Once again, Prime Day (or “Prime Big Deal Days”, as Amazon insists on calling it) has delivered as promised: the entire Polo cologne selection is marked down by 30 percent on the Everything Store for today and tomorrow, October 10th and 11th. There’s no wrong time to put some Polo on your dresser, but this sure feels like a no-brainer—and further proof that this year’s APD redux is already a doozy.
While Ralph Lauren gets all the deservéd accolades for achievements like “embodying the American dream” and “building a global fashion empire” and “basically being the face of US menswear for the last five decades,” not enough of us are shouting out how the man has dominated the scent game for nearly as long. Polo Green arrived 40 years ago, and we’re still praising the powerhouse scent of patchouli, tobacco, and pine inside that emerald bottle. Seriously, Mr. Lauren’s original scent is on our lists of the best classic colognes and the best mall scent—GQ’s endorsement of a staple fragrance that’s always been fairly affordable.
For two days, thanks to Amazon, the price is even nicer—not just on Green, but on the entire Polo cologne color family: feisty Red, cooler Blue, and sexed-up Black. (As a heads-up, the bottles are all different sizes, in case you’re wondering why the prices vary so much.)
Now go grab yourself something new to spritz on—and don’t forget to give Ralph some silent credit when you get your first “who smells so good?” in the office elevator.
Ralph Lauren Polo Green Eau de Toilette
The first, the original, the one that started it all. Polo Green bottles up the cowboy archetype that inspires Ralph Lauren’s clothing, particularly the RRL line: it’s woodsy, rugged, and formidable. Spritzing on Green is like riding a horse, in that first-timers should be gentle until they get the hang of things.
Ralph Lauren Polo Red Eau de Toilette
Red’s built around ruby red grapefruit, with saffron and cedarwood bringing some warmth to the citric spice. It’s the kind of scent you wear when you want to get your adrenaline pumping (or maybe someone else’s).
Ralph Lauren Polo Blue Eau de Toilette
If you’re wondering how literally the colors match the scents, here’s your answer: Blue packs in notes of melon, geranium, and suede to get you daydreaming about ocean vistas and summer breezes. It’s definitely the lightest, gentlest of the Polo series.
Ralph Lauren Polo Black Eau de Toilette
Polo’s broodiest scent kicks things off with an edgy sweetness that’s layered with spice (sage) and musk (patchouli, sandalwood). This is how you build in some first-date mystery when you’ve already been DMing your date for a week.