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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 257 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

Reviews of Oscar de la Renta pour Lui

Love the vintage 10/10 but that because I'm 46 & a powerhouse & oakmoss junkie. But pre 2011 new formula is well worth the £ . I have a 90s bottle with a £30+ rice tag ... Which shows the quality of ingredients used. My 2011 bottle is close but is less dense & dark but with a very natural carnation & other florals which project & dance in a cleaner more separated way than my vintage bottles. Longevity still very good even with minimal / no oak moss.
Modern ( pre 2011) is one of the best reforms from the 80s & stays true. But since ODLR sadly passed , I can't vouch for today's bottles
27th August, 2016
Oviatt Show all reviews
United States
Wow--gorgeous stuff. No wonder the elegant Mr. de la Renta wore this himself. This reminds me of a great classic--Azzaro Pour Homme--but if that scent was bookended with a soapy fresh top note and a darker, bitter greeny-leathery base. Quintessential 80s powerhouse but with an elegance and gentlemanliness often missing in this genre. Great to wear with a suit and tie--makes you want to stand a bit taller and smile at passers-by.
08th January, 2016
I remember this gem walking into the scene in the early 80's. A girl within our peer group chose it as a Signature at the time. Us boys were astonished, almost repulsed as it had been marketed so heavily as a Masculine.
I've just had the opportunity to compare side by side Vintage vs Contemporary.The only change, blatent, is in Bombast. The newest retains the essential character of past (clean, bright,airy, ozonic) and has moved into the era of Unisex most gracefully without resorting to the use of Calone.
I wonder what that girl is doing now?
Probably breaking other barriers.
13th November, 2015
A sharp, dry, pungent powerhouse of oak moss, patchouli, carnation and vetiver. There's sandalwood and galbanum here as well. Reminiscent of Aramis, but without the latter's sweetness. The dry down becomes redolent of strong tobacco leaves, cured for cigar smoking.

This is the vintage version I am reviewing. It is typical of so many powerhouse men's scents from the 1980s and does not really stand out from the others.

Projection is enough to kill at twenty paces. Use very sparingly, a little goes a long way.
20th August, 2015
If someone wants to know what's a powerhouse, Oscar pour lui can show him perfectly. It's in your face, pungent, not for the weak...
Top notes reminds me of Balenciaga pour homme (and It was certainly inspired by pour lui). It's equally odd and creamy, definitely acquired taste. Probably something related to cinnamon and galbanum united. After some minutes, thankfully this smell is over and then It exudes a nice spicy-floral and resinous dark sweet accord. Everything well blended and still pretty strong. A bit stuffy but never powdery, great scent for formal evening occasions.
13th April, 2015
Genre: Chypre

If Chanel Pour Monsieur, Eau Sauvage, and Givenchy Gentleman had a brawny younger brother, he’d be Oscar de la Renta Pour Lui: a more muscular, if less refined, citrus chypre who’d be comfortable in a leather jacket but a little awkward if you stuffed him in a suit.

After a nicely balanced tart citrus and aromatic entrance, Oscar de la Renta Pour Lui settles into a classic citrus chypre accord whose leather and vetiver accents leave it feeling darker and heavier than its older peers. The extra weight persists into the mossy leather drydown, which offers an especially appealing warm animalic labdanum as its closing gesture. While it’s undeniably loud when compared to its elders, Oscar de la Renta Pour Lui never feels crude or bombastic, and its relatively loose, informal style makes it easier to wear than many other brawny 1980s masculines.
22nd June, 2014

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