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Reviews of Eau Sauvage Fraîcheur Cuir by Christian Dior

Total Reviews: 37
Zowiee Show all reviews
United States
Great fragrance for the warm Florida climate. A light leather "jacket" envelopes with some nice citrus. Longevity I'd above average for me, with soft sillage. I have been nursing this bottle for almost 10 years, with about 1/3rd left! So glad I purchased a full bottle.
01st April, 2017
rbaker Show all reviews
United Kingdom
The opening blast reminds me of the original with the lemon and hedione, and the fresh-herbal drydown, but on my skin it is thinner that the original. The leather that is added is light, smooth and soft and a bit flat.

The later stages see cedar added, but really no chypre-denoting mossy component, and it has little crispness or sharpness to it.

The sillage is moderate, the projection all right, and I get six hours of longevity on my skin.

On my skin this flanker lacks depth and a true chypre character. This thinned out and emasculated version might have been the early stages of the dilution and trivialisation of this originally great composition - LVMH tore its heart out well before IFRA. The rather anaemic leather veneer does not save it from slipping down into mediocrity. Not bad, not good. 2.5/5.
23rd February, 2016
Was issued for a short while and then withdrawn for good reason. Generic Calone and Leather dolloped on top of such a beautiful perfume. Blasphemy!!
Take away the Oakmoss,bad enough, but bastardization destroys all that was grand about the original.
I owned it and sold it to someone who appreciates it's attempt to bridge to the original.
29th December, 2015 (last edited: 31st May, 2017)
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I have never been an enthusiastic fan of all Eau Sauvage versions and flankers, I only love the vintage classic Eau Sauvage and the recent Extreme version from 2010. This Fraicheur Cuir is a rare and apparently rather neglected flanker which I barely heard about sometimes in then past, I assume also because it was a discontinued limited edition, and now that I got a bottle of it, I can see why it wasn’t apparently that successful. In fact, for being released in 2007, it smells extremely, amazingly close to the vintage version of classic Eau Sauvage, just – as the name says – with an elegant shade of thin, dry leather. That’s it, so the name is perfectly fit: it’s Eau Sauvage at its best, it’s fresh (with a slight, almost unperceivable but well-fitting sort of watery-ozonic vibe at first), and it has leather. All in the most respectable quality you can imagine. As simple as it gets: bracing and pungent at first, slightly more herbal than classic Eau Sauvage maybe (L’Homme de Grès kind of vibrant, pungent green bitterness), gently surrounded by a dry, dark, mannered and austere frame of dry leather, just tinged with a hint of powderiness (lavender, I assume), distantly reminding of some leathery feminine chypres. Simple, but fantastic. An amazing time capsule with a modern vibe, probably too elegantly nostalgic to find its way in nowadays’ market, and a precious and sophisticated homage to Dior’s golden era. Quite worth the price.

10th September, 2015
I bought this because of it's rarity. I thought it's nice to have one of this for collection. Truly a classic citrus + leather but couple of months later I gave it to my (much) older brother. I think it'll suit him well during church time and activities.
04th December, 2014
Genre: Leather

Eau Sauvage Fraîcheur Cuir is pretty much what it says on the label: Eau Sauvage with some watery fruit notes (Calone?) up top and a dab of clean leather. The leather leaves Fraîcheur Cuir smelling a touch closer to Roudnitska’s earlier Eau d’Hermès (minus the cumin and civet) than does the original, while the “fraîcheur” element points up the family relation to Le Parfum de Thérèse and Diorella. The fruit and leather also render Faîcheur Cuir sweeter and softer than the original version, an impression that persists into the drydown, which is noticeably less mossy than the accustomed Eau Sauvage.

Is Fraîcheur Cuir a pleasant variation on the Eau Sauvage theme? Without a doubt. Was it absolutely necessary? Of that I’m not so sure.
13th June, 2014
Leather for summer

I know three perfumes that have theme of leather and citrus: Bel ami, Je suis un homme and Eau sauvage cuir fraicheur. All those three are very different.

