Eau Sauvage Parfum 2012

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Eau Sauvage Parfum (2012) by Dior
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Eau Sauvage Parfum (2012) is a popular perfume by Dior for men and was released in 2012. The scent is spicy-woody. The longevity is above-average. It was last marketed by LVMH. Pronunciation
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Fragrance Notes
Top Notes Top Notes Calabrian bergamotCalabrian bergamot
Heart Notes Heart Notes Somalian myrrhSomalian myrrh
Base Notes Base Notes Haitian vetiverHaitian vetiver
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8.4461 Ratings
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8.7363 Ratings
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8.0366 Ratings
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8.5370 Ratings
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7.963 Ratings
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Top Review 18  
When Dior was making fragrances with character
I admit that what I'm writing now is perhaps only a tribute to Eau Sauvage Parfum (2012) in part and a swan song to the Dior brand in part. Because in addition to Eau Sauvage Parfum I also mention, and not too briefly, the current, very successful fragrances from Mr. Damachy's Dior chemistry set. This is probably forever yesterday and, in addition, quite culturally pessimistic.

But I can't and don't like to do otherwise, because that which just once again delights me on the wrist after a long time has so much strength, stubbornness and character that it deserves a tribute, combined with a swan song to a house that is apparently only able to launch unspecific fragrances at ever shorter intervals.

Dior Eau Sauvage Parfum is only eight years old in my version of 2012 and seems to be out of time. Strong bergamot at the beginning is the connection to the wonderfully floating original, but in my case it is accompanied almost instantly by extremely potent myrrh. The latter then very soon pushes strongly into the foreground, leaving only a hint of the original. I like this scratchy, smoky myrrh very much, it makes the fragrance unmistakable and unique. After a good hour it is also only slightly cushioned by a grassy sweetness of vetiver. If you believe the comments on parfumo about the reformulation that appeared five years later, which did away with myrrh and which I don't know, in 2017 (i.e. just three years ago) Eau Sauvage Parfum even managed to improve and accentuate Eau Sauvage Parfum again closer to the original, without giving up its originality and potency. As I said, I can't judge that.

I can say, however, that Dior apparently no longer intends to launch such powerful, high-quality fragrances: even the magnificent Dior Homme recently underwent a complete redesign towards contourlessness. Heaven knows what else LVHM is up to with Homme intense. The very idea gives me the creeps! And about Sauvage and its offshoots I cover the (old, so dusty) cloak of silence.

I suppose that's the problem: Fragrances in the designer area are no longer made for "dusty" people like me or my age (46). All others, who like the "new Dior", are welcome to do so and you may please be lenient with me regarding my tirade on Dior.
But perhaps there are more perfumers I speak or write to from the depths of my soul who are mourning the not-so-long ago days when Dior was still making fragrances with character.
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Top Review 12  
Dawn
The first sunrays of the approaching spring day break through the thin cloud cover and make their way through the treetops of the coniferous forest. The light of the sun illuminates the green mossy ground of the forest, on whose morning dew the light rays glitter like little diamonds. The forest itself, idyllically situated in a rugged mountain valley, is still surrounded by billowing wafts of mist in the early morning. Surrounded and enclosed by rugged mountain peaks and untouched nature, the icy cold mountain stream ripples down into the valley.
Silence and calm dominate the idyll. Only the rushing of the water, the singing of the birds and the knocking of a woodpecker can be heard. Far away from the hectic pace of everyday life. No people, no cities, no voices, no noise - nothing! The fresh and pure air of the forest fills the lungs. The soft forest floor grounds our innermost self, and we find space and time to return to our source - Return to the Source!
I love to visit such landscapes. To be connected with the forces of nature, to be reminded a bit where our roots are. Puristic, spirit clarifying elements in their pure form...
Since I live in the south of Germany, with the Alps and forests practically on my doorstep, I can visit suitable scenarios and landscapes relatively easily.

Eau Sauvage is now just such an ethereal pacemaker to perfectly support such natural experiences. When I close my eyes and smell the fragrance, I can think of such a place in the sense of an olfactory pause moment.
First and foremost, the eau revitalises with its fresh, slightly citrusy effervescence. Just like the situation of standing next to a mountain stream whose rippling water gently moistens the skin. The moss on the forest floor and at the roots of the trees, still slightly glittering from the morning dew, evokes a mild herbaceous note. Both together make a wonderful prelude.
A green-harsh chord can be perceived rising from the forest floor. Fragrant and steaming under the fog of the trees. Very mild and wonderfully embedded in the early morning hours of the still so young day. The surrounding majestic trees, with their balsamic and resinous presence, determine the whole picture of this landscape, giving the fragrance the necessary depth and intensity. The rugged and angular surrounding mountain landscape makes the fragrance appear sufficiently wild and daring.
So that the incident sunrays again convey warmth to draw the entire impressions soft and filigree, they even create a subtle sweetness.

