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Reviews of Romance by Ralph Lauren

Total Reviews: 49
This was my signature scent through college and beyond. This is described as a fruity floral which is not something I would gravitate towards. But the base notes are patchouli, oakmoss and musk which explains why I love this. I'm a chypre girl. this fragrance has more depth than most designer scents. It's a deeper floral than most which is why I enjoy it.
22nd July, 2020
A nostalgic thumbs up for me. I do tend to like young, light, flirty, "cheap" perfume on women. Guess that's my type, ha.

Smells thin and generic but mostly the same from the original version, which I was a big fan of back in the 90s. It feels like the current version is thinner than the original, but maybe I'm just romanticizing it. Good memories from this one.

This has very good projection during the first few hours. The drydown lasts for many hours afterward, maybe 10 total, and is just clean florals and musks, like nice soap. Also, this isn't too far from being unisex because of how clean it is, just my opinion. Well, that's not true, my wife agreed when I asked her if a guy could pull this off, so I'm not the only one.
06th February, 2020
rbaker Show all reviews
United Kingdom
A sweetish and fruity concoction, mainly lychee and a mild ginder accent, which in the drydown shifts to become mainly a floral composition.

The floral impressions in the heart notes are mainly freesia, lotus and violet, the latter being dominant on my skin and the most convincing detail in this mix

The base is a soft patchouli mixed with a woodsy undertone; all this is topped off by white musks. The middle phase and the base are very lackluster and thin on my skin.

I get moderate sillage, good projection and an excellent eight hours of longevity on my skin.

A spring scent that is very synthetic most if the time, and, apart form the violet contribution, overly generic. It performs quite well though, but overall is really not even mediocre. 1.75/5.
24th April, 2017
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A highly generic, highly chemical, fruity floral that morphs into a typical oceanic nonentity.

Not awful, but so common as to have minus twelve creativity or ingenuity about it.

The sort of scent that tells me to avoid those who like it as having no taste in scent at all.
22nd March, 2017
This is one of two perfumes I wear. Loving romance may come down to your body chemistry. It works for me, which is no small feat! (I even have to wear men's deodorant!)
The florals are intense at first, clean and soapy and fresh, but after the dry down the florals are quite nearly gone on me, and it's very warm and woodsy and... a little bit of a good leather smell? I wear it spring and summer, then switch for fall and winter. I'm always happy to pick it up again.
10th January, 2017
A nice, refreshing floral scent that doesn't smell too sweet or damp. Best for summers.
07th November, 2016
For a long time this was the signature scent of one of my girlfriends. I’d always loved how it smelled on her, but I never thought to buy it myself. But now this has been added to my stable, as my best mate gave me a bottle of this for my birthday recently ☺ Straight up, I get the lily, the ginger and the chamomile – an unusual combination, but rather nice. After an hour or so, I get the tiniest waft of violet with a hint of wood. This is mostly all flowers on me though, but not in a sickly way. It makes me think of a burying my nose in a big mixed bunch of flowers: the sweetness of the roses, the spicy-sweet carnations, the heady richness of the lilies, but with an underlying green note that cuts through the sweetness. This is such a fresh, clean, pretty fragrance. The weather is already warming up here, and I could see this working very well in summer, especially at the end of a long, hot day – you’d have a nice, cool shower, then spritz some of this on. I don’t know if it’s because it has been reformulated, or the way this reacted with her skin chemistry (or perhaps a bit of both) but I remember this being a bit more musky on my friend when she wore it. I think this would work well layered with something like Halloween Fever or BCBG Max Azria.
03rd October, 2016

A Modern creation destined to become a Classic as it will never go out of Style. ROMANCE is One of Those Fragrances that You do not get tired of wearing.A Light and Natural fragrance inspired by the Elements of Nature. Elegant,Sophisticated,Subtle,Floral, Chic,Soft,Romantic in a Gentle Way Without Seduce.

This feminine Scent possesses a blend of Delightful Flowers and Delicate Fruits as Makes it a Freshness and Luminous scent.This Scents Evoke the aroma of a Spring Garden and Inspired by the Idea of a Pure Love and Intimacy.

This Light and Everlasting Perfume stays with you where ever you go without Over powering.Lovely for Daytime Wear.It is Sophisticated enough for Evening wear too. Perfect for SPRINGTIME.Excellent for a BLITHE Character. Anyway if You are Sensitive to Strong and Heavy smells You can not go wrong with this one.


Longevity?Good on my skin.

