The Hotel L'oscar London was lavishly restored and designed by star interior designer Jaques Garcia. With the opening in May 2018, London got another boutique hotel, in this case with a very close cooperation with Roja Parfums. The brand's scented candles can be found in each of the elaborately designed rooms, which celebrate the opulent style of the Baroque era. Velvet everywhere, leather, fine wood. On closer inspection, everything turns out to be a skilful interpretation of the Baroque of our time. Modern materials and quality, meet exuberant aesthetics that touch all the senses.
"Every Saint has a past, Every Sinner has a future."
The motto, the theme of the hotel so to speak, gives room for imagination. The building in Holborn was previously used as a church. So it's hardly surprising that the cooperation with Roja not only resulted in an exclusive fragrance, but one for each sex. Which of the two poles is now that of the Saint or the Sinners, I leave to you gladly (with suitable opportunity) to decide.
In terms of facilities, L'oscar pour homme is clearly a chypre. The (pink) grapefruit starts citric-sour and only minimally fruity. And yet very fresh. Above all, it is refreshing not to be presented with bergamot as an opener. Already at the beginning the floral chords are quite present, not to say almost a little "loud". After a few minutes everything is arranged very skilfully and yet it should be said that you should like (garden) carnations (smell). Just the described fizz at the beginning dominates them.
The mayflower (better known as lily of the valley) grinds the somewhat angular carnation and laces a fresh, sour, flowery bouquet with the grapefruit. After only a short time, resinous notes, very discreet, are used. Both the galbanum and the cistus rose contribute balsamic, slightly woody-smoky notes. Here they accentuate the described bouquet and give it depth. Something darker. Really beautiful.
The pepper (from the base) radiates selectively into the composition and here again and again gives an addition of spice, with a slight sharpness, which fits very well to the carnation. In the course of wearing, slowly green-herbal notes of moss and vetiver complement the wood base and round off the fragrance masculine in the direction of drydown.
L'oscar pour homme is for me a scent of the day, like most EDPs from Roja. It fits perfectly to the office or also in the beer garden. Performs well between 6-8 hours and is very good to dose using the sprayers. It leaves room in the evening to wear a different fragrance (depending on mood and occasion).
In spite of masculine tendencies, I would also attribute unisex potential to him if you like herb-floral chypre. Whether you're a sinner or a Saint, I'll leave you to it. They're both in that scent.
PS: The fragrance can only be purchased at the hotel itself (in London) or by email ([email protected]
) for GBP 245 (+ shipping)