Pour Lui (1980) Eau de Toilette

Pour Lui (Eau de Toilette) by Oscar de la Renta
Bottle Design: Serge Mansau
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Pour Lui (Eau de Toilette) is a popular perfume by Oscar de la Renta for men and was released in 1980. The scent is spicy-woody. The longevity is above-average. The production was apparently discontinued.

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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesAldehydes, Aniseed, Basil, Bergamot, Galbanum, Caraway, Lavender, Sage, Juniper berry
Heart Notes Heart NotesCyclamen, Carnation, Geranium, Patchouli, Vetiver, Cedar, Cinnamon
Base Notes Base NotesOakmoss, Labdanum, Leather, Musk, Sandalwood

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Scent

8.3 (183 Ratings)

Longevity

8.2 (139 Ratings)

Sillage

7.7 (140 Ratings)

Bottle

6.9 (150 Ratings)
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Stinki

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Stinki
Stinki
Less helpful Review    1
there's something else going on,
but not with me. It begins beautiful and green and foamy and comfortable. Then, after a certain time, remains a typical rip-off scent that says nothing but attention please. What remains is a stabbing synthetic nausea-causing mixture of backvanilla, baked cinnamon with some galligem (galbanum) and fir tree. Maybe too hard comment, but for me Playboy late reading fragrance with headache guarantee. You can't even get him down with acetone for this
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Carlitos01

219 Reviews
Carlitos01
Carlitos01
Helpful Review    4
Notes from the 80's - Strong leather, oak moss, musk, and sandalwood
This is a gorgeous macho, complex, fantastic, beasty fragrance.
Great for anything except hot weather.
I love it, my wife loves it. For me it's a must have masterpiece.

Upon initial spray, it comes on quite bold and manly. The notes are soapy, waxy, lemony and floral in an opening dominated by lavender.
Latter on you receive another avalanche of notes including patchouli and cinnamon. The scent becomes a bit sweeter without loosing the "macho" vibe as there are some new flowerish and woody notes added as well.
Its longevity is easily 14+ hours. You may over spray a bit - 4 sprays not more - for a bigger sillage.
You get a very lovable dry down with a very strong leather, oak moss, musk, sandalwood - notes of the 80's - plus s hint of labdanum to civilize the scent a bit.
In terms of longevity it's kind of beasty. Longevity is good enough for 14+ hours.
This EDT smells expensive and manly - like a real Italian from Naples or Palermo.
It is indeed a very nice juice and one of a kind with its proper individuality.

My rates:

Scent: 8.0
Longevity: 9,0
Sillage: 8.0
Uniqueness: 8.0
Wearability: 7.5
Quality: 8.5
Presentation: 8.5
Price: 10,0

Overall rating: 8.44/10,00

I love this fragrance
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Silverfire

106 Reviews
Silverfire
Silverfire
Very helpful Review    7
A Gothic Masterpiece
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.

Highly recommended.
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Drseid

670 Reviews
Drseid
Drseid
Helpful Review    6
One of The Best Mens Fragrances From The Great 80s Era...
*This is a review of the vintage Oscar pour Lui.

Oscar pour Lui (vintage) opens with a combination of bergamot citrus and subdued aldehydes, mixing with patchouli and cinnamon from its heart. At this point the fragrance leans on the sweet side of the spectrum with an almost honey-like underlying accord permeating its early development. As the fragrance enters its early heart the aldehydes and citrus die while the cinnamon and patchouli join carnation and cyclamen florals supported by oakmoss and soft leather from the base as the fragrance gradually turns less sweet. During the late dry-down the oakmoss remains though is just detectable, while slightly sweet sandalwood and clean musk send off the scent. Projection is very good and longevity is below average to average at about 5-6 hours on skin.

