Admittedly, mainstream reps are often mine not necessarily, I've drifted more and more into the niche corner over the many years I've been passionate about fragrances. Nevertheless, there are also in the mainstream area really well made specimens, be it Boss Bottled, Davidoff Cool Water or Calvin Klein Eternity, not to mention the Rituals. So even for the thinner and even the really tight wallet, there is definitely something reasonable on offer these days. And I also always like to look around at the friendly turquoise when I just come to it, if only to stay a bit up to date on what's going on.
In the end, I got stuck on Sauvage while puttering around. First association: the douchebag - that is, the actor, not the wearer. Second thought: Heavily advertised, often seen, but never really shortlisted in detail. So times sprayed the back of the hand and joint, left the store and took the first smelling sample outside.
Prelude: Fresh. Surprisingly fresh, I had expected a much heavier fragrance, especially since yes as spicy and, analog Depp, advertised as wild. Well, Depp's Johnny gives in recent years neither with the female sex nor before many judges a particularly happy figure, it is then but unfortunately and rather the excessive handling of money and alcohol, which make the headlines.
The Sauvage, however, impresses at least times initially quite.
Something I find a pity, however, that the undoubtedly present bergamot and lavender notes are almost killed by a quite prominent and dominant admixture of ambroxan. But then, that was obviously intentional. I would find it super interesting to see or smell, respectively, how a small Ambroxdosierung would have affected the olfactory result.
After 30 minutes, the berga-lavender-ambrox blend has been joined by a spicy companion. The fragrance pyramid cites here different pepper variants, which I so in detail can not distinguish, but pepper it is certainly and gives the fresh combination an interesting twist. Because with increasing duration, at least on my skin, the pepper takes command, shoots lavender and bergamot into nowhere and delivers with the remaining ambroxan a battle for precedence.
After three hours, I can still essentially hear ambroxan and also the pepper, the freshness has turned into a fresh spiciness that no longer carries the power of the beginning, but is still clearly audible. I find the contrast that Ambroxan on the one hand and pepper on the other hand offers extremely exciting, gives the fragrance per se a somewhat cheeky, perhaps also this so advertised "wild" affinity.
After another four hours calling my bedding and having my arm next to me on the pillow, I draw in one last breath of Sauvage on my way to Caribbean dreams and pirate ships.
Seven hours later, the alarm clock brings me from the warm Depp's Caribbean back to the cold, once again slightly snowy German reality and the first thing I smell is a mini-relic from the day before. Well, as a fragrance I would want to call what is on my wrist, now no longer just, but hey, at least, the durability of the Wässerchen is already not without!
What conclusion can I draw?
For a mainstream fragrance a convincing performance. The fragrance itself, the almost brutal sillage at the beginning, but especially the durability can score. Prerequisite: One (s) is not completely averse to the yet quite synthetic ambroxan, this addition could actually be a show stopper for one or the other. The bottle is okay, the sprayer runs under the heading "does his job" and the closure is simply mass-produced. To be fair, however, should not go unmentioned that the price-performance ratio is absolutely fine.
In my view, a classic Ausgehduft, for yuppies, preppies and those who would like to be. A fragrance but also for those who, for example, Boss Bottled is "too smooth", who are looking for a new striking companion after years or even decades of use of Cool Water.
The stuff of a classic has Sauvage undoubtedly, Depp but Caribbean. The mixed Ambroxan you have to like, but a death you have to die, as we all know, always.
A test recommendation is Sauvage all the time!