Oscar de la Renta

Oscar de la Renta


Overall rating
3.7
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61%
would repurchase
3.7
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Overall rating
61%
would repurchase

Recent Oscar de la Renta Reviews

Esprit de Oscar Eau de Parfum
4.0
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8 days ago

A little gem that smells rather expensive, and all the more respectable because it does so at an affordable price. It is essentially a feminine, powdery floral, but the aldehydes and iris in the composition rings the bell for some Guerlains, Chanels and expensive niches. On me, it is surprisingly well-balanced and less offensive than the skank in, say, Chanel Exclusifs - Bel Respiro, I'm speaking to you. Same for powder and everything that may go wrong depending on body chemistry - I don't think there is a single house where this doesn't happen so the price range is not to blame. Anyway, Esprit opens with a burst of aldehydes that are not very heavy or sulphuric, nor very clean and metallic. The flowery heart is of lilac colour in my mind. A neat and direct iris sitting on an soft, airy, slightly sweet feminine flowers. Some people notice heliotrope here, I don't although the florals remind me of my well-beloved Etro Viccolo Fiori in spirit. There is an airiness coming from something ilke anise, never disturbing though and I'm surprised as this is a very difficult note for me. The iris here is direct and powdery, but not like ambery sweet makeup powder. Neither does it have dirt, soil, meat, stem notes we come across in Serge Lutens or Tauer. This is clean, proper, cool like a silk blouse. I would call it an efficient chic style that can suit any occasion. I think this fragrance is a good option for any time when fruits and sweet stuff don't cut it but work Guerlain etc feel too much. I have some very much loved irises in my collection and I like Esprit as their pleasant, more friendly cousin. 3.5

Esprit de Oscar Eau de Parfum
4.0
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8 days ago

A little gem that smells rather expensive, and all the more respectable because it does so at an affordable price. It is essentially a feminine, powdery floral, but the aldehydes and iris in the composition rings the bell for some Guerlains, Chanels and expensive niches. On me, it is surprisingly well-balanced and less offensive than the skank in, say, Chanel Exclusifs - Bel Respiro, I'm speaking to you. Same for powder and everything that may go wrong depending on body chemistry - I don't think there is a single house where this doesn't happen so the price range is not to blame. Anyway, Esprit opens with a burst of aldehydes that are not very heavy or sulphuric, nor very clean and metallic. The flowery heart is of lilac colour in my mind. A neat and direct iris sitting on an soft, airy, slightly sweet feminine flowers. Some people notice heliotrope here, I don't although the florals remind me of my well-beloved Etro Viccolo Fiori in spirit. There is an airiness coming from something ilke anise, never disturbing though and I'm surprised as this is a very difficult note for me. The iris here is direct and powdery, but not like ambery sweet makeup powder. Neither does it have dirt, soil, meat, stem notes we come across in Serge Lutens or Tauer. This is clean, proper, cool like a silk blouse. I would call it an efficient chic style that can suit any occasion. I think this fragrance is a good option for any time when fruits and sweet stuff don't cut it but work Guerlain etc feel too much. I have some very much loved irises in my collection and I like Esprit as their pleasant, more friendly cousin. 3.5


Soft Amber
3.0
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2 months ago

Notes from Fragrantica: Italian mandarin, pink pepper, iris, patchouli, amber This is indeed soft. It is ambery. It is inoffensive and frankly, a bit boring. Nothing is loud in it, no notes stand out or are over the top. It is a comfortable fragrance and longevity is STELLAR---14 hours easily on my skin. It didn't wow me, but it also didn't repel me so there we are. The patchouli is faint enough to be palatable to even those that don't like patch, and this is a safe office-type perfume. The bottle is pretty cute, though I won't be buying any more of this line as this one didn't bowl me over.

Soft Amber
3.0
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2 months ago

Notes from Fragrantica: Italian mandarin, pink pepper, iris, patchouli, amber This is indeed soft. It is ambery. It is inoffensive and frankly, a bit boring. Nothing is loud in it, no notes stand out or are over the top. It is a comfortable fragrance and longevity is STELLAR---14 hours easily on my skin. It didn't wow me, but it also didn't repel me so there we are. The patchouli is faint enough to be palatable to even those that don't like patch, and this is a safe office-type perfume. The bottle is pretty cute, though I won't be buying any more of this line as this one didn't bowl me over.

