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Polo Sport Cologne Review: Is It Masculine Enough?

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Based in the world-renowned New York City, Ralph Lauren is a similarly world-renowned American fashion brand. The man behind the brand himself – Ralph Lauren – debuted in the world of fragrances in 1978 with Lauren for Women and Polo for Men.

The Ralph Lauren brand, first launched in 1967, offers a range of different awe-worthy product lines from luxury to casual, like formal and sports clothing, watches, accessories, etc., with its perfumes just being the cherry on top of the cake. Ralph Lauren has various stores all over America and Europe and boasts a massive online presence with deliveries made worldwide. 

Features of the Polo Sport Cologne by Ralph Lauren

The Scent of the Cologne

polo sport

This Aromatic Green fragrance is ideally suited for the Spring/Summertime, a lovely generic day scent refreshing after a post-gym session and a quick shower.

This blue, aquatic scent reminds one of the Lacoste Cologne collections of similar refreshing sport scents – perfect for casual events (or if you’re going to see your favorite ball-game). The smell has a woody-spicy vibe to it yet still smells fresh and zesty. Probably best complimented to people in the younger age group (teenage to mid-20s)

Longevity of The Cologne

Both the sillage and longevity of this perfume are moderate at best. The original formulation by Comair had a pretty good life on the skin, with a beast of a projection. It’s a shame, therefore, that the performance of the Luxury Products formulation ranges from poor to being just ok, and that too if you spritz on a generous amount.

Who Made This Cologne?

Perfumer Harry Fermont concocted this perfume in 1994. There are two variations of this perfume, and it was initially formulated by Comair but has now been reformulated by Luxury Products. 

The old Cosmair blend used to be a famous classic; however, this newer version is not as well known, probably due to a change in the scent and longevity performance. However, you can still find the original version in online stores like eBay.

Packaging and Price of the Cologne

The Polo Sport Cologne comes in a white box with a navy blue glass bottle inside, decorated with a slightly warped image of the American flag and a sleek silver cap. It is available in two sizes – a 2.5 Fl Oz bottle and a 4.2 Fl Oz bottle – costing $35 and $51.89.  

Inspiration of the Cologne

This cologne is among the likes of Cool Water by Davidoff and pretty much every Lacoste Cologne. The inspiration behind this scent seems to be young enthusiastic sports fans in general. The whole of the Polo line, like its name suggests, seems to have a general sports theme mainly targeted at the youth.

The Cologne’s Notes

polo sport cologne 1

Top notes: Aldehydes, Neroli, Mandarin Orange, Mint, Lemon, Lavender, Artemisia, and Bergamot.

Middle notes: Rose, Seagrass, Geranium, Ginger, Jasmine, Brazillian Rosewood, and Cyclamen.

Base Notes: Guaiac Wood, Musk, Cedar, Amber, and Sandalwood.

Pros of the Cologne

  • A fresh, clean, and zesty scent.
  • A crowd-pleasing scent.
  • Perfect to wear at sporting events.

Cons of the Cologne

  • Offers poor value for money.
  • Synthetic scent.
  • Poor longevity and sillage.
  • Not very unique.

Alternatives for the Cologne

Eau De Sport by Lacoste

Eau De Sport by Lacoste

This is a more natural and distinct smelling alternative to Polo Sport, with the same green, citrusy elements. The longevity of the perfume falls between good to moderate. Though still suitable for summer wear, it is a little heavier and is mature enough to encompass a broader age group. Overall; a better alternative to Polo Sport.

Top notes: Basil Mint, Lemon, Lavender, Citrus Bergamia, Mandarine, Mint, and Orange Blossom Water.

Middle notes: Fir, Clary, Carnation, Jasmine, Cilantro, Geranium, and Rose.

Base notes: Cedar Wood, Amber, Oak Moss, Musk, Tonkin Beans, Sandalwood, Leather, and Patchouli.

