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    Default Am I missing something about Polo's frags?

    I've tried out Sport, Explorer, Black, Green, #4, etc. and they are all dreadfully synthetic. In fact, it seems this sentiment is echoed in large part by many Basenoters.

    Are there any other Polo frags I should try out? It really is a shame, considering RL's reputation for fashion excellence...

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    Default Re: Am I missing something about Polo's frags?

    Personally also find them quite unimpressive.

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    Green is still quite excellent (not the Modern Reserve...not a huge fan). I also quite like Safari for Men. may have to pick up a bottle now that I 'm reminded of it.

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    Default Re: Am I missing something about Polo's frags?

    Tens of millions of loyal buyers would disagree with you.
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    Default Re: Am I missing something about Polo's frags?

    Depends on what your fragrance taste is, but I personally couldn't bring myself to like any of them. Explorer and Double Black were actually my favorites.

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    Default Re: Am I missing something about Polo's frags?

    Not the best quality.

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    Default Re: Am I missing something about Polo's frags?

    ?? If anything Ralph Lauren and Polo is know for being completely mainstream in everything they do. 99.9% of everyone thinks their frags smell good, which they do, but they are far from anything special.
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    I like Explorer and Double B and I used to love the original green bottle Polo..haven't sniffed this in a while.
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    Love Green, like Modern Reserve, and don't have strong feelings about the rest. Seems like a lot of stuff I have sniffed from recently has been fine, just somewhat redundant considering what I already have on hand.

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    I loved Polo Crest and liked Purple Label (which I know isn't technically a Polo, but still...), except for the fact the latter lasted maybe 2 hours at best on my skin. Crest is the only one I ever bought more than 1 bottle of and perhaps it is the nostalgia of wearing this as my first expensive designer cologne (many years ago) makes me like it more, but I still love wearing it, though I think my bottle has lost some potency, which makes sense considering how long ago it was made. 24 positive reviews, 3 neutrals and zero negatives is also a pretty good track record for a place with as many brutally honest reviewers as this one.

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    I actually like Double Black, but the longevity is horrid. Worth sampling though, if you haven't tried it.

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    Love modern reserve. Try purple label
    Is the juice worth the squeeze?

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    Crest is my favorite from RL. Modern Reserve shares some similar notes with Crest, but it's just not the same as Crest. I like green as well, but I don't know if it is due to the fact that it was my first cologne when I was 13 and I can't shake the nostalgia or if it's truly great.

    Don't like any of the others at all.

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    Default Re: Am I missing something about Polo's frags?

    Quote Originally Posted by CaliDude View Post
    I actually like Double Black, but the longevity is horrid.
    I agree, and Polo Blue is a ho-hum composition with poor longevity - lasting 4-5 hours, and poor projection - 2 hours at most.

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    Double Black is my favorite from RL.

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    Default Re: Am I missing something about Polo's frags?

    I have and like Polo Modern Reserve. Polo Crest has kind of an unpleasant opening to me. The original Polo is a gauntlet for me ( at least the last time I sampled it).

    The rest are pretty forgettable.
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    Default Re: Am I missing something about Polo's frags?

    I would agree that the vast majority of them are disappointing (with some extremely disappointing)... That said, the original Polo (Green) is one of the best Men's marketed fragrances ever released, IMO.
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    I'm with mcurtiss - Safari if you get the chance. I find it is much better than the rest of the more commonly available RL frags, if you're going to move out of the Polo range. It's definitely a late 80s/early 90s style fragrance, in that it's strong and manly, but not chest-beatingly so. It's more refined than the olfactory headbutts that are synonymous with the early-mid 1980s.

    Romance for Men was my first ever fragrance (I was about 14) but it doesn't hold the appeal it did to me half my life ago.

    Oh, and if you find the Safari Shaving Soap at a reasonable price (say, $14 a puck with decent international shipping rates), let me know....

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    Original Polo is good, the rest are imo not worth your time.

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    Default Re: Am I missing something about Polo's frags?

    The original Polo (green) is widely considered the best - if you don't like that, maybe you ought to stop there! Polo Crest and Polo Modern Reserve are also very good/excellent in my opinion, but are pretty close to the original. Blue and Black for me are as mainstream and bland as the line gets. Explorer and Double Black are better, as is Polo Sport, but the original and it's closest offshoots are by far the best of this line.

    That's an honest assessment from an RL fan!

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    I personally enjoy polo black: an intense and dark fruity aroma, slighty boozy.
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    I didn't like Black, Explorer was alright, and Sport was decently interesting. The one Ralph Lauren offering I really and truly enjoy is Monogram, which was a great scent made in 1985. Unfortunately it was recalled and discontinued in early 1987 (if my memory on the subject serves) because the dye that made the bottle blue would cause sickness from contact with certain people. Ran for less than two years and it's disturbingly expensive because of rarity, I suppose. Luckily I still have two bottles of the stuff.

    Have to smell the original Polo Green some time.
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    Chaps is also an excellent one.

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    Oh, forgot about Chaps, that stuff's great as well! I finally emptied my only old bottle some time last year, which makes me sad. I loved that fragrance too.
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    Default Re: Am I missing something about Polo's frags?

    Quote Originally Posted by plainsight View Post
    I've tried out Sport, Explorer, Black, Green, #4, etc. and they are all dreadfully synthetic. In fact, it seems this sentiment is echoed in large part by many Basenoters.

    Are there any other Polo frags I should try out? It really is a shame, considering RL's reputation for fashion excellence...
    Most of them I didn't like a lot, but Polo (green) the original is probably the best one. Most of the flankers are based on whether you like the original or not.

    You should try Polo Blue. It is a decent melon aquatic with a spicy drydown.

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    Default Re: Am I missing something about Polo's frags?

    Gentlemen, is the Polo from 1978 still intact today or has it been changed to the worse?

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    I agree with the majority on here that the Original Polo Green is a work of art and the fact that it remains relevant today speaks volumes. Someone mentioned it being among the best men's marketed frags ever released, and I have to agree.

    I do also enjoy Modern Reserve - a modern twist to the original but a really good fragrance in its own right. I wore Sport in HS -and I think I wore it so often and sprayed so much that I can not even tolerate the slightest hint of it (goes for many of the other hideous colognes I wore in HS, ie Curve, Tommy Hilfiger, Nautica, etc)
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    I have back-up bottles of the entire Big Pony line.

    Joking!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Candide View Post
    Gentlemen, is the Polo from 1978 still intact today or has it been changed to the worse?
    It's slightly different, but overall it hasn't suffered terribly. The synthetic oakmoss in the current formula is probably the biggest difference, but for having to reformulate, they did a fine damn job on Polo. The current version isn't identical, but it's VERY close and still smells great.

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    Default Re: Am I missing something about Polo's frags?

    Quote Originally Posted by tehtimmeh View Post
    It's slightly different, but overall it hasn't suffered terribly. The synthetic oakmoss in the current formula is probably the biggest difference, but for having to reformulate, they did a fine damn job on Polo. The current version isn't identical, but it's VERY close and still smells great.
    Thanks. So it's still worthy to try out a classic I so far only know from paper. I remember its huge presence; it is a statement of epic proportions.

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