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Sauvage (2015)
by Christian Dior


Sauvage information

Year of Launch2015
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 523 votes)

People and companies

HouseChristian Dior
PerfumerFrançois Demachy
Parent CompanyLVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton

About Sauvage

Sauvage is a masculine fragrance by Christian Dior. The scent was launched in 2015 and the fragrance was created by perfumer François Demachy

Sauvage fragrance notes

Reviews of Sauvage

Kick-ass top notes that more or less slam right into the heart notes. Ambroxan shows itself straight away. I can deal with the geranium here because it's well-mixed in. Not too much of it, thank goodness. the spices here are also well-blended.

Now I realize the consensus here is, that this stuff sucks. I'm here to tell you that it works on me, with my "chemistry". Normally I wear this in the hotter months. It seems to have a cooling effect for me, when I wear it in high heat and humidity.

I find the vetiver here exceptionally appealing. It's bright, fresh, aromatic.

Chemical mess? Hell! Aren't tons fragrances these days nearly all or halfly comprised of those nasty, hateful chemicals or some ingredient that has five or more syllables? I'm not a purist in perfume or anything else. Will never proclaim to be either. Sauvage works, on this old lady's epidermis, for some punk-odd reason.
31st December, 2018
Such an unbelievably unnatural concoction of chemicals.

Some say this smells good, despite the bad press... if by 'good' you mean I can smell you coming down the hall from 10 feet away and you leave the scent behind you that manifests as a vile chemical cloud that remains for 15 minutes? If that is what You're going for then sure. Its in your face, cocky, and obnoxious, maybe like the wearer? I'm not sure...

Something had to have gone wrong during production and they decided to stick with it. Was it supposed to be a fresh barbershop style aromatic, and it ended up as the loudest most synthetic thing released to date? I think so.
06th November, 2018
Too much hype. Bought blind based on the hype.
Such a let down. It feels like wearing a chemical. Very very synthetic. Loud.

All in all a disappointment. If you're into loud obnoxious ones, this ones for you.
24th October, 2018
I'm not sure I have much to add to the abundance of opinions on the original Dior Sauvage EDT of 2015, but I will mainly say that it's a pleasant offering that nonetheless doesn't wow me a ton, a "like" rather than a "love" but clearly a "like" rather than a feeling that it's mediocre.

An agreeable mix of bergamot, ambroxan, vetiver, lavender, and pepper, Sauvage nails the citrus opening to woody/earthy dry down quite effectively. It performs decently, boasting a strong projection for an hour before being fainter in its dry down for some hours thereafter.

To me, it's never great, but always good. It's just a tad overpriced via retail ($95 for 100ml, $77 for 50ml) but there are always deals to be had on secondary markets, Facebook groups, etc. where bottles or decants can be had for less. Still, I'm not inclined to track it down.

7 out of 10
21st June, 2018
Sauvage (2015) is a fragrance suffering on multiple fronts from severe bias, and benefiting on just as many fronts from that same bias; it's a scent which seeks to add a new chapter to a long lineage of masculine Dior scents bearing the marquee name "Eau Sauvage" from their 1966 debut into the male-exclusive side of perfumery, but also seeks to distance itself from the past by dropping the "Eau" from the title, which is where the trouble begins. Furthermore, this creation is so unabashedly "new school" as to have no real connection to the original Eau Sauvage at all, besides the aforementioned borrowing of a portion of the erstwhile scent's name. On the plus side, many people who've never smelled Eau Sauvage nor have history with more traditional forms of perfumery think the stuff is wonderful, and it sells tremendously well, making it's way into "classic" territory after only a few years on the market. Colognoisseurs with knowledge of IFRA, oakmoss restrictions, and days when mainstream perfumers had much wider palettes of naturally-sourced ingredients eye this with the same odium and vitriol as they probably did Eternity for Men (1989) almost three decades beforehand; they will likely soften their disposition assuming they're alive long enough for this to slide into vintage legend, so in the meantime, they can drop more cash on the niche brands that have the budget to use available ingredients of that ilk. For the rest of us, liking or disliking Sauvage isn't a matter of how you feel about synthetic captives like ambroxan, or generalist principles applied to composition, but whether or not what's presented meets our tastes, pure and simple. Once all the pretense, posturing, and hot air subsides, what's left is the people who wear it for it's popularity (for the moment), and the people who wear it because they genuinely like the way it performs. I get why vintage guys hate this: no oakmoss, bleached botanicals that barely smell like what they are, and a "freshness" vibe which likely never meshed with what they came to understand as fragrance even when "freshness" was a new concept in the late 80's. I also get why niche fellas hate this too: it sells for nearly $100 as part of a higher-end designer label, and like it's fore-bearer Bleu de Chanel (2010), is extremely synthetic like a $50 Calvin Klein and almost aimed at the same market, just members of said market with a bit more cash to spend, so it's a blasphemy made flesh for those folks. Don't worry guys, there's tons of really delicious entry-level niche like Amouage and Lush that you can buy for only a few dollars in either direction! Despite the purists, once it's detractors are parsed out of the equation, Sauvage still isn't for everyone, but for the guys looking to acquire a new signature that works almost in all seasons and is a cut above the usual generalist like Acqua di Giò (1996), it might be a consideration.

