One thing I respect so much about Oscar de la Renta is that he's limited his men's fragrance line to only two: Oscar de la Renta Pour Lui and this one, Oscar For Men. Both are superb, and he really has no need to water down his men's line by adding more. I respect him for not turning into a Serge Lutens or a Montale, cranking out a new so-so fragrance twice a week.
thought this would happen, but in Oscar For Men I have found a woody spicy
scent to equal, if not top, what I considered to be the two best woody spicy
fragrances money can buy: Essenza di Zegna and Comme Une Evidence Homme. Oscar For Men has the same wonderful
transparency of those two gems, but has even more complexity.
It is a
shimmering fragrance of almost kaleidoscopic color, shifting facets and moods
throughout the day, yet always sticking to its woody spicy core and never
losing its focus. When I wear this, I
get whiffs of melon, evergreen woods, leafy green notes, lemon, moss, cedar, and countless other
dazzling notes, all at different times of the day. This fragrance never gets boring. I love how it maintains a peppery smell from start to finish. I can't think of many perfumes that are able to do that.
What is especially fascinating is that
underlying all this dry freshness is a very dark, parched, almost smoky wood note,
reminiscent of the burnt wood smell you get in Santos de Cartier. It's subtle, but always there to remind you
that this is a distinctively masculine
Men is the perfect woody spicy fragrance in every way. It's inexpensive, yet it smells better than
any hyper-expensive niche fragrance I've ever tried (yes, it's even better than Fou d'Absinthe). What's more
is that it's a strong fragrance in both sillage and longevity. I can literally smell this on myself for more
than 12 hours. Value for your dollar is outstanding, yet I would pay niche fragrance prices for this if I had to.
woody spicy fragrances, you may have your Holy Grail here.
House: Oscar de la Renta