I usually imagine citrus notes to be top notes of perfume, lemon over leather. In this case it's the opposite. The base of scent is lemony freshness and it has some light leather over it. Yes, I know the official notes says it isn't so, but it's the impression I get.

One those leathers that are more suitable for warmer weathers.


Pros: Masculine, classic
Cons: Discontinued

28th June, 2013
Citric opening with a light leather note on the base. It would be great if it had a better lasting power, which is actually below average.
Sillage and projection are soft too.
13th March, 2013
I enjoy this one more that the original. The original is just too lemony to me. The light leather in this one makes it a little more modern and interesting than the original. The old timers might not like this as much as the original. The longevity and projection is average but the scent is very good!
14th January, 2013 (last edited: 29th June, 2014)
Oscroft Show all reviews
United Kingdom
I'm a big fan of Eau Sauvage anyway, and I think this one is lovely. The classic Eau Sauvage citrus accord is clearly there, and the leather is soft and fresh - more like a lady's glove than a cricketer's jockstrap.

Alfarom says "Not bad but go for the original" - I say go for both.
10th October, 2012
Initial impression: It is a very strange combination of citris and leather. Initially it seemed weak (hence the extra chest spray) but then it became very strong and the leather and Cedar came out clearly. It is now 7 hours later, and I had an active day in a hot room, and the fragrance is still present. It is now much more subtle and more citrusy.

Great Longevity on this scent. I do need a woman's opinion on this one before I make a purchase decision.
I did notice that when I was perspiring there was a metalic smell that is not present now.
26th August, 2012 (last edited: 13th September, 2012)
JT3D Show all reviews
United States
Eau Sauvage with a touch of can you go wrong! however, it's no longer listed on Dior's website so I wonder if it's been discontinued, so sad if it has :-(
13th June, 2011
Smells quite a bit like Eau Sauvage, but with a touch of suede-like leather in the base. Longevity is better than ES on me, but still only lasts a half-day or so. This is a good flanker, but I wonder if it's just a bit too close to the original. Definitely worth a try if you like ES and want a little more lasting power out of it.
28th April, 2011
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A subtle and almost imperceptible variation of the previous Eau Sauvage gently enriched with a shy and clean leather note and just a little of fruity notes. Not bad but go for the original.
02nd April, 2011 (last edited: 04th April, 2011)
It opens with that lemon/herbal masculine and spicy so characteristic of eau sauvage at the top and a slight note of leather as background , very soft, almost imperceptible, which gives the fragrance a little more depth and contrast brilliantly with citrusy and floral accords of the halfway , giving a delicious balance.
The main problem of this water is the endemic one of family of Dior's Eau Savage (minus the extreme version): Longevity; in general terms is quite poor, maybe 1 or 2 hours with a bit of luck .A shame.
in short: a masterpiece of short duration.
15th January, 2011
This scent seems to be close to the original Eau Sauvage. Lemons are present here, but this hasn't got the elegance of the original Eau Sauvage. This is much more simply. The notes cuir + sweets make a dirty lemony fragrancy wich isn't refined.
15th January, 2011
This is done in a rich lemon/fougere style. It is dense, and slightly fruity. In fact it is very dense, intense, and fruity-plummy. Quite lemon-centric in style. Then a watery-acquatic note appears: dewy and a bit sweet. I don’t get any cedar, amber, or leather. It gets cloying and tiresome.
07th December, 2010
Eau Sauvage Fraicheur Cuir

I've keep the original Eau Sauvage in my wardrobe for over twenty years, where it has held pride of place as my signature fragrance. I love it, but there was always the longevity issue to contend with, so every now and again I'd go looking for something else. Even considering it's lack of legs, nothing else has ever really compared...until Eau Sauvage Fraicheur Cuir.

I find ESFC to be quite true to the original--much more so than the 80's version of Eau Sauvage Extreme (as opposed to the 2010 remixm, which I've yet to find here in the States). The buttery fresh leather accord is a suprisingly good compliment to thae classic ES's notes, and better yet, the longevity is much improved. If you like classic ES, try this--you'll almost certainly like it, and you might even like it better.

