Ralph Lauren Polo Modern Reserve

Modern Reserve is a reinterpretation of the original Polo.
I have the original Polo but not in the original formulation.

There are similarities between these two, specifically the leather vs. suede notes.
These 2 are very much apart but still, Modern Reserve shows the same bracing initial presentation, but with a different twist.
The OG Polo is the original “Spice Bomb”.  The pine, leather and tobacco are very much in your face and the oakmoss and patchouli make it scream for miles.
This is where Modern Reserve offers a more calming presentation with the velvety suede and basil mixing with jasmine and myrrh make this one a bit more up beat, and less of an intrusion.

The biggest notes presented are Basil in the top with a slight spiciness from the Pimento, a battle between a smooth liquid Jasmine (not feminine) and a resinous Myrrh in the mid and a velvety Suede in the base.
These notes all work together seamlessly, like peeling away an onion one thin layer at a time.
The only knock I have on this, is everyone identifies the Original with the pine note, and its missing here altogether with the green, fresh basil in as a poor substitute.
I feel the disconnect between the 2 scents is from the exclusion of this very important note.

Certainly classy enough to wear to the office, friendly enough to wear casually, even in warmer weather where Original Polo is usually passed up.
Less is more here, and others around you certainly will appreciate the toned down approach.

4 season scent with office and casual appeal.
Lasts a solid 8 hours, with it dropping off around the 5 hour mark to a more intimate but not as close as a skin scent.

Now a cult classic among collectors.

  • 8.5/10
    Fragrance - 8.5/10
  • 8.5/10
    Performance - 8.5/10


An excellent reinterpretation of a contemporary 80s classic without pulling any punches.

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