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Dior Sauvage Review

Dior Sauvage Review

Dior Sauvage is a fragrance that has been a smash hit for Dior and had quite a few iterations released – from the original Eau Sauvage which was a smash hit in the 70’s to the newer Dior Sauvage eau de toilette, which in itself has seen several flankers released such as the Dior Sauvage Parfum, Dior Sauvage EDP and the latest release, Sauvage Elixir.

Today we’ll be covering the classic eau de toilette version, with an overview of what the flankers and other versions all bring to the table. Let’s start with the interesting history behind the brand Dior.

Brand History

Christian Dior is a French designer who rose to prominence in the fashion industry, creating new styles and the now iconic ‘New York look’. The success in fashion led to an easy pivot into perfumes as well, with Dior launching its first-ever perfume, Miss Dior, in 1947.

From there, the blockbuster perfumes just came pouring out of the brand. They had a smash hit with the original ‘Eau Sauvage when it was released in 1966 and went almost 50 years before releasing the follow-up hit, Sauvage, in 2015. Whilst the two share a name, they are totally separate from each other, with different notes.

Speaking about Sauvage, that perfume has a rather fascinating history behind it as well:

Perfume History

Wanting to reinvigorate one of their most popular fragrances and come up with a new cologne, Dior came up with the idea of modernizing one of their best-ever releases, Eau Sauvage, in order to combat Chanels foothold on the men’s fragrance market with Bleu de Chanel. They drafted in their old in-house Dior perfumer/creator, Francois Demachy, and he got to work creating a fragrance that encapsulates the spirit of the original, yet with a modern twist.

Little did he know that when he would concoct Dior Sauvage, he would have one of the best-selling men’s fragrances of recent times in his hand. He mixed classic notes such as pepper, lavender and bergamot with more contemporary notes such as elemi, Calabrian bergamot and the striking aroma chemical ambroxan. What was created was an incredibly unique fragrance DNA for the time – something no one had ever smelled before!

A-lister Johnny Depp signed on to be the face of the Dior Sauvage from its first iteration in 2015 and as of the latest release – Sauvage Elixir – Johnny Depp still represents the perfume.

Perfume Story

When creating the perfume, François Demachy wanted to capture the feeling of a desert at midnight, with the mysterious cool night at the twilight hour combined with the scorching air from the desert sun to create a unique sensation.

Dior Sauvage is can be felt as a thick blue colour, an outpouring of a man’s wildest experiences and thoughts. The wild feeling is represented in the adverts as a wolf, with man’s artistic capabilities represented by a guitar.

The hyper-masculine scent leaves an unmistakable trail from the first spray – as does all of the Dior Sauvage line. This was designed by the perfumer to show off how bold a man can be and announce his presence wherever he goes.

The perfumer’s notes for the fragrance are quite enlightening: With the follow-up Sauvage releases, he didn’t really want to create a totally new fragrance. He wanted people to recognise the smell. So he just made different notes more dominant – so in Dior Sauvage EDP he tried to make the sweet facets more recognisable with more vanilla, whereas with Dior Sauvage Parfum tries to make the fragrance warmer with more emphasised oriental notes. The latest in the line adds a small spin on the Sauvage DNA by making it spicier with a few new notes, such as liquorice.

Perfume Bottle & Presentation

The bottle of Sauvage EDT itself is unmistakable. Clean, well-balanced and rather simple in its design, it is a long cylindrical bottle with the perfume name proudly displayed on the front. The luxurious feeling that the bottle exudes fits the brand perfectly and as soon as you feel it you know you’ve got your hands on a fragrance from a luxury brand.

The bottle design for each of the follow-up fragrances – Dior Sauvage Parfum & the EDP – is the same, except with different shading for each. The only one to be a bit different is Sauvage Elixir, with has the same feel as the original Sauvage from 2015 except for a slightly different look.

The magnetic cap is brilliant. Sporting the CD logo, its quality and stays attached extremely well, making those missing bottle caps a problem no more. Dior is renowned for their incredible atomisers and it’s no different here – each spray is well-balanced and even, meaning you can get decent coverage with as few sprays as possible.

Our Thoughts

Sauvage will always hold a special place in my heart, personally. It was one of my first forays into the world of fragrance back in 2015 and I remember the exact spot I first smelled it. I had never smelled anything like it and many, many people shared this sentiment.

Overall, we think it’s still an absolutely stellar scent, and no matter which iteration you go for, you’re going to be smelling good for a long time. Sauvage still holds up today, even against other imitators – there’s some sort of magic in the fragrance that simply can’t be replicated.

How many sprays are required?

When the Dior Sauvage was first released in 2015, it was known to be absolutely nuclear, despite being an Eau de toilette and not an Eau de parfum. 2-3 sprays and you’d be set for the day, people would be able to smell the scent trail from across the road. Dior has toned down and mastered the formulation now so it isn’t as abrasive, and so you can get away with a few more sprays.

For casual wear, between 3-5 will do you perfectly. If you’re going to be in the open air a lot or somewhere hotter, then you can get away with a few more. In general, it pays to go a bit easier on the trigger, as the ambroxan can be quite strong!


Now we’ll cover the main notes that can be found in Dior Sauvage EDT.

Top Notes

Calabrian Bergamot


Dior Sauvage EDT opens with radiant top notes, with the juicy freshness of Calabrian bergamot accompanied by a sharp pepper. Sauvage opens quite strong, so if you get your nose too close to it you may sneeze, thanks to the radically fresh composition of the opening!

