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POLO REDThere are some amazing fragrances in the Ralph Lauren portfolio. Safari is one of them, as is the original Polo For Men. And I loved the bold modernity of the Big Pony Collection. Alas, Polo Red, the latest fragrance from the iconic American fashion house, has shifted things out of the black for me. Sweet, cakey and derivative (it reminds me of a host of fragrances currently riding atop of a particularly crowded gourmandy bandwagon) it’s perfectly okay but just…disappointingly lacklustre. If you like smelling like Mary Berry’s kitchen on baking day I suppose you’ll love it but it doesn’t do it for me. The opaque red bottle is fabulous mind.

The notes

Top:  red grapefruit, Italian cedrat, red cranberry

Heart: red saffron, lavandin, red sage

Base: red wood, amber, coffee berry (or Mary Berry?)