Polo Supreme Oud (2015)

Polo Supreme Oud by Ralph Lauren
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Polo Supreme Oud is a perfume by Ralph Lauren for men and was released in 2015. The scent is woody-spicy. It is still in production.

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Perfumer

Carlos Benaïm

Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesCinnamon, Pink pepper
Heart Notes Heart NotesIndian oud
Base Notes Base NotesGaiac wood, Vetiver

Ratings

Scent

7.2 (30 Ratings)

Longevity

7.2 (24 Ratings)

Sillage

6.8 (24 Ratings)

Bottle

7.4 (41 Ratings)
Submitted by Michael, last update on 29.04.2019
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Rickbr

190 Reviews
Rickbr
Rickbr
Helpful Review    2
A refined take on the Bois du Jour
I see in the apparel brand Ralph Lauren a more conservative approach in the explorantion of new fragrance trends, both for the male audience as for the female one. So it is not surprising that after several brands have jumped into the Oud fashion that the brand then decided to launch his first creation with this theme that pleases the Arab public so much and has gained strength in other markets. Perhaps the time is not the apex of agarwood perfumes, but we are not in decline either.

I like how conceptually the theme of Agarwood has been worked by the brand and the perfumer, putting the accord that recreates the precious and expensive resin in the center but worked in a more abstract and complete manner. The Oud thus gains a well-cut trim, without being fussy, something that lingers in a somewhat linear fashion as one would expect from an Arabic inspiration but shows a somewhat more typical progression of Western perfumery maybe.

Supreme Oud opens with a sweet and spicy impression, something that refers to a cinnamon powder that explores the sweetness of this spice but does not make it too hot or suffocating the skin, receiving support from the fresh, hot and slightly fruity pink pepper. The agarwood aroma appears dry, woody and herbaceous, with musky overtones and you can see that the cypriol plant is largely responsible for this oud impression. Gradually, one sees a more powdery and warm side and intereting incensed nuances, as if the oud chips were being burned to release its aromatic resin in the environment. In a final stage, Supreme Oud shows a sophisticated base mixing a drier woody vetiver and the duality of sweetness and smoked aroma of guaiac wood.

While many creations of Oud show a roughess in the way the work powerful synthetic materials, Supreme Oud mainly favors harmony and abstraction as it evolves. Its smell never shown neither exaggerated nor too subtle and has good length that is expected of a composition of Oud. Although it does not bring in new combinations, its excels in delivering a woody spicy thematic that is very good and consistent from beginning to end.
ColinM

516 Reviews
ColinM
ColinM
Helpful Review    3
Is this a dream?
Well, one must really never judge a book by its cover. Most of the times this motto isn’t really that valid with scents, as hopeless houses rarely produce something unexpectedly worthy, but there’s some exceptions. I’ve never been a fan of Ralph Lauren scents except for vintage Safari, as most of the rest epitomizes an abysmal approach to scents – the preppier the look, the crappier the smell. But well, Supreme Oud is completely, surprisingly different – for the good – from anything else I tried from this brand.

Sure, its core note is “the synthetic kind” of oud, as in any (or well, the vast majority of) Western interpretation of ouds, but this doesn’t automatically mean it’s bad. Could be, but it isn’t. It’s By Kilian’s Pure Oud’s kind of synthetic oud (and for me, Supreme Oud quite shares some broader similarities with that scent, by the way) – very smooth, smoky, somehow weightless and totally pleasant to smell, no Montale-sque cheap and acrid rubberiness. Artificial to the bone, but it smells very dignified and solid. But actually oud here is just part of the show, and I must really give some big credit to Carlos Benaim for the composition of Supreme Oud. The blend is in fact as much crystal clear and simple, as unique and creative: it’s basically vetiver, smooth oud and cinnamon with a bare touch of silky powderiness, and a whiff which smells like some balsamic sort of pine infusion to me. Basically a refined, forest-like smoky-woody galore with an Oriental shade of sweet spices and some base talc “warmth” provided by that undefined base powderiness (maybe there’s some vanilla, too).

At first Supreme Oud is drier, sharper, “blacker”, slightly reminding me of Montana Black Edition, but more centered on balsamic oud and some edgy, tantalizing cinnamon (which combined with those dark woods, basically smells a bit like roasted, coffee-infused licorice); then it slowly gets warmer, silkier, some suprisingly sophisticated and natural-smelling vetiver note emerges together with that whiff of pine I get, while oud becomes more of a smoky-medicinal shade on the background giving some “dark bone” to vetiver, and you get this incredibly pleasant drydown of oud-ish, balsamic vetiver tinted with a simple, almost minimalistic, yet very distinctive sort of powdery-spicy accord of cinnamon and whatever warmer-sweeter notes there’s on the very base. It may sound a bit “generic”, but trust me it’s not. Or well, it’s so pleasant you don’t really notice how generic it may or may not be. It smells smoky yet sweet, “luminous” yet somehow black. Its discreet, classy, non-thick and non-rubbery texture makes it also very versatile and probably, totally safe for any situation and/or climate. It’s just very refined, very pleasant, and would put a smile on every smoky woods fan’s face. Projection and persistence are just perfect – not a bomb but not a skin scent, lasting a good day long. I get all of this doesn’t sound groundbreaking but Jesus - for being made by Ralph Lauren, this fragrance is a miracle!

