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Safari (1990)
by Ralph Lauren


Safari information

Year of Launch1990
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 211 votes)

People and companies

HouseRalph Lauren
PerfumerDominique Ropion
PackagingBen Kotyuk
Parent CompanyL'Oréal Group > Prestige & Collections

About Safari

Safari is a feminine perfume by Ralph Lauren. The scent was launched in 1990 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Dominique Ropion. The bottle was designed by Ben Kotyuk

Reviews of Safari

With its yellow fruity head note, Safari took up where Giorgio's twelve foot canary left off.

It goes on a long slow journey where hologram pineapple merges with hard khaki; which blends into a milky-sweet pink floral, and then later develops a chypre base.

All this may sound a bit arbitrary, but look at it this way and a pattern seems to emerge:

• Golden yellow : Sunrise
• Green - muted by strong sunlight : Noon
• Pink floral : Sunset
• Dark brown chypre : Dusk

In the light of the nudges supplied by the name and the Out of Africa style adverts, it looks like Safari is describing a daytrip into the bush. If so, this would make it one of a small number of narrative perfumes.

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Although the nineties were the age of the aquatic, that was historically an abberation. While everyone was going watery to wash away the sins of eighties perfumery, this fruity green chypre was bringing it back to the classical tradition using quotes from Vent Vert, Femme and to some extent No5.

For the way it swam against the tide and asserted the values of classical perfumery in the face of what would become a decade marked by puritanism, Safari is historically, an important perfume.

But on the other hand, it's still pretty good today if you just want to smell nice.


Vintage mini, no box
12th September, 2019 (last edited: 13th September, 2019)
Bold and "retro". Big opening notes of orange, marigold, Mandarin, galbanum, and narcissus. Then, some hyacinth. Safari is complex, for the most part. The first few moments almost resemble aldehydes, for me. The middle notes are as well-blended as the top. I can pick out jasmine and rose when deeply inhaled. The middle is slightly more bitter. Galbanum lingers here.

The base reveals sandalwood, amber, patchouli, and a touch of cedar. Overall this fragrance is a Big fragrance. It is assertive - not for wallflowers. I'm glad I got to try this, thanks to a fellow b-noter.
10th November, 2018
Did you ever wish your Givenchy III had a more floral heart and warmer base?

I didn't, but I wound up loving Safari anyway.

I'm congenitally opposed to big white florals and opulent scents in general, but somehow that overlay of green galbanum and aldehydes moves Safari into the more-ish column for me. Flowers with their green leaves and stems still attached. Autumnal, but not melancholy, and so well blended.

Just read Oviatt's review; totally accurate, and witty.

The rather kitschy bottle with its elaborately cut glass is a somewhat guilty pleasure for me, too. My 1989 vintage EDC bottle (4 ounces) has an unusual feature: a crystal stopper in its neck, like a parfum bottle. The only other EDT bottle I have with that feature is an old Dior Dune.
12th October, 2018
Back when this came out, I really, really wanted to like this, because I was a tad infatuated with the bottle, but that was before I learned to love galbanum, and never warmed to it.

25 years later, as a devoted green chypre freak, impulse-bought a tester, and now I'm having a wild love affair with it. Green chypre, but not with the austerity usually associated with that genre. This has added lushness, spice and sexiness.
18th July, 2015
Oviatt Show all reviews
United States
Safari has a huge number of notes which--in any hands but those of a master--could have been a disaster. Dominique Ropion's elegant green floral (eight floral notes listed!) has a warm, musky base. Like Safari for men, this is a modern scent masquerading in period costume (the men's reminds me of Givenchy Gentleman and this one could easily fit in with Givenchy III), trying to recreate a world that never existed. More than evoking a campsite in Kenya, this is a ladies who lunch sort of scent, but there is as much big game hunting going on in Manhattan's Upper East Side as there is in Nairobi. The smart huntress arms herself with the weapons best suited to bag her game, wherever she is. Muthaiga Club meets the 21 Club. Beautiful marketing.
10th July, 2015 (last edited: 13th February, 2018)
Safari is what might be considered a transitional fragrance from the big green florals of the past such as, say, Givenchy III, YSL Y, No.19 and the more restrained floral style of the late 90's. Overall a good galbanum / floral driven composition with enough body to not result exactly *clean* but already devoided of the massive animalic presence of some of its similarly themed ancestors.

Honestly, I'm not crazy about it but put this juice in any of those modern *uber-luxury* niche packagings and you'll see…

12th January, 2015

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