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    Default Another Polo Cosmair thread (!)

    I've been sniffing around the forums and I see some don't mind the newest form of Polo.
    Is Cosmair version really miles above? Does it still hold its top after age?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ifti View Post
    I've been sniffing around the forums and I see some don't mind the newest form of Polo.
    Is Cosmair version really miles above? Does it still hold its top after age?
    Lol, I do appreciate the self-awareness of the thread title.

    There is some debate over just what ingredients got regulated out of Polo over the years. Some say oakmoss, others say the now banned oakmoss synthetic Lyral, some say the birch tar, some say styrax, some say it's all those things! Even the patchouli, which is not subject to any regulations, may have been downgraded to a lower grade distillate with a lower patchoulol content according to user Manuel who is a perfumer himself.

    At any rate I find the differences pretty drastic, and it doesn't help matters that the "newest form of Polo" is actually only a year or two old - it was reformulated again recently and now lists no treemoss, let alone oakmoss. These most recent ones I've found to be the furthest yet from the Cosmair version which is heavier, smokier with more tar and moss.

    As for your question about top notes - I own 3 Cosmair bottles; two have great top notes and one (my oldest) is a dud, so I would advise looking for 4 to 5 digit batch codes which will keep you in the late 90s / early 2000s era of Cosmair. Good luck!
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    I think there is. I think on the newer stuff you could be fooled in the top notes, it falls apart pretty quickly.
    Imagine the Cosmair forest, now pluck out the green furns and tree lichen. Replace with plastic plants.
    There you go! Thats my interpretation of the new stuff, obtusely.
    Its more of a woody amber now that blends in well with the rest of the crap on the counters at department stores. A shame.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pauer_Haus View Post
    Lol, I do appreciate the self-awareness of the thread title.

    There is some debate over just what ingredients got regulated out of Polo over the years. Some say oakmoss, others say the now banned oakmoss synthetic Lyral, some say the birch tar, some say styrax, some say it's all those things! Even the patchouli, which is not subject to any regulations, may have been downgraded to a lower grade distillate with a lower patchoulol content according to user Manuel who is a perfumer himself.

    At any rate I find the differences pretty drastic, and it doesn't help matters that the "newest form of Polo" is actually only a year or two old - it was reformulated again recently and now lists no treemoss, let alone oakmoss. These most recent ones I've found to be the furthest yet from the Cosmair version which is heavier, smokier with more tar and moss.

    As for your question about top notes - I own 3 Cosmair bottles; two have great top notes and one (my oldest) is a dud, so I would advise looking for 4 to 5 digit batch codes which will keep you in the late 90s / early 2000s era of Cosmair. Good luck!
    Did you get yours from ebay? I love Polo but haven't smelled the Cosmair version since my brother had some when I was a teenager. I'm thinking about tracking down a bottle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pauer_Haus View Post
    As for your question about top notes - I own 3 Cosmair bottles; two have great top notes and one (my oldest) is a dud, so I would advise looking for 4 to 5 digit batch codes which will keep you in the late 90s / early 2000s era of Cosmair. Good luck!
    Ha! Cheers for that- good to know.
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    I get the feeling that people may have only smelled the current version and be content with it, but haven't smelled how much better vintage versions are. I know I myself was one of these people. I used to hate Polo, and then one day, tried it again, and loved it. Loved it enough to wanna see what the fuss about vintage stuff was all about. found a decent price on a Cosmair bottle, pulled the trigger, and blown away. It's honestly one of the best GREEN fragrances I ever smelled. Like Mega says, the openings are convincing. The current stuff smells like a cheaper version of the vintage in the opening, but after that, it falls apart. Though it only really falls apart when you compare it to what it once was. If you try current Polo today as is, and you already have an appreciation for old school frags, like 70s and 80s era, then you will like it.

    Basically, in a nutshell, start with the current Polo. If you like it enough to wanna try its best version of itself, then seek out the vintage. You won't regret it.
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    Yes, it’s miles above. It ages as good as any fragrance I’ve ever known.

    And if you look around, you can find bottles for like $20.

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    Itís been said many many times... Vintage is better. Does that mean people will hate the new stuff? Not necessarily. But Vintage is still better. Way better. And for all the reasons mentioned. For some people, Cosmair is their favorite version. For others itís just as good as Warner versions. I personally like Warner versions the best, but thatís simply because I prefer the more rich and dense tobacco in its presentation. But I love my Cosmair bottle as well. I gave away a bottle of the current version. As a matter of fact, I prefer the Classic Match bargain bin version of Polo over its latest formulation.
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    Own a bottle of the Cosmair version. Smelled the newer version as well. The Cosmair version is your better route IMO.
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    Quote Originally Posted by the_cologneist View Post
    . I used to hate polo, and then one day, tried it again, and loved it. Loved it enough to wanna see what the fuss about vintage stuff was all about. R
    this !
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    How does the aftershave version compare with the EDT of Cosmair?
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    What avenues are there besides ebay? Eventually, I want to get my hand on a vintage bottle or two.
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    Default Re: Another Polo Cosmair thread (!)

    Quote Originally Posted by Ifti View Post
    How does the aftershave version compare with the EDT of Cosmair?
    Are you asking how the current aftershave compares to Cosmair?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Diddy View Post
    Are you asking how the current aftershave compares to Cosmair?
    Sorry should have clarified, my bad. But now you say that, I'm thinking -
    1. Cosmair A/S vs current EDT
    2. Cosmair A/S vs Cosmair EDT
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ifti View Post
    Sorry should have clarified, my bad. But now you say that, I'm thinking -
    1. Cosmair A/S vs current EDT
    2. Cosmair A/S vs Cosmair EDT
    Thanks for the clarification.

    Iíll simplify the answer this way: Vintage is better than current.

    Even though people may enjoy the current version of Polo, all vintage versions (in any concentration) smell better than the current production. And for the many reasons already listed, in the numerous threads. The older aftershaves perform like an EDT but donít have the longevity of an EDT and yet they still smell better.

    Thereís no new discovery here really. Cosmair versions are still plentiful enough and able to be found at prices at or even less than the price of the current version. (Just saw multiple Cosmair spray versions on the bay for less than $45usd) Warner versions pop up frequently, and sometimes are available at prices I feel are good. Anyone interested should simply look until they find a vintage version at a price theyíre comfortable with and then get it. The resale or swap value still is decent on this fragrance, as people are still interested in it. There are 888 reviews for it on Basenotes. This is not a risky fragrance. All the typical purchasing general rules apply. And remember to seek sprays first, over splashes, as they typically hold notes together better. There are at least 2 really good threads in the vintage section regarding Polo that can steer people to the version they may be interest in, and many others that give general opinions. In the end, individuals will need to smell and decide what they prefer. Go get one of them bottles.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Diddy View Post
    Go get one of them bottles.
    Gotta get that jooooos
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