I've probably written more reviews of this one scent than any other. That's because 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.
Rumor has it that Oscar de la Renta himself wears this regularly. I have no idea if that's true, but if it is, he must eat nails for breakfast. I've also heard that because Mr. de la Renta still wears this, 30 years after it was first released, the company still produces it. If that's true, I hope he finds the fountain of youth, because this rocks.
I don't know a thing about Oscar de la Renta's fashion line, but I'm a fan simply because they still make this scent. Designer firms just don't have the guts to make colognes as dense and macho as this anymore. Tired of light, "fresh" or "sporty" so-called masculine colognes? Then you need to try this.
Oscar de la Renta Pour Lui smells like it contains every big slamming power note in the world: leather, juniper, patchouli, oakmoss, sandalwood, artemisia, amber, and on and on. This combination of notes creates a scent that is at once dark, powerful, spicy, woody and leathery. It's not shy or subtle at all. It smells dominating and bad-ass.
For me, the three smells that stand out most in this fragrance are juniper, patchouli and oakmoss. Together, they give this scent a kind of dark green smell from beginning to end. I love that. The juniper hits you in the face right out of the bottle. I love coniferous, pine-like smells, and the juniper here doesn't disappoint, giving Pour Lui a sharp bite right out of the gate. After the first half hour or so, the patchouli is unleashed, and it's what gives this fragrance its intensely aromatic smell. The patchouli remains for hours, and ultimately joins up with the oakmoss, giving Pour Lui the muscle it's famous for and nailing this firmly into the 80's Powerscent mold.
This is a powerhouse without a doubt. A lot of its fans say that this has been reformulated and that the stuff you buy now is nowhere near as powerful as it used to be. I own and wear both versions of this, and I don't agree with that at all. Oscar de la Renta Pour Lui continues to have plenty of ballbusting power.
This isn't to say that Pour Lui is a crass scent, because it's not. It just isn't light and fluffy. My wife, who has very discerning tastes in perfume, calls it "beautiful". I wouldn't quite call it that, but so be it. I call it awesome.
This is a fragrance for a guy who isn't afraid to stand out. This isn't for wallflowers - those guys can go spritz themselves silly with Acqua di Gio.
MY RATING: 9/10