digging (into) vintage: Ralph Lauren Safari, 1989

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(image source, 1970s Yves Saint Laurent Safari Collection featuring Veruschka)

Perfumer Dominique Ropion.

I hadn’t known that Safari was discontinued until I started to write this reflection. I’m of a couple of minds about Safari, but I’m sorry it’s d/c’d. It’s an interesting alternative to other widely-available, mainstream florals. It starts crisp and grassy. It’s heavy on galbanum, but the high-pitched green  florals keep it from seeming chalky. The midnotes categorize Safari: green, woody floral.

I do like Safari for its crisp coolness, but this snappiness slowly fades. It remains cool to the touch, a great feature in a hot climate, though it gets sweeter over time. The sweetness works well with the grassy, somewhat fruity topnotes and gives that feeling in the nose of taking a shot of wheatgrass.

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 fantasy? If so, why not go whole hog, stay a bit, and call it Colonialism?


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