Wednesday, April 13, 2011

SOTD: Ralph Lauren Safari for Women

Kitschy connotations and Colonialist aspirations aside, Ralph Lauren's Safari for Women (1990) has indeed suffered at least one cycle of oblivion - discontinuation and now possibly, a reformulation and silent re-release; has it quietly re-appeared anew on retail shelves or am I just seeing back-stock being sold as new? Diverging opinions of the scent's basic character make me think it's been reformulated somewhere along the line.

Perfumer Dominique Ropion created a master-work of 1990s sensibility- sharp, green floral with grassy/woody, amberic dry-down meant to invoke the scorching dry African Savanna. Unfortunately there's none of Bettie Page's tongue-in-cheek humor to lighten this one up - it is a dense and rather grand affair. Elegant and severe yet very feminine- dare I say, aggressive? That and it's imposing sillage make for the type of perfume your boss's boss would favor. Great for when you want to play boss, too- plus it smells really good.

You can see the full list of notes and pyramid details over at Basenotes.

The Vintage Perfume Vault, where the scent of yesterday's vogue lives.


Undina said...

I remember trying and liking it ... 12 (?) years ago but I remember neither the scent nor the reason I'd never bought the bottle.
Do you like it enough to wear now? Or is it only test-worthy?

Amelia said...

I like it- I wore it the other day but it still smells very familiar to me thanks to the wealth of other 90s scents that abound. I think appreciation of SAFARI will likely grow over time and I think it will be one of those scents that ends up being prized by collectors- both because of the bottle and because of the scent, which is quintessential of the 1990s style and of a good quality.