Which of the Ralph Lauren Polo Blue range is your favourite?This time on Ellie Smells, I'm reviewing the New Ultra Blue from Ralph Lauren and comparing it to the Polo Blue EDP.
Really looking forward to the latest release from Ralph Lauren but first a little bit about the man himself as I often get asked who is Ralph Lauren?
Born in 1939 in the Bronx, New York. After four years in the US Army, he became a salesman firstly for a glove manufacturer, then to a tie manufacturer. In 1967, he started the Ralph Lauren Corporation, designing his own fashionwear which was available exclusively at Bloomingdales, before opening his own store in 1986. The American Dream come true.
The Polo Ultra Blue was launched in February 2018. The bottle reminds me a little of a hip flask. The sides are a cobalt blue in colour, the main part is a transparent light blue shade with the Polo logo to the front. (An interesting fact, the Polo logo is the second most recognised logo in the world after Coca-Cola).The stopper is a silver/chrome. The bottle is easy to hold and quite tactile.
The Essence is classed as an Aromatic. The Ultra Blue is the third version. The original Polo Blue EDT was first, followed by the Polo Blue EDP and now the Ultra.
When I first spray the Ultra Blue, it's fresh, zesty and lemony with a salty hit.It reminds me of Daniel Craig as 007, coming out of the water in those lovely little trunks!
The notes are clean and crisp as the Top Notes contain Lemon, Citron, Basil and Verbena. You can smell the warm lemon and hint of herbs and the green of the Verbena ( shrub with green leaves that smell of lemon). Fresh, Summery and full of sunshine.
On to the Heart notes of Salty Minerals and Ambertonic. The Ambertonic is a two-molecule creation which smells warm, musky and ambery. So far a lovely combination of zesty, fresh and warm almost zingy notes.
The Base Notes of Woods such as Cedar, Musk and a deep hit of Salt. Making this fragrance Marine fresh in its nature, like the Salt from the Sea on a beautiful sunny day. Again, ladies, I'm having a vision of Daniel Craig coming out of the water.
I thought Tim (my other half) should spray this on! He thinks I'm the only one who thinks I'm funny!!!
As this fragrance dries down the Zest notes settle into a bright warmth, clean and inviting, the salt adds another dimension, masculine, energizing, though subtle.
Both Tim and I are reminded of Issey Miyake, fragrances by Carolina Herrera. I think it has similarities to the Chanel Allure Homme Sport, with it's fresh, crisp citrus top notes.
If the gentleman is looking for something that is easy to wear, an every-day clean, fresh, uplifting scent for those warm summer days this would be a good choice. Especially if he is a lover of the fresher essences already.
As this has just been launched in the stores here in the UK, there is a promotion of a gift with purchase. The gift is a fabulous umbrella.
We actually compared the Ultra Blue to the Ralph Lauren Polo Blue EDP. Now the EDP is altogether spicier. Due to having notes of Cardamon and Clary Sage and a deeper more Woodsy Base.
If the gentleman prefers a fragrance to be longer lasting, have more impact and likes spicier essences, then the one of choice would be the Polo Blue EDP. Again it is down to personal preference. I always advise trying on the blotter, then skin to see which suits you best.
Tim tried both. At first, he liked the EDP version best but after they had both dried down completely, he liked the way the Ultra Blue settled on his skin more. Myself I liked the Ultra Blue on him for daytime but the EDP would be more suitable for long hot summer evenings. If we ever get any here in the UK!!
Anyway, let me know what you think? What fragrance do they remind you of?
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