Ralph Lauren Romance Eau de Parfum is a classic. One can already infer the nature of the scent from the simple elegance of the bottle. Ralph Lauren Romance is meant to evoke the essence of falling in love. (I'm imaging a girl in a billowy white cotton dress and a bouquet of red roses, standing in a tall grassy field full of wildflowers). The intended notes include: Sungoddess Rose, marigold, ginger, chamomile oil, yellow freesia, white violet, lotus flower, day lily, patchouli, oakmoss, musk. In simplified terms, the scent is a combination of rose and musk. However, there are a few more directions that are taken, albeit to restrained degrees. The rose is a key, but not solo note. It's lighter than the heavy rose one finds in Stella McCartney's Stella. Somehow I get a near juiciness in the rose. I wonder if this may be due to the uplifting nectar of lily and freesiea. As I mentioned, there is a clear and present musk. There is also a definite, but not offensive, contribution from patchouli. The patchouli itself is gentle. Its scent seems to be wrapped within a few other lightly pungent scents (the marigold, ginger and chamomile). The gentle complexity makes the patchouli element less noticeable and therefore more bearable for me. I also can find a dash of wood once I get past the musk and patchouli. After a dry-down, the rose, musk, and patchouli become the most evident. Over a longer period of time, much of the patchouli is lost and I'm left with a light musk scent.
Ralph Lauren Romance Eau de Parfum is a well rounded ladylike fragrance centered around rose and musk. All the notes seem to be tempered so that there are really no bright trills or base notes that play out in the scent. While it is timeless, feminine, and easy to wear, one could say it runs the risk of being a bit boring. Generally, I prefer scents with more pizzazz (and less patchouli), so Romance typically doesn't make it into my everyday rotation. How about you? Have you tried Ralph Lauren Romance? What fragrances or notes do you consider to be classic? What fragrances remind you of falling in love?
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