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

    Is the original Polo worthy of a spot in a small collection of fragrances?

    Is Polo the most clasic early 1980's fragrance? Was it popular? Is there a better choice to represent 1980-1985 for a popular fragrance?

    Should I spend $50 on a 2 ounce bottle, $70 on a 4 ounce bottle, or should I save the money for another fragrance?

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

    Is the original Polo worthy of a spot in a small collection of fragrances?

    Is Polo the most clasic early 1980's fragrance? Was it popular? Is there a better choice to represent 1980-1985 for a popular fragrance?

    Should I spend $50 on a 2 ounce bottle, $70 on a 4 ounce bottle, or should I save the money for another fragrance?

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

    Just my opinion - No.

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

    It's a classic and a good one to add to your collection if you like frags from the 70's/80's. It is not as good as it was in it's day due to reformulation and it has gained a bad rep through the years due to people over applying it.

    I would also look into Fahrenheit as that has faired better over the years.
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    Default Re: Polo (1978) ~ Add it to the rotation? Does Polo deserve a spot in a small collection?

    It's all accorning to your tastes. I'd get Terre d'Hermes EDT if I were you (if you don't already have it). It's a more modern selection. Burberry London also might fit your tastes if you like Polo. Tom Ford Italian Cypress is excellent but outrageously expensive.
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    Default Re: Polo (1978) ~ Add it to the rotation? Does Polo deserve a spot in a small collection?

    Have you put your nose on any of it?

    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?

    If your goal had been to gather a large collection with "coverage" of many different genres of scents, then I could agree with including Polo in it. But as your collection is small, you should only get it (or any other scent, for that matter) if you really, really like it, and can see yourself using it frequently.

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

    I wouldn't add any Polo to my wardrobe...

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

    IMO no unless you really like it and you know you'll be wearing it (in which case you wouldnt be asking). But I wouldn't do it just to feel my collection is complete.

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

    Where to begin.....Yes it is a classic, one of the ones that started this whole thing we all love so much. Yes it should be in most mens collections over 30+ in age. Now the bad part, new formula isn't near as good as original. That being said new Polo still smells way better than most of the new fresh/aqua/teenie scents that are flooding the market. Check ebay for a better buy on a bottle than the prices you mentioned. Or for that matter if you like more "old school" style scents try Safari by Ralph Lauren, very nice, very mature, and less worn than Polo, although I have met alot of young people who have never smelled Polo, so it may be unique when worn in certain circles.

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

    A better, cleaner powerhouse/masculine scent from that era would be VanCleef & Arpels pour homme.
    But Polo original (green) is pretty good too. I have a current formulation of this that seems to have a somewhat different scent and lacks the longevity of the old stuff, but maybe I need to test it some more.
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    Default Re: Polo (1978) ~ Add it to the rotation? Does Polo deserve a spot in a small collection?

    I remember this being popular when I was a wee lad. My dad had it at some point. I tried it, and remember cringing at the opening but liking the dry down. It definitely smells of the 80s, but it's been a while since I smelled it, so I can't be too specific.

    For the price ranges you propose, I'd get something else. Looking at the scents released that year, Azzaro pour Homme would be another hugely popular one to consider- cheaper, too.
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    Default Re: Polo (1978) ~ Add it to the rotation? Does Polo deserve a spot in a small collection?

    it's a very good fragrance, if you can appreciate old school tastes and dont mind smelling like peoples dads

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    Quote Originally Posted by protector View Post
    If your goal had been to gather a large collection with "coverage" of many different genres of scents, then I could agree with including Polo in it. But as your collection is small, you should only get it (or any other scent, for that matter) if you really, really like it, and can see yourself using it frequently.
    Spot on. I used it (vintage) occasionally over the years, but would not make it part of a small
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    Default Re: Polo (1978) ~ Add it to the rotation? Does Polo deserve a spot in a small collection?