This is my current favorite fragrance, so it seemed appropriate that this should also be my first review.
19th September, 2010
Very attractive. It tones down the brightness of the original fragrance, but it still smells a lot like the original Eau Sauvage. That is not a negative at all, but I thought more originality could have gone into this fragrance. It's fabulous nonetheless.
29th May, 2010
The first thing you notice with the Dior's Eau Sauvage is that it is hardly savage. Fresh Leather address that by introducing a measure of savage to the already excellent classic modern eau de cologne (yes, even though intorduced in the 60s, regular Eau Sauvage is 'modern', as far as eau de colognes are concerned).

For me however, Fresh Leather is the way to go. It is deeper, thicker, more contrast between sweet citrus and manly dirt. It is the 'sauvage' as the name promises. Certainly worth a try if not a purchase.
10th April, 2010
Eau Sauvage Fraîcheur Cuir stays remarkably true to the original while still making its own statement. This is one of my very favorite flankers. The opening is almost identical to the original, the heart is a bit more modern and the dry-down of course moves into a new leather territory. The longevity is better than the original too. Francois Demachy did an exceptional job in formulating this composition. It's really a shame that Dior isn't giving this scent a wider release. I think it would find a fairly large audience if given the chance.
04th March, 2010
Sorry, but I have to ruin the quota here. I was extremly dissapointed about that new interpretation of Eau Sauvage. I have to admit that I also was extremly hyped up due to the good revues here and fell almost into a depression after I sprayed it on for the first time. It is nothing special.not at all.
It is still Eau Sauvage, that´s why the review gets a neutral, I mean it is still one of the best scents ever so I cannot give it a bad rating.
But I have to say that I can hardly smell any leather in that formular, after 10 minutes drydown there is maybe a little hint of leather which last for another 10 minutes and then the whole sensation is gone.
Fraicheur Cuir smells a little cleaner and softer than the Original, actually they took out the dirtiness and replaced it with nothing.
I am angry.
The idea was good,but didn´t work, I guess they didn´t have the courage to really try a new scent so they they just did not enough-too mainstream.
It smells nice, soft and lemony. Doesn´t stay long on my skin. 2 hours maybe. I am angry.
23rd February, 2010
No, it's not an update. Seems to me more that it tries to revive an old citrus+leather groove as the likes of Cacharel Homme and Halston 1-12, both of them far more complex and superior. A trying-to-be-serious citrus peel, then a trying-to-be-heavy-and-warm citrus-enhanced leather. And in fact, that's all.
29th January, 2010
Christian Dior Eau Sauvage Fraicheur Cuir

