Total Reviews: 103
This is a decent vanilla and spice fragrance in the drydown. It begins loudly with a blast of citrus-like notes, and then settles into a creamy haze. I do not detect any mango. I had higher expectations given the variety of ingredients. In addition to not being a showstopper, Double Black doesn't last past three hours on me, which is annoying, and would have been a reason for not purchasing had I known at the outset. Overall, it's a pleasant office and casual fragrance. One can do worse. Perhaps I should go a bit heavier on the trigger to enjoy its entire panoply of alleged ingredients. Or I can give it to my brother who would otherwise never purchase cologne.
Fabulous rework of Polo Black. Double Black is classy, shimmering with a pleasant incense quality, and elicits compliments. I get a comforting and confident feel sniffing this even after several hours of wear. Has a slight resemblance to A*Men (esp. with the coffee note), though it's much less sweet and more spicy. Heart thumbs up!! ;^>
Love the complexity of the fragrance and originality. From the moment I got a sample I knew I needed a bigger bottle. Though I do have some heavy hitters in my line-up I always like pulling this one out as a pinch hitter just to mix things up.
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Polo Double Black is stronger and more masculine than Polo Black.in my opinion the best from POLO line.it is sweet and spicy but suitable when wear and fantastic if you are tired of laxurious scent!
Powerful at first spray.The top notes is spectacular i also love mango in it.it makes me feel beautiful and quite long lasting on my skin.not a scent for an ordinary,suitable for a men mysterious(between 30/40 years old)in cold days.
When i wore this nice classic RL i always got compliments from both men and women! Anyway if you lover of different,spicy scents you can enjoy this cologne.
Was given a sample with a recent purchase, so I gave it a try.
Double Black is a nice scent, but is too strong and sweet for my liking. The mango is powerful sweet and the juniper berry and spices in the drydown last a long, long time. I agree with other reviewers in that I detect zero coffee in this. While I like both of the fruit notes, this one just isn't right for me. DB would be perfect for a 20 something male, who wanted to go clubing and meet 20 something females.
DB's a nice fragrance that isn't in your face offensive, so neutral.
I once had a girlfriend stand with her face buried in my chest for like 60 seconds. We had only been dating a few weeks and I was confused by this. After a while I asked her if everything was okay, thinking that maybe she was crying, and she said she was just smelling me. She stuck her face back into my coat.
She was smelling this cologne. I cannot recall where we were in the daily lifespan of this cologne, but I'm sure it was somewhere in the dry-down. Just as everyone else states, this starts w mango and pepper and coffee, and then loses some of the mango about 45 minutes in. I do enjoy wearing this -- maybe because I love coffee? -- but the sillage and longetivity are not the best. Also, it isn't the most complex scent out there. It seems best suited to evening wear.
Lately I've been adding a spritz of Polo Green underneath this to add a little something extra. It adds the green woods smell to the front of the Double Black mango-pepper scent, and then on the back end it adds some much needed leather and some patchouli to the Double Black's coffee and remaining mango. It really produces something more well rounded and complex in my humble opinion.
Genre: Woody Oriental
The excessively sweet and unpleasantly chemical fruit note that launches Polo Double Black is more tenacious than I’d like, persisting as a core component of the scent’s spiced and sugared heart. A cluster of gourmand cues and a patchouli base note align Double Black somewhat with Angel, but Double Black is both watered down and freshened up by comparison. The artificial fruit, nutmeg, and bland woods feel cheap and generic – more appropriate in depth and quality to a shampoo than to a personal fragrance. For all the crassness of its composition, Polo Double Black collapses quickly into a nondescript sweet woody skin scent. I can only presume that its enormous popularity stems from its sweetness (yummy for teenage girls, the cynics will say,) and its bland affability. Meh.
I thought I had reviewed Double Black at least two years ago but there was nothing here. I never would have noticed if the wardrobe random selection function had not bugged out and selected this for me to wear today four times in a row.
I wish Double Black was better, but as it is this is one of my favorites in the Polo arsenal, falling just short of the original Green and the vintage version of Safari. I love coffee scents but in recent years they've become rather trite, or they will list coffee and produce nothing of the sort (do you hear me, CK Free!?). DB is certainly a coffee scent, with the oft-mentioned mango and pepper sharing the spotlight. There is really little else going on besides that. It's invitingly sweet without being bothersome, is polite enough to wear to work, and while it is linear to the point of boredom it is a pleasant, simple affair. I really like this one because it seems like an attempt to modernize L'Eau du Navigateur (one of the two best coffee scents I've worn) and because LdN is becoming so difficult to find I must give Polo props for bringing back the 'coffee pirate' genre. Now if only they'd make a Triple Black and stick some nice, dirty leather in there.
For those looking for a coffee gourmand along the lines of Rochas Man that won't stifle a room on hotter days.
