Perfume Review: Sauvage by Dior

I know technically this Sauvage by Dior a cologne and not a perfume, however there are several designated male scents that I enjoy and I see no reason to allow a sample to linger in my box of samples simply because it is oriented towards males. Plus if my babydoll wears it, the scent will become a part of my world so I might as well see if I like it before I will still call it a cologne in this post though, for the most part.

This scent sample came to me in a subscription box. Macy’s I believe. They have since cut back on their perfume samples but there were two in every subscription box for a while and I am still working my way through the accumulated collection. In general I am a fan of Dior products. I love several of their skincare products and I am currently in love with their concealer. Their scents however have been a little hit or miss for me. I seem to find the ones that skew either too young or too old for me but never something just right. Admittedly i have only used samples that happen to fall into my lap, if I were to make an effort and try out a wider range I might find more I like, so that could just be my perception.

Regardless, for a while I felt like this Sauvage cologne was pursuing me. Every time I turned around there was another commercial for it. I’m sure you’ve seen it. Or at least i hope I’m not just being targeted. It is the commercial that tends to feature Johnny Depp and Wolves. For a while, every time I went on line for something there would be an add. It was a part of any commercial break. It was simply everywhere.

So I finally broke down, took the sample out of the box and gave it a try. According to the website…

François Demachy, Dior Perfumer-Creator, drew inspiration from the desert at the magical twilight hour. Mixed with the coolness of the night, the burning desert air exudes profound scents. A moment tinted with a thick blue that unleashes the wildest instincts. At the hour when the wolves come out and the sky is set ablaze, a new magic unfolds.


Okay if I were just reading the description I would fall for it. The description sounds delightful.

In person, not so much. In fact I could only wear it once before I had to set it aside. I know that is not normally the reaction and normally it is not enough for an evaluation, however, In spritz on the wrist lasted all day long, well into the night and the next morning was still detectable in the hallway.

It is also heavy with bergamot which I did not do well with. I will say it has some staying power. I took a shower and it was still potent on my wrists when I finished toweling off. It is a scent that stays with you.

Here is the thing, and I mean no disrespect to Mr. Demachy and his desert imagery, but it smells like a more expensive version of Brut. It smells like someone took Brut and decided to use higher quality ingredients to make it. It reminds me of my grandfather and his friends. And oddly enough has more of an aftershave back note to the scent than a regular cologne. At least That is my take on it.

While I will admit there is some nostalgic quality to it. It does smell very much like a very specific point in my childhood, It is not a scent I will keep around, either for me or my babydoll to wear. (He thought it smelled like the barbershop where his grandfather used to get his hair cut and was not interested in wearing it either.)

If this is a scent that appeals to you, remember that a little goes a long way. It will last a really long time and it is a scent that makes a lasting impression on your environment. It is not something that stays close to your skin for an intimate scent but something that comes noisily into a room fills up all the spaces and stays well after you leave. Sauvage is quite savage, but not in a good way.

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