Ralph Lauren – Polo Supreme Oud

Polo Supreme Oud is part of a lineup of elite designer fragrances by Ralph Lauren. This Eau de Parfum (EDP)  is exotic, earthy, and masculine. This is the original perfumer’s comeback presentation of the first Polo (green bottle).

Unlike niche oud colognes, this one gives a tamer presentation. It is an excellent first step for someone looking to break into the world of oud fragrances. Since the oud is actually synthetic, it doesn’t carry the pungency of natural oud, nor the expensive price tag.

Overview

  • Brand: Ralph Lauren
  • Fragrance Name: Polo Supreme Oud
  • Released in 2015
  • For Men
  • Perfumer: Carlos Benaim

Fragrance Notes

  • Top: Cinnamon and Pink Pepper
  • Heart/Middle: Indian Oud
  • Base: Vetiver and Guaiac Wood

What Does Polo Supreme Oud Smell Like?

The aroma is classified as Oriental and woody. Upon the first spray, you’ll get the cinnamon element that then leads the way for the primary note of smoky Indian oud. The fragrance’s dry down brings forward the more consistent smell of the woody base notes.

Overall, you get a woody, earthy, spicy smell reminiscent of an ancient forest in the Middle East. The spice element here is much louder than the oud for which it is named. The name is somewhat misleading in that sense.

How Long Does Polo Supreme Oud Last For?

The longevity of the aroma is considerable. On average, most wearers report the scent lasting about six – eight hours, but there are mixed reviews as each person’s skin has a different ability to sustain it.

Because of the significant base note composition, there is significant longevity, but it isn’t very loud initially. Slow and steady wins the race, as they say. The projection field lasts a solid two – three hours and extends to about arm’s length.

When Should You Wear It?

Fall and winter are the ideal times of year to show off this new fragrance. The warm cinnamon aroma makes it the perfect accompaniment to the cooler months. Due to its rich nature, it is recommended as a nighttime aroma. It loses some versatility in the warmer months because of the denseness of its scent profile.

Where Should You Wear It?

This is the fragrance you can show off when you’re dressing to impress. It’s unique and bold, and it will leave a lasting impression – four-five spritzes should do the trick.

Wear this cologne when you’re wearing a shirt and tie, for a formal occasion, or when you’re wanting to evoke a bit of darkness and mystery. It is the perfect date-night scent as it has a seductive aspect. It’s not recommended as an accompaniment for casual wear.

Presentation and Value For Money

The presentation is classy and impressive. The opaque black bottle with the iconic Polo logo in gold makes a powerful statement. It alludes to the boldness of the product inside the packaging.

The profile is unique and adventurous for a designer brand perfume. Oud is typically found in more niche colognes that have a significantly higher price tag.

What you get from this bottle is 4.2 oz of high-quality perfume that will last you all evening. The warmth of the spicy cinnamon and the other alluring properties will inevitably bring compliments your way! Overall, it’s great value for money.

The Bottom Line

Ralph Lauren’s take on an oud EDP is a striking yet safe choice for someone looking to take the first step into oud colognes. The oud in this bottle isn’t overbearing. It’s much softer than other oud scents on the market and balances well with the other elements in the profile. It deviates from the norm, yet is still approachable for the average perfume wearer.

At its price point, it is a smart choice to dip your toe into the “oud pool.” And you may just find your new favorite date-night scent.

Perfumes that Smell Like Polo Supreme Oud

Here are three other fragrances for men with a similar composition and nose:

  • Icon Absolute by Dunhill (2015) – This EDP starts with peppery top notes and a bright citrus feel from the bergamot. The main takeaways are the oud and leather.
  • Oud by John Varvatos (2014) – Rodrigo Flores-Roux is the perfumer of this complex yet smooth EDP. The list of notes for this one runs into the dozens, but the standouts are smoky wood, vetiver, myrrh and oud.
  • Bang by Marc Jacobs (2011) – This is another woodsy fragrance with vetiver and a peppery bang! The nose behind this product is Yann Vasnier. Note: This product has been discontinued.