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.
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.
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.
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.
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.