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If you want to smell like a 1970's City Stock-Broker, the Polo cologne is one of the best options you have. My dad, who consequentially was a stock broker in the late 70s & 80s wears this cologne. And has passed down this tradition to me as I got it for my 20th Birthday. I really enjoy the smell, as it is some what different to other, typical colognes.
The packaging is typical Ralph Lauren, simple but forward. The bottle is a lovely green bottle but nothing fancy. I must add that the spray toggle is rather large and therefore you end up spraying more than you want it. Also, it sprays a wide radius so be careful of your eyes. I think you need to be careful here because more often than not you spray more cologne than initially intended. This can be therefore expensive & also too overpowering.
I would definitely wear this cologne to work. It is long lasting, a pleasant smell that looms around the room. It stays in the clothes and doesn't wear off like other colognes that I have bought. Just spray a couple on before the day begins and you're sorted. It is a very distinguishable smell, as a lot of people have used it. It is very popular, especially in the City.
However, it is quite expensive in comparison to other forms of cologne. Obviously you can get it at Ralph Lauren, but I would go into Boots & see what offers they have on cologne. More often than not you can get this bottle for quite cheap. Avoid places like House of Fraser who charge extortionate prices.
To summarise, I believe that Polo is a perfect alternative to other colognes and suitable to wear during the day. The smell lingers for ages and is always seeping into your clothes, which is a lot better than other colognes. Its strong scent stays with you and therefore you don't have to 'top-up' your cologne as often as other colognes. It is famous and people will know what cologne you are wearing. I would recommend wearing this when you're working as it covers-up to possibile BO smell that you arm-pits may secrete.
I've got so many bottles of after-shaves and colognes sitting around gathering dust, that I sometimes think I could nip down to Downing Street and mask the bad smell that emanates from there on a daily basis...nah, now that I think about it, no-one's got that much!
Still, it's hardly surprising that I'm gifted the stuff on an all too regular basis, I've always been clean-shaven...ish. My son (the dang hippy), on the other hand, cultivates the Robinson Crusoe look. So why people would shower him in after-shave (not literally) is anyone's guess. Perhaps it's an easy gift that requires little thought?
Anyhoo, I 'borrowed' a small dash of RALPH LAUREN POLO BLUE from him the other day
You can't miss Polo Blue. It comes in a squat, squarish bottle of the deepest, bluest, royal blue you could imagine. And if that's not enough, there's a logo on the front depicting some guy on a horse brandishing a polo mallet. Polo Blue - simple.
"The freedom of the big, blue sky, the energy of the open waters, an invigorating blast of fresh air. Polo Ralph Lauren Blue is a new definition of casual elegance. Cool, fresh, warm spice."
The proof of the pudding is in the eating. It follows then, that the proof of the fragrance is in the sniffing...so let's slowly exhale, take a gentle sniff, and set those olfactory sensors to work.
The first thing I notice is that it's pretty strong. Not nasty, or overpowering, but far from subtle. It seems quite fruity - I'm not really sure, but I would suggest green fruit - assuming there is such a smell. Strange as it may seem, I think it does
have the smell of flowing water - y'know that smell you get from rushing water at the side of a river or stream? Not a dirty, smelly old river, I hasten to add, but a mountain stream. Or perhaps the smell of the forest after a summer shower.
Just a thought, but maybe it should be called 'Water polo'?!
The fragrance seems to fade quite quickly, although not completely. I would say that from an almost overwhelming wet and green fragrance, it turned a little more gentle. A touch of citrus and a herbal, spicy feeling was what I was left with.
Although it faded a little as the day wore on, it actually lasted quite well and Mrs P could still notice it later that evening.
HE ALSO SAYS:
"A crystal blue sensation, in a lighter concentration of fragrance. Contains allantoin to help soothe and protect just-shaved skin. Can be used as an allover body splash."
So, it smells not too bad. But what about the claim that the allantoin protects and soothes?
Well, I wondered what allantoin was exactly, and here's what I found out: "a crystalline oxidation product C4H6N4O3 of uric acid used to promote healing of local wounds and infections."
Hmm...so it's not just some made-up word to baffle us with science - it's a real word to baffle us with science. Incidentally, one of the main constituents of Guano is uric acid...makes you think.
But does it work? Does it sooth that raw, inflamed skin?
It's hard to tell. It nips, that's for sure. To be honest, I couldn't really say if it was any better or any worse that a zillion other after-shaves, I've yet to find one that soothed skin any better than ice-cold water.
