For me, Esencia Loewe is a powerhouse fragrance. Granted, it's a pretty elegant one, but it still makes the grade in my book. It was released in 1988, and it smells like it too, even if it's much more refined than, say, Oscar de la Renta Pour Lui. It projects like crazy, and no one can ignore you when you walk into a room wearing it. If you worked in a job that required stealth, like a Navy SEAL or a ninja, and you wore this fragrance on the job, you'd be dead.
Style-wise, there is no question that Esencia Loewe is a green herbal chypre. I'm surprised labdanum isn't listed as an ingredient, because I'd swear I can smell it in there, and this perfume pushes every chypre button there is. It's got the strong green herbal style of macho stalwarts like Quorum and Basile Uomo, along with the classic smell of "old lady" chypres like Boucheron Pour Homme and Jean-Louis Scherrer. If you blended Agua Brava with Lauder For Men (or a women's chypre like Miss Dior), you'd get something close to Esencia Loewe.
Esencia Loewe contains whopping amounts of oakmoss and leather, typical of its era. Counteracting all that ballsiness and giving it some refinement are strong floral notes like jasmine and geranium. The two contrasting styles surprisingly work great together, and this why Esencia Loewe is likely to appeal to both classic chypre fans and powerheads. This makes it unique, not just for an Eighties scent, but for a masculine fragrance overall.
I can't conclude this review without mentioning how strong this is. It has huge sillage, with a scent that never quits. Smelling Esencia Loewe on yourself strongly for well over twelve hours is not unusual. When you wear Esencia Loewe, its relative refinement will be the only thing preventing innocent bystanders from running for cover and dropping like flies.
I can't believe they sell this in 5 ounce bottles. With its strength, a bottle like that would last me the rest of my life. This is an essential fragrance for any fan, male or female, of strong green herbal chypres. And of course, I love it.
MY RATING: 9/10
Fragrance House: Loewe