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Safari (1990)
by Ralph Lauren


Safari information

Year of Launch1990
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 212 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

She is a wealthy,independent womam who wears crisp,white blouse and shirt,pith helmet and wide-brimmed safari hat,knee-high boots.but her elegant attires also include romantic linens in ivory and white,which suggest her other side.the clothes ptoject her free-spirited,indepent personality.she comes to colonial kenya to get married and ensure a noble tittle.she is Meryl Streep on Out of Africa that's simply a masterpiece of cinematic art.

In a word,Timeless.this fragrance sends the wearer into another world.such a fantastic chypre speaks of wealth, elegance,warmth and class. beautiful floral burst of top notes rich yet lightweight, effervescent,wonderfully radiant blossom,vetiver, sandalwood and amber seem to be most dominant.galbanum takes over gradually,creating a bittersweet accord.the dry down is an amazing woody&earthy that would be the end days of summer and the begining of of those smells that will keep surprising you day by can be retro-classic-lady,can be french chic student,can be woman whos man invited her to opera.heavenly bliss in a bottle.
07th January, 2021
With its yellow fruity head, Safari took up where Giorgio's twelve foot canary left off.

It goes on a long slow journey:
hologram pineapple merges with hard khaki,
this blends with a pink milky-sweet floral,
and 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, washed out by the mid-day sun : Noon
• Pink floral : Sunset
• 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 overstuffed sins of eighties perfumery, this fruity green chypre brought it back to the classical tradition with 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 to perfume nerds, an important work.

On the other hand, it's still pretty good if you want to smell nice.


Vintage mini, no box
12th September, 2019 (last edited: 19th May, 2021)
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)

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