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    Default Gems from the past: Oscar de la Renta "Pour Lui" (1980)

    Ladies and Gentlemen,

    This is one of the best powerhouse ever produced, hands down. Any possible ingredient seem used in massive quantities, longevity and projection are awesome.

    Top notes are aldehydes, caraway, juniper berries, lavender, galbanum, basil, sage, anise and bergamot;
    Heart notes are cyclamen, carnation, patchouli, cinnamon, vetiver, cedar and geranium;
    Base notes are labdanum, leather, sandalwood, musk and oakmoss.

    Is it enough?
    A nice definition I heard some time ago is: "Pour Lui" could be described as a sort of vintage Paco Rabanne Pour Homme on steroids.
    Anyway, if you like powerhouse scents, this is a must-try.

    Beware: vintage is the best.
    The vintage bottle has the lettering "Oscar de la Renta pour lui" inside an ellipse in the upper part; while "Eau de Toilette" is on bottom.
    The Vintage box has the lettering "Oscar de la Renta pour lui" inside a gold ellipse.




























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    Default Re: Gems from the past: Oscar de la Renta "Pour Lui" (1980)

    I just purchased this quite recently and love it. I don't find it that similar to vintage Paco Rabanne pour Homme (which I also own) though I can see just a passing resemblance. To me the vintage Oscar Pour Lui is much spicier and far less green. I definitely prefer it of the two.
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    Default Re: Gems from the past: Oscar de la Renta "Pour Lui" (1980)

    Quote Originally Posted by drseid View Post
    I don't find it that similar to vintage Paco Rabanne pour Homme though I can see just a passing resemblance. To me the vintage Oscar Pour Lui is much spicier and far less green. I definitely prefer it of the two.
    thank you drsied , my thoughts also ...
    Andre , keep up the great effort , btw when did you discover this classic ?




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    Default Re: Gems from the past: Oscar de la Renta "Pour Lui" (1980)

    Vintage Pour Lui is an absolutely fantastic scent, love it!
    Last edited by easyfish; 26th April 2013 at 09:59 AM.
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    Default Re: Gems from the past: Oscar de la Renta "Pour Lui" (1980)

    Personally, I think Oscar Pour Lui is composed by:

    1/4 Paco Rabanne "pour Homme",
    1/4 VanCleef&Arpels "Pour Homme" ,
    1/4 "Caractère" de Daniel Hechter
    and the final 1/4 Antaeus Chanel

    How a similar perfume could not have a sort of "love at first smell"?

    "Oscar de la Renta Pour Lui.....I love it. If you're the type of guy who doesn't wear fragrances because you think it's for sissies, that's because you've never smelled this. This is a raging bull of a scent. No one will ever mistake you for wearing a woman's perfume with this. "
    (Pour Monsieur)


    Be careful, this type of scent (heavy, animalic, gorgeous, super-powered and nonetheless VERY elegant) is one of the most ruined by reformulationsss..... try to find a vintage bottle!

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    Default Re: Gems from the past: Oscar de la Renta "Pour Lui" (1980)

    It's a wonderful scent.

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    Default Re: Gems from the past: Oscar de la Renta "Pour Lui" (1980)

    I don't have the vintage one but I really enjoy the latest formulation very much.

    Do you happend to know when was reformulated?

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    Default Re: Gems from the past: Oscar de la Renta "Pour Lui" (1980)

    Quote Originally Posted by easyfish View Post
    Vintage Pour Lui is an absolutely fantastic scent, love it!
    I heartily second my friend Easyfish's sentiments!

    Thanks again Andre for another excellent post with the usual fantastic photos - please keep treating us to these gems..!

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    Sounds divine!
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    Default Re: Gems from the past: Oscar de la Renta "Pour Lui" (1980)

    One of my all-time faves.

    The packaging, too, is one of my favorites. Masculine, powerful, elegant, and sexy all at once. I enjoy just looking at the vintage box and bottle. Classy stuff.
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    Default Re: Gems from the past: Oscar de la Renta "Pour Lui" (1980)

    Simply look the bottle

    VINTAGE, to be always preferred : Box with GOLDEN Oscar de la Renta logo /

    INTERMEDIATE VERSION: box with a GOLDEN star in the middle

    MODERN: box with no golden logo.

    hope my memory is still active...
    Last edited by Andrè Moreau; 28th April 2013 at 08:33 PM.