Esprit de Oscar Eau de Parfum

Top Notes: Sicilian Lemon, Cedrat Heart Notes: Egyptian Jasmine, Orange Flower, Tuberose, Parma Violet, Iris Base Notes: Heliotrope, Musk, Tonka Bean, Vetiver, Amber This review is for the eau de parfum which is a warm, amber colour unlike the eau de toilet which is more yellow in colour. Armfuls of Purple Flowers Laid on a Warm, Ambery Base Espirit de Oscar opens with the bright, fresh scent of a juicy lemon just picked from a lemon tree growing in the warm, temperate climate of Sicily and sliced open before your eyes. It is an appetisingly fresh and fruity note that is neither sharp and acrid, or sweetened by honey or sugar or any type. The top notes are refreshing, and they last a surprisingly long while. After 5-10 minutes, the heart notes slowly begin to open. Now, the fragrance feels as though armfuls of purple flowers have been given me. I mainly detect iris, violet, and already an abundance of slightly doughy heliotrope. In the background, surprisingly, unusually demure are the white florals. This time, the stars are the purple flowers, the dry iris, the gently sweet violet, and the doughy heliotrope. The heart notes themselves last for quite a long time, and then eventually, finally, roughly one hour into the fragrance, the warm base notes emerge. Heliotrope is still quite prominent in the base, though. Beneath the heliotrope I detect the warmth of amber with shy hints of tonka bean and musk. I do not detect the vetiver here, but that is fine. The warmth of the amber, tonka, and musk make the perfect chorus to the star player---the heliotrope. This fragrance is about purple flowers in general and heliotrope in particular. If you do not like heliotrope, then this fragrance will not likely appeal. Espirt de Oscar is feminine and soft. Projection is about an arm's length. Sillage is soft but noticeable. Longevity is good. I think this is a fragrance that would work well day or night provided you love heliotrope. The original Oscar will always be my favourite, but Espirit will shower you with sunny, fresh lemon, and then it will surround you with an abundance of purple flowers until finally, you feel are made warm and cozy by the ambery base. It is a lovely perfume, and it is very good value for the price point. Fragrance: 7/10 Projection: 6.5/10 Sillage: 6.5/10 Longevity: 6.5/10

Esprit de Oscar Eau de Parfum
3.0
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4 months ago

Top Notes: Sicilian Lemon, Cedrat Heart Notes: Egyptian Jasmine, Orange Flower, Tuberose, Parma Violet, Iris Base Notes: Heliotrope, Musk, Tonka Bean, Vetiver, Amber This review is for the eau de parfum which is a warm, amber colour unlike the eau de toilet which is more yellow in colour. Armfuls of Purple Flowers Laid on a Warm, Ambery Base Espirit de Oscar opens with the bright, fresh scent of a juicy lemon just picked from a lemon tree growing in the warm, temperate climate of Sicily and sliced open before your eyes. It is an appetisingly fresh and fruity note that is neither sharp and acrid, or sweetened by honey or sugar or any type. The top notes are refreshing, and they last a surprisingly long while. After 5-10 minutes, the heart notes slowly begin to open. Now, the fragrance feels as though armfuls of purple flowers have been given me. I mainly detect iris, violet, and already an abundance of slightly doughy heliotrope. In the background, surprisingly, unusually demure are the white florals. This time, the stars are the purple flowers, the dry iris, the gently sweet violet, and the doughy heliotrope. The heart notes themselves last for quite a long time, and then eventually, finally, roughly one hour into the fragrance, the warm base notes emerge. Heliotrope is still quite prominent in the base, though. Beneath the heliotrope I detect the warmth of amber with shy hints of tonka bean and musk. I do not detect the vetiver here, but that is fine. The warmth of the amber, tonka, and musk make the perfect chorus to the star player---the heliotrope. This fragrance is about purple flowers in general and heliotrope in particular. If you do not like heliotrope, then this fragrance will not likely appeal. Espirt de Oscar is feminine and soft. Projection is about an arm's length. Sillage is soft but noticeable. Longevity is good. I think this is a fragrance that would work well day or night provided you love heliotrope. The original Oscar will always be my favourite, but Espirit will shower you with sunny, fresh lemon, and then it will surround you with an abundance of purple flowers until finally, you feel are made warm and cozy by the ambery base. It is a lovely perfume, and it is very good value for the price point. Fragrance: 7/10 Projection: 6.5/10 Sillage: 6.5/10 Longevity: 6.5/10