'homme, Jazz or any number of others.
21st December, 2014 (last edited: 20th December, 2014)
Plasticky, synthetic cologny stuff.
23rd November, 2014
Safari for Men by Ralph Lauren is an unexpectedly good fresh fougère with a bold, slightly clumsy (but quickly-to-evolve-better) opening played on green and balsamic tones, with notes of mint and dry aromatic herbs, a refreshing and juicy accord of citrus notes, a sweet, rich and slightly creamy sandalwood note “reinforced” by a classic, discreet and solid fougère structure: lavender, leather, carnation, rose, oak moss. A bunch of spices provide a nice, exotic dynamism, well interacting with leather and mossy notes. Basically a respectably conventional fougère just fresher and spicier than others, quite good indeed, with an enjoyable sort of effortless, unpretentious and relaxed sense of elegance. A warm, radiant, almost “holiday” version of more austere and dark Mittel-European fougères like Tsar (to which Safari resembles quite much). The drydown is even better than the first stages: a soft, pleasant yet dark and dusty leather-mossy accord with balsamic, sweet and spicy notes on top and a subtle ambery vibe, cozy and graceful like a warm summer evening. Easy-going but refined, a sunset in a bottle. Not a masterpiece, but well made for sure, and still totally wearable and enjoyable today as well.

05th November, 2014

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