Oscar pour Lui (vintage) is a great example of all the best things fragrance-wise of the 80s. It projects quite well though never coming off as harsh or repellant, sharing more than glancing similarities at times (especially early) with the exceptional vintage Van Cleef & Arpels pour Homme. I can see Oscar pour Lui (vintage) working all-year round in just about any situation imaginable with its smooth and at times sweet cinnamon spiced leather and patchouli driven overall heart accord over a mossy woody backbone. It smells great and offers superb value even at its current after-market prices for vintage bottles, earning an "excellent" and highly recommended rating of 4 stars out of 5.
Krmarich

24 Reviews
Krmarich
Krmarich
Helpful Review    5
Winter in a bottle.
I have revisited my 20 year old splash bottle and decanted some in a travel sprayer. The splash always kept it under control. Spraying it activates all of the aldehydes and stirs up the oakmoss. The galbanum jumps up too. Atomized, it is a totally different fragrance.

It hovers over the skin and really projects its refined elegance. With so many notes, it becomes a perfect composition that will never be matched. There has always been a contradictory frosty evening warmth associated with it, lending to its beauty.

ODLPL and its female counterpart are the most glamorous couple at the party, dripping in diamonds and fur(before it became wrong). Its formal evening wear bottled to perfection. I will always have a special place in my memory for Oscar De La Renta, and visting his disco in Paris circa 1987 at the Palais Royal. It was frosty the night of my visit, yet steamy inside, just like ODLPL.

It is a starlit, snowy night riding in a troika in Moscow circa 1900. It the end of the silent ride You arrive at a snowbound dacha that has a roaring fire blazing at the hearth.
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Apicius

219 Reviews
Apicius
Apicius
Very helpful Review    5
Days Past - Still Available!
Back to the eighties, the decade of strong and complex perfumes, of Aromatic Fougère and other, leathery powerhouses: Oscar de la Renta's Pour Lui is a child of that times, and it is still available. So, let's get back, and don't care about today's customs!

Pour Lui is complex, dark, noble and spicy. It dwells in the realms of the more popular Trussardi Uomo, whose vintage version sadly has been discontinued. So, it is all about leather – black leather! In both cases this does not mean that a clear leather aroma is being provided – it is all too complex for that. It is rather that leather clothes will fit perfectly to such a fragrance. Leather jeans and jackets will loose some of their natural scent and take over the odour of the wearer. Although jasmine is not listed in the enumeration of scent notes, I nevertheless get a hint of an indolic note.

The complexness of Pour Lui makes it a bit difficult to comment on single notes. From today's view, it is quite a hubbub. Beautifullly old-fashioned are the florals, and with the noticeable carnation Pour Lui draws an ark to the famous Kouros that was released a short time after.

Anyway, Pour Lui is nearer to the beautiful Trussardi fragrance and its special leather appeal. Pour Lui goes even further: the floral side is more perceptible and additionally, there are warm spices – cinnamon! This transfers Pour Lui a little bit into the direction of the Halston gents' perfumes.

This is all quite much, and for me, Pour Lui cannot replace the Trussardi role model. Especially the Christmas-like cinnamon spiciness is something I wouldn't like having around me that often. Best of Pour Lui is its base notes, when the spiciness disappears it comes nearest to Trussardi.

Be that as it may, with Pour Lui, Oscar de la Renta gives us an opportunity for time-travel. And who knows – maybe this style will come back? In the end, there is a similar notion for ponderosity and expression behind some contemporary “dark” releases like Eau Sauvage Eau de Parfum, or the many fragrances with oud-note. Whoever goes for that today might have loved Oscar de la Renta's Pour Lui thirty years ago!

This noble, spicy fragrance should only be worn in the evening and in the colder seasons. At a night out at the theatre or opera house, you can place a scent mark against the Zeitgeist with Oscar de la Renta's Pour Lui!

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Carlitos01 15 months ago
Oscar pour Lui +Boss Number1+ Givenchy Gentleman+ Ted Lapidus Homme+ Bogart for Men, are the secret ingredients for Asterix magic potion.+3
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