The 1960s: men were men, and women wore garter belts. Men's fragrances came out of the European Eau de Cologne tradition: light, natural essences to wear while getting your Sunday errands done. Eau Sauvage might have had a good chunk of hedione, but it was still an eau de cologne: citrus and herbs.
Fast forward five decades. Men are dudes, I guess, and women are free to choose whatever the fuck they wanna be these days. But Dior doesn't buy it. They made the Eau Sauvage Parfum concentration for men that want to smell natural and straightforward, like a good firm handshake. This juice, while not strictly based on the original Eau Sauvage, really harkens back to those days of simple compositions with an effortlessly natural, balanced feel. And yet, it performs like a modern EdP: excellent potency and longevity.
The vanilla is dosed well for the composition, but is still a bit sweet for my taste, which tends to run toward the unsweetened. Nevertheless, a fine composition. The opening citrus-jasmine-vetiver accord is a winner for sure. Thumbs up from MonkeyBars on a warm June evening.