As for using it as an allover body splash - I c
an only say, WHY? Although it's not exactly pungent, I would imagine that if you splashed this over your whole body, people would be running away from you with their eyes streaming, and you'd pickle everything within a 10m radius.
Surely they don't suggest doing that just so you'll use a lot more?
Nope. A quick splash on the shaven bits, and maybe a dab just below the belly-button (hey, you never know) is all that's required.
Price and availability?
You can find this everywhere but prices will vary enormously depending on whether you buy it duty-free, online, or on the high Street. RRP is around £30 for a 125ml bottle. Obviously, if you shop around, you can find it cheaper. On the other hand, you can just 'borrow' it from some sucke...um, generous person, and save yourself a whole pocketful of cash.
Thanks for reading
Oh yes, Gingaro does indeed stink. He smells of the sweet smell of Polo by Ralph Lauren and today, I’ll be giving my worldly-wise opinion on it. Having already reviewed the Polo Sport I thought today would be an appropriate time to review the earlier aftershave as Christmas is coming and I’m sure a few members out there still need a few idea’s of what to buy that special someone in their lives. Personally, I picked up my bottle of Polo from Bodycare for £19.99. Bargin! Polo can be purchased from Ralph Lauren stores (very expensive) Boots and from the House of Fraser. The packaging to Polo is styled in a very minimalist way and is a very pale green with a darker green stripe across the front. POLO is written in white letters across the front. Although very basic, it looks damn good sat on the counter and even better in the bathroom. On opening the packaging you are greeted with the usual notes and the actual bottle, emerald in colour with a gold metallic screw top. The bottle is wide but very thin and has a large Ralph Lauren logo on the front in gold. The actual notes to Polo state that this aftershave has been created to celebrate the tradition of the sporting lifestyle, blended with notes of wood, leather and tobacco to create a lasting, subtle smell that will have an enduring appeal. Well, the bit you’ve been waiting for! What’s it like? After shaving I took the glass bottle in hand and then proceeded to struggle with the lid, as my hands were still wet. I dried my hands and had another go. On removing the lid I was presented with a mixed aroma that was heavy, woody and very overpowering. There was a distinct leather smell, which didn’t do much for me at the time! As the smell was noticeable when just removing the lid I only applied a tiny amount of the aftershave. As soon as it had hit my skin the smell changed quite dramatically. The overpowering heavy
smell disappeared and softer woody tones could be smelt. The revolting smell of leather became more and more subdued the longer I wore the aftershave. Unlike the Polo Sport, Polo does not have a sweet citrus smell and that’s the only reason I do not wear this fragrance when I go out in the evenings. It is similar in nature and in some ways smell to Fahrenheit. It will get you noticed in the street, but in a club or bar, this isn’t the aftershave that will have the ladies flocking to sniff your neck! Don’t get me wrong, this aftershave has a distinctive, lovely smell, but it is more for daytime wear and meals with the “in-laws” in my opinion. Not a "pulling" fragrance and for this the aftershave is going to lose a star! Would I buy it again? Yes and I would recommend this aftershave to all who require it. It isn’t too expensive, it has a large bottle, it’s long lasting and the smell is still evident after 10 hours. My only gripe about Polo is the actual design of the bottle. It does look amazing, but it is a bitch to keep hold of if your hands are wet and I frequently find myself dropping it! RECOMMENDED Further information on Ralph Lauren products can be found at www.polo.com and the actual product can be purchased online from www.dutyfreeperfume.co.uk. Thanks for taking the time to read and rate. Steve
I received a 50ml bottle of CK Be on my birthday from my girlfriend. I opened the little black box to reveal the smooth textured bottle from which I poured a few drops onto my hand. My nose was greeted by an aroma of fruity flowers with a pleasant woody smell, which would appeal to both a man or woman. The smell is not so strong it will leave you gasping for fresh air, nor will it leave you smelling nothing but fresh air - The strength is just above average and will pleasure your nostrils for a good 5 hours or so. I am very conscientious when it comes to expensive aftershave. I hate to see any expensive fragrance being wasted, and I knew one day I would foolishly tilt the bottle to an extreme obtuse angle and waste half of it, so I chose to fit the spray adaptor which was contained within the box. It was only after fitting this little device I realised that the bottle would no longer fit in it?s box. Being a proud owner of such an aftershave I intended to show it off amongst my collection of other fragrances which were nested comfortably in their boxes on my cabinet. My now Ck Be stands proudly amongst my collection but with a half - open lid which frequently emits the sweet smelling aroma into my room. I can only describe the price of Ck Be as "reasonable". We all know that designer aftershave is very expensive, but you need to take this into consideration - A bottle of fragrance can last for months, on the basis that it is used moderately. Expect to pay around £22.00 for a 50ml bottle. Prices can vary greatly and there are good offers to be had in some stores, so shop around first. Ck Be would be a great addition to your fragrance collection. I personally use around 8 sprays per week before I go out in the evening and I expect my bottle to last at least another couple of months. The fragrance is suitable for all occasions and will enhance your sex appeal if you are a man, or a woman!
