Product Type: Oscar de la Renta fragrances
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Oscar de La Renta Eau de Toilette
Member Name: catsholiday
Oscar de La Renta Eau de Toilette
Date: 15/09/10, updated on 27/10/11 (70 review reads)
Advantages: A long lasting floral perfume with classic notes
Disadvantages: Can be a little too strong for day time
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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Summary: A Good classy EDT from Oscar de la Renta