When I was in high school, all of the cool girls were wearing everything Ralph Lauren. You were nothing if your polo shirt wasn't a "Polo" shirt, your polo player wasn't the right color or if your perfume wasn't Lauren. I played it right- I had a huge number of Polo shirts, I wore white canvas Polo shoes every summer and I even had a Polo golf towel (I was on the golf team I was so preppy). The one thing that I couldn't do was wear Lauren fragrance. The base notes took on some oddness that I could not stand once it had been on me for a few hours, so I stuck with my favorite Benetton (and later, EA 5th Avenue) instead.
Fast forward to the past year or so, when I have been exploring different notes, changing my fragrance each day and even (amazing!) layering fragrances! I've had phases of favorite notes: a white floral phase, a Bergamot phase, and my newest phase, the fruit phase.
Really, the fruit phase. The first hints of this phase were nearly a year ago, when I received Trish McEvoy #9 Lotion as a present, and a few months later I asked for the parfum for my birthday. I have been wearing them about once or twice a month until recently, when I seem to just be craving fruit notes. Where did this come from? I'm not really certain. What I do know is that I've been reaching for #9 a few times a week. Sometimes the berries are worn alone, sometimes they are layered with other fragrances.
I also know that I've been searching for more fragrances with fruit notes, the #9 is just not enough any more.
So, when I recently found out that Ralph Lauren was coming out with Wild, I immediately knew that I had to try it. It would finally fulfill my teenage craving for a RL fragrance as well as my new fruit note love.
Top Notes: Wild Strawberries, Watermelon
Middle Notes: Cherry Blossom, Sheer Jasmine, Red Rose Petals
Base Notes: Musk, Sandalwood
In the bottle, I smell mostly the Cherry Blossom, Watermelon and a bit of the musk. Really, when I first put on this fragrance I feel a bit like a little girl playing dress-up. The scent is very frilly and seems like a fragrance that would come in a dress-up set.
But, if you wait for about twenty minutes or so, you will not be disappointed. It really is the balance between the middle and base notes that makes this fragrance worthwhile. With time, the Watermelon fades, allowing the Wild Strawberries to come out a bit more (they have a bit of a deeper tone I think), along with the musk. The result is a light but well balanced fragrance with just the right amount of fruit scent that I was craving. Perfect!
To celebrate the launch of Wild, Ralph Lauren has set up a Facebook page where you can join the road trip and enter to win a Vespa.
Ralph Lauren Wild