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Sauvage Eau de Parfum (2018)
by Christian Dior

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Sauvage Eau de Parfum information

Year of Launch2018
GenderMasculine
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 88 votes)

People and companies

HouseChristian Dior
PerfumerFrançois Demachy
Parent CompanyLVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton

About Sauvage Eau de Parfum

Sauvage Eau de Parfum is a masculine fragrance by Christian Dior. The scent was launched in 2018 and the fragrance was created by perfumer François Demachy

Sauvage Eau de Parfum fragrance notes

Reviews of Sauvage Eau de Parfum

Potent, musky, freshly peppery and fruity (kind of juicy fizzy). A brasher version of the more calibrated original formula. Dark, kind of berrish-musky and splashing. Patch is "blatant", scratchy and muscular. The virile touch penetrates in the middle of the brain. Star anice provides wideness and aireness. Sauvage EDP is a musky dark fragrance with powerful sillage and testosteronic appeal. The fruity accord is reinforced by acid bergamot but is utterly enhanced by synth fruity-musky kind of red-berrish aromachemicals imo. Juvenile and kind of "clubbing" (but at same time moody, serious and virile for a hot-weather mediterranean day at work). This Dior's creation is a bomb for the charismatic sensualist loving to bè in middle of the stage with a role of absolute protagonist.
19th December, 2019 (last edited: 20th December, 2019)
This one is kind of a meh for me. I was interested trying out a Sauvage EDP sample I got when picking up a bottle of Eau Sauvage... didn’t have a big impact on me for all the hype surrounding it.

It’s pleasant, somewhat bright and rounded on top of the ambroxan dollop and performs well, but I just don’t feel any great emotion one way or another when smelling it.

Can’t see a great reason to purchase it over a bottle of, say, Versace Dylan Blue (or one of a dozen other blue fragrances), unless you’re greatly concerned about that extra hint of peppery brightness and about purchasing a scent that came before its copycat (although you’re purchasing a derivative creation no matter what in that example).

The EDT I sampled on a tester strip seemed a lot more fun, if harsh. I may take a closer look at it, but the EDP just didn’t grab me.
18th November, 2019
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United Kingdom
The bergamot with a Touch of white pepper added in sounds a bit like it is exuding an attenuated freshness, but in me it is a night and cheery opening.

The drydown announces itself by a lavender impression, which is the main component of th heat notes. Whiffs of nutmeg - still a bit of the pepper is still left too - and a sweetish aniseed add a less fresh side to the whole.

The sweet character is developed further in the base, with a tonka mixed in, but an added ambery undertone (hello ambroxan!) provides some counterweight to the sweetness.

I get moderate sillage, very good projection and eight hours of longevity on my skin.

Compared to the Eau de Toilette, this Eau de Parfum is richer, less bright in the later stages, and - expected for an Eau de Parfum - performing better. After the top notes a certain generic nature is quite evident, as is the somewhat predictable and habitual way of defining the base notes. Not bad but not very impressive either. 2.75/5
01st October, 2019
I own both the edt and the edp version of Sauvage and i have to say that the edp version out performs the edt. The edt is much louder and projects off of my skin much more BUT I have recieved more compliements wearing this than I have with edt. I honestly get at least one compliment on how I smell a day when i wear this out. I much prefer the dry down and how it sits on my skin. This version for me last 8-12 hours, on clothes it last until they are washed. This is one of the only of my collection that I could see myself buying again once I run out of juice.
01st September, 2019
The biggest complaint anyone ever makes about Dior Sauvage (2015) is how harsh and foghorn-loud it is on the wearer, even if many of these same complainers also concede that the stuff is rather pleasant when smelled on someone else. I think this is true-to-form for the controversy surrounding most Dior masculine perfumes with any modicum of success, as Dior Homme (2005), Fahrenheit (1988) and Eau Sauvage (1966) all made quite a stir upon release and are still readily available, while safer fragrances like Higher (2002), Dune Pour Homme (1997) and Jules (1980) see much more limited distribution and are talked about only by collectors. However, in these days of "cast the widest net" thinking, it was only a matter of time before Dior began thinking like the competition by trying to see if what works for others also works for them, and this is how we got Dior Sauvage Eau de Parfum (2018). This scent seems almost made in response to Chanel, like many of the Eau de Parfum and Parfum variants of the Dior male lines, since this is a tactic Chanel has employed perennially with classics like Chanel Pour Monsieur (1955) and recently with Bleu de Chanel (2010). Additionally, this seems to be perfumer François Demachy's attempt to address critism of the original eau de toilette, but that doesn't necessarily make it a "second guessing" fragrance. To this end, and to further mimic rival Chanel, Dior has also released Sauvage Parfum (2019) to truly give male buyers a Coke/Pepsi sort of setup between Chanel and Dior in terms of offerings.

