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Oscar de la Renta pour Lui (1981)
by Oscar de la Renta


Oscar de la Renta pour Lui information

Year of Launch1981
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 288 votes)

People and companies

HouseOscar de la Renta
PackagingSerge Mansau
Parent Company at launchStern Fragrances Inc

About Oscar de la Renta pour Lui

FIFI award winner in 1981

Oscar de la Renta pour Lui fragrance notes

  1. Top Notes
  2. Heart Notes
  3. Base notes

Reviews of Oscar de la Renta pour Lui

This fragrance to me gets a neutral rating...part of it's the poor projection.Not convinced Oscar De La Renta Pour Lui still has it's powerhouse label.This stuff takes 5-6 sprays to hold longer than 4 hours and rather low projection after the dry down.

Most people have filled in the gap on what this fragrance smells like but not the answer to why the glass is's reflective to the core of this scent.This fragrance has an alternate clean side by forging the aldehydes and musk to create a 'laundry musk'.This is a synthetic and oceanic clean smell akin to Tide laundry detergent.Some older fragrances with a beachside or ocean theme back in the 60's/70's used this approach...Wind Drift by MEM and the current formula of Royal Copenhagen Musk comes to mind.I usually despise this approach in fragrances because it's usually really thick/cloying and in some cases bleeds into the other notes.In this fragrance? it's tolerable at it's lower volume.The musk in the heart is more of the discount bin type of unheard of brand name fragrances of that same time period-sweet of maraschino cherry with hardly any animalic feel.

Oscar De La Renta the majority of it is a beautiful composition.It's core is just so synthetic and cheap I don't know if I should refer it to as a heart or a pacemaker.
06th June, 2018 (last edited: 07th June, 2018)
Ifti Show all reviews
United Kingdom
Keeps on giving!
Really enjoy the olifactory journey.
Totally get the immense love this gets, yet also how it can be too much for some.
I wear this from a decant, I feel this bypasses the initial blast and straight to the good stuff.
This is Rich, deep and opulent.
Initial herbal lavender and thyme plays really well with the spicy thick clove, supported and harminosed with the floral geranium and spicy green fern. This can give it a 'cosmetic' handbag' vibe, but I find it lush and nonchalantly elegant!
Underpinned with generous and thick oak, incense and musk this orchestra of notes gives a really rich and heady aromatic experience.
Could be seen ( smelled!) as a pompous and dressy fragrance, yet I like to sport it on all occasions and weather's! Waiting on fall / winter to see what more magic this provides!
Aside, I had this with me on a two week trip to the hot and arid KSA and it gave me so much more!
All in all a strong contender for one of my all time ( well 3 years of fragrance journey) actual wearable and enhancing perfume ( as opposed to a nice smell that might not be wearable - Dunhill desire I'm looking at you!!)
Possibly not for fans of contemporary citrus fruit acqua's or 'compliment getters'(!)
Powerful, aromatic, arresting wonderous result from the orchestra of notes.
Something you need to spend the with.

EDIT 2: 04082018
Gotta find a vintage of this :)
Tried with Antaues today- call me blasphemous - but it seems a whole level better. Richer, more depth, complexity.
Ebay hunting is on!
27th May, 2018 (last edited: 04th August, 2018)
Pour Lui should be right up my alley but I really don't enjoy it, dark and dour is the overall vibe I get, the man I imagine wearing this is no fun to be around
Least favorite of the vintage chypres I've tried so far.
26th April, 2018 (last edited: 22nd June, 2018)
Óscar Arístides Renta Fiallo was a Dominican-born American designer of exquisite taste, who was swept away to Paris where the bulk of his career as a ready-to-wear fashion designer unfolded until he launched his own eponymous "Oscar de la Renta" label in the 1970's, which begat OSCAR perfume in 1977, then this debut masculine in 1981. Oscar de la Renta Pour Lui both bent the rules of perfume design and restated them at the same time, following the conventions of the aromatic fougère that had risen to power in the 60's then came to dominate in the 1970's but was actually built on a chypre base, with nary a shred of tonka or coumarin in sight. This classy and warmly sensual aromatic chypre with fougère trappings help set new standards which gave birth to the sharply loud, focused, and dense abstract scents known as "powerhouses" on the male side of perfumery, and is as much a transitional scent between the 70's and 80's as it is a timeless masterpiece. The late Mr. Renta Fiallo used to faithfully wear this himself, as much like Yves Saint Laurent Pour Homme (1971) was for it's namesake, this wasn't merely the debut masculine from the Oscar de la Renta house, but the signature fragrance of the man behind the house himself.

Pour Lui opens with thyme, bergamot, and lavender, before warming up and sweetening out with clove, cinnamon, geranium, and a synthetic fern note. It feels like textbook 70's aromatic fougère, especially with the herbs, florals, and the namesake fern inference right up top, but once it dries down, Pour Lui reveals it's true colors as a chypre with a huge dollop of oakmoss, leather, frankincense, and some sensual musk for the fade-out on skin. This transition from the fougère-like herbal introduction to the pungent chypre-like conclusion is where Pour Lui shines, as most folks just sniffing from the sprayer or sample swatch might mistake this for a clone of Halston Z-14 (1976) at first glance, but once it sits on skin or fabric for more than a few minutes, the curtain draws back, letting the opening act of those fougère-like notes exit the stage and give the limelight to the headlining chypre base. There's so much sheer magic in this transition that it's no wonder Oscar de la Renta Pour Lui would be continously aped by other designers throughout the 1980's. This one's a real point-of-reference scent for men of the 1980's that's still going strong today.

Pour Lui is the first significantly influential and successful aromatic oakmoss-rich scent that wasn't a fougère to come along since Geo F Trumper's Eucris in 1912, and it shows. All throughout the 80's designers would make their own reditions of the "Oakmoss Bomb" with slight variations on the theme. Antonio Puig's Quorum (1982) comes dangerously close to the feel of this, but has much more blunt force trauma and none of the sophistication in the drydown; it's all green all the time. If you were to own one such "Oakmoss Bomb" from this period, then Pour Lui would be the best all-around choice. It has all the potency it's ingredients suggest, but also all the rounded edges it's trademark bottle possesses, remaining friendly, warm, inviting, and able to control it's own power rather than bubbling over with strength like it's imitators. It's a magnificent daytime scent for a cold day, or formal evening wear any other time of year. It's unmistakable mossy salvo will undoubtedly date it's wearer against a backdrop of millenials clad in ambroxen-powered ambiguous "beauty", but that's it's charm: the wearer of Oscar de la Renta Pour Lui is more than aware of his maturity, and uses it as a leverage for leadership when he cuts a path through a crowd and draws everyone his way in the resulting wake. This is the scent of the Pied Piper, and it's song is sung for you.
09th February, 2018
ad_scott Show all reviews
United Kingdom
Green, dark, leathery and soapy. Very 1980s. Dry-down is nicer than the opening which is incense-like. A fragrance for the winter months. Pure class in a glass bottle.
05th December, 2017 (last edited: 12th December, 2017)
Too dark and incense like for me. I don't take to the incense at all. Otherwise it seems to be of good quality, is very powerful and very easy on the wallet.
03rd March, 2017

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