Perfumer Dominique Ropion.
Safari is an interesting alternative to other designer florals. It’s heavy on galbanum, but the high-pitched green florals keep it from seeming chalky. It starts crisp and stemmy, but it’s the heartnotes that categorize Safari: green, woody floral.
The sweetness of the grassy, fruity topnotes reminds me of the nose-tickling feel of downing a shot of wheatgrass. I like Safari for its crisp coolness but the snappiness slowly fades. It remains cool to the touch, a great feature in a hot climate, but it gets saccharine over time.
A note: I haven’t the least idea how this fragrance relates to a safari. Just another opportunity for the Ralph Lauren schtick of surrounding yourself with the trappings of privilege to fuel your fantasies? If so, why not go whole hog, stay a bit, and call it Colonialism?
(image source, Veruschka in the 1970s Yves Saint Laurent Safari Collection)