I wonder what Alexandra Ripley felt like as she sat in front of the keyboard composing her sequel, "Scarlett" to Margaret Mitchell's "Gone With The Wind"? You have to be creative while taking into account the many who will bemoan the desecration of a legend, the others who want to laugh that you are even attempting a new take on a masterpiece, and the few who will actually give your creativity a chance to impress them. The perfume version of Alexandra Ripley is Francois Demachy who has taken on the task of making the sequel to three well-liked scents, all for Christian Dior, Dior Homme Cologne, Fahrenheit 32 and now, in 2007 Edmond Roudnitska's 1966 ground-breaking masterpiece with, Eau Sauvage Fraicheur Cuir. While the first two sequels M. Demachy undertook were well-done; to try and alter a scent from one of the, arguably, greatest perfumers of the 20th century that is something entirely different. The original Eau Sauvage could be considered the forerunner to all of the fresh and clean scents currently (over)crowding the perfume shelves. M. Demachy in his design of Eau Sauvage Fraicheur Cuir pays homage to the original but actually makes a couple of different choices than M. Roudnitska and ends up creating something all his own. The top of Eau Sauvage Fraicheur Cuir is where the two scents are most similar. The beginning of Fraicheur Cuir is all light, tart lemon which lasts only a short while. It is in the heart that the first divergence from the original scent takes place as the similarity to the original is maintained with an herbal accord paired with cedar. The biggest difference comes in M. Demachy's use of hedione. M. Roudnitska was said to have pioneered the use of hedione in Eau Sauvage but while I'm sure it is there it never seems to be that prominent when I wear Eau Sauvage. That is not so with Eau Sauvage Fraicheur Cuir as the hedione does its job here in all of its glory as the jasmine comes to life against the woody, herbal backdrop making this similar but entirely different. The base is where things take a dramatic turn as the promised leather appears paired with amber and the hint of oakmoss. The base is really mostly leather with the amber there to provide some depth to it all. Eau Sauvage is one of those very short lasting scents on me. Eau Sauvage Fraicheur Cuir happily has much more longevity and lasts a good 6-8 hours on me. There is also much less projection than in the original. I know I wouldn't have the courage to try and pick up a previous work and make it my own. Bravo to Francois Demachy for not only trying but succeeding, spectacularly so.
22nd August, 2009
refined, yes. lemon and leather, yes. beautiful, yes. works for me? sadly, no. dries down a little too hot and dry. i'm sure on someone with a bit more class and a few more years than i, this would be fantastic. on me, it just feels uptight.
27th June, 2009
What an amazing scent this was. I bought this at the Munich airport when it first came out. I ran through my bottle so quickly and couldn't find it in the US. So wondefully fresh. Everyone is right. It was a lot of Eau Savauge with a hint of leather. I wish they would have made a super concentrated version that lasted on my skin longer.
18th March, 2009
Off the top of my head, I can't think of another fragrance, classic reissue or recent release, that plays within the confines of the contemporary fresh 'n clean sensibility without sacrificing classic structure, smart composition, or quality ingredients as effortlessly as Eau Sauvage Fraîcheur Cuir. Starting with an original that has stood the test of time gave a leg up to the nose that created this version to be sure, but ESFC's composition is extremely clever--leaving the top notes pretty much alone, at least enough to make the the fragrance immediately recognizable as an Eau Sauvage, toning down some of the perfumey (read: dated) smell of the heart, and adding a leather accord that at once suggests a classic structure without actually replicating the actually leather that usually defines old-fashioned cyphers. The "fresh leather" in ESFC is the fine suede of a pair of a brand new pair of bench-made bucks---nothing dry or overbearing at all. My current fave.
06th March, 2009
frug Show all reviews
United States
Instead of an irrationally-named and irrelevant flanker, this edition is a true variation on the Eau Sauvage theme. You’d be hard pressed to tell them apart from the renowned opening citrus. But soon after dry down begins Fraicheur Cuir goes its own way, without renouncing its pedigree, revealing a soul of elegant soft leather and amberish tobacco instead of its daddy’s spiky basil and peaty vetiver. I like them both, for different reasons, but find Fraicheur Cuir the more amiable companion.
19th February, 2009
bbBD Show all reviews
United States
I've been anticipating today - my first full wear of ESFC - for a long time. First it was on my wishlist for about 8 months, and then I finally found a bottle thanks to a kind BN member, then I had to wait about a month while hurricanes and evacuations delayed my receipt. Why all the fuss for something I've never smelled? Well, I love Eau Sauvage, I love leather notes, and I have a weakness for obscure Dior releases.

Was it worth the wait? Well, yes. Am I blown away? Well, no. At first I was surprised that the topnotes were pure Eau Sauvage, with little if any variation. I was bummed. After about a half hour I noticed the emergence of a slightly spicy, ambery leather accord that blended in with the standard ES drydown to perfection. As the name says (which is translated on the bottle as 'leather freshness'), this is a fresh leather. 90% Eau Sauvage, 10% Leather. I strongly recommend a massive overapplication to one's neck, arms, chest, etc. to experience the full effect.

My only complaint with the original has been longevity. No matter how much you put on it lasts about 2 hours from beginning to end. This problem seems addressed in the FC version, with the longevity being much better and the base persisting for about 5-6 hours.

If you're a fan of the various elements that went into this creation like I am, by all means seek out a bottle. If you're just a leather fan and think this will be a leather rich, lemony fragrance, somewhere along the lines of HL Cuiron, you will be disappointed.
11th October, 2008
This fragrance is one of the best I've never tried! A virtual gold medal to Dior!
09th October, 2008