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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 281 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

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Reviews of Oscar de la Renta pour Lui

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
Zowiee Show all reviews
United States
One of my all time favorites. It's elegant and spectacular at the same time. You buy it for a song, which you'll be singing once you appreciate this master fragrance.
18th February, 2017
Stardate 20170113:

Vintage Version:
Soapy, elegant masculine powerhouse from the days of yore. If you like AD Plus or Worth PH you will like this for sure.
13th January, 2017
dreese Show all reviews
United States
This is the modern version. Nothing positive to say. Far too syrupy sweet, moderately synthetic, low-rent floral.
29th December, 2016

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