Heart Notes

Sichuan Pepper


Pink pepper





After a few minutes, Dior Sauvage EDT starts to transition into its heart notes. The heart contains more pepper in the form of pink pepper and Sichuan pepper, lavender, vetiver, patchouli, geranium and elemi. This phase of the fragrance starts to smell more woody, thanks to the elemi and vetiver. The patchouli adds a slightly earthy scent whilst the pepper and lavender help Dior Sauvage EDT retain its spiciness.

Base Notes




After a few hours of wearing Dior Sauvage eau de toilette, the base notes burst through, revealing the few notes that it contains Ambroxan, Labdanum and cedar. Thanks to it being so potent, many wearers get the ambroxan note right from the start. It’s an interesting note that is the synthetic version of the incredibly expensive precious ambergris, which is a musky form of amber. It’s this note that makes the perfume so addictive. The labdanum and cedar ground Sauvage and add a slightly dirty and woodsy feel when combined with the amber scent from the ambergris.

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But what about the performance of Dior Sauvage Eau De Toilette? Let’s break it down into three categories:- Sillage, longevity & Projection.


This simply refers to how far away you can smell the scent trail. When it was first released, Sauvage EDT was well known for its absolutely nuclear sillage – well above other eau de toilette strength fragrances and even Eau de parfum strength fragrances.

Many wearers actually found this off-putting – it was simply too potent! The fragrance has since been slightly reformulated to give it a more moderate scent trail, but it’s still great. A few spritzes and people will be able to smell you from a good few metres away and this scent trail is there for a good few hours – easily a working day.


Along with the scent trail, you have longevity or how long the fragrance lasts. Dior Sauvage is also well above average in this department, with 3-5 sprays easily able to last a good 8 hours and still be noticeable. If you want better longevity, simply spray it onto your clothes as well.


Projection is also above average. Like we said above, a few sprays will have people 2-3 metres away from you able to smell the scent. It’s not ‘too’ much or overpowering like it used to be when Dior Sauvage was first released.

Target Market

Onto who should wear Dior Sauvage. To be honest, men of any age can get away with the original 2015 release, Dior Sauvage parfum and Sauvage EDP.

It’s not too sweet to be just for younger customers and it’s still playful enough to not just be for a more mature man. This makes it a great all-rounder for men of any age.

It is definitely not unisex though. The ambroxan combined with the powerfully woody trail gives it an unmistakable masculine scent and it would be extremely hard for a woman to pull this off.

When to Wear

It’s an extremely versatile fragrance to wear, being great for a number of occasions. It makes a perfect signature scent thanks to the fact that it can be worn day to day and will garner compliments – it even performs well in high temperatures.

You can wear Sauvage to the gym, thanks to its good performance. You can wear it to the office thanks to its non-offensive fresh smells and sillage. You can wear it on a date thanks to the highly addictive ambroxan. You can even wear it to more upscale events. It really is almost like an amazing swiss army knife of a fragrance.


Here is where Dior Sauvage EDT loses a few of its points. When it first appeared on the scene, it was totally unique as very few fragrances had the note of ambroxan – the only real competition was Bleu de Chanel. Fast forward to today and ambroxan is used in plenty of men’s fragrances, meaning it can be smelt quite often.

Thanks to that and the fact that the other follow-ups such as Dior Sauvage EDP and Dior Sauvage Parfum, more men are wearing this. Thanks to this, it’s not that unique or individual anymore. It’s still a smashing fragrance in its own right, but if you’re particular about smelling unique then you may run into problems with Dior Sauvage.

Value For Money

For the sheer quality of the fragrance, Dior Sauvage EDT, Dior Sauvage parfum and Dior Sauvage EDP are up there in terms of value for money. Yes, there are cheaper alternatives which give the same kind of vibe as the Sauvage line, but the masterful blending and composition just can’t be replicated.

Top this with the fact that a few squirts go a long way, meaning that your bottle is going to last, and you’ve got a combination for a winning fragrance when it comes to value.

Pros & Cons


  • Incredibly versatile, timeless and wearable in almost any situation.
  • Long-lasting power and decent sillage that won’t offend anyone.
  • One of the best sexy & fresh blue fragrances around.
  • A great-looking bottle that has a super handy magnetic cap.
  • Extremely high-quality composition.


  • Extremely popular. Thanks to the number of men who have worn Sauvage, it doesn’t have uniqueness.
  • Fresh fragrances are quite a saturated market.

Similar Perfumes

Aside from the follow-up perfumes (Dior Sauvage Parfum, Dior Sauvage EDP and Dior Elixir), here are some similar fragrances:

Prada Luna Rossa Carbon

If you want a slightly more mature version of the Sauvage DNA, then Luna Rossa Carbon by Prada may fit the bill. This is a more intimate version, without the huge sillage or projection and added earthiness & smokiness thanks to its note of coal and soil.

Versace Dylan Blue

On the opposite end of the spectrum, for a more airy and playful take, you should try out Dylan Blue by Versace. This fragrance tones down the ambroxan and adds in some fresh spicy facets, making it less heavy and more playful than Sauvage.

Our Verdict

If you’re looking for an extremely easy-to-pull-off fragrance that’s super versatile, then it’s our opinion that you should definitely check out Sauvage EDT or any of the line. It’s very hard not to like and can be worn year-round for almost all occasions, making it handy to just pick up and spray when and where you need it.

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