Very good fragrance with a sophisticated scent .. stays on your skin.. very subtle .. good for office settings
lacks projection and longevity. 5-8 sprays on my skin.Overall I love it.
Being Black Ain't Easy
This is a conservative fragrance. I know many reps who use this as their fragrance of choice because of that fact. It doesn't project much and is a very safe scent.
You first get a blast of mango, which tapers down to an oriental/citrus mix. It makes me feel clean and classy based on the notes.
I have worn this for about two years and have never gotten compliments, but then again, it is a safe fragrance that doesn't project at all.
I get about 4-6 hours of use from this fragrance.
Pros: Pleasant Scent, Professional
Cons: Name is misleading, Spotty Longevity"
A misnaomer, but not bad
Double Black? That implies, at the very least, richness, intensity or something of the night. This really is a nice tropical fragrance with a bit of wood and pepper. Easy, not challenging, butcompetent. Nothing wrong with this, but nothing thrilling either. An easy to wear summer fragrance with a wee bit of depth. Good longevity on my skin.
This is a great fragrance. To all of the people saying it doesn't last long, well, you're wrong. This cologne last me 10 hours. The top and middle notes on this cologne is very nice. There are 2 phases to this cologne. When you first spray it on, it smells like spicy mangoes. The second phase will last the longest and it is a very pleasant. It is a very mild smell of the first phase and will also smell like roasted coffee. All I need for this cologne is 2 on the neck and 1 on the chest.
The top and mid notes are so well done and quite enjoyable! The dry-down gives me coffee and a sweet woodsy pipe-tobacco vibe. The base notes are harder for me to find because this version fades a bit prematurely and does not last as long as Polo Black on my skin which is disappointing (but hey maybe its called "double" because you need twice as much ;).... Overall, a great fragrance that can be worn year-round but if Ralph Lauren could extend the longevity a tad they would have an amazing must-buy fragrance that would be near perfection!
05th January, 2013 (last edited: 22nd January, 2013)
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I cant really get the edt of this and was wondering if the aftershave can be a good aftershave.that appears to be readily available.
It's a really nice smelling fragrance and with longevity issues I am wondering if the aftershave can hold
For a polo frag, I would have to give this a thumbs down. I just expected more out of this one. I would buy Polo Sport before buying this one. Very synthetic. Polo should be ashamed to come out with this. If any frag you decide to discontinue, please make it this one!
Confusing CV. Have no idea why Ellen Molner thought that Mango, Roasted Coffee and Rich woods would add up to magic. Maybe breakfast in the Amazon? This kind of fragrance is in a long line of Polo frags that started popping up in the 90's to bring the Ralph Lauren brand down the lowest common denominator in men's fragrances. In other words, it won't challenge your tastes and bores me senseless. Double down and DON'T buy DB. It's hideous.
Dominant notes of sweetened java and dark woods define the mood of Polo Double Black, encompassing its wearer with the stale odor of a habitual coffee drinker's bad breath.
31st July, 2012 (last edited: 11th August, 2012)
Polo Double Black by Ralph Lauren - This pleasant, woody and oriental fragrance opens with a splatter of beautiful mango, lightly seasoned by pepper. This tropical fruity vibe is short-lived, and transitions rather quickly to the awaiting heart. The enjoyable middle has a sweet and soft, roasted coffee note, with the added warmth of nutmeg. A twinkling of juniper berry announces the enveloping base with its spicy cardamon and dry woods. The composition is well blended, and, at times, subtle. Albeit a very enjoyable experience, the longevity and projection are both lacking.
I had mentally pitted this against Armani Code since I bought them at the same time, and had nearly forgotten both. By comparison, this starts out as a stronger, nuttier wood with mango. Very soon the initial spices lose some of their sweetness and become greener and dustier. It's surprisingly dry, both in the sense of not sweet (for a gourmand!) and in its aura of fallen autumn leaves, or a well-executed christmas scented candle; I think this is how my brain is dealing with the hint of coffee. Even though it has some of the usual Ralph Lauren super-synthetic character, it's much less overbearing and more convincingly real than most of their others. It weakens quite a bit by the end, actually falling behind the strength of Code's base notes. Still, the vague nutty wood carries through to the end, and I'm optimistic that with a proper wearing it would remain present but translucent. One of their best, by a wide margin, and surprisingly unique.
Oh yes... I like this one. The opening of fresh, sweet mango with pepper is quite unique and the combination really works well. The middle notes - to me - are not over prominent, but they too work oh so well. The rich, woody base adds an overall depth and quality to Double Black.
I agree with previous comments that longevity could be better, but projection is just right. I've received compliments when I've worn this one, and wouldn't hesitate to recommend it. In my opinion, this could be worn year round, night or day.
Can't give it a thumbs up due to the longevity (projection is not horrible though) and due to the mid and base notes. After the top notes fade (which are by far the best part with a nice mango accord) the fragrance gets worse and i lose interest. that was really a disappointment, but oh well. safe and good for a summer night.
