A design house like Oscar de la Renta has little to prove after 40 years of creating such definitive fragrances. In 1977, the perfumer was one of the first fashion designers to create a designer perfume and it is innovation and daring like this that has fuelled a trailblazing career.
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Oscar de la Renta perfumes are globally respected thanks to their intoxicating blend of classic design and daring innovation.
This is a quick run-through of some of Oscar de la Renta’s most accomplished male and female fragrances. Read on for 8 of Oscar’s best.
Best Oscar de la Renta Perfumes for Women
Esprit d’Oscar Eau De Toilette Spray
Esprit d’Oscar* is a modern update of their debut fragrance ‘Oscar’, first produced in 1977. It boasts strong notes of citrus and musk while retaining its oriental, floral demeanor. Created by Frank Voekl and Ann Gottlieb, this deep and intoxicating scent is creamy and rich. It has a classic, golden era atmosphere, but is by no means dated.
The bottle is elegant and taller than the original. An extravagant flower-shaped glass stopper crowns the design of this wonderful perfume.
Top: Sicilian lemon, bergamot, citron.
Middle: Egyptian jasmine, orange blossom, tuberose.
Base: musk, heliotrope, tonka and vetiver.
Something Blue Eau De Parfum Spray
Something Blue* is a magnificent celebration of weddings. When Frank Voekl and Ann Gottlieb set out to create something that would appeal to women who wanted to connect on a deeper level with Oscar de la Renta, they used “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue” as their starting point. It is light, zesty and zingy – a fruity fragrance perfect for sunnier seasons.
It comes in a wide, transparent bottle topped with a gorgeous, sky blue, ball-shaped stopper. The wedding theme is expressed in the separation of bottle and stopper by a thin silver ring.
Top: linden blossom, neroli, bergamot, and mandarin.
Middle: stephanotis, lily of the valley, narcissus, litchi.
Base: musk, vanilla, ambrette seed, ambergris, and warm cashmere wood.
Oscar Jasmine Eau De Toilette
Oscar Jasmine* floral fragrance is fresh, citrusy and green. A gorgeous white floral, this 2016 fragrance is beautiful and personal. It’s exquisitely feminine, a blend of nature and sophistication.
The bottle is a delightful shade of green. It’s slim, with a flower-shaped stopper.
Top: Sicilian lemon, bergamot, and neroli.
Middle: ylang-ylang, tuberose, orange blossom, Spanish jasmine. Base: white woos, tonka, tolu balsam beeswax.
Oscar Eau de Toilette For Women
Oscar by Oscar De La Renta* is a timeless classic that’s remained popular for over forty years. In fact, it’s still one of the best-selling perfumes in the world. The female-orientated perfume is a sophisticated blend of the refined and floral aromas of the Orient.
The bottle is sleek, simple, and cylindrical. Two sections of black and gold are separated by a thin metallic strip encircling the center of the bottle.
Top: a rich mix of coriander, orange blossom, gardenia, peach, and basil.
Middle: ylang-ylang, jasmine, tuberose, rose, rosemary, cyclamen, lavender, and orchid.
Base: opoponax, carnation, patchouli, sandalwood, vetiver, lavender, and amber.
Volupte Eau De Toilette
Volupte* is a floral, sweet fragrance is a classic that’s been delighting since 1992. The playful aroma brings out a fresh, summer garden party atmosphere to mind. It’s gentle, long-lasting and perfect for everyday use or adding a touch of magic to a special occasion.
The bottle is unusual, amber-colored, and diamond-shaped with a green stopper.
Fragrance Notes: Top: mimosa, melon, mandarin orange, freesia, osmanthus, watermelon, and cyclamen; middle notes are carnation, jasmine, heliotrope, ylang-ylang, lily of the valley, narcissus, lotus, and peony; base notes are sandalwood, amber, patchouli, incense, tuberose, and vanilla.
So De La Renta
This 1997 triumph is refreshing, floral and fruity. Created by the Greek perfumer Ilias Ermenidis, the fragrance is understated, yet totally satisfying. A summery, sunny scent that is light and feminine.
It comes in a pretty, round bottle of light green, crowned with a clear, elegant stopper.
Top: clementine, watermelon, mango, kiwi, cardamom, freesia, gardenia.
Middle: peony, narcissus, white lotus, and jasmine sambac.
Base: bourbon vanilla, musk, plum, and wood.
Best Oscar de la Renta Perfumes for Men
Oscar Gentlemen Eau De Toilette
This recent release entered the market in September 2016 and was created in honor of the late designer, Oscar de la Renta. It was inspired by his favorite pastime – dominoes.
Gentleman* is so-called because Oscar was known as “the gentleman of fashion.” Its flavor is said to be bold, smooth and captivating, just like the man himself.
Top: chilled bergamot, sparkling grapefruit, cardamom, champagne accord.
Middle: Egyptian geranium and rosemary, black oolong tea. Base: intense amber, labdanum, vetiver, and leatherwood.
Oscar Pour Lui Eau De Toilette
Oscar Pour Lui* launched in 1980, is leathery, deep and rich. Aromatic spices and woody herbs dominate the foreground of this fragrance, though it’s not too overpowering. The scent can be worn by day or night and suits the colder seasons. It is timeless and refined.
A dark and mysterious bottle that gives little away. Gold letters contrast against the solid black background of the vessel.
Top: aldehyde, caraway, juniper berries, lavender, galbanum, basil, sage, anise, bergamot.
Middle: cyclamen, carnation, patchouli, cinnamon, vetiver, cedar, geranium.
Base: labdanum, leather, sandalwood, musk, oakmoss.