With that having been said, Sauvage Eau de Parfum still "smells like Sauvage" in the ways which count most, so it's difficult to really speak on the infinitesimally nuanced differences between it and the eau de toilette. For those not having smelled the eau de toilette, this is essentially a bergamot and sharp aldehyde chypre resting on a heart of pepper, lavender, geranium, and vetiver, then anchored on a bedrock of indescribable aromachemicals loaded down with fake woods and incense notes boosted by dry patchouli and an over-amped mega-dose of ambroxan. You smell the stuff from far away and you get a very pleasant citric trail, but up close it gets truly "savage", hence the name. With the eau de parfum variant, vanilla replaces patchouli in the base, while nutmeg and anise replaces geranium in the heart, making a much smoother and rounder experience. The notorious norlimbanol is toned down and the ambroxan is given room to breath as a proper ambergris-like glow emerges, without a course sandpaper dryness. Simply put, this is a quieter, gentler, and warmer Sauvage, so not really "sauvage" performance-wise. People who love the original but wish it had more versatility now have a supplemental fragrance that doesn't detract from the vibrant personality they love in Sauvage, adding a bit more dynamic for colder months or romantic use to the scent profile. Wear time is about eight hours but unlike the original, this doesn't scream at you in terms of sillage and projection. Best worn in fall and spring, Sauvage Eau de Parfum still isn't quite warm enough for winter, but the later Sauvage Parfum has that covered.

People not really won over by the original Sauvage likely won't be won over by this version either, but if you were a fan of the scent from afar but couldn't see it on yourself, this is likely the "tamed" solution you were secretly seeking. Sauvage is the Fahrenheit of its decade for better or worse, and perhaps even more popular and ubiquitous in urban areas than Fahrenheit ever was simply on the merit that more men conspicuously wear perfume in the 2010's than they did in the late 1980's. I personally still prefer the stark cold emotionless futurism of the original, how it seems so daringly abstract and so intentionally synthetic to the point of feeling AI-created. This eau de parfum seems a bit of a visionary compromise in that regard, as it looks to be warmer, more organic, and more approachable on paper, yet is honestly not enough of these for niche perfume heads wanting pedantic levels of note separation or accords that smell like something relatable in the natural world to find favor in it. Like most compromises, this won't appease the hardcore, and won't be sufficient to those wanting something that makes a statement, but it exists just to be a more pleasant and affable version of a bestseller to net in a few more otherwise people on the fence about the Sauvage line. I like it, but it's not entirely my speed and a tad redundant to those with the eau de toilette and seeking variety in their wardrobes, although that's no reason to fault it. Thumbs Up.
30th August, 2019
Different enough from the original to warrant owning both, the EDP version of Sauvage focuses on a mostly linear accord of warm, radiant bergamot, aromatic star anise, and fresh ambroxan rounded out and given greater dimension by supporting notes of vanilla and some lavender in the base. The star anise lends a cool, shaving cream impression to the overall picture, while the bergamot provides a warming, citrus touch. It's important to note that the anise doesn't impart anything of a licorice vibe, but really hones in on its shaving cream aspect instead. The bergamot plays an integral role here as well, and it seems a good amount of care was put into creating it. It feels deep and vibrant, providing a fresh warmth that exists for the life of the scent and balances the ambroxan accord which comprises the other half. I'm not a big fan of the Sauvage EDT, but I enjoy the Eau de Parfum. The main difference for me is that this version is much, much smoother and has softened all the harsh chemical aspects of the original. It's also toned down the peppery lavender dryer sheet musk of the original almost to the point that it's imperceptible, or at least much more blended into the whole. The EDP is darker as well, the bergamot taking on deeper dimension and sitting in a lower register than before. It persists with a sort of deep, vibrational hum with elements of freshness that extend outward. The EDT is very flat to me, and thin. But this is rounded, with depth and richness the original lacks. Finally, while I found the EDT had very strong projection, this one is more reserved. It sits closer to the skin, projecting about a foot and a half to two feet. It creates a very nice scent bubble around the wearer without leaping out and punching people in the face. Overall, I really like the direction Dior took with Sauvage's Eau de Parfum--smoother, deeper, somewhat linear, and more polished--and think it will make a great scent for both work and evenings out. Thumbs up with 9/10 final rating.

Side note: If you didn't like the original, it's still worth giving this one a try. You may find it different enough from the EDT and actually enjoy it. Especially if you liked the concept of Sauvage but found its execution poor, give the EDP a shot. Although it resembles the original, significant changes have been made. At the same time, if you liked the original, I can't guarantee that you'll like the EDP. It's more reserved. The peppery lavender musk aspect is toned way down, and the EDP is linear compared to the EDT which has at least two very distinct halves. Still, you may find it a nice complement to the EDT without the redundancy flankers often bring, and enjoy switching between the two.
13th August, 2019

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