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Dior Sauvage Elixir Review

Dior Sauvage Elixir Review

Dior had a string of successes with the Sauvage line and its flankers. Introducing a new flanker that would stir things up, they released Sauvage Elixir, which quickly garnered a reputation in the fragrance community as a near masterpiece.

Let’s take a closer look at this recent release, covering everything you need to know about Dior Sauvage Elixir in this fragrance review – from the history of the fragrance to the note breakdown and more.

Brand And fragrance History

Dior is one of the most prestigious and well-known fashion houses in the world. Created by french designer Christian Dior, the house launched its first fragrance in 1947 and has since branched out into different fragrance lines and products.

One of the best sellers for men was Eau Sauvage, released in 1966. Wanting to reboot the classic menswear line, Dior released the best-selling Sauvage in 2015 to critical acclaim. Different flankers to this were released and the most recent is Dior Sauvage Elixir.

Being released at the end of 2021, the house took the winning Sauvage DNA and made it spicier, richer and more potent. They subdued the ambroxan facets and added in new key notes, creating a more rounded and interesting take on the best-selling fragrance line.

Perfume Story

Wanting to encapsulate the success of their previous Sauvage perfumes, the brand set to work changing things up a bit. The rumour is that they wanted to create a new vision for the Sauvage line that still kept the base DNA at its roots, but was more potent than the eau de toilette and eau de parfum versions.

They drafted in the legendary perfumer Francois Demachy as the creative director and he created the stunning blend we find in Sauvage Elixir. Whilst we only get a few of the notes and they don’t actually include the titular ambroxan of the other fragrances in the line, he has somehow recreated the backbone of Sauvage without using ambroxan.

In the end, the fragrance was a huge smash hit. Whilst being priced high compared to previous Dior Sauvage perfumes – over £100/$120 for 60ml – the quality was unbeaten. The success saw the brand release a 100ml bottle as well as a limited edition Dior Sauvage Elixir with a wooden cap.

Perfume Bottle & Presentation

The bottle of Dior Sauvage is a bit different to the original Sauvage line. It’s small and squat, with an inset front panel with the name on it. It’s a very dark blue colour and feels really good in your hand.

The magnetic cap fits snugly and comes with the signature bee on the inside. The sprayer is a nice contrasting silver and it’s a well-known fact that Dior has the best sprayers in the game. so you can expect an even spray every time you use it.

Our Thoughts

When I smelled Sauvage Elixir it took me totally by surprise. It’s a total departure from the rest of the line, so if you’re expecting an ambroxan bomb, you’re in for a shock. yes, you will smell good wearing this, but the main thing that captured me was how grown up it was – whilst Dior Sauvage edt and the other flankers are quite playful, this proudly declares that the adults are in the room.

The other thing that got me was how strong Dior Sauvage Elixir is. It’s nuclear. Beyond nuclear. It will survive showers if you spray it on the skin and it can survive washes on clothes. So be prepared!

How many sprays are required?

Dior Sauvage is a monster in the performance department, so you want to be taking it very easy on sprays. People have even been suggesting half a spray on the pulse points for casual wear or when wearing it as a signature scent – it’s that strong.

Whilst there’s no need to be that dramatic, you can easily get away with 2 sprays when wearing it casually. If it’s hot, one spray. Nighttime and colder weather can see you getting away with 3 sprays, but again see how it works with your skin chemistry first, as on many people it’s very strong.

Notes

Top Notes

Cinnamon

Nutmeg

Cardamom

Grapefruit

The top notes of Dior Sauvage Elixir are the biggest change to the other original Sauvage scents. These top notes are incredibly spicy and you may not be ready for the huge hit you’re going to get. The cinnamon and nutmeg combo is the strongest thing, and that cinnamon really gets up your nose!

The cardamom adds a slight bit of creaminess into the mix, but only a little. the grapefruit adds just a tinge of brightness, but the tanginess of this grapefruit also compliments the spiciness of the cinnamon very well.

Heart Notes

Lavender

That opening cinnamon blast lasts a LONG time – I’m talking 1-2 hours. But even then, the cinnamon doesn’t drop off completely. It just fades into the background a little whilst the lavender starts to kick in.

The lavender is incredibly sharp and strong, so if you’re not a lavender fan you’ll hate this mid-phase. I suspect there’s also some ambroxan in the mid to support the lavender and help it project.

Base Notes

Licorice

Sandalwood

Amber

Patchouli

Haitian Vetiver

Finally, we get the base notes of Sauvage Elixir. There’s a slight feeling of the original Sauvage here, so you get the ambroxan feeling. The cinnamon is still present but far more toned down, with the licorice taking over as the spicy facet.