I had mentioned in one of my recent opinions, on Drakkar Noir, that I had received a gift box containing six minature perfumes. The set is sold by Prestige et Collections, Paris, France and they call it "Collection Homme", which basically translates into "The Men's Collection". The collection consists of: Armani Eau pour Homme by Giorgio Armani Acqua De Gio Eau de toilette by Giorgio Armani Polo Eau de toilette by Ralph Lauren Lanvin L'Homme Eau de toilette by Lanvin Drakkar Noir Eau de toilette by Guy Laroche Minotaure Eau de toilette by Paloma Picasso I have already written about Drakkar Noir and as mentioned, it used to be one of my favourites. As I also mentioned that I had almost finished half of the bottle at the time of writing that opinion. Well the bottle promptly finished one week later and I decided to try out another one from the collection. This was the "Polo" Eau de toilette by Ralph Lauren and thus the inspiration for this opinion. Lets have a look at the product first. Appearance ------------ The appearance is quite appealing. The bottle is a "bottle green" colour and rectangular in shape. The edges are subtly rounded to provided a very elegant looking bottle. The round, knob like, gold top add's to elegancy. The front of the bottle has a gold embossed picture of a horse mounted polo player, galloping with polo stick in hand. The Smell ---------- Well this is certainly an anti-climax to the Drakkar Noir that I so love and adore. The smell has a somewhat medicincal aroma to it, although once put on this is soon replaced with a more adaptable fragrance. The makers and fragrance pundits claims it to have a woody, green fragrance with citrus notes. Personally I'm not to sure about woody but citrus yes. I think a bit too much citrus, which may explain that medic
inal aroma. What this smells like, to me, is a very old fashioned scent. It smells very much like those relatively in-expensive fragrances that you get from the U.S.A. and other countries not noted for their excellence in fragrances, as compared to France. It totally lacks appeal and has a more deodorant type of essence to it. Some people probably may find this type of fragrance to their liking but I can confidentally say that this is not for the new generation. It is something out of history that somewhat doesn't fit in this day and age. The name Polo certainly is in reference to the sport of Polo and the fact that Polo is one of those sports with a very long history and one that reaches only a few in society, probably has something to do with the reason why it as been graced with this name. The Price ---------- For those of you who have read my previous opinions on fragrances you may be aware that I never purchase anything here in the U.K. This is primarily due to the cost factor. Since I travel frequently I have the advantage of picking up fragrances, spirits and cigarrettes at the Duty Free either at the airport of departure or in transit at Schipol Airport in Amsterdam. I therefore have no personal experience of the price that this is being sold over here and since I have never had any intention of purchasing it, I cannot provide even the Duty Free price. However for the purpose of being objective I have visited a few sites to try and provide you with some price information for those would be buyers. The Eau de toilette comes in two sizes of 2 oz. (59ml) and 4 oz. (118ml). The 2 oz. bottles retails for between £20.00 to £25.00. This is another negative factor against this fragrance. It costs even more than many other leading and better smelling French brands. My Conclusion ---------------- I personally doubt that a majority of people would have any inclination of
using this fragrance. Not only is the smell one that lacks ingenuity but also the bottle has a little too much elegance and looks too old fashioned. Sure it looks quite classy but eludes a rather "I'm Too Good For You Look" or "I'm Not For You Look". The makers have produced a fragrance and presentation that looks out of reach for a bulk of would be buyers. Looks like this one will remain almost untouched, in my little gift box, as today would probably have been the last time I ever use it. Finally I wish to mention that Ralph Lauren are a very reputable company and have indeed quite a good range of fragrances, for both men and women. This unfortunately is not one of them. Look out for my next one on Acqua Di Gio by Geogio Armani.