Review: POLO Red Extreme
fragrance from Ralph Lauren was sent to me complimentary from Influenster
testing purposes. I happily gave it to Ryan to try out, and I gave it a month before writing this review--I really wanted
to give Polo Red Extreme proper time to fairly test. If you're interested in
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With that said, here are 5 things I like about the new
fragrance (and 1 thing I don't).
Matte finish &
sleek, feels good to hold
sturdy, & flat top easier to hold in hand. Ryan and I also like how we're
able to control how much of the fragrance to use because it's not a spray.
Sometimes, you don't want to push out too much, but you have no option but to
do a full pump. With a twist off cap, you can decide to use a bit or a bit
more. It's nice to have the control option. I'm not sure if this bottle is the
version they are looking to bring to market exactly, but I hope they keep the
top like this.
I was surprised
and impressed. I'm also sensitive to smells, so I take this seriously.
Demure, sophisticated, complex.
overpowering. The blood orange and black coffee essence together give it a
sense of complexity that smells harmonious together--not fighting for
Ryan has put this
on, taken the bus in to campus to lecture, come back home at the end of the day, and I can hug him and still smell it on him. It's not overbearing, but
it's still distinct. Polo Red isn't begging for attention, but it's confident
in its own quiet way (hey, sounds like a fragrance version of Ryan!). It seems
to last all day and into our dinner + cocktails hours (we eat around 8-10 PM),
which is also nice because the scent is
appropriate for a day to night transition.
5.) That I can wear it
I love men's
things…colognes, undies, socks, ties, menswear, shoes, deodorant, bodywash,
etc. If you know me, you know that if I like something, I buy it. I don't care
if it's under a specific gender category--it's
all marketing, anyway.
gravitate more towards men fragrances for myself because I like muskiness &
something woodsy, but not to the point where it tickles my nose or seems
generic. Polo Red Extreme smells unique. And
again, it's not obnoxious in intensity. When I try to compare it with
something similar, it's pretty much its own because it's strong but not
Since I know
people (myself included) like to have some
sort of benchmark to compare things with, I'll give you an idea of what I
like--I really like Hermes' Terre d'Hermes. Red Extreme seems calmer, more
muted in intensity; the citrus in Ralph Lauren's fragrance is blood orange, so
it's already a little different. That sophisticated citrus is balanced out by
black coffee and black ebony wood.
If I like the fragrance on Ryan,
chances are I'll like it on myself, too!
I would call those
some pretty legit 5 things to know when buying a new fragrance, wouldn't you?
Now that we've
covered a pretty thorough break down of Ralph Lauren's Polo Red Extreme men's
Is there anything I *don't* like about Polo Red
Yes, the name.
Polo "Red Extreme" just doesn't suit how
sophisticated the scent is. The name makes me expect some dingy Axe body
spray and Jaeger bombs, not enjoying a scotch in their sophisticated café (the
namesake chic Ralph Lauren American Restaurant, Ralph's Restaurant, in Paris' 6ème).
If the ideal
target audience is beyond 27 years-old, I'd recommend a different (less
Did testing Polo Red Extreme change my perception of
I wouldn't have
purchased this fragrance before, but I'm more likely to buy it now (talk about
marketing goals, right?).
I probably would
have chosen something else for Ryan as a gift, but now I like how this smells on him.
anything else you'd like Ryan and me to test/review, let us know!
Let me know what you think in the comments!