On top of the spicy licorice root, you’ve got smooth sandalwood and vetiver. These woody notes help ramp up the masculine feeling of the fragrance – especially the sandalwood.

Finally, the slightly sweet amber gives Sauvage Elixir a sticky base, along with the patchouli.

Performance

Onto one of the strongest points of Dior Sauvage Elixir – the performance.

Sillage

The sillage of Sauvage Elixir is beyond good – it’s insane. It will fill up a room on just a few sprays and leave a trail behind you that lingers well after you’ve left. The incredible sillage of Sauvage Elixir often takes people by surprise as they aren’t used to a fragrance being so strong!

Longevity

Another great thing about Dior Sauvage Elixir is its longevity. it will last an easy 12 hours, with most of that having great projection and sillage. Even after the 12 hours, you’ll still have the signature smell on your hands well into the next day – even after a shower. Being an Extrait, which is one of the highest concentrations you can get – this wild longevity isn’t surprising.

If you spray onto clothes, prepare for the smell to survive washes. Dior Sauvage Elixir seeps into clothes and sticks into them, making for an incredibly potent fragrance if you spray it onto your clothes as part of the routine.

Projection

Again, projection is pretty wild for the most part. Sauvage Elixir will fire off of you for a good 4-6 hours before it starts to calm down a bit. It doesn’t go to a skin scent after this big projection phase either, it just settles a bit closer to you. When retesting Sauvage Elixir for this review, I sprayed a single spray on the back of my hand and I could smell it clear as day for a good few hours whilst I was walking around – that was from a good metre away! Expect a solid bubble of projection for at least 1-2 metres whilst you’re wearing this – pretty much everyone around you will be able to smell it.

Target Market

Diot Sauvage Elixir is very, very masculine. It’s basically comprised of manly spicy notes – such as cinnamon, lavender, and licorice – on top of a very slightly sweet base. This makes it very, very hard for a woman to pull off.

Age-wise, this is more mature than the other Sauvages, so I’d say 30+. It has a refined feeling to it and is not very playful, so a more serious younger gent could pull it off as well.

When to Wear

Dior Sauvage Elixir is its absolute best in the colder months. Winter and Autumnal wear are ideal and it’s a great signature scent for winter months. Wearing it in the summer is still viable, just you need to take it extremely easy when spraying.

Workwear is totally acceptable as well since there aren’t really any offensive notes. The only problem could be the over-the-top performance if you work in a smaller environment – it can quickly get overpowering. So again, take it easy when wearing it for work.

Night-time events could also work, as I can imagine it would suit a dressed-up and formal occasion thanks to the individuality of Sauvage Elixir. Date nights may be a problem though, as it’s a bit too fierce and bold. You may be better off going for something a little more subtle and sweeter for date nights, but who knows – you may well be able to pull this beast off.

Individuality

Dior Sauvage Elixir is incredibly unique. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a fragrance that has the same quality, performance and spicy smell exactly the same. You’ll stand out a mile in most of the places you go as other guys wear their blue fragrances.

If you’re looking for uniqueness, you can certainly do a lot worse than Sauvage Elixir.

Value For Money

Here is one area where plenty of people have a gripe. Dior has charged premium pricing for Sauvage Elixir with the price only getting higher since launch. The price per ml is much higher than many of their designer line scents, especially the other Sauvages. This gives it a slightly higher barrier to entry than other fragrances.

In my opinion, though, it’s well the money. The blending is very high quality, the scent is incredibly unique and it will last you a long, long time thanks to its strength.

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Absolutely insane performance
  • Mature & daring scent
  • You will get noticed
  • Still keeps the winning Sauvage DNA
  • Sleek bottle
  • Unmatched sprayer

Cons

  • High price
  • Not for everyone
  • Incredibly spicy

Similar Perfumes

Lattafa Asad

The budget Sauvage Elixir. This is pretty cheap and smells about 80% the same as Elixir, with the base changed a little – it’s a tiny bit sweeter in the dry down. The performance and quality don’t have anything on Elixir though.

Roja Apex Man

From one of the most expensive houses on the planet, Roja Parfums, Apex is like a high-end Elixir. If you’re after pure quality, then give this a try. Apex is just a bit more woody and smoky in the base and far more complex.

Our Verdict

We hope that we’ve given you a taste of what Dior Sauvage Elixir is like in this fragrance review. It’s a pretty damn incredible scent that will make you smell good and is definitely worth a sniff at some point – purely to see how strong it is. If you’re after a very manly and grown-up version of Sauvage that still has some of that signature ambroxan in it, you should definitely give it a try. It’s worth sampling before you splash out for a full bottle though as it’s more expensive than other designer frags.

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