I actually liked Sauvage from the beginning. Funnily enough also a little bit because I thought that this somewhat unapproachable impression, which is created by the mixture of pepper and the somewhat "own" Ambroxan note, would be nothing for everyone - the fragrance seemed a little mysterious and wicked to me. Somehow fresh and modern, but own enough that not everyone would want to smell that way.
I also saw the Johnny Depp TV commercial where he plays guitar, and then buries something in the desert, and probably liked the smell on-release more than many others here, because also this feeling that the commercial broadcasts, I liked very much, and I find Johnny Depp just leiwand.
The fact that the broad masses then absorb him so well almost disturbed me a little. Even more disturbed me how he was compared to Aventus... No, I really don't. A whole different kind of cinema. Just because it's fresh and woody?
I'm cynical enough to think that Dior deliberately wanted to make a fragrance from this "sector" fresh / woody / slightly sweet, because it simply pulls. The colour of the bottle was tied to the image of Bleu de Chanel, if one had "covered" Aventus precisely - the bottle would probably look more like Montblancs Explorer.
In any case, I wear Sauvage relatively little, which is also due to the fact that it always goes down well with others - but he bores me a little in the long run. The reason for this is that there are no notes that really 'attract' me, no "Always smell the back of my hand" addiction factor. He's a bit clumsy and straight in the air, very cool, maybe a little "too cool".
Here comes "Luna Rossa Carbon" into play.
I always liked the Luna Rossa series anyway, even though they are not my most worn fragrances... The normal Luna Rossa is the most independent, and so far the best (of those I own so far).
But Carbon has relatively little in common with the smell of the original in the opening; here I find a fresh, slightly peppery chord that really smells very Sauvage. The citric aspect that resonates here reminds me of the citric freshness of A&F's "Fierce"! This light Fierce aroma has the scent also relatively long. In the drydown after a few hours the citric top notes and the iso-feeling flatten a little, but remain well perceptible in a gentle way until the end. After the drydown the fragrance reminds me a bit of "Luna Rossa", but still more of Sauvage. So the original LR-DNA is already a little bit inside here, even if in the background.
I find LR Carbon the slightly better Sauvage. The citric-sweetish, attractive head-heart note makes it simply more interesting and approachable for me than Sauvage. I think this is due to less use of pepper (species), "Italian bergamot shell" instead of "Calibrian bergamot" in Sauvage, possibly another species of Ambroxan (Sauvage has "Ambrox"), and the use of a large amount of Iso-E Super. Carbon is also more casual and sympathetic than Sauvage, as the pepper is not so pungent and superficial
Well, it doesn't sound very romantic, especially with the iso, but it does. And I find also somehow horny... It just has this Fierce Vibe, which just brightens it up, makes it more interesting to smell, and also makes it a bit addictive. (While typing I have to sniff my wrist all the time although I have known the scent for a long time..)
And I guess if 98.5% of the world's population like Sauvage, 99.5 like LR Carbon, it's simply even more compatible. NOTHING it won't have as many as Sauvage because Dior simply has the edge in marketing, and the bottle may look more iconic.
Well, good for me! P
Both are of high quality, and both are top fragrances! Really, dear Sauvage fans, please don't take my comparisons the wrong way.
Sauvage, however, is the archetype of this sub-genre, we commonly call it "mainstream Ambrox pepper bombs," and it has a special autonomy for which I pay respect to Dior. It's more original, has a higher recognition value, and also has a bit better performance.
For me, however, Carbon has the edge over Sauvage because I simply prefer to smell it, and feel it more, as I have described it in detail. :)
In that sense... Clear recommendation to buy from me, I also can not imagine that someone does not like this fragrance. And if it doesn't cheer you up enough in the long run, it's such a fragrance that you could use for sports, or if you go swimming, or just give it to someone. A sympathetic people-pleaser, which fits to every occasion, to every weather, even if I see it rather in summer Because of its lightness.
My 5 cents again. :)