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    Default Re: Gems from the past: Oscar de la Renta "Pour Lui" (1980)

    Current formulation is just ok. Dry down leaves a bitter and powdery film on the skin. Not crazy about that aspect of it but the top notes do pretty well.

    Not the best reformulation but definitely not the worst.

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    Default Re: Gems from the past: Oscar de la Renta "Pour Lui" (1980)

    Thanks for the info. Great photos. Threads of this sort are very informative. Keep up the great work.

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    Default Re: Gems from the past: Oscar de la Renta "Pour Lui" (1980)

    Thank you Andre. Great post!
    Currently wearing: Zen for Men by Shiseido

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    Default Re: Gems from the past: Oscar de la Renta "Pour Lui" (1980)

    I own the "new" version, and I think it's just as good as the vintage. This is my second favourite 80-ies powerhouse scent, right behind CHANEL Antaeus. Strong, deep, smooth, and masculine leather chypre. Wear it with a stylish white iron shirt, blazer and elegant leather shoes, and you will feel like an elegant, rich gentleman. This is pure class in a bottle. Love it!

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    Default Re: Gems from the past: Oscar de la Renta "Pour Lui" (1980)

    The current formulation has been my most worn this winter. It's outstanding! It's one of those I have on backup & also have some of the vintage.

    What's great about it is that others around you get a distinguished projection, while the wearer gets the full "perfumery experience" with an aldehydic ride all the all way to one of the most lush green drydowns.

    It was love at first whiff in my case.
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    Default Re: Gems from the past: Oscar de la Renta "Pour Lui" (1980)

    In my top 5. I own both the vintage and new, and think the reformulation has been very kind.

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    Sounds wonderful indeed. Nice pics!
    Is the juice worth the squeeze?

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    Wonderful fragrance, thanks for sharing the info about it. Still having faint pleasant memories about the few times I got to test the vintage version.

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    Default Re: Gems from the past: Oscar de la Renta "Pour Lui" (1980)

    got a big vintage bottle, deep and rich like most scents from the Golden Age!

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    Is their a way to tell the original formulation bottles...logo maybe? Size?

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    Default Re: Gems from the past: Oscar de la Renta "Pour Lui" (1980)

    I really love this scent--even in reformulation it is excellent!
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    Default Re: Gems from the past: Oscar de la Renta "Pour Lui" (1980)

    How different is the original? I feel the current version is a very competent execution on a classic theme, and if anything I think extra animalics might throw off the balance. I cant say I really get much spiciness in the current version; to me it is a max-factor aldehyde bomb of a chypre.
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    Default Re: Gems from the past: Oscar de la Renta "Pour Lui" (1980)

    Quote Originally Posted by Oslo-Fjord View Post
    I own the "new" version, and I think it's just as good as the vintage. This is my second favourite 80-ies powerhouse scent, right behind CHANEL Antaeus. Strong, deep, smooth, and masculine leather chypre. Wear it with a stylish white iron shirt, blazer and elegant leather shoes, and you will feel like an elegant, rich gentleman. This is pure class in a bottle. Love it!
    yes, not much different to be notice, it is very good reformulation i just finish my original from the 80s few years back and remember when got the one from the store was like 99% same juice as the 80s bottle.
    i have see absolutely no similarity to Paco Rabanne Pour Homme.
    well Paco Rabanne Pour Homme is a complete different story the current formula is disgusting synthetic crap compare to the 70s and 80s of Paco Rabanne Pour Homme not even 20% of what once use to be a great cologne.
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    Default Re: Gems from the past: Oscar de la Renta "Pour Lui" (1980)

    Very curious... this is certainly an exception, for an older powerhouse like this to have a more recent formulation that is pretty true to the original composition. I've got the vintage, as I went after that with the presumption of it being superior.

    Does the latest contain a little less aldehydes? Does it feel modernized in any way?
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    Default Re: Gems from the past: Oscar de la Renta "Pour Lui" (1980)

    Quote Originally Posted by cytherian View Post
    Very curious... this is certainly an exception, for an older powerhouse like this to have a more recent formulation that is pretty true to the original composition. I've got the vintage, as I went after that with the presumption of it being superior.

    Does the latest contain a little less aldehydes? Does it feel modernized in any way?
    Not sure what the ingredient differences are in the reformulation. I have the 60ml. bottles pictured by the OP and also have a reformulation. I prefer the Vintage as it has no shrillness whatsoever. The reformulation isn't bad, it's simply not as heavy and full as the original.

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