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I received this Oscar de la Renta Oscar perfume as a miniature in a miniatures gift set a while back.
The fragrance was first released back in 1977.
~ Price and availability ~
You can currently buy Oscar by Oscar de la Renta in 30ml, 50ml and 100ml bottles of eau de toilette.
The 30ml bottle is available from www.fragrancedirect.co.uk for £18.99 (recommended retail price £34.00).
The 50ml bottle is available from www.fragrancedirect.co.uk for £20.99 (RRP £49.00).
The 100ml bottle is available from www.fragrancemad.com for £35.95 (RRP £63.50).
The bottle is made from glass and is almost flower shaped. The sides of the bottle are curved a bit like a flowers petals, but the shape of the bottle is not symmetrical.
~ Scent ~
The perfume has top notes of orange blossom, basil, coriander, galbanum, peach and gardenia.
The middle notes are ylang-ylang, jasmine, tuberose, rose, rosemary, cyclamen, lavender and orchid.
The base notes are opoponax, carnation, patchouli, sandalwood, vetiver and amber.
The list of notes is rather long and would not have appealed to me, had I read it before trying the perfume.
To me, the scent is not very complex compared to what you'd expect from the list of notes. It is very floral, but I struggle to pick out any individual notes, although I can detect the amber in it.
It is a rather powdery scent. It is inoffensive, with no harshness or sharpness.
I like the scent. It is soft, warming and sophisticated, but I feel like I have used similar scents in the past and I don't think it is particularly original.
I find that this perfume is quite subtle, but I have found it to be long lasting. It is still evident after an 8 hour day.
I personally think that this perfume would appeal to more mature women as it is floral, sensual and sophisticated.
~ Conclusion ~
I like this scent. It is a pleasant, subtle powdery floral scent, which is inoffensive and long lasting.
I would not consider it one of my favourite perfumes and to be honest I will probably never get around to buying myself a full size bottle, but I would be happy to receive it as a gift.
I would recommend this perfume as a nice powdery floral, but it isn't my favourite perfume.
Oscar is the first perfume by Oscar de la Renta and it was created by Jean-Louis Sieuzac in 1977. It was my favourite for many years in the 1980s but recently I have found I prefer a lighter fragrance. It must be my old age or my sense of smell changing. I still wear it but tend to use it at night rather than for day use as I think it is a bit rather too strong for a day perfume.
Oscar is a real classic perfume with a strong perfume filled with aromatic notes of lavender, rosemary and carnation, with sweet musky base notes. The top notes include orange blossom, basil, coriander, galbanum, peach and gardenia. The heart of this perfume brings in ylang-ylang, jasmine, tuberose, rose, rosemary, cyclamen, lavender and orchid. My favourites then emerge with opoponax, carnation, patchouli, sandalwood, vetiver, lavender and amber.
I particularly love the earthy notes of patchouli, vetiver and sandalwood and amber. I have to admit I have no idea of what opoponax smells like and would be interested to smell this individually some time.
This perfume won the FiFi Award in 1978 and it celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2007 and in this celebration year a limited, jubilee version in a beautiful bottle was launched. Unfortunately I only have the normal version in the standard bottle.
The bottle has straight sides and has an oval base with indentations up the side. The lid is a black one that covers the spray nozzle completely and meets a silver band around the bottle. It is quite hard to describe but it is a fairly basic looking bottle not anything very fancy in my view but quite classy and elegant which I think is the image it is trying to create.
Oscar de la Renta is supposed to have taken his inspiration from the exotic white flowers in the garden of his childhood home in Santo Domingo, which is in the Dominican Republic. I find this perfume is very sensual and at the same time feminine and exotic.
The floral smells are quite heavy a bit like jasmine at night rather than a rose in the day. It must be the gardenia and, orange blossom and jasmine that define this floral smell. I really struggle to detect the lavender or rosemary at all but after a while the heavier longer lasting notes of patchouli and vetiver do snuggle through. There are definite sexy and sensual aromas to this perfume and it is feminine and heavily floral. There is no freshness or lightness in this perfume despite the fact that it is floral. I find that it is rather too complex and heavy for me now despite the fact that it is a really classic perfume and has many notes that I usually love. I just find it all a bit too strong for me for daily use.
After some time the initial rather strong floral notes change and develop into a softer and certainly more appealing smell. This fragrance has the most amazing lasting strength I can usually smell this on me the next day after I have worn it at night. When I sniff my clothes that I have worn I can smell Oscar still on then days later if I have not washed them in between. This sweet, elegant floral bouquet aroma and can be overwhelming if you use too much.
This is a good quality lasting perfume or EDT with a strong floral aroma with earthy undertones. Oscar is hailed as a classic perfume and is one I do like and I find it much more pleasant the Chanel No 5 for example but I still find it quite powerful for day use so keep it for romantic evenings and special nights out.
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