Over the past 73+ years, Christian Dior has released a lot of different fragrances to the public, but none of them has been more anticipated, or more controversial, then their fragrance Sauvage For Men. Although the Sauvage line was originally launched in 1966, the reimagining of this scent, and the rekindling of the brand, produced a scent that countless men and women have enjoyed over the years. A fragrance that people have claimed is a “desert-themed cologne” that reminds them of arid plains and lonesome mountain ranges. It’s a scent that we’ve reviewed some of the best Sauvage colognes available, so everyone can find the variation of this fragrance that suits them the best.
Best Sauvage Colognes
3. Christian Dior Sauvage Eau De Parfum Spray For Men
The newest version of the Sauvage line is Sauvage Perfume For Men. This fragrance was created by Francois Demachy, a perfumer who aid he drew inspiration from lying beneath a blanket of stars at night. It’s a fragrance that’s reminiscent of wild open plains, deserted mountain ranges, and sitting around a campfire on the border of civilization. In other words, it’s a fragrance that reminds the wearer, and those around him as well, of inherent magic that can be found in wide-open spaces. A dense composition that is instilled with a few spots of light to break up the darkness.
This fragrance is a complex assortment of notes that begins with notes of bergamot, a note the perfumer has claimed as his fragrance signature that he uses on all of his fragrances, and notes of Mandarin orange, and citron. At this perfume’s base, the wearer will notice notes of Virginian cedar, oakmoss, sweet raspberry, and sandalwood. All of these notes are then propped up on a base of vanilla and slightly bitter Tonka bean. All of this comes together to make a scent that’s truly unique from most of the other perfumes for men that we’ve reviewed. Christian Dior has called it the fragrance for people who live on the edge of a new frontier, and we have to say that we agree with them.
Before we conclude this perfume, we would like to talk about the sandalwood notes that can be found in this product. We want to talk about them because Christian Dior has its proprietary source of sandalwood that we feel makes it unique in its products. This sandalwood comes from a Sri Lankan plantation that takes special care of their trees before harvesting them for Dior. This creates a special sandalwood note that we feel everyone can appreciate.
Keeping all of this in mind, we have to say that this perfume is a warm Oriental fragrance that has touches of the wild west thrown in. It’s a scent that we know many of our readers are going to love, and that’s probably why it’s the best Sauvage perfume around.
2. Eau Sauvage by Christian Dior for Men EDT Spray
If the “new” Eau Sauvage doesn’t tickle your fancy, then you may want to go back to the original Dior Sauvage cologne that was released in 1966. This is a cologne that’s contained in a different bottle than the new Sauvage cologne—which has caused some confusion among people who are looking for authentic Sauvage colognes. Some people assume that this is a knock-off or imitation fragrance because it looks so different. However, that’s not the case. This fragrance’s bottle is made in the style of the original scent, so consumers should know that this is a real and very effective Dior scent. We know because we reviewed it.
What makes classic Sauvage cologne different from the current one? Well, there’s a number of differences between the two fragrances, but we feel the main difference is that this classic scent isn’t as “wild” as the newer scent. It’s more of a clean scent than a dry one and it’s missing some of the heaviness of the new version.
This version leads with a note of lemon and bitter rosemary, while the newer version leads more with bergamot. Minor differences we know, but enough of a one that people will definitely know the difference between the two.
This EDT spray begins with top notes of lemon, bergamot, basil, caraway, rosemary, and fruity notes. At the heart of this fragrance can be found notes of carnation and coriander, sandalwood, orris root, roses, and jasmine. At its base, the wearer will notice fragrant notes of musk, amber, and vetiver. The one note that most people will find lacking in this reformulation of the classic fragrance is oakmoss.
While the original 1966 scent had a nice oakmoss edge to it, the 2009 reformulation seems to lack this oakmoss. It’s not a big deal, but it’s something worth mentioning—especially since so many cologne reviews list this EDT spray as having oakmoss notes when it doesn’t.
1. Christian Dior Eau Sauvage Extreme Men EDT Spray
Although not all consumers have had contact with this fragrance, it’s actually a scent that was first introduced to the public in 1984. This is a fragrance that’s been listed as a fresh and fruity fragrance with hints of rosemary in its formulation. And this can be quite confusing to people who pick up this scent thinking that it was more of a “noir” scent because it’s contained in a black bottle. That’s not the case at all, and we would call this fragrance more of a fresh fragrance tinged with Oriental notes and with a light earthy base to it.
This fragrance starts with an assortment of fragrance notes that are designed to delight the wearer’s nose. These notes include patchouli, basil, lavender, bergamot, lemon, and slightly fruity notes. The heart of this fragrance has notes of rosemary and coriander, sandalwood, bay leaf, orris root, jasmine, and aldehydes. At its base, the wearer will notice hints of oakmoss and cedar, patchouli, musk, and amber.
