In September of 2015, Christian Dior released a new, fresh scent named “Sauvage”. Little did they know, the cologne would break the fragrance community. In turn, sparking a variety of flankers and clones from major designer brands.
In today’s instalment of King of the Flankers, we set out to determine which of Dior’s five versions of Sauvage is superior.
The original and arguably least offensive of the bunch, the Eau de Toilette version of this crowd killer is a modern classic. With a heavy foot, Sauvage releases prominent notes of Citrus and Floral into the air.
With the use of an array of Floral notes, powerful Sichuan Pepper and Pepper don’t ambush the nose. Rather, the nose is filled with an inviting and clean aroma. The EDT produces about 6-8 hours longevity and has a moderate to loud projection. The fragrance is available in 30ml, 60ml and 100ml sizes. As well, Dior offers a 200ml and 250ml refill bottle.
My favourite accords in this fragrance have to be the Lavender, Patchouli and Geranium. Overall, I am addicted to how refreshed I feel after smelling this scent. Although some say the EDT gives them a headache, I would have to disagree profusely.
Sauvage Very Cool Spray
Chronologically, the next version of Sauvage is the Very Cool Spray. This alternative to traditional cologne bottling features an Axe body spray aesthetic. But, Dior emphasizes the use of an air-based pressure system that does not give off an aerosol aroma.
With an added note of Grapefruit, the scent is meant to smell and feel cool on your skin. The crowd reaction has generally been that the scent is very similar to the EDT, yet it gives off a more suitable vibe for warm weather.
The note breakdown stays fairly similar throughout and it shows upon dry down. Very Cool Spray is redundant to the original release unless you would like to experience the added cooling effect.
Very Cool Spray is available in a 100ml size but be warned, the atomizer projects a long-lasting spray that might drench you upon application.
Next up and *Spoiler alert* my favourite version, the EDP. The Eau de Parfum is available in 60ml, 100ml and 200ml sizes. My only regret with this fragrance is not purchasing the 200ml when I had the chance. I’ve happily run through my 60ml as I use it weekly at the very least.
With additional Woodsy and manly accords, this flanker of Sauvage features a much more spicy and gentlemanly approach to the previously fresh takes. The use of Sichuan Pepper drives the fragrance home as it dominates the lack of Floral and Fresh notes.
As the Sichuan is partnered with Star Anise and Nutmeg, the scent transforms into superstardom. The EDP is widely known for being used in any situation or for any occasion. The concentration of spice mixed with a loud projection makes for a perfect option when clubbing. As well, it can still be refined enough to be worn to work.
On paper, I should love the Parfum flanker. It has notes of Tonka Bean, Sandalwood and Vanilla. But, it just doesn’t get the job done. The lack of a spicey accord makes for a scent that does not feel reminiscent of the others.
This flanker is also available in 60ml, 100ml and 200ml sizes but I don’t recommend purchasing this version. Unlike YSL’s Y line in which the Parfum version shook up its audience, Parfum just simply is meh.
YSL Y Parfum is dark and sexy, just as the bottle entails. As well, it deviates enough from the original fan favourites that it almost adds an element of mystery to it. The Parfum variant of Sauvage is a step in the completely wrong direction. Purchasing this version would be redundant as the EDP is a much better, rounded-off Flanker. Honestly, if you owned the Parfum and the EDP, your Parfum would not get touched.
At the time of writing this article, the Elixir flanker is not yet available in Canada. But, I have some trusted noses around the fragrance community who gave me some incite. On paper, Elixir follows the trend of a short note breakdown with simply Sandalwood, Lavender and Spices listed.
This breakdown seems to be exactly what Sauvage lovers want. When you think of Sauvage, you think of spicy, refined and crowd-pleasing. By recalling lavender, I believe the scent will become more reminiscent of the EDT version. As well, the use of undisclosed spice will certainly add to the drama of smelling Elixir.
I am very excited to get my hands on it but ultimately I must declare the EDP flanker as the King of the Flankers. It is far too unique, spicy and clean to compare to the other variants. Although, a strong debate could be had for the original as it has sparked many clones from high-end designer brands.