7,5-8/10
GMK

30 Reviews
GMK
GMK
Helpful Review    1
Crowed Pleasing OUD
If relevant people at RL have ever smelled real Oud , they would never even dare to name it 'Supreme Oud', its not even the ordinary oud.
This fragrance is nothing new but yet another variation of very synthetic oud with loads of vanillic sweetens which can be suffocating at times if over applied.

I went with the original Polo Green repo kept in mind but did not like this.
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Drseid

670 Reviews
Drseid
Drseid
Helpful Review    2
The Credible Faux Oud Fakeout...
Polo Supreme Oud opens with a slightly animalic smelling smooth Oud oil accord, with faint hints of cinnamon spice support. Moving to the early heart, the smooth Oud remains the star, now growing in intensity with the cinnamon spice remaining in subtle support while coupling with a barely detectable underlying vague synthetic woody accord and a touch of tonka bean derived sweetness. During the late dry-down the cinnamon and Oud vacate, leaving an emerging slightly sharp vetiver as star through the finish with remnants of the vague woods remaining in support sans the earlier sweetness. Projection is below average but longevity is excellent at well over 12 hours on skin.

Polo Supreme Oud seemed almost from the get-go as a cynical money grab from Ralph Lauren to cash in on the current Oud craze, and with the line's long streak of failures there was little to persuade one otherwise. The perfumer behind Polo Supreme Oud is none other than Carlos Benaim of original Polo fame. Years ago, having Benaim's name associated with a composition meant money in the bank, but Benaim has had few winners since his Polo masterpiece from the late 70s, and indeed has created a few later disappointments for the Polo line already... Luckily, despite all my apprehension and fear of yet another Polo release unworthy of sharing its name with the original, Polo Supreme Oud was a pleasant surprise. Oh, the "Oud" used for the composition is surely fake, but unlike so many others in the overcrowded genre that smell completely unbelievable, this faux Indian Oud oil accord smells relatively realistic, its barely noticeable synthetic nature mostly obscured by Benaim's deft use of dull cinnamon as a counter balance. Ironically, the best part of the composition has little to do with Oud (fake or not) at all. Instead, the largest pleasant surprise is the late dry-down, where very enjoyable, slightly sharp vetiver emerges, coupling perfectly with the remaining dry woods that smell relatively natural at this point. In truth, had the composition led with the vetiver instead of the Oud, this review would have been even more enthusiastic, but as is, the composition has a lot to crow about, and while nowhere near Benaim's career defining stunner from the distant past, Polo Supreme Oud shows the perfumer has some life (and talent) left in him yet. The bottom line is the approximately $80 per 100ml bottle Polo Supreme Oud may not contain any of the real stuff, but it shows in the hands of a perfumer who knows what he is doing even synthetic Oud can smell good, earning it a "very good" 3.5 stars out of 5 rating and a solid recommendation. Finally, the first Polo release worth owning since the long since discontinued Polo Crest (even if despite the name, Polo Supreme Oud hasn't anything to do with the original Polo save using the same perfumer).
ArkangeL

49 Reviews
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Bois Royale
I never thought I'd be sitting here preparing positive words for a Ralph Lauren review. When I first heard Ralph Lauren was releasing a Polo Supreme Oud, I thought it was absurd and absolutely ridiculous. No more ridiculous than John Varvatos having an Oud release. Passing through Bloomingdale's fragrance department, there it was sitting on the counter... black lacquered bottle with gold cursive font. I was in a cynical state of mind before I could even spray it. Then the "wow" factor settled in. I couldn't believe it. What is this majestic aroma doing in a Polo bottle? I know for those of you who haven't gotten your hands on this bottle, you're wondering what's different about this oud or what other oud fragrance launches can this be compared to? First on the list is Acqua di Parma Oud and the next is Halston Amber Man, which contains oud. Out of the 3, I found Acqua di Parma to be the most synthetic of them all. Honestly, "Supreme Oud" was really the wrong title for this release. It should have been titled "Bois Royale", as I find it to be more about woods and spices. Longevity is excellent, but the sillage is a bit shy. This is a modernized version of the classic Polo in the green bottle. For Ralph Lauren, this was executed well. For the first time in my life, I think I might consider adding a Polo fragrance to my collection.

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