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POLO RED EXTREME
“Polo Red Extreme is inspired by the speed, adrenaline and seduction of racing, channeling supercharged power and design.”
- Ralph Lauren
As I read this description after unboxing the bottle of Polo Red Extreme I received courtesy of Ralph Lauren*, my inner skeptic sort of raised his finger. Here's the thing - even though I don't wear cologne everyday, I consider myself somewhat picky when it comes to how descriptions actually align with how the scent truly makes you feel. I have a small collection that make up my rotation that include scents from Creed and Chanel, so I was quite curious about how the Polo Red Extreme would play with the type of profile I usually go for.
I'd been looking for something that would be more appropriate for the weekends and days off where I dress down...or at least as down as I get and so I welcomed the opportunity to give this scent a shot.
According to the guide, Polo Red Extreme was created to take the existing Polo Red scent to the next level. Hand selected by master perfumer Olivier Gillotin, the new ingredients channel the thrill of pushing limits and sensations to the extreme. To add a jolt of energy, Gillotin uses a high level of natural coffee, as well as a special technique of coffee C02, giving the impression of freshly ground smooth coffee beans. Blood orange adds energizing freshness, while black ebony woods create long-lastingness and warmth. The result, Gillotin says, is an “intoxicatingly bold and rugged scent.”
The blood orange sealed the deal for me. Not only do blood oranges make for some delicious beverages, they make for an amazing ingredient in colognes like Polo Extreme Red.
On taking the bottle out of the box, I couldn't resist the obligatory spritz or two and found myself quite pleased. However, I knew I had to wear it for some time incorporating it into my ritual before settling on my final thoughts. I use facial and body care products that include ingredients like willow bark, coconut oil, shea and mango butter, some of which can impact how cologne wears on my body.
So it was great to read the following in the supplemental information that was considerately provided; An oriental gourmand fragrance, Polo Red Extreme is composed of:
Top Notes: Blood Orange Accord, Red Ginger, Red Pineapple Accord
Mid Notes: Black Coffee Essence, Red Saffron, Red Sage
Base Notes: Black Ebony Wood Accord, Ambery Woods Accord, Cocoa Absolute.
*While this bottle was provided courtesy of Ralph Lauren Fragrances, the opinions expressed are my own.