Here we have one of the most gorgeous man chypres of all time. The fragrance was nothing innovative to me when I first wore it. Polo reminds me of other big green scents like Tsar by Van Cleef & Arpels my personal favorite "green". Ralph Lauren is a good old American label and it's good to have a superb fragrance that is not coming out of Europe. When you wear it you're transported into the Catskills in the spring time, or the woods and hills of West Virginia and the Poconos in Pennsylvania. This is an outdoorsy scent of green notes, florals, woods, animalic musk, tobacco, patchouli, vetiver, and pine needles. The pine note in particular stands out and matches up with that patchouli. Polo is like a man who has been living in the woods and mountains his whole life, and knows no other smell but that of pine. So if you like green chypres for men, this is a masterpiece.
It opens with bergamot orange citrus, not too strong, just fresh and aromatic, like getting a whiff of a mountain's natural aroma when you first arrive in the countryside. Reminds me of the opening to a lot of similar green scents like Coty's Aspen and Green Irish Tweed. There's artemisia, basil, coriander, and some light florals of which the geranium is most noticeable to me. There is also a jasmine and carnation which far from smelling feminine, even with a note of rose, is like spiced up flowers that have a sweet air. The sweetness is also present in the juniper berry note. But overall, the opening is spicy with caraway and pepper and that fresh citrus, providing the top notes with a good powerful prelude to the rest of the cologne's music.
The rest of it is not as floral as it is green and woodsy with cedar wood, patchouli, leather and musk, tobacco leaves, and vetiver. This is the heart of the fragrance. It has a mature connotation, as if only your father or grandfather can pull it off, but if you're in you're late 20's and in your 30's, and you're a guy who wears tuxedos business suits and have a business of your own, you're a professional working in the city - lawyer, doctor, corporate executive, government official, and so on and so on, this is the kind of cologne that suits your suits! The thing about Polo is that it seems to be a throwback to those woodsy colognes for men from the 1940's and 1950's. It has a powerful executive aroma, a mélange of tobacco leaves/smoke from a pipe, along with musk, woods and patchouli, classic green vetiver and leather, at a base that supports citrus, artemisia, spices and a manly carnation.
Very sophisticated and perhaps, unfortunately, a fragrance that would not be appreciated by today's young man in casual wear who wears lighter stuff to go through their day. This is a long lasting all day long scent for the man who has a career, mouths to feed, and executive decisions to make. As a classic, it evokes classic males from Old Hollywood like Clark Gable, Cary Grant, James Stewart, Fred Astaire or even the likes of Jeff Chandler. This fragrance describes a tall dark and handsome man in a suit, although it has enough of that outdoorsy scent to suit a mountain man or lumberjack. It has a dual persona. A CEO executive who likes to go camping when on vacation. This is a very well crafted scent from start to finish and by far the best of any of the Ralph Lauren fragrances for men other than my other favorite Safari which is equally as outdoorsy but hotter and more aggressive than this soothing scent of green peace.