15th May, 2015
Ralph Lauren Romance is the number 1000 aqueous-mineral musky floral with hints of lychee, light woods, ginger and citronellol/galaxolide. Lotus and freesia provide the "enchanted pond" fluidy romantic vibe while the rose-violet presence is silent and nostalgic in the middle of the angular muskiness. Extremely floral. Nothing disturbing (on the contrary the aroma is bright and graceful) but frankly I find it generic and untemperamental.
05th April, 2015
I first smell this perfume on a fellow course roommate during my 7 day office course in 2009. I thought it smells so pleasant! Reminds me of summer at the beach. Every time she spritz it, it instantly turn our hotel room into this summer air filled with flower scents!! I was lucky when I bought my first bottle cos it was on sale at Parkson and bought a set that comes a miniature and limited edition lotion. Went through a couple bottles of this since then and still LOVING IT! Women around me loved it. Men liked it as well. I adore this flowery, delightful scent. It is not overpowering yet smells wonderful all day! I feel great when I smell this perfume. I surely recommend it for all occasions.
09th May, 2014
Romance is a beautiful, clean scent, perfect for the girl, nay the woman-next-door.

The opening is crisp, clean and floral but not overly sweet. The carnation spiciness keeps things interesting. On dry down, it melts into something sweet but a little spicy, with a hint of musk to keep it from being too prim.

The scent conveys fresh white laundry blowing in the wind, walking barefoot on a windswept beach in early summer, or a casual but elegant backyard dinner party complete with a bouquet of flowers from the garden.

This fragrance is casual, but elegant. The woman who wears this is confident, but very comfortable in her skin. Like the brand it represents, it conveys classic American elegance. This would be a wonderful signature scent to adopt.
06th March, 2014
Inoffensive, but nothing special.

This is not as strongly divisive as some more famous perfumes, but even individuals can have a love/hate relationship with it. On one hand, it's good for all sorts of various situations, from office to evening (although you might want something less "ladylike" for a nightclub); on the other hand, it's ALWAYS there. Though there is little sillage, it lasts a while on clothes. Doesn't develop much, and there's not much depth here. Rather one-note. Traditional in the American sense: more T-shirt than tailored. The best recommendation for it is its versatility. The strongest vote against it is that, unless you really love it, you will get tired of it quickly. Definitely try this before you buy it!

Pros: Light, good for hot weather, all-purpose
Cons: Very divisive scent"

28th August, 2013
Ralph Lauren designs unique and great smelling fragrances. Romance is no exception to that rule. Romance is very pleasant blend of floral, ginger, and woodsy notes with a powdery finish. Romance is definitely a clean fresh showered fragrance that is pleasant and easy on the nose. The projection and sillage is above average, especially early on, with decent longevity - it will last all day on clothing and about six (6) hours on the skin. Not too shabby..!! Strangely enough, I have not received any compliments - the Wow Factor - wearing Romance, but I think it has potential. It may the only one of my favorite frags that I have not received compliments. You folks will have to trust me - the fragrance is pleasant and will be liked by your significant other. Sweetie gives Romance a thumbs up..

The bottle and packaging is first class - I love those clear bottles - this is nothing short of expectation from Ralph Lauren. While some people would suggest Romance is a spring or summer fragrance, I would pitch that Romance offers great flexibility/versatility that allows it be worn any time of year and for any occasion. What can I say - I am comfortable in my own skin..!!

One issue of concern is the price value. There is speculation that Romance has been discontinued, driving up the price. Currently, the Amazon rate is $75.00. I can't recommend at that rate, but if you can pick it up for $50.00, I definitely recommend adding to your collection.

Final scoring for Romance is 4.5 stars out of 5. Romance is a fantastic fragrance that gives the clean fresh showered feeling all day. If the price/value were better, I would score higher. Nonetheless, Romance still ranks in my Top 10. You can change the world - make a contribution...
30th January, 2013
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It has a strange MO. It starts out bright, floral and luscious in a fresh sort of way, but then rather than deepening into warmer, broader and more muted notes it thins out and sours. Remind you of anything?
30th December, 2012
Too light. Not enough florals. Too similar to many things offered these days. But then again, it's from 1991, who's to expect ingenuity? A man could wear this without too much suspicion.
18th December, 2012
Cyn Show all reviews
United States
I am not liking this scent at all. It smells awful. Kind of masculine and greasy.
25th November, 2012
The opening reminds me of Pleasures by Estee Lauder and it actually reminds me of Pleasures , in total but perhaps more floral.
I quite like this one !
28th June, 2012
I first smelled this on my sister in law and loved it. It's a very nice floral with a hint of rose, but it doesn't last long at all. After about thirty minutes, I can hardly smell it. I wouldn't give it away, but I don't wear it often just because of that.
26th December, 2011
I bought this because I needed a floral. I've worn it 2 or 3 times now. I feel like I'm wearing a man's scent but I can't figure out which one. Sort of wish I hasn't bought this.