For me, this is an image that can be manifested when I absorb Eau Sauvage intensively and process it internally. Even the greenish colour of the fragrance fits perfectly to this idea. On the one hand the fragrance conveys an enormously rough and wild side, but on the other hand it also appears very harmonious and balanced. Due to the high balsamic-resinous part in a certain way even calming.
The liquid in the bottle appears relatively oily. In this respect, I assume an appropriate proportion of fragrances. This again is confirmed in the shelf life as well as in the silage. Eau Sauvage lasts a good 6 - 7 hours on my skin with a good perceptibility.
In conclusion, Dior's creation in the 2012 version is for me a successful interpretation of untamed wilderness and gentle nature...

At the wild river...
Let's go back to the source...
The origin of life...
To the rhythm of nature...

...I'm still as weighed out as ever, and I thank you for reading..
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Top Review 9  
Black Swan
I’m a great fan of Eau Sauvage. I don’t have a recent bottle and am not sure what shape the current model is in. Mine is from 2001-2002, I’d guess. It’s floral, it’s pretty, it’s old-school fresh. It’s bright and inherently shiny.

There’s now Eau Sauvage Parfum, the Black Swan. It’s the dense, shadowy, witching-hour sibling of the original. Others have said they don’t smell any Eau Sauvage in the ESP, and although I understand why they say that, I do. A trace of the original is there, but the expansiveness is replaced by aloofness. Instead of the buoyant floral sillage of Eau Sauvage, ESP’s wake skates away from you like a demonstration of inertia. You stay put as she slides away from you saying. “You, sit. I’ll take care of this.”

I had a strong sense of déjà vu on sniffing ESP, and a few minutes into trying it, I knew why. Eau Sauvage Parfum smells remarkably similar to Parfums de Nicolai’s Vie de Chateau Intense, nearly Calandre/Rive Gauche similar. In my review of Vie de Chateau last year I mentioned the original Eau Sauvage, writing, “compare the first sniff of each side by side!” I don’t see this similarity as plagiarism, just as I didn’t mean to imply that Vie de Chateau was a copy of the original Eau Sauvage. More likely it’s kismet and a similar outcome from talented people investigating a similar set of ideas. I’d go so far as to say that Eau Sauvage Parfum is one of the best, most thoroughly executed mainstream releases I’ve smelled in years. It is definitive, it smells exceptionally good, and it demonstrates a classical perfume’s virtues of coherence and development. Taking Eau Sauvage, an icon, as a starting place, thinking broadly and in the end giving us a smart gem of a perfume---this is what I want from a flanker.

I’ve seen ESP called a vetiver fragrance, a myrrh fragrance. I find that the notes of hay & tobacco, the moist warmth/coolness fairly shout coumarin. Just as the swan is both ends of the spectrum in one entity, Eau Sauvage Parfum (like Vie de Chateau) comes off as a fougère/chypres hybrid taking the best form each genre.

Nice touch, the dark bottle. Brilliant magnetic cap
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Stunning
Sweet myrrh and lemons, Eau Sauvage Parfum is another masterpiece by Dior.

It's a linear scent that envolves you for a long time.

Vetiver is really present, but not green and bright like in many fragrances.

It's resinous but a little sweet at the same time. Big thumbs up!

Updated January 2014
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Praise be Parfumo and a long journey....
Years ago I bought this fragrance, simply because I liked the color so much, this mossy deep green in the simple, but still noble glass bottle. In the first days I wore it around the clock, I didn't like to part with it. It was as if this scent took me into a deep cave with the earth spirits, where I didn't want to come out. This scent was magical, no, more like mystical.

My environment pointed out to me that this fragrance was more for guys in lumberjack shirts.
And so I let myself breitschlagen and gave this exactly to such.

I purchased the 2017 and liked this one exceptionally well. It had the foreboding of the 2012, but seemed lighter and more womanly.

However, after a while it started to rumble inside me.
After a year, I ordered with the first bottling. Another year later the next. Then it happened that I no longer liked the 2017er so. It was overnight. And still I regretted giving away the original scent.

This scent that was such a treasure to me. when I smell it, it's like I don't need anything else in this world. Then everything is enough for me...

This scent is definitely an herbaceous one (hello ICON), I count the lavender in there too, citrusy it is in the opening, but soon the myrrh and patchouli come in. It's a successful blend of saga, fairy tale and myth. Not of this world. And not for lumberjacks. Because actually so smell elves, fairies and dragon kings.

Thanks to Parfumo, I have now been able to get hold of a bottle. The journey continues...
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Carlitos01Carlitos01 1 year ago
Strong myrrh and herbaceous vetiver make us forget Eau Sauvage citrusy ancestors. But this one is so good! Almost a whole new perfume.
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Topfpflanze3Topfpflanze3 7 months ago
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Oldschool citrus with darker notes. It somehow has something scatchy about it, maybe the herbal notes. No hate but nothing I would wear
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Nik604Nik604 2 years ago
Smells like Alain Delon in his 30 s , very dated , dreadful smell - intrusive and oldschool . but the price is even worst .
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Jazzy76Jazzy76 3 years ago
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Intensely aromatic with a fresh citrusy opening and a warm resinous heart made more pungent by a vetiver touch, perfect for the mid season
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Finerthings8Finerthings8 2 years ago
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This is really wonderful creation.it is a classy timeless gentlemen fragrance.it is almost from another planet and very close to my heart.
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