Ralph's Club 
Ralph Lauren (2021)

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A handsome man moving in smoke at night club party.Ralph's Club is generic, but not everyone needs to wear the super niche fragrances. sometimes one doesn't wear perfume to make statement,but just to smell good.it's using notes that are very popular in the fragrance industry at the minute but that's not enough of a reason to dislike it.it combines qualities of playfulness, carelessness with a touch of masculinity. masculine, yet youthful,yet of course appropriate for everyone of any age or gender.

Ignore the first droplets that,when sprayed,quickly reach your senses.it has hints of sage that may be spicier than average,and can tickle the throat after a deep inhale.as Ralph's Club dries down, the woodier and sweetier side really comes out swinging.vetiver, cedar and amber intermix to create a delectable scent rimmed with a just a trace of sage and lavender here is where the fragrance truly displays it's commercial bona fides.the sweetness also gives a more youthful,playful vibe. perfect for clubbing,the office,and picking up women.it's safe,yet sensual. it's not outstanding,but it does have an enjoyable kick.
Oct 19, 2021


Ralph's Club by Ralph Lauren (2021) is a good fragrance, let's knock that out right away; but before we go any further, let's look at how we got to here with this stuff. The 2020's are starting off with everyone making designer men's fragrances abusing the clary sage-derived sclarene, as we've seen it popping up as the sage note in things like Montblanc Explorer (2019) or K by Dolce & Gabbana (2020) before finally being used as a base material by itself with scents like H24 by Hermès (2021) to create these super sage bombs that then get surrounded in other ingredients to hide the fact. Can't say I mind this trend too much, because I love clary sage and sclarene does smell mostly like what it comes from, unlike some other isolates such as akigalawood or ambrocenide (which this fragrance has), both also coming from natural sources like patchouli or cedarwood oil respectively. It's an important move away from ambroxan + tonka or ambroxan + karmawood (norlimbanol) which dominated the previous decade, and likely will continue to with copycats until all life is beaten out of the materials. Now, I'm not saying we're done seeing fake ambergris or fake wood notes in our men's fragrances, far from it actually, we're just not going to see them be the stars of the show nor bludgeon us over the head like they have with Paco Rabanne Invictus (2013) or Dior Sauvage (2015). Ralph's Club seems part of a new vanguard pushing us away from this harshness, but at the same time, still shows a bit of synthetic linearity that will turn off noses holding out hope for the days when naturals mostly anchored perfumes and synthetics only shaped them. IFRA saw to it that those days will never come back, so these synthetics taken from natural sources are likely the happy medium.

That said, what does Ralph's Club actually smell like? This seems to merge some of the exclusivity of Ralph Lauren Purple Label (2003) but without the upcharge and limited availability only through the brand itself (or select luxury boutiques). There are some dark fruity tones here and hefty patchouli with woody-amber elements, seemingly borrowed from Parfums de Marly but again, without the upcharge. The basic style is of an aromatic fougère, with the fruity patchouli elements providing a modern sweetness and roundness that is by now expected from the age demographic buying most modern designer men's fragrances anymore. This isn't a sharp woody fougère, a moss bomb, nor some old-timey powdery vanillic thing. If you think closer to Parfums de Marly Percival (2018) crossed with some Montblanc Legend (2011), you'll get pretty close to Ralph's Club. Apple, grapefruit and orange blossom open this, with bits of that bubblegum sweetness you would expect. The lavandin and geranium come next, boosted by a huge hit of that sclarene clary sage. The intense sage note here reminds me very much of sage as it appears in commercial shampoos like Head & Shoulders Sage & Mint, so if that's your bag, this is for you. Next comes the patchouli and musky woody scratchy ambrocenide, touched with some cedar, evernyl, and tonka to complete the mossless fougère aesthetic. The vetiver manages to come across smoky, which is a rare thing I haven't seen done with the note since 80's masculines, so bravo there. I'm guessing this was made to be a night out scent by the advertising, but really a nü-gère like this can be worn anywhere as a general signature; that's pretty much how people wear Legend and Percival, so I see no difference here. Performance is good at about 8 hours of total longevity, with projection lasting strong for about 3 of it.

The sharpness of the sclarene is going to poke its head through just like it does in H24, K, or Explorer, there's no avoiding that. Just like in any 21st century men's fragrance trope that is dominated by a single abused material (the Iso E Super years of the 2000's, the ambroxan and norlimbanol bombs of the the 2010's), you'll have to make peace with that material until perfumers learn how to blend it down into more of a composite base like they've learned to do with ambroxan, or until its use eventually fades from popularity like how the calone-1951 molecule was here today, gone tomorrow after the 90's ended. It does sort of suck that modern designers particularly in the men's category, are more and more being identified by single powerful chemicals that define their overall smell rather than genre shifts like 1970s's green chypres or 1980's powerhouse florals; but with everyone racing to the bottom line to make the most money on the least budget they can, this kind of optimized efficiency forsaking artistry or finesse becomes the norm, and at least IFF perfumer Dominique Ropion knows how to make something enjoyable with the budget-limited and marketing constraint without AI assistance. Ralph's Club isn't a bad little modern nü-gère and gives you that diffuse Parfums de Marly vibe on a lot less coinage, plus comes in a nifty bottle with a metal cap just like they do. A designer fragrance punching up at luxury-priced compliment bombs is a bit ironic considering the niche brands have been serving us the "quality" that designers used to before "niche quality" became a thing. Maybe Ralph's Club is just proof that the game Portal really was right, and the cake is a lie, or maybe it's just the newest attempt by the brand to dig itself out of the "Polo box" that Chaps (1978), Monogram (1985), Safari for Men (1992), and Romance for Men (2008) all failed to do? Either way, I like it. Thumbs up
Jul 28, 2021

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