It reminds me of Elizabeth Arden Splendor, which came out the same year, only this just isn't as nice.

it's not bad. it's okay. It's just not real good.
24th June, 2011
Romance is a pleasant, clean-smelling fruity floral, yet it is a little too soapy for my liking.

It tends to have that generic shampoo type scent, which although refreshing and no doubt attractive to the opposite sex, I feel that it has been done and re-done in fragrances way too many times.

Do I feel that Romance is a romantic fragrance? No, not really. A romantic scent in my opinion is something that smells intense, passionate and warm. Romance is more likely to make one feel conservative and reserved.

While Ralph Lauren does tend to produce some lovely and incredibly popular fruity floral scents, I feel that they've played it safe with this one.

However, I must add that Romance has great sillage and lasting power. Had it been given another name and been promoted as a bright, refreshing and Spring-like scent, I may have liked this fragrance a little better. Unfortunately, Romance has left me disappointed and underwhelmed.

04th June, 2011
It's making me really nauseous.

I need to sell this bottle as soon as possible. Any takers?
18th April, 2011
This is kind of a mess. I shudder every time I read the advertising on a bottle that says, "floral chypre." People who make the perfumes sold in department stores don't know what Chypre is anymore. This is the same type of sour, peppery, dry mess that dominates that phony genre. Extremely synthetic, unpleasant, and without a redeeming drydown. There isn't any real patchouli in this (or I would like it better) only chemical woody smells. Undertones of acidic, rosy barf.
08th February, 2011
I bought a set yesterday and in the Indian heat a full-on aftershave splash plus half a dozen sprays on my body and yet... nothing, nada, zilch.

Take a pass on this one folks.
25th May, 2010
It's not bad. My two friends did not like it though. I sort of did. To describe it, I would say it's sort of manly.. almost like it should be a cologne but it still retains a hint of femininity. So I wouldn't get it, unless I was a manly female.. which I am not.

note: I only smelled this through a tester strip, I am not sure it matters but I feel like its important information :).
18th March, 2010
Tony T Show all reviews
United States
spicy/floral and synthetic. original at last but i will take romance silver over this anyday.
23rd February, 2010
I just have to add my voice to the throng. On me, this smells like lotion. I mean that completely -- the way that a lotion has the undertones of the chemicals and stuff that are there to moisturize, the stuff that the fragrance is there to mask? So it smells like THAT. Not a perfume at all. It's not horrible, but it's not anything I'd spend money on. In fact, I think I'll trade away my sample.
19th December, 2009
Let me start by saying something totally contradictory: This is one of my most favorite perfumes that I own (if not THE most favorite), but after a few hours it turns mega stinky on me.

I really like how this smells when I first spray it on: Slightly floral, slightly fruity, and slightly spicy. I find it appropriate for day wear, evening wear, special occassions, and grocery shopping. I think it smells young, but not immature.

Unfortunately it contains patchouli, and I guess patchouli doesn't work well with my skin chemistry because every perfume I own that contains it ends up making me smell exactly like sweaty, dirty gravel. It gives me vivid flashbacks of playing on my elementary school's playground. Luckily the top and middle notes more than make up for it and doesn't really change my opinion of it.
08th November, 2009
My wife got this a few years ago and I don't like it at all compared to the mens in which I got around the same time. Ive tried some on today & the base reminds me of when I was a kid running around wal mart's pet department after school while my mom was working in toys. The lady that worked in pets must have worn something similar from that era (like 1987-88') reminds me of her. She was in her 50s then. I'll stay neutral on it since I enjoyed my time in the pet dept. lol.
03rd November, 2009
I agree that this is an ordinary sort of fragrance. This was another one that was given to me as a tester at its debut, when I worked in a mall, and all the girls tried it. On most, it came out as a nice, though slightly synthetic fragrance, and on me it was tolerably floral but faded quickly. On all, however, it was well-blended, which I admire.
One girl, however, started working with me a few weeks later, and I was surprised to hear that her lovely fragrance was none other than RL's Romance. It was soft, and feminine, alluring without being especially sexy. A ladlylike perfume, that wafted off of her, and I envied her ability to make it turn out so nicely.
24th September, 2009
It is a nice clean floral but it is an "oridinary" fragrance to me. Romance is a feminine fragrance but it is missing something...the notes stay the same and it is one demensional (at least on me). I wear it on occasion but it is not my first choice. It strong at first but doesn't last very long on my skin, about 20 minutes and then a very faint trail of the perfume remains. For me it's neutral because it's nice but nothing special.
07th January, 2009