Blue Challenge by Adidas

Blue Challenge by Adidas

This fresh, sensual scent is more appropriate, unlike its counterparts, for special occasions. It’s an outdoorsy scent more suitable for teenagers and young adults with moderate longevity. 

Top notes: Mandarine, Citrus Bergamia, Lavender, Lemon, and Hesperidium Fruits.

Middle notes: Geranium, Pine, Petitgrain, Flowers, Aromatic Cedar, Cyclamen Flower, Rose, and Jasmine.

Base notes: Vetiver, Amber, Oak Moss, Musk, and Cedar Wood.

Boss Sport by Hugo Boss

hugo boss sport

This is a soft, subtle scent offering good longevity. It is made for a hot summer day and targeted at young adults. It’s a unique sporty scent and an excellent alternative to Polo Sport.

Top notes: Mandarine, Citrus Bergamia, Aromatic Cedar, Lemon, Artemisia, Lavender, and Calendula.

Middle notes: Clary, Nutmeg, Rose, Carnation, Lillium, Geranium, Wild Tarragon, and Jasmine. 

Base notes: Oak Moss, Vetiver, Amber, Cedar Wood, Musk, Patchouli, Tonkin Beans, and Sandalwood.

Animale by Animale Parfums for Men

animale

This cologne offers the relatively same citrusy scent as other sports colognes yet without the minty finish. Animale is an Amber Spicy scent that provides value for money and is very reasonably priced. While still offering good longevity and quality, this fragrance is a cheaper option than all the other alternatives listed in this guide.

Top notes: Freesia, Lemon, and Neroli.

Middle notes: Juniper, Geranium, Lavender, and Berries.

Base notes: Vetiver, Oak Moss, and Leather.

Givenchy pour Homme Blue Label by Givenchy

Givenchy pour Homme Blue Label by Givenchy

This is an almost identical scent to Polo Sport. This perfume somehow sketches the portrait of a dynamic rebellious man with a rebellious touch to his nature. It’s suitable for young adults and mature men alike. 

Top notes: Bergamot and Grapefruit.

Middle notes: Artemisia, Lavender, Pepper, and Cardamom.

Base notes: Olibanum, Cedar, and Vetiver.

Wings for Men by Giorgio Beverly Hills

Wings for Men by Giorgio Beverly Hills

Although Wings for Men has a synthetic, generic smell like Polo Sport, it has excellent longevity and great sillage, unlike Polo Sport. This cologne takes the cake for being one of the most long-lasting sports scents. And the value for money? Incredible! It’s available at a reasonably low price while performing better than most.

Top notes: Lemon, Lavender, Neroli, Green Notes, and Bergamot.

Middle Notes: Coriander, Geranium, Lily-of-the-Valley, Jasmine, and Clary Sage.

Base notes: Cedar, Tonka Bean, Oak Moss, Amber, and Musk.

Cool Water by Davidoff

Cool Water

This is a very masculine, modern fragrance, and I love this one! It has such a sexy, seductive aroma, along with being one of the most versatile scents. Cool Water can be worn in any season (perhaps not in the dead of winter), any time of the day, and at casual and formal occasions alike. 

The only sad thing is that the longevity is just ok, plus the packaging makes it seem like a commonplace cheap scent, whereas it’s just the opposite. The smell, however, is magic.

Top notes: Calone, Green Notes, Sea Water, Coriander, Mint, Rosemary, and Lavender.

Middle notes: Jasmine, Sandalwood, Neroli, and Geranium.

Base notes: Tobacco, Amber, Musk, Cedar, and Oak Moss.

L’Aventure Knight by Al Haramain Perfumes

L’Aventure Knight by Al Haramain Perfumes

This is a long-lasting scent. Although the initial notes can be off-putting for some, the dry down is pretty neat. Overall, the performance is not up to the expectation of a designer perfume; nonetheless, it’s a nice enough scent.

Top notes: Tea, Lemon Verbena, and Bergamot.

Middle notes: Iris and Violet Leaf.

Base notes: Musk, Powdery Notes, Sandalwood, and Ambergris.

