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A friend of mine bought me a bottle of Oscar de la Renta's "Oscar Summer Dew" as a thank you for looking after their dog "Oscar" when they were on holiday. Obviously I had heard of Oscar de la Renta, but I wasn't even aware of the fact that he did fragrances and so certainly hadn't heard of this particular perfume before. However, I think the reason for picking this particular fragrance for me was the sentiment of the name.
This perfume comes in a pleasant enough bottle which is pretty and colourful, but equally isn't particularly striking or as outrageous as so many of the bottles of perfume on the market today. I have to admit that I am sucker for a gorgeous looking bottle that could compete for a place in a Tate gallery! Having said that, this bottle is perfectly fine....but just simple and basic. It is a lovely purple / lilac colour with the name "Oscar" scrawled in the centre of the bottle in a gold handwriting font. Their is a pull on / push off lid which covers the spray nozzle. The bottle contains 100mls of the eau de toilette spray.
As I said, this was a present for me, but for the purposes of writing this review I have looked up how much it costs. I have seen it being sold on Amazon.co.uk for £47.00 - which seems about middle of the road in price terms for designer perfumes. It is usually a price I would be willing to pay for a decent perfume - but I think in terms of this particular perfume I think it may be a little more than I would be willing to shell out.
The eau de toilette is delivered in spray form by a nozzle. The nozzle delivers a generous amount of spray and I have found that just one spray on my neck and one spray on my wrists is perfect to get the right amount of fragrance delivered. The spray is delivered in a fine mist and so a little covers a fairly wide area.
The fragrance of the Oscar Summer Dew is, as the name would suggest, quite summery. It is fairly light and delicate and is certainly not overpowering. This isn't the type of perfume that I would wear if I wanted to make a statement because it is fairly non-descript, but if I wanted to just smell "nice" then this is the type of perfume that I may opt for. It has a very much floral and a fruity base, particularly evident is the smell of oranges and jasmine - and the combination provides a fragrance which is both sweet and zesty. I am not a fan of fragrances which are overwhelmingly floral, and fortunately, although there is a slight floral base to this, I find that the fruity / citrousy smell is what really carries through.
The perfume has average staying power compared to other perfumes of this type. If I put it on then it will need refreshing after about 5 hours. Although the fragrance is still evident after this time, it has faded considerably and as this perfume is quite light anyway, it really does need refreshing after about 5 hours.
I would generally say that this perfume is ideal for summer day wear - or for casual evenings. However, as the fragrance is quite non-descript in as much as I like strong powerful perfumes, then I really don't think I will be spending £47.00 to replace this once I have run out.