Oscar by Oscar de la Renta EDT

This was released in 1978 and is the first fragrance from him. And as you know Oscar is a famous fashion designed who passed away last year but the brand still lives on. And it is arriving in SA only now though. This fragrance, to me, is like all the good parts of women’s fragrance put together to form a very classic fragrance.

Some of my faves of his designs
Some of my faves of his designs
My favorite quote from him
My favorite quote from him

oscar de la rente edt 1 oscar de la rente 2 oscar de la rente edt 3

Bottle wise: Sharp green and a bit powdery. I get a lot of the herbs in the bottle with a faint trace of florals in the back.

How it smells: This fragrance actually smells a lot like Chanel no. 5 it has the same musky and powderiness to it.  Really strong and last the entire day. A bit of a strange mix but not at all unpleasant with the rosemary and sandal wood being the most dominant note. It’s interesting and definitely smells like a classic fragrance. As Oscar settles down the perfume heads into more floral territory with a smattering of herbs and green rosemary while still retaining that classic powder scent. The fragrance uses florals in a sheer way with a hit of spicy carnation to give those flowers a bit more sway. The dry down is probably my favorite part that sees Oscar head into this warm amber and spicy powder finish with a dash of full-bodied patchouli. I know a lot of younger people who will be turned off by the powderiness of this and I will warn everyone that this does smell very much like a classic. But if you’re looking to smell sophisticated, this is good stuff.

Bottle Design: Oscar’s eau de toilette bottle is a tall glass with a black cap. The shape of the bottle is a bit interesting and sets it out from other perfumes by not being a big tall rectangle. Haven’t actually seen a fragrance bottle that looks like this it really stands out on a shelf. The design is simple yet elegant just like his designs.

Fragrance Family: floral aromatic

Notes: Orange blossom, basil, coriander, galbanum, peach, gardenia, ylang-ylang, jasmine, tuberose, rose, rosemary, cyclamen, lavender, orchid, opoponax, carnation, patchouli, sandalwood, vetiver, amber. The strange thing about this scent it doesn’t change much from the moment you spray it and I found it quite tough to put my finger on the 3 levels of the scent but i’m loving that notes list and marvel at how well the notes actually work in this fragrance.

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