Green Irish Tweed by Creed

Creed

This fragrance brings to mind the image of picturesque countryside. It’s an unforgettable scent, vibrant yet fresh, and can be classified as a sports scent. The longevity of this cologne is excellent; the smell – mesmerizing. If you have to go for a designer sport scent, this has to be among your top picks, although it’s a tad overpriced.

Top notes: Iris and Lemon Verbena.

Middle note: Violet Leaf.

Base notes: Sandalwood and Ambergris.

Bleu de Chanel by Chanel

Bleu de Chanel by Chanel

The projection and longevity of this cologne are superb. The scent has an elegance about it that is missing in many sports scents. But the reactions over it seem to be two opposite extremes, either someone loves it or hates it – oddly enough, there doesn’t seem to be an in-between.

Top notes: Pink Pepper, Lemon, Mint, and Grapefruit.

Middle notes: Iso E Super, Ginger, Jasmine, and Nutmeg.

Base notes: White Musk, Incense, Labdanum, Cedar, Patchouli, Vetiver, and Sandalwood. 

My Opinion

I would give Polo Sport by Ralph Lauren 7 out of 10. Perhaps if it had been the original Cosmair version, I’d have settled at 8.5, but this new concoction certainly lacks in a few capacities like longevity and quality. Not to mention the slight alterations to the scent in the latest variation somehow discredits the original exotic scent, which though synthetic, had a unique feel to it. This scent has a more commonplace feel. 

On the other hand, it’s a reasonably pleasant scent that offers good longevity and projection. I, myself, would go for an alternative rather than getting this particular perfume. But if you are supremely into this scent, I would suggest Givenchy pour Homme Blue Label, which is very similar to its scent but offers better quality.

FAQs

Question: Is Polo Sport a scent worth buying?

Answer: Like all fragrances, the perfume you like depends heavily on your personal preferences and personality traits. That being said, there’s no doubt Polo Sport is an excellent option for all the perfume enthusiasts out there. However, if you are into sports scents, there are much better and cheaper options available that perform just as well as Polo Sport.

Question: Which is the best Ralph Lauren scent?

Answer: I have always found an issue with the word “best” being used concerning a fragrance as it is a somewhat subjective matter. Perhaps a better quantifier could be “popular.” 
So, I can’t speak for the best, yet the most popular Ralph Lauren scent seems to be a tie between Polo Black and Polo Blue.

Question: Is Polo Sport available online?

Answer: Polo Sport by Ralph Lauren is available both in-stores and online. Then again, in today’s era, what product isn’t? This scent is available at various prices and sizes. There are also two variations of this cologne; Cosmair and Luxury Products. The original one by Comair is only available online and is rather more expensive than the one by Luxury Products.

Question: Are all Ralph Lauren scents sporty?

Answer: Sporty scents are usually lighter, fresher, and slightly zestier touch than your average cologne, usually made for daytime casual summer wear for a younger age group. Ralph Lauren offers a range of colognes under the “Polo” name. Most of them can indeed be classified under this definition. Nonetheless, there are Ralph Lauren perfumes available for all seasons, age ranges, and special occasions

Question: Is Polo Sport by Ralph Lauren expensive?

Answer: The Polo Sport cologne is available in two sizes at $35 and $51.89 each. This cannot be deemed as a luxuriously priced item. For the young market, it is aimed at; it’s a perfectly cost-effective option. However, there are even cheaper alternatives available.

Polo Sport Cologne Review: Conclusion

The Ralph Lauren fragrances range from mid to luxury priced. Overall, this is a quality brand that shows in its products, and likewise, the Polo Sport Cologne by Ralph Lauren is a cost-efficient, quality purchase aimed at young sports fans/players. 

It’s a lovely clean scent that won’t offend anyone. Polo Sport fits this requirement well if you look for a simple generic, synthetic fragrance for a casual summer day. Though having pretty good alternatives available, this scent in itself is also a viable option, especially if Ralph Lauren is your go-to brand.

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