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A whale with intestinal problems
When I smelled this fragrance for the first time, I knew Creed's Aventus, but the advertisement for "Sauvage" with the stupid Johnny completely missed me - ergo also the fragrance.
The whole thing actually stayed that way until I had a conversation with a client who filled my office with a fragrance that I almost immediately assigned to the expensive niche house at that time. I asked him confidently, still totally impressed by Creed's workhorse, "Ah, that's Aventus, isn't it?" The customer wondered. "Mmm, no... Dior Sauvage. Bought my wife." This phrase is actually symbolic of the "average sprayer": The woman buys the scents, the man wears them without questioning them further. Sauvage is probably one of the most commonly bought fragrances by women for men. More on this later
Anyway, I was a bit confused: and totally disappointed because of my completely wrong assessment A clone of Aventus? Of Dior? Had I perhaps perceived the scent umpteen times before and mistaken it for Aventus?
On my next stroll through the city I went to the Dior counter in the perfumery to see what this Sauvage is all about. The EDP didn't exist back then, so it was only the EDT. I sniffed the bottle and sprayed. Boom.
What's that? Pepper burning in your nose, a complete overload of stimuli? Was the customer even right in his statement? That's never the scent that was still standing in my office for two hours (by the way, this is exactly the way I imagine a Sillage - not like those watery skincent scents that are presented here as suitable for the office. I need PRESENCE!)?
But he was right. Sauvage is one of those fragrances that somehow smell completely different in the heart or base note and especially in the air and can therefore be confused with others. Even if the scents are partly identical with those of Aventus, a strong similarity in the Sillage is not to be denied.
Especially to emphasize as a strong note here is the Ambroxan, which I did not know in the crowd until then. I can completely understand if some people get sick or dizzy because of it. With me it is the other way round: I love this stuff! This round, somehow metallic, somehow woody, indefinable note (hard to describe) has a kind of addictive factor for me. Even if there was actually a little bit of overdose here. A certain synthetics cannot be denied, because you don't know this scent from nature (who has a whale with intestinal problems in an aquarium?). It is fresh and somehow spicy due to the pepper, and has really sharp corners and edges. Edgy you would say, despite the "round" Ambroxan nothing is round here.
Back to the statement "My wife bought it": One does not officially know what it is. But women love this. Not all of them, I mean. But most of them. This is the Fast & Furious of scents. Totally overloaded, loud, flashy, superficial, pleasantly mainstream, and an absolute hit that even women like to watch with their husbands (the billions in sales speak for themselves). I suspect it is the Ambroxan, as it also appears in other complimentary magnets: Failure Dylan Blue, Montblanc Explorer, etc.
But the scent is now so present that a blind woman in the city centre might accidentally run into another man's arms if she just follows her nose. Yes, that's how often you can smell it. As a perfume enthusiast, some people certainly feel replaceable when they wear this fragrance. There are so many expensive niche fragrances that smell like charred doner meat with rose water in a coconut coat, and then such an indefinable standard water is better, while the reactions of niche fragrances are rather restrained ( -> not soo positive). But we carry the scents only for us, or what was that like? ;-)
Sauvage EDT is basically like a commentary by the perfume elite under a too short newcomer commentary that refers to the statement function: Annoying and omnipresent. And it's likely to stay that way in the near future. By the way, it is said that there has already been a reformulation - but I can't say much about that. As always the durability and sillage are said to have been reduced.
A little story on the side: While flirting with a perfume saleswoman, I asked her about the fact that I had already caught some of them dieseling themselves from top to bottom (from head to toe) with Sauvage testers. Her answer: "They even spray it into their shoes. Our testers are all the time."
I therefore suggest that from now on everyone should wash their feet with Sauvage.