All of these notes combine to make an EDT spray that has moderate sillage but seems to hang around a lot longer than many other perfumes and colognes. It’s a fragrance that will not only last the wearer through the day but is likely to last them through the night as well.
Because of its lasting power, this fragrance is more than an Eau de Toilette spray. It just has more lasting power than most EDT sprays. So we think that we’re going to place it somewhere between an EDT spray and an EDP (Eau de Parfum) spray. What we mean is that this fragrance goes on lightly like an EDT spray, but it has lasting power like a cologne or perfume.
This makes its name, Eau Sauvage Extreme, the perfect name for this fragrance. It’s extreme not in sillage, however, but in longevity, so the wearer doesn’t have to worry if it’s a scent that is going to weigh them down because it isn’t. It’s a scent that’s going to stick with them for a long time, but it won’t offend those around the wearer.
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A Look Into Dior Sauvage Colognes
Having reviewed some of the best Sauvage colognes available, we feel that we’re in a unique position to talk about this brand a little more in-depth. We want to make sure that people have the proper appreciation for this fragrance, all while keeping in mind that this fragrance line has had somewhat of a PR problem over the past few years. Since we’re not ones to sugar coat our reviews, we’re going to tackle both the good and bad of this fragrance line. Before we do that, however, we’re going to start by talking a little bit about not only the history of the line but also a brief history of the company behind the line.
The History Of Christian Dior
As many people already knew, Dior gets its name from its founder, Christian Dior, who was born in Granville, France, on January 21, 1905. He began his career by selling fashion sketches for 10-cents each, and he would eventually leave school to open a small art gallery, a gallery that was financed with a donation from his father. This small art gallery would begin to sell art by a variety of different artists—most notably, the art of Pablo Picasso.
Dior would eventually close his gallery after about three years. He closed it not only because his mother and brother had died, but also from financial problems that would arrive from the start of the Great Depression. In 1937, he would go to work for fashion designer Robert Piguet, but would eventually leave the fashion house for military service.
After leaving the army in 1947, he would join Lucien Lelong’s fashion house where he worked as one of the primary designers. To preserve the fashion industry in France at the time, he w designed dresses for the wives of Nazi officers. While he was doing that, however, his sister Catherine worked for the French resistance. She would eventually become captured by the Gestapo, however, and was sent to Ravensbruck concentration camp.
In 1945, his sister was released from the camp after the liberation of France. As a tribute to his sister, Christian Dior released the scent, Miss Dior, in 1947 and that would be the beginning of the Dior fragrances. Over the next 73+ years, Dior would go on to produce 240 other perfumes and become one of the most well-known fragrance designers in the fashion industry.
The History Of Sauvage Colognes
As far as the Sauvage line of colognes goes, this fragrance collection was originally launched in 1966 with the release of Eau Sauvage. This fragrance was created by Edmond Roudnitska and is well known for its citrus top notes that are paired with masculine florals and a woody base.
The top note of Eau Sauvage includes notes of bergamot, lemon, basil, rosemary, all paired with fruity accords. At its heart, consumers will find notes of sandalwood, roses, carnations, orris root, patchouli, and coriander. At its base, the wearer will notices notes of oakmoss, musk, amber, and vetiver. However, the current reformulation seems to be lacking the oakmoss notes.
Even though the Sauvage line was launched in 1966, there was a large gap before another fragrance was released in this line after Eau Sauvage. In 1984, Eau Sauvage Extreme was released and this fragrance had citrus notes paired with masculine florals and woodsy base notes.
Below is a short history of the fragrances released in this line:
- Eau Sauvage (1966)
- Eau Sauvage Extreme (1984)
- Eau Sauvage 100% Glacon (2001)
- Eau Sauvage Fraicheur Cuir (2007)
- Eau Sauvage Parfume (2012)
- Eau Sauvage Cologne (2015)
- Eau Sauvage 2017 Parfume (2017)
The Sauvage Controversy
The new formulation of Sauvage was surrounded by quite a bit of controversy when it came out, however. Many people felt that the name of the perfume Sauvage (which means “savage” in English) paired with ads that featured Native American imagery was racially insensitive at the least and may even be considered racists by some people. This is because the term savage has been traditionally used against Native Americans as a racial slur.
The face of the fragrance at the time was Johnny Depp and he would go on to release a video on YouTube that described the ad campaign as a love letter to Native Americans and not as a racial slur. The debate continued whether the ad campaign was offensive or not for a little while. Eventually, Dior would relent to the pressure, and the ads in question were removed. Regardless of whether people though the advertising campaign was racially insensitive or not, there is one undeniable thing: the ad campaign brought a lot of attention to this cologne.