Dior, Sauvage

Designed with the inexplicably handsome types in mind; Dior's Sauvage would make a welcome addition to any man's fragrance collection this Father's Day - particularly my Dad, who I feel perfectly represents a hard-working, yet family orientated man. This year we're saying farewell in the Ellis household to Regatta socks and Marks and Spencer shirts, only to welcome one of The Perfume Shop's best sellers - Dior Sauvage, Eau de Toilette.

Curated by Dior's perfumer Francois Demachy, it has been meticulously formulated with all natural notes. Not to be confused with the brands 1966 Eau Sauvage (which has long been a gentleman's favourite), it is very much a contemporary take on the original that has been tweaked to suit the demands of the modern-day man.

From research; Dior described Sauvage as being 'an act of creation inspired by wide-open spaces' and 'an ozone of blue sky sprawled above a rocky landscape, white-hot beneath the desert sun' - without offering too many spoilers for the review that follows, I'd say that they were pretty spot on with the delivery of such a vast fragrance landscape. Francois Demachy said he wanted to create a fragrance that was 'raw and noble' and he has done so by using the familiar themes of masculine perfumery (citrus and woods), twisting them ever so slightly to fit the Dior brand and the wildness that the name 'Sauvage' evokes.

Its impressive campaign fronted no other than Captain Jack Sparrow; Johnny Depp - represents a more up to date idea of masculinity, one that is rugged and manly but in the smoothed-over and well-groomed manner that is very much in tune with the sensibilities of the man of 2018. Dior Sauvage was launched in 2015 and has since then become an iconic scent for the luxurious French label.

The Notes
Pepper, Bergamot, Lavender, Geranium, Vetiver, Patchouli and Ambroxan.

The Smell
Dior Sauvage's initial moments are dominated by a white-out of bergamot and pepper. The effect comes as a flash of sweet, dewy citrus that is both crisp and clean, and is supported by an underpinning of fresh bed-sheets. The pepper really amplifies the volume, lifting the fragrance into the air and diffusing the notes. In the opening you would get the impression that Sauvage is a fragrance designed to resonate and it does.

The core is filled with brush-like shrubbery and rough herbaceous notes. Lavender displays through a grey-scale filter which dominates the heart, presenting a rocky almost mineral-like note of the flower itself. The result; is an arid lavender, a barren grey flower that has had its purple essence squeezed out, leaving behind a stone like shadow that hints at harsh nature, hints at wilderness - just like the campaign portrays.

As it dries it really begins to soften to something far removed from the fresh components of the opening. The interplay between leather and patchouli is key here; with the sharpness of the latter being smoothed over by a suede-like, sweet tone. There is a touch of vetiver in addition to some salty musks, but it's the pepper that gives it a kick in its final lingering moments.

In my opinion; Sauvage is very much a masculine fragrance that plays a familiar tune, but plays it well and does so in a way that resonates. This concept of vast blue skies gravitating over an expansive landscape of pale white rocks is so vivid, that the wilderness of the name seems impeccably on point. Sauvage is modern, airy and clean and whilst it may not be as eccentric as Johnny Depp, it certainly lives up to its expectations.

What fragrance will you selecting this Father's Day?


  1. I haven't tried any Dior scents but I loveeee their makeup!

    x Lisa | lisaautumn.com

    1. Oh my goodness; definitely try J'adore or Miss Dior - those are my favourites. I've heard a lot of good things about their makeup but I have yet to try it myself x