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In three Douglas visits, the fragrance was offered to me 4 times, and now that I have a sample I can also finally write a review about it.
The opening is first very sweet, for me almost too sweet, synthetic and just not mine. Little brother finds the opening super, no wonder, the also finds Joop Homme very great, the sweetness in the opening is no longer far away (according to him). Here there are no traces of the sharp, peppery bergamot start of Sauvage EDT, the opening is quite gentle, the scent changes very little in the course, the sweetness is eventually bissl less. After about half an hour, the licorice comes in, which doesn't appear in the other Sauvage variants, it's very reminiscent of licorice snails from the brand with the golden bear, sweet and fruity licorice. I find this part actually quite youthful, I absolutely don't understand the comments of the kind "oldschool scent" and "rather for older people", sweet liquorice-ambroxan scent is nothing old after all, besides that my brother and his friends quite like it, for many older people it will just be too sweet. It's only after some time that the ambroxan comes into play, and this is where the Sauvage DNA becomes relatively easy to detect. The scent is definitely not bad, but don't expect any new experiences here, I find it to be a stronger Sauvage Parfum variant with licorice.
The durability is of course very good here, it already was with the Parfum variant and Elixir is supposed to last even longer, it does, on my skin about 9-10 hours, the sweet and relatively heavy licorice definitely helps in this aspect. What surprised me: the sillage is not even that strong, who expects a projection monster here should rather buy the EDT, Elixir lasts forever, but is not strongly perceptible to others. 1.5 hours after spraying on you are occasionally still perceived when passing, but after that the scent is quite close to the skin and is only noticed in close proximity, so not bad, but would have expected it stronger.
Sauvage bottle in chunky, small and round, heavy dark glass, magnetic lid and sprayer in fantastic Dior quality. Here gibts little to criticize, the quality top, optics vllt a little boring.
Sure, the fragrance lasts a long time and the bottle is well made, but is quite synthetic and the sillage also leaves much to be desired, besides, it is nothing new. At 140 euros for 60ml we are at niche prices for a designer, my expectations are there logically very high, Dior has the means to make fpr this price a fantastic perfume, and that's just not it. There are simply a lot of better fragrances that cost less than 200 euros for 100ml.
Conclusion: Solid, very sweet fragrance for the colder season, price but much too high.