Mainstream Monday – Sniffing a Popular Perfume
Created over 30 years after the original Oscar, Esprit d’Oscar is much better than the original. Original Oscar was undeniably popular. Fine and functional fragrances wanted to be like Oscar. Unfortunately this popularity destroyed Oscar. It is now viewed as “dated” instead of a classic. Esprit d’Oscar, launched in 2011, smells more “classic” than the original!
Esprit d’Oscar opens with an optimistic citrus blend of lemon and something that reminds me of freshly rubbed lemon balm. The citrus mingle over a fresh, heady orange blossom. There’s this interesting, faint anise-violet in this top that reminds me of Caron Aimez-Moi. Esprit d’Oscar becomes a soapy blend of white florals, not sharp or rigid, but soft and laundered white florals. And then the wonderful heliotrope appears. It’s powdery vanilla-almond floral and as a soft as a pillow. This is when Esprit d’Oscar reminds me of a cousin of Guerlain Apres L’Ondee. The dry-down is a hay-like tonka with vanilla and powdery dry vetiver. Overall, the fragrance is seamless and as usual I’ve over analyzed. It’s a fantasy powdery floral that smells “grown up”.
Esprit d’Oscar smells nothing like the original. It smells more like a Guerlain than an Oscar de la Renta. Keep that in mind if you are expecting something like the original.
Notes listed include Sicilian lemon, bergamot, citron, Egyptian jasmine, orange flower, tuberose, musk, heliotrope, tonka bean, and vetiver. Launch date 2011. PERFUMER – Frank Voelkl
Give Esprit d’Oscar a try if you like Chanel Eau Premiere, Guerlain L’Heure Bleue, Caron Aimez-Moi, Serge Lutens Datura Noir, Guerlain L’Apre L’Ondee, and/or Phaedon Rue des Lilas. I view Esprit d’Oscar as a very feminine fragrance with a retro feel.
Esprit d’Oscar has above average projection and longevity.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – Powdery, pretty floral. True love at first spray.
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