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    Default Re: Polo (1978) ~ Add it to the rotation? Does Polo deserve a spot in a small collection?

    I would say your money would be better spent on Modern Reserve. I have never had the opportunity to try the original formulation of Polo, but some have said that Modern Reserve is closer to the original. Ignoring that hearsay I think MR is a wonderful fragrance and it is getting harder to find. It used to be readily available at Macy's but now is not even listed in their system.
    If you've never tried it seek it out. Since the bottles are so similar I would bet that most department store counters actually have a tester of this tucked away somewhere and not realize it.
    At around $72 for a 4oz bottle I think it's a good buy as well.
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    Default Re: Polo (1978) ~ Add it to the rotation? Does Polo deserve a spot in a small collection?

    If you'r looking for quality scents from 70-80-ies, I would rather go for Chanel Antaeus and Cartier Santos. Much better scents imo.

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    Default Re: Polo (1978) ~ Add it to the rotation? Does Polo deserve a spot in a small collection?

    In my opinion, yes, a well-made and comparatively affordable classic.

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    Original Polo...NO.
    Polo Modern reserve...YES.
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    I bought it after reading all the good reviews and did NOT like it at all. IMO, it smells dated and just so typical of that 'cologne guy's' cologne (not the LeMale cologne guy, the older cologne guy, like your uncle who wears too much cologne). But if that's what you're going for, then by all means....

    However, you may want to sample it first. Should be easy enough to find a sample of.

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    Any one would love to have polo and polo modern reserve in their collection. Forget about weather it is a vintage or not. You would see people giving great compliments.

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    Default Re: Polo (1978) ~ Add it to the rotation? Does Polo deserve a spot in a small collection?

    try it, if you like it just go for it!
    I burnt it after wearing it too long for a period of my life!

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    Default Re: Polo (1978) ~ Add it to the rotation? Does Polo deserve a spot in a small collection?

    I have what I believe to be the current formulation, have given it a few tests, and I say forget it.
    Scent is different, not quite as good as it used to be, and longevity is just incredibly bad. I think they've really messed it up, from what it used to be.

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    Default Re: Polo (1978) ~ Add it to the rotation? Does Polo deserve a spot in a small collection?

    I think the reformulation is better.

    In the 80s, it had a more "menthol" vibe. Now, since the reformulation, it smells like burning wood. It's not just me that think that. The 80s version and today's reformulation are really two very different scents.

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    Default Re: Polo (1978) ~ Add it to the rotation? Does Polo deserve a spot in a small collection?

    Quote Originally Posted by JickyMan View Post
    It was what I wore while in the Navy back in '83. It reminds me of being skinny and awkward adn vibrant and alive.
    No, I'll pass. At this point it's a-been there done that feeling for me. Similar to others from that era, Jovan Musk, Jacomo de Jacomo, Z-14 and 1_12, Kouros, Jess Bell Skin Musk, Jovan Grass Oil.

    I say: If you love it, hug it. l:artisan Fou d'Absinthe is the Polo of my here and now.

    If Polo makes you feel good without trying to feel cool, then do buy.

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    Yatagan is more of a lumber jack with a mustache version of Polo from a similar era. Beaver mounting Pine Tree after peeing feel.
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    I will give Fou d'Absinthe a try if I can find it.

    The main reason I want to add polo to my collection is it's a part of history. I don't love the scent, but I don't hate it. It's very loud. Polo would have a purpouse in my collection, on days where I don't want to spray something I like, 1 spray of Polo to the chest would work all day. It would stop any body odor. lol. I think of original Polo like deodorant. Unlike fragrances I love and tend to spray 7-10 times that get used up quickly, I think a bottle of Polo could last a decade with only 1 spray used every other week.

    I wish I could find the original version of this because I do not remember what it smelled like. All I get now is a lot of pine and woods. I think Polo would be so much better with a hint of sweetness, something to round out the harsh pine. But it does cover up BO so I guess that's its main purpose.

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    Default Re: Polo (1978) ~ Add it to the rotation? Does Polo deserve a spot in a small collection?

    just ignore all the animosity towards Polo since its a product of a typical basenote snobbishness. In my opinion Polo "classic" has a place in any collection as one of the most remarkable fragrances of the past 25 years, just like Kouros and Fahrenheit. All 3 are titanic juices that will prevail, just like Chanel No 5.
    Polo Modern Reserve is also a fantastic fragrance, you should get both.
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    Default Re: Polo (1978) ~ Add it to the rotation? Does Polo deserve a spot in a small collection?

    If you have a few fragrances then the answer would probably be no.

    If you refer to your fragrances as a "collection", then yes.