What separated Bleu de Chanel from the average aquatic also separates Sauvage from the usual generalist: dynamic transitioning. Chanel's magnum opus to the cheapo male blue juice segment differentiated itself from it's Kohl's cosemtics brethren in it's novel use of ambroxan, a single molecular achievement in chemistry that seeks to reproduce the specific core characteristics in the now very-much-price-restricted ambergris. Ambroxan helped give Bleu de Chanel it's unusual interplay between the citrus and pepper top of the scent and it's unique warm base. In Sauvage, Dior house perfumer François Demachy harnesses ambroxan but builds up from it differently than the decidedly aquatic-themed Bleu de Chanel. Sauvage opens with a typical fougère-like bergamot push, with pepper and lavender meeting with it in that top. Beyond this typical "everyone likes it" opening, comes another die-hard men's staple in the form of geranium, which always plays well with lavender, and also finds a grassier flavor of vetiver joining as well. There's not much to be said about Sauvage until the ambroxan-led base finally warms on skin with a very pale patchouli, a scratchy norlimbanol "karmawood" accord and a laundry-ish white musk note. The whole composition is really just an exercise in modernizing conventional male tropes, that if not for the controversial ambroxan/norlimbanol accord, could be found in various other masculines stretching all the way back into the 50's. Citrus and sweet lavender, piquant geranium and green vetiver, then aromatic patchouli, warm musk, and the massive synthetic white elephant in the room. That's it folks, this stuff isn't some Satanic ritual in a bottle, Frankenstein's monster set loose at your nearest perfumer counter, nor an attempt to perform a capitalist-driven coup on the state of the art of designer perfumery. It's a very dialed-in "clean citrus" masculine that has been done ad infinitum, but with a more traditional base of something now too-expensive or restricted like oakmoss/sandalwood replaced by modern ambroxan/norlimbanol/musk coupling, with only a lack of coumarin and/or vanilla keeping it from being soapy or rich enough to be a modern take on a barbershop cologne. The supposed dry and arid qualities the advertising purports this to have is the only real failure of the scent, as it doesn't possess those qualities in sufficient enough amounts to justify the description. Maybe if the vetiver and geranium were cranked up some, and the patchouli note swapped out for leather, could this really be something in the ilk of what the ads featuring Johnny Depp and dusty muscle cars in the desert imply. It's not that I feel lied to exactly, I just think the massive amounts of hype behind the fragrance both from Dior's end, the market's end, it's fans, and all the angry perfumistos burning straw effigies of Christian Dior a la The Wicker Man swirl together to really hamper what I should actually expect from the bottle.

In conclusion, I feel time needs to do the healing for this, as both sides of the ongoing debate over this scent's merits learn to pipe down, the advertising campaign reduces then vanishes, and the stuff just enters the halls of Dior's back-catalog like Eau Sauvage, Jules (1980), Dune Pour Homme (1997), and Dior Homme (2011). In short: the biggest problem I find with this scent, is that people go beyond giving their opinion on it and try to side other folks "for" or "against" the stuff, rather than just letting it speak for itself. I don't think this stuff is amazing, but I do think it's good, for what it is. Sauvage takes the next leap in logic began with Bleu de Chanel and arguably bests it in being well-rounded and nearly all-seasons, since the Chanel scent still has some cold weather issues, in extreme settings. If you're not looking for something terribly nuanced, nor very unique, but want a good solid "in-betweener" that marries old and new concepts, Sauvage is a great choice, although there is much cheaper to be had with the same relative quality and performance in this category, which is my biggest complaint. The generalist signature masculine has been attempted since damn near the beginning of male-exclusive scents, and this is just the latest in a long line of them, stretching all the way back to barbershop staples from the Victorian era. The X-factor here really is ambroxan, which is either a wonder drug or anathema depending on where your head is concerning perfumery. I'm rather indifferent to synthetics in perfume, or else I wouldn't own nearly as much Calvin Klein scents as I do, so for me it's less about the individual merits or origins of the note pyramid, and more the actual blending therein. A fragrance is more than the sum of its parts. I must say that for Sauvage, it's better than average, but not amazing. It's a $50 scent in a $100 bottle that I'd buy with a good coupon. I see it being the Brut (1962) of it's generation and eventually becoming more affordable, or at least in the same degree as Eau Sauvage, after some time as passed. It will never replace Eau Sauvage, but also doesn't seem meant to, and rather just cash in on the older scent's credentials, waxing a bit nostalgic in the process. Sauvage has medium performance and projection, with compliments almost a given due to it's dialed-in nature, so for the dumb-reach kind of working stuff, this may be just what the doctor ordered, at least once it's on sale. Note: there are higher concentrations too.
04th June, 2018 (last edited: 11th September, 2018)
Very synthetic stuff. Strange gasoline/detergent mixture.

Quite interesting at first, as the opening is rather fresh. But as soon as the dry down kicks in, it turns into a heavy, unpleasant scent as if you have been working in the garage all day.

If I should describe it with just ONE word, it would be: Unsofisticated

Do not blind buy because of the hype. This is not for everyone.

23rd May, 2018

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