Touching Base: A Dior Sauvage Deep Dive

Touching Base: A Dior Sauvage Deep Dive

Introduction to Dior Sauvage

Let’s talk about Sauvage by Dior, a legendary fragrance crafted by perfumer François Demachy in 2015. Its blend of fresh and spicy notes has made this luxury Eau de Toilette a staple in the fragrance collections of sophisticated individuals seeking a scent that makes a bold statement. Let's delve into the essence of this captivating fragrance.

Dior Sauvage: The Background

Dior Sauvage combines bergamot and pepper with rich and earthy undertones that create a fragrance that some describe as a breath of fresh air with a hint of ruggedness. While opinions may vary, there’s no denying that Sauvage is a fragrance that embodies confidence, refinement, and masculinity. It's a scent for those who want to exude strength, warmth, and natural allure, making it an ideal choice for those who seek to make an unforgettable impression.

What is Sauvage?

Sauvage is a French word meaning "wild" or "untamed”, which we think perfectly encapsulates the essence of this fragrance. It's a blend of fresh, spicy, and woody notes that portray a carefree and rebellious attitude to life. Sauvage has become a global sensation in no short part due to Hollywood Actor Johnny Depp being the face of Dior’s flagship mens fragrance. It’s important to note that the Sauvage we know from the advertising campaigns is identified as a ‘Eau de Toilette’. This is important to remember when buying a fragrance, as the parfum concentration in these fragrances is much lower than that of Eau de Parfum.

Why is Dior Sauvage so Popular?

Dior Sauvage's popularity can be attributed to its iconic marketing campaign with Hollywood icon, Johnny Depp. The campaign for paints vivid picture of adventure mixed with a rock and roll attitude, subverting the usual formalism of fragrance advertisements. A rugged and guitar-wielding Johnny Depp meets an actual real life wolf as the visuals transport you to vast landscapes and untamed wilderness.

Through social media platforms like Instagram and YouTube, Dior showcased behind-the-scenes glimpses of the creative process, further immersing the audience in the world of Sauvage. Not to mention a global print advertisement campaign that saw the face of Depp on most large format print space in most major cities for a number of years. The deep blue of the branding and the serif typography contribute to the balance of cool moodiness and sophistication that the fragrance delivers. All of these things put together deliver an iconic and memorable brand experience.

How do you pronounce Sauvage?

Pronouncing Sauvage is simple. Just say the phrase ‘so-vase’ but instead of an ’s’ in the word ‘vase’ use an elongated ‘j’ sound.

What Does Dior Sauvage Smell Like?

Dior Sauvage unveils complex layers of fragrance, from the fresh burst of bergamot and pepper in the top notes to the warm and woody base of ambroxan and cedarwood. Let’s break it down…


Top Notes: Fresh Bergamot and Spicy Pepper

Sauvage opens with a burst of fresh bergamot and spicy pepper, creating an invigorating and energetic start to the fragrance.

Middle Notes: Aromatic Lavender and Geranium

In the heart of Sauvage, aromatic lavender and geranium add a touch of sophistication and refinement, balancing the freshness of the top notes.

Base Notes: Warm Ambroxan and Woody Cedar

Sauvage finishes with warm ambroxan and woody cedar, creating a sensual and captivating trail that lingers on the skin.

How Long Does Dior Sauvage Last?

Dior Sauvage Eau de Toilette is will tend to last for a duration of 6 hours on the skin. It will project well for the first few hours before settling.

When To Wear Dior Sauvage

Dior Sauvage is a fragrance that embodies the spirit of adventure and vitality, making it perfect for the warmer seasons of spring and summer. Its fresh and fruity notes evoke images of sun-kissed landscapes and endless blue skies, making it an ideal choice for those bright and balmy days. Picture yourself cruising along the coastline in a convertible with the wind in your hair, or lounging by the poolside with a refreshing cocktail in hand—Sauvage adds an invigorating touch to these moments, elevating your senses and energizing your spirit. While it's undoubtedly a summer staple, Sauvage's versatility knows no bounds. Whether you're heading to a beach party in July or a rooftop soirée in May, Sauvage ensures you stand out with its vibrant and magnetic aura. Despite its accessibility, Sauvage maintains an air of sophistication and refinement, making it a favorite among men of all ages. So, embrace the warmth and vitality of Dior Sauvage, and let it become your go-to fragrance for those sun-soaked adventures and carefree moments under the summer sky.

The Best Alternative To Dior Sauvage

For those seeking an affordable alternative to Dior Sauvage, it's got to be SV - Based on Sauvage by BASED Fragrance. Crafted with quality ingredients and based on the iconic scent of Sauvage, SV offers a similar experience at a fraction of the price. While Sauvage is an Eau de Toilette, SV - Based on Sauvage is an Eau de Parfum quality fragrance meaning it will last longer and have a stronger scent than an Eau de Toilette. A 100ml bottle of SV - Based on Sauvage comes in at £34.95, making it a much more affordable alternative.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Which Dior perfume is best for men?
    It’s got to be Sauvage hasn’t it. Dior do a more extreme and intense version of the Sauvage called the Sauvage Elixir. This is an Eau de Parfum strength alternative to the original Dior Sauvage Eau de Toilette. Our fragrance SV - Based on Sauvage is an Eau de Parfum strength fragrance and makes a brilliant affordable alternative.

  • How much is Dior Sauvage?
    A 100ml bottle of Dior Sauvage has an RRP of £97.00 but can be found online from £85.00 depending on the retailer. A 60ml bottle has an RRP of £69.00 but can be found for £64.00 online. Alternatively, a 100ml bottle of SV - Based on Sauvage by BASED Fragrance comes in at an affordable £34.95.

  • Does Johnny Depp wear Sauvage?
    Apparently, Johnny Depp does wear Sauvage.

  • How does Dior Sauvage compare to other men's fragrances?
    Sauvage is a cheaper alternative to a lot of other designer men’s fragrance. However, this is due to the fragrance being an Eau de Toilette meaning that it is a weaker fragrance in terms of its perfume oil concentration.

In Conclusion

Dior Sauvage is more than just a fragrance—it's a symbol of sophistication, confidence, and masculinity. Its captivating aroma and timeless appeal make it a must-have accessory for any modern man. Whether worn casually or formally, Sauvage is sure to leave a lasting impression. We'd rather not spend £100+ on the Dior Sauvage Elixir, but what you can do is check out our excellent alternative to Dior Sauvage that you can find here.

Do you want to see if SV - Based on Sauvage is for you? Why not try one of our pocketable and travel friendly 5ml samples bottles here.

Read more about SV - Based on Sauvage here.

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