Take the Citrus start reminscent of the Original EDT. Drop the Florals and add the Root Beer of the 2012 as a backdrop. Give it an elegant drydown to an excellent contemporary cleaned up Vetiver and a touch of ISOeSuperCedar.
Result is remarkable and proves a distinctive scent.
I own the 2012 version and have a sample of the 2017 version. They're very similar. The new version does have a closer resemblance to Eau Sauvage EDT (1966) but both parfum offerings smell almost the same to me. The 2017 is easier to wear in warmer weather in my opinion. Anyone who owns the 2012 bottle and is hesitant to buy the 2017 version should go ahead and buy it. The reformulation seems minimal.
Fresh, immensely virile, exotic. Perfect for sultry climate yet tempered weather. A fragrance with its own marked temperament, something at same time gentlemanly and dandy, in a nutshell a temperamental piece of olfactory craftsmanship by the master perfumer François Demachy. The former declares that on this creation,
by which he wished to highlight the authenticity of the ingredients, he aimed to create a rounder version of the legendary Eau Sauvage cologne, quite close to the original signature but with a brand new reinforced strenght and warmth. Demachy conjoins in here two olfactory ages (and two olfactive genres) by creating a loyal perfum version which, yet preserving the citric watery virile (vaguely wