Fragrance Review - Safari by Ralph Lauren
This was a completely impulse blind buy for absolutely no legitimate reason, but hey, that’s the kind of guy I am. Because of an upcoming trip, the same trip I recently bought my first pair of hiking boots for, I figured I needed a good fragrance for wearing on a hike. Something masculine and classic. Something that wouldn’t be out of place on Indiana Jones. The obvious choice was Safari by Ralph Lauren, so without a second thought, or even looking at any reviews, I ordered it!
Now in reality, it’s probably better to go without fragrances when in nature, so I probably won’t be spraying it overly liberally in an effort to avoid leaving a cloud of Ralph behind me as I wander through the forest. To be honest, a good choice for this purpose would be something like Escentric Molecules ‘Molecule 01’, which is supposedly a fragrance that is subtle and mixes with your own pheromones. I don’t have that, and haven’t seen it anywhere to try it, so maybe next time.
Released in 1992, Safari for men is the counterpart to the women’s perfume of the same name from 1990. The ad campaign was for both fragrances and captured the romance of adventure in Africa with all the look and feel you would expect from something called ‘Safari’. I also features cameras and photography, so clearly a winner with me. I only hope the actual fragrance lives up to the marketing.
The presentation of Safari is stunning. The box comes in a faux crocodile leather finish with the branding treated in a very classic, almost imperial fashion, harking back to the days of exploration and adventure. The bottle is a work of art. It’s based on a crystal decanting set, like the one my parents used to have when I was growing up. The front of the bottle also has a Ralph Lauren crest in silver, furthering the vintage imperialistic feel of the fragrance.
On my first spray, I was pleasantly surprised. I hadn’t looked at any of the notes, so didn’t know what to expect. I got a very woody fragrance, with hints of green, but also some subtle leather notes coming through. All of this whilst still being a relatively light fragrance. I like it! Safari really captures that Indiana Jones vibe that I wanted. It’s a masculine fragrance, with a classic feel, but without being ‘old’ or ‘dated’. Yay for another awesome blind buy!
I’ll defiantly be wearing Safari on my trip away. I reckon this is a pretty versatile scent, that could easily work at any time of day, all year round, although less so in the baking hot summer, possibly. It sits nicely in my collection as something different, and something I’ll want to wear a lot, even when I’m not exploring the great outdoors!
Aldehydes, Artemisia, Coriander, Lavender, Green notes, Neroli, Bergamot and Lemon
Cyclamen, Carnation, Cinnamon, Tarragon, Jasmine and Rose
Leather, Sandalwood, Amber, Patchouli, Musk, Oakmoss and Cedar