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Thursday, July 19, 2012

Eau Sauvage Parfum

By Tom

I don't think it's a big secret that I love Eau Sauvage. I've been wearing it since I was a teenager. As a matter of fact it was the first scent I ever bought for myself, using my allowance and peddling my ten-speed Raleigh over to the local Steiger's to get a bottle. I've never been without one since. I know there have been flankers, including the "extreme" version which I sort of liked, and the "cuir" version which I never warmed to, really. This past weekend I was in Sephora killing time and sucking up AC before meeting a friend for lunch. There on the shelves was a black bottle of Eau Sauvage that wasn't extreme, it was parfum.

So how is it? It's nice.

Is it Eau Sauvage?

Not really.

It's perfectly nice mind you. I suppose it could be looked at as a darker cousin of the original. Of course "darker" is relative: the original is very much a "jumped in the Austin-Healey after a day sailing and made it home in time for a G&T with Mums and Da" sort of scent. It's spray-on Cary Grant.

This one has myrrh in the opening and bergamot in the finish in an interesting "how did they manage that" inversion. I frankly don't think it's as interesting as the original and don't see it still being sold 40 years from now. But it's nicely done and well priced and about 12 times more interesting than most of the new releases for men that have come out this year.

It's just not Eau Sauvage..



Blogger Kelley said...

Okay, you have convinced me. It has been years since I have worn Eau Sauvage but I am going for it. I haven't found anything in about a year (maybe more than a year)that I want to buy. I am totally going through a fragrance funk. Nothing has impressed me in a while but I have such fond memories of ES that I am going to hunt for a bottle.

12:05 AM EDT  
Blogger tmp00 said...


It's not the same one from back in the day, but it's still a lot more interesting than most of the mens scents out there.

smell bent Debonair Eau Dandy is a lot closer to what I remember smelling..

12:23 AM EDT  
Blogger carmencanada /Grain de Musc said...

I don't think the new notes add anything to the perfection of the original, IFRA-impaired though it may be. As for concentration, Edmond Roudnitska was particularly rigorous in finding the ideal one, and a lower concentration can actually produce more radiance than a higher one. Plus, even though this version is quite enjoyable, I'm not comfortable with François Demachy playing around, once again, with a formula he didn't conceive... I'd say the eau de toilette is still the better buy, don't you think?

7:17 PM EDT  
Blogger tmp00 said...


Absolutely. No contest at all..

6:20 PM EDT  
Anonymous Joan said...

What a disappointment. I see the original Eau Sauvage as the Lacoste polo shirt of the perfume world: it can always be depended on to be crisp, concise, bright, androgynous, and timeless.

11:19 PM EDT  
Anonymous theblacknarcissus said...

PARFUM? I can't believe this.

11:53 AM EDT  

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