Prior to my blind buy, all I knew about Oscar de la Renta pour Lui (ODLRPL) I learned from reviews. First, this was an 80's powerhouse scent. Then, it must be somewhat gothic, for another reviewer claimed it was something that a vampiric lord would wear. I was certain, however, that it wasn't pronounced like it read -- "Poor Louie." I thought of an unfortunate Hungarian worker, fingers mangled by a meat grinder.
I applied two sprays to my skin. The first word that came to my lips was "seductive" -- and I almost never use that word in connection with fragrances. The initial scent is a sweet wine mingled with spices. Then the carnation shows up to complete the picture. The prominent note for me was carnation, but a carnation dirtied in time by spices, by soap, by wine, by sweat. It is only the second floral note I've experienced that doesn't come across as pretty and feminine; this is the scent of ancient power, and the class of violence.
As a powerhouse scent, two sprays is too much, and as you might expect from the notes, it's a real scent-shifter. At any time, I can pick out at least five different notes ranging from the animalic, to the sweaty, the soapy, the fresh, and always, the carnation. I can see how this is beguiling and hypnotizing to women if worn by a man.
ODLRPL became an animalic floral by hour six, and there it remained as a skin scent for over twenty-four hours. Initially it filled my car, but no-one at work complained, so silage doesn't cross into the red zone.
This fragrance strikes me as a formal scent, probably best with business clothes up to tuxedos with tails. You can go business casual with it -- I did -- but formal clothes would prove a more fitting visual accompaniment to this serious, powerful, classy, manly fragrance.