    IMO Polo is the most legendary of all fragrances. No, it doesn't smell quite like I remembered it, but it is still quite good.

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    Default Re: Polo (1978) ~ Add it to the rotation? Does Polo deserve a spot in a small collection?

    Quote Originally Posted by ralmeida View Post
    Since the modern version of Polo is a shadow of the original, I'd actually recommend Escencia Loewe instead. To me, it's so much more robust and nuanced at the same time.
    Agree. I've been doing more testing with a small bottle of the current formulation of Polo, and it really isn't the same. The scent is different, though not bad. What is bad is the longevity. Just dreadful compared to the old juice.
    Here is some more about Esencia Loewe: http://pourmonsieurblog.blogspot.com/search/label/Loewe

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    Default Re: Polo (1978) ~ Add it to the rotation? Does Polo deserve a spot in a small collection?

    Quote Originally Posted by Christian M View Post
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    If you like it, buy it.
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    Default Re: Polo (1978) ~ Add it to the rotation? Does Polo deserve a spot in a small collection?

    Just done a side by side comparison of the recent formulation and a much older vintage.....the difference is marked. Do seek out the vintage if at all possible!

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    Default Re: Polo (1978) ~ Add it to the rotation? Does Polo deserve a spot in a small collection?

    I wore Polo in High School in thr early 1980s. I recently purchased the new formulation in a gift set from Perfumania. It smells exactly as I remember durin my HS days. The longevity on me is easily 8 hours or more.

    Concerning Modern Reserve, does anyone have a recommendation on where this can still be purchased?
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    Default Re: Polo (1978) ~ Add it to the rotation? Does Polo deserve a spot in a small collection?

    The answer? Yes.

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    I have the new green bottle but it disappoints me as it has lost all the bitter smokey herb tones of the old one which was the character and essence of the scent IMO.
    It has become weak and sweet, oh no!

    So i would very much be interested to hear from anyone commenting the modern reserve.

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    Default Re: Polo (1978) ~ Add it to the rotation? Does Polo deserve a spot in a small collection?

    Bought a new bottle last month...I owned it in 1983. The top note is different but it quickly dries down to the same frag. I remember. All in all, It has great longevity, projection, and sillage. My wife loves it on me. Honestly It lasts and projects better than ANY $300 bottle of Creed. Quite impressive for $30 on EBAY!!!!!!
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    Default Re: Polo (1978) ~ Add it to the rotation? Does Polo deserve a spot in a small collection?

    If you apply it right (subtley), polo is one of the best fragrances out there. It leaves a memorable pine note that is missing in the sea of fresh aquatics flooding the market today. It's a shame people call it an "old man" smell, to me that is like calling Louis Armstrong "old man music". It is timeless.

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    Default Re: Polo (1978) ~ Add it to the rotation? Does Polo deserve a spot in a small collection?

    Hey OP,

    IMO, if you like the vintage Polo fragrance, there is nothing wrong with that. Perhaps seek out an older bottle from before reformulation on Ebay or Etsy. There is NOTHING WRONG with appreciating older scents as long as YOU enjoy them.

    Polo wasn't my thing back in the day, but if it was I would still not be afraid to enjoy it in moderation. My classic fragrances from my youth were Old Spice (father's scent), Obsession for Men (brief high school scent) and Tommy Hilfiger's original Tommy (scent from the 90's during my 20's good times era).

    Polo from its time was a respected scent and I see nothing wrong with pulling out the bottle from time to time and wearing it for the memories.

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    Agree about wearing Polo outdoors. Especially on crisp, cool fall days!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tspencer View Post
    Hey OP,

    IMO, if you like the vintage Polo fragrance, there is nothing wrong with that. Perhaps seek out an older bottle from before reformulation on Ebay or Etsy. There is NOTHING WRONG with appreciating older scents as long as YOU enjoy them.

    Polo wasn't my thing back in the day, but if it was I would still not be afraid to enjoy it in moderation. My classic fragrances from my youth were Old Spice (father's scent), Obsession for Men (brief high school scent) and Tommy Hilfiger's original Tommy (scent from the 90's during my 20's good times era).

    Polo from its time was a respected scent and I see nothing wrong with pulling out the bottle from time to time and wearing it for the memories.
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    Default Re: Polo (1978) ~ Add it to the rotation? Does Polo deserve a spot in a small collection?

    I love this fragrance! It was my signature scent in high school (mid to late 80's). Which I believe was the Warner formulation. I'm especially enjoying the Cosmair formulation since the Warner is a little difficult to find. I have been seeking this gem online for a few days now. I have found three bottles all 2003 and earlier .

    My love for Esencia Loewe sparked my interest in this great fragrance again.
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