Oscar de la Renta created his classic first fragrance, Oscar, in 1978, but it’s still a classic beauty, today.
A review of Oscar By Alison Blackman
When I think of the name “Oscar De La Renta” I think not just of the designer, but of elegance, grace, classic beauty.
Mr. De La Renta has passed on, but his designs, and his fragrances, continue to delight me. I have reviewed a number of them on advicesisters,.com including the Granada and Sargasso fragrances from Mr. de la Renta’s Essential Luxuries Collection, Extraordinary by Oscar de la Renta, Live in Love, the romantic Something Blue, and most recently, Extraordinary Petale. one fragrance from Oscar de la Renta I never reviewed was his first fragrance, called simply: Oscar. It’s a classic that was created in 1977 by Jean-Louis Sieuzac. When the opportunity arose this Summer to try it, it was a
The one fragrance from Oscar de la Renta I never reviewed was his first fragrance, called simply: Oscar. This review remedies that! Oscar is a classic scent created in 1977 by Jean-Louis Sieuzac. It is a fragrance that has something that wowed women back then, and again, today.
Love at First Sniff?
Oscar won the FiFi (Fragrance Foundation) award the year following its creation, in 1978. With top notes of orange blossom, basil, coriander, galbanum, peach and gardenia and a heart of ylang-ylang, jasmine, tuberose, rose, rosemary, cyclamen, lavender and orchid, I expected it to be a bit spicy, but it has an exotic quality to it that is hard to define. It’s the bottom notes of opoponax, carnation, patchouli, sandalwood, vetiver, lavender and amber that make it unique and less overtly in yhour face spicey and more intense and sensual. I can’t say it’s really a soft fragrance, but there’s something more aromatic about it, with ylang ylang in the bottom notes that really shows up and lasts. The fragrance won’t follow you in and out of a room unless you bathe in it, but it does stick around on your skin.
Some have classified Oscar simply as a floral fragrance, but really, it’s a significant floriental, albeit a soft one that’s almost powdery. It does have a bit of a retro feel, but I love it just for that if nothing else. I feel like I’m wearing something rare and “vintage.” On a personal note, when it comes to Oscar, it’s interesting to know that the nose, Sieuzac, also created Opium in 1966. It’s still one of my favorite florientals.
If you remember 1977 you know that fragrance of that era weren’t today’s overdone, same-old fruity florals. Fragrance for many women was still an indulgence meant to be worn on special occasions. They were essences that were meant to be a signature, and they weren’t wimpy.Sieuzac also created Opium in 1966 which is still one of my favorite
If you remember 1977 you know that fragrance of that era weren’t today’s overdone, same-old fruity florals. Fragrance for many women was still an indulgence meant to be worn on special occasions. These fragrances weren’t mean to be unisex, or worn to the gym. They weren’t meant to be just a celebrity name (although anything “Oscar” certainly meant style and class).
Today we have fragrance wardrobes and we choose a new fragrance at a whim, but back in the 1970’s women didn’t do that. When they chose a scent, it was something precious. A scent was a signature. Women understood that their signature scent made them memorable. If you wear Oscar, people will smell it and associate it with you as it doesn’t smell like everything else off the drugstore or department store shelves.
Let This Classic Oscar Fragrance Make A Statement For You:
You can find Mr. de la Renta’s Classic Oscar fragrance online in various place such as oscardelarenta.com, in Oscar de la Renta Boutiques, and in department stores such as Bloomingdales and Saks Fifth Avenue. If you loved it once, try it again. If you’re new to Oscar, try it and love it for the first time.
100 ml. Eau de Parfum Spray; $87.00
50ml Eau de Parfum Spray ; $67.00