Cloying fruity coffee juice. An exotic, pronounced, synthetic whiff of mango slides towards a peppery, spicy, woody aroma of coffee. I detect a strong note of syrupy nutmeg and find it too warm and onedimensional without being me able to perceive any trace of boldness despite the dark patchouli placed on the base. It's hard to find out class and distinction in it. I wish it had been less fruity and a bit fresher and crisper to appreciate it better. I use to detect an hint of cut off freshness as well as the top notes have faded away. Usually I tend to accept the chemical insertions in parfumery but this scent smells too synthetic in its excess of fruity warmth coffee flavoured. The dosage (and the combinations- with further elements) of the coffee (basically dark coffee) is not proper of a gourmand fragrance but it should have been better the type of aroma to be projected in a more fresh and dry type of texture. Longevity and projection are very faint on my skin and also on this path the scent is a disappointment. Very nice bottle.
25th February, 2011 (last edited: 12th January, 2014)
I like this cologne. It has two phases. Initial phase which is different from its dry down phase. The initial part lasts 1-4 hours on your skin. The drydown lasts around 10 to 12 hours Keep in mind the drydown is completely different than the original scent.
That being said, I love both the initial and drydown scent. My main qualm is that it does not project after about
Starts out mangoey with peppers to an extent. Dries down to a warm woodsy scent.
Mango, coffee, and a strange fuzzy feeling. Polo Double Black is a warm and fairly exotic fragrance. Quite different from the original Black, as well as the rest of the Polo line; furthermore, as well as the rest of everything on the market. It's mostly a sweet fragrance, but I wouldn't call it a gourmand, it does have a little spice from the pepper and cardamom. Two things that prevent this fragrance from being perfect imo.. 1. It has an accord that reminds me of crayons, I get this smell from CK Obsession Night, and Realities Graphite Blue. And 2, the longevity sucks.. I get 4 hours at best.
I do give it an A- or B+ for being unique, not quite A+ material, it's no Fahrenheit.. It gets a C- or a D+ in terms of longevity. Projection actually isn't too bad, when you consider its lifespan.. 4 hours, it projects well for the first 2, which is half of the fragrance life.. I'd give it a B- in projection, with all things considered. Overall, I believe it's one of the best from the rather boring RL house.. I very much enjoy the original Polo and Modern Reserve -- both of which are solid fragrances. Double Black is almost there, a parfum version for men would be outstanding, but we all know a low budget house like RL will NEVER make such. Anyways, all babbling aside.. Double Black is a fairly solid sweet/spicy oriental/exotic fragrance, not quite comparable to anything in the designer bracket. This fragrance will only work in Fall/Winter though. Overall grade: B-
When I use the Double Black I expect that is warmer and stronger than Black, but it is not. No sign of Black not only its name is used, I think RL in the selected name is in trouble! Thin, weak and boring and worst of all that is vomiting. Ralph Lauren never not surprise me and I can say that only the Polo from among those I love.
This smells exactly like WD40
Got this cologne from a girl's recommendation. Glad I did. It starts off with a peppery mango scent, then drys down to coffee & nutmeg. I blind bought this a few years ago and I'm glad I did. IMO, good for work and play. Three sprays is enough for me for work. Four if I want it to last from morning to the end of the night.
Armani Code reminds me of this scent. I like this more than Code though. Double Black is more multi-dimensional than Code.
This is a nice mango based scent that combines sweetness with pepper. Think of a fresh mango with black pepper being sprinkled on top. I enjoy this one.
Pros- A nice scent that combines sweetness of mango with black pepper.
Cons- Spotty longevity and projection with some people. Not the cheapest fragrance.
Not bad. Polo Double Black is fruity oriental from Ralph Lauren that uses the Coffee note very well - a note that usually doesn't fit, for me at least. However the mango and overall sweet fruitness can be a bit overbearing at times. I like this one better than Polo Black. SmellyNinja is correct in that this does smell similar to Armani Code. Good sillage and longevity.
I have heard good and bad things about this cologne, so going in I was very tentative. First spray...okay maybe a second spray just to...okay this stuff is great! Not only is it the exact scent type I am looking for, but wow I would buy this stuff if I didn't need it.
The Mango opening smells like fruit and is very inviting, while the Pepper is right there holding back the SWEET/fake fruit smell that would otherwise make you smell like a puff.
The coffee is the next thing that hits you. "Hit" is the wrong word for it...Grabs you. Its such a great note, matched with the hint of Nutmeg it is such a wonderful addition to the fruity/peppery opening. The woods underneath the scent create such a great base. It smells like the smell is coming from your skin (instead of being a cloud around you) because the woods really add that depth to the fragrance that a lot of "younger guy" colognes are missing.
It doesn't have the same class and refinement as the original Polo, (its better than Polo Black) but you can still tell it is a Polo smell. It has that...posture that most colognes don't. Polo Double Black will make a great addition to anyones collection.