    The vintage original Polo is an exceptionally great fragrance that should be in every man's wardrobe, large or small. Just make sure it is the vintage juice.
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    Default Re: Polo (1978) ~ Add it to the rotation? Does Polo deserve a spot in a small collection?

    No doubt!

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

    Yes. And add Polo Double Black to it also.

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

    There is that little question of whether you would actually like to wear it. Having something classic "of an era" sitting on a shelf unused and unloved is not the proper fate of any self-respecting fragrance. I enjoyed it, still kinda do, but no longer wear it. Yes, I'm ancient. It was very popular in the 80's, so if you are trying to set up a fragrance "greatest hits" collection, it should probably be there. If you're not sure how much you love it, opt for the smaller bottle.

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

    IMO there should be a spot in just about every male wardrobe and a lot of female wardrobes for Polo.
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    Default Re: Polo (1978) ~ Add it to the rotation? Does Polo deserve a spot in a small collection?

    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.

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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 smellgood4u View Post
    Is the original Polo worthy of a spot in a small collection of fragrances?

    Is Polo the most clasic early 1980's fragrance? Was it popular? Is there a better choice to represent 1980-1985 for a popular fragrance?

    Should I spend $50 on a 2 ounce bottle, $70 on a 4 ounce bottle, or should I save the money for another fragrance?
    Yes. Maybe. Yes. I don't think so. Yes, yes, no.
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    It's a nice preppy scent. Mind you it's difficult to wear due to its strong nature. With modest application, wearing it outdoors is a real treat.
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    The original formula is probably in my Top 3 all time. Along with GIT and Kouros.
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    Default Re: Polo (1978) ~ Add it to the rotation? Does Polo deserve a spot in a small collection?

    I'm generally going to agree with what most people here are saying. Get your nose round it and decide for yourself whether you like it enough to buy - it's on sale at so many outlets that it can't be hard to find somewhere to sniff it.

    Personally, I don't like it enough to buy it - it's ok, but it doesn't grab me. But I definitely would not recommend a blind purchase, especially not for a "small" wardrobe. (But then, I have no idea what "small" means to you - my collection of 30-something fragrances is excessively large to some of my friends, but tiny compared to some I've seen here at basenotes )

    If you were to record your actual wardrobe here, it would let others get some idea of what kind of things you like, and we would be able to help you more with questions like this.
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    Default Re: Polo (1978) ~ Add it to the rotation? Does Polo deserve a spot in a small collection?

    If you can find the vintage Polo, then I would say go for it because it is much different than today's Polo. Otherwise, wait and add something else. I believe Jack Hunter mentioned Fahrenheit. I would recommend Fahrenheit Absolute as it's darker and more intriguing.
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    Default Re: Polo (1978) ~ Add it to the rotation? Does Polo deserve a spot in a small collection?

    I quite like it, but wouldn't include it in my arsenal if I were trying to keep my collection small since I wouldn't use it enough. However, you should give it a sampling and see if it works for you.

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

    I think you need at least one 1980s powerhouse in the rotation.

    Other good choices with a similar Polo green vibe would be Giorgio for Men and Aramis Havana.

    All three are deadly if overapplied.

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    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.
    Your nostrils, which will dilate immesurably in unspeakable contentment, in motionless ecstasy, will ask nothing better for space, for they will be full of fragrance, as if perfumes and incense; for they will be glutted with complete happiness, like angels who dwell in the peace and magnificence of pleasent heaven.
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    Default Re: Polo (1978) ~ Add it to the rotation? Does Polo deserve a spot in a small collection?

    IMO-No. Save your money for another fragrance.

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

    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.
    Your nostrils, which will dilate immesurably in unspeakable contentment, in motionless ecstasy, will ask nothing better for space, for they will be full of fragrance, as if perfumes and incense; for they will be glutted with complete happiness, like angels who dwell in the peace and magnificence of pleasent heaven.
    (From Maldoror by Comte de Lautreamont)

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