Polo Red vs Polo Blue Cologne Comparison

I’ve done a whole lot of reviews of Ralph Lauren Polo scents on this site already and even created a list of the brand’s top fragrances. In this post, I want to compare Polo Red cologne versus Polo Blue and see which one will be a better fit for most guys out there. As always, I will break it down by various performance metrics and include my original reviews for each of these scents.




Polo Red Tale of the Tape


Notes of Polo Red: grapefruit, italian lemon, cranberry, saffron, sage

Try Polo Red: Ralph Lauren Polo Red Eau de Toilette Spray for Men, 4.2 Ounce

Read my original review: Polo Red Ralph Lauren Review



Polo Blue Tale of the Tape

Notes include: amber, melon, patchouli, geranium, cucumber, tangerine, moss, musk

Read my original review: Polo Blue Review



These two scents are a contrast of cool (Blue) vs. warm (Red) during the opening. Neither one of these fragrances smells bad at first, so, it really comes down to one’s preference between the aquatic opening and warmer citrus/fruit blend. I enjoy the latter.

Edge: Polo Red



Neither cologne is a beast. Both are rather moderate. Polo Red seems to be the weaker of the two in this regard and it usually takes me using a bit more of it to get good performance.

Edge: Polo Blue



Polo Red has some problems with longevity, which I’ve somewhat solved by just applying more. I still need to get a hold of a bottle of Polo Red Intense, to see what’s what with that. Blue, on the other hand, has good longevity and will get a full workday out of it most of the time.

Edge: Polo Blue



I’d say both are equally versatile in their application in terms of: season, occasion, personal style, etc.

Edge: Push


Overall Scent

I enjoy Polo Red much more than Blue. That’s just my personal preference. I find it to be more unique and a better smelling fragrance overall. Polo Blue seems more generic and while it is attractive, it smells like a whole lot of other aquatics out there. However, in terms of value and everyday wear, many guys would probably find Polo Blue to be the better fit for them. It does project better and last longer than Red does.

Winner: Polo Blue (for most guys) but Polo Red smells better