Unisex perfumes have always been my thing. If it is displayed in the male section, I’ll sneakily head over for a little whiff. Constantly turned off by most of the sweet and girly offerings known as female perfumes, I love it when a fragrance is headier, with a bit more body, and a less outspoken gender personality. Gotta keep everyone guessing, you know. Dior Fahrenheit 32 has been a favourite of mine for yonks (we go waaaaay back, Fahrie and me), and the Acqua Di Parma Colonia Ambra has been heating my skin up these last few months as well. Neither one can be pigeonholed as a clear male of female fragrance, and where my dress sense can only be described as decidedly feminine, my taste in scents is quite the opposite.
Cue the new Dior male fragrance! Released with big fanfare earlier this year, Dior Sauvage is not only making a play to be the house’s next big male fragrance, but also to find it’s place in my carefully curated daily perfume collection. Not to be mistaken with the Dior Eau Savage line from 1966, this new one takes inspiration from not only Johnny Depp himself, but also from that dreamy image of a blue sky that covers wild, rocky, open landscapes, hot under the desert sun. Almost like an aesthetic Dances With Wolves… the fragrant edition. François Demachy once more spearheaded the creaton of this new scent, and announced it as “radically fresh, raw and noble at the same time, prevalent with carefully selected natural ingredients”
Mixing notes of peppery bergamot, spicy elemi, geranium, Sichuan pepper, lavender, patchouli, vetiver, and ambroxan, Sauvage turns out to be a very classic, run of the mill male fragrance. Starting out on an aromatic citrus-y note, it sort of evokes memories of Bleue de Chanel, before warming up to a woody-ambery drydown. On my husband, the freshness relentlessy keeps popping up against the amber, whereas on me, the heat almost inmediately takes over, and I can just feel (and smell) the vetiver and amber radiating from my skin. Big, big points for it’s lasting power though, the sillage and endurance is the best thing about this scent! if you’re looking for a scent that will literally take you from day to night, look no further! All in all, Dior Sauvage is not a bad scent, but after having been inundated with releases this year, I was looking for something a bit more special (or maybe I’m just too picky…)
Less sauvage and more of a sure thing, Dior’s Sauvage is bound to please the big masses, but a stand out from the madding crowd (like my beloved Dior Fahrenheit), it is not.
Dior Sauvage eau de toilette 60 ml: € 87,50 / $ 72, 100 ml: € 120,50 / $ 89 euro;
Also available in an After Shave Lotion 100 ml, deodorant spray 150 ml