When a perfume achieves commercial success of this magnitude, as was the case with Dior Sauvage, it is entirely expected that the company will try to milk as much money as possible on the same product. In the perfume world, these cows are called flankers, and Sauvage has several. In addition to the classic eau de toilette version, the eau de parfum version has also appeared over the years, as well as parfum. And now, finally, the long-awaited, ecstatic, spectacular, phenomenal… Sauvage Elixir version.

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What does the Dior Sauvage Elixir promise us? In addition to significantly higher price and orgasmic thumbnails of youtube reviewers? The creator of the perfume, Francois Demachy, says that it is an extraordinarily concentrated version like fine liquor made from exceptional ingredients. The emblematic freshness of the classic Sauvage perfume immersed in intoxicating spices on a lavender and wood base creates a powerful, lavish, and captivating trace.

I have to admit I was pleasantly surprised the first time I sniffed Sauvage Elixir. Thanks to the combination of spicy and woody notes, I had an impression of something charred, sharp, masculine, a bit unpleasant, but strangely attractive, something like Mugler A*Man. A mixture of burnt rubber and sugar is not something that is often found in designer perfumes. So the first impression was – unexpectedly good.

However, as time went on, the perfume became prosaic and boring, an already seen combination of lavender and coumarin – the basis of all fougere perfumes, with a heavy woody undertone. Trying to flirt with the niche world, but without essential changes and risks, reminded me of all those phony attempts when former pop stars try to recreate their image and become rock stars by putting on eyeliner and painting their nails black. No, these are still boys without secondary sexual characteristics who fake masculinity and dangerous style.

In that sense, then maybe Dior Sauvage Elixir is indeed an elixir, for all those beardless boys who want to take a step towards adulthood and move from eau de toilette to something more serious, of course only on a superficial level. For everyone else, who has successfully gone through puberty and grown up, literally and metaphorically, and who loves Dior, my recommendation is to stick to your Eau Sauvage and Dior Homme.

[Fragrance notes] top notes: grapefruit, cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom; middle notes: lavender, coumarin; base notes: wood, amber, licorice, vetiver, patchouli.

[Fragrance group] aromatic fougere.

The creator of the perfume is Francois Demachy.

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