I received a sample of this from The Bay, sniffed it, gave it to my Mother, and forgot about it. Then, me and her were going through our collections, I saw the sample in hers, and asked for a sniff… How our perceptions change with time! Thankfully, for the better. I couldn’t understand anything other than fruity florals before and I’m glad this has changed. Without exposure to classics growing up or what beautiful smells like, everything smelled wrong to me either right away or once the top notes receded even in the aforementioned fruit and flower scents. Combine that with growing up in a cold climate and the only thing I’m sure of is how a pine smells like. The smell of fruit is different, of course. When we need vitamins, our body can smell them and tell us what we should eat, all we have to do is listen. So fruits were never a problem. Flowers were. Except the heady white: jasmine, gardenia, and the like. Even roses. New things take time to get used to and understand. But I digress.
Esprit d’Oscar EdP is a dense citrus at first. Once the initial spray calms down, the white florals start to unfurl, with orange blossom being dominant. Once the lemon fades completely, the scent becomes airier. The florals take center stage for a powdery and aromatic composition. Heliotrope and Tonka bean segue into the flowers, amplifying until the last have faded. The drydown lasts for about 12 hours and the sillage is generous for about a metre from the human.
A quality fragrance with quality ingredients. Its character makes it ideal for autumn when the weather is already cool during the day. The only thing I would change in this scent is its initial density for something lighter, just like it becomes after a few hours of wear.
Oscar de la Renta Esprit d’Oscar Eau de Parfum Spray: 50ml for £35.33, 100ml for £47.33 @ Escentual.com.