Oscar de la Renta's first scent created a new category, the "floriental," according to Roja Dove. He relates its debt to Coty's L'Origan and Guerlain's L'Heure Bleue and de la Renta's wish to replicate the latter as one of his favorite scents.
Despite its many ingredients, I found it to be an undistinguished floral medley with a cinnamon/vanilla dry down. For me it lacked balance and clarity, since most of the notes are indistinguishable from the combined effect.
Turin did not experience the original, but puts down the re-formation with two stars.
Top notes: Neroli, Coriander, Cascarilla, Basil, Peach, Gardenia, Cilantro
Heart notes: Jasmine, Tuberose, Ylang, Rose de Mai, Lavender, Orchid, Broom, Muguet, Galbanum, Honey
Base notes: Clove, Sandalwood, Amber, Myrrh, Patchouli, Opopanox, Vetiver, Castoreum, Oakmoss, Cedarwood, Musk, Ambergris
The bottle is gorgeous and is the only collectible part of the ensemble in my humble opinion.
I haven't used this in years but will get a bottle for fall. Nothing bad to say about it. I do like it but I like to experiment with different fragrances.
Bought my first grown up bottle of eau de parfum over 20 years ago. It was Oscar. I was told back then it was 'his signature scent' and I loved it! I still have it. I don't wear scents daily, and I have tried other scents, but this one makes me feel sophisticated and a bit exotic. That's why I save it for special times. One day I'll try Ruffles, but I'll always come back to Oscar. :)
Oh the memories...
I wore the eau de parfume Oscar de la Renta in the late 80s, early 90s, and to me it is an erotic scent. Haven't smelled the newer version, and I doubt I will. I don't want to ruin it for me.
It definitely was a woodsy-floral, my favorite type of fragrance, very soft and clean and wore close to the body.
Might try to score a vintage eau de parfume on Ebay. I didn't like the eau de toilette as much. Still, I think I bought about 5 bottles of this, and for me that is a miracle, as I usually buy something new every time.
This is for women? Wow!
Oscar (EDP version) opens with a wallop of bitter lemon and lavender, lightly spiced by basil, and nuanced with a touch of tuberose. The lavender is frigid, herbal, probably Spanish. The drydown rapidly brings forth the warmth and creaminess of opoponax and sandalwood. The base is a masculine take on cloves and ambergris, all haloed in a rugged aroma of rosemary and myrrh. This smells very expensive, very well constructed, and surprisingly unisex. I don't know how the EDT dispenses with those morning-slap top notes, but I can say that the perfume is stunning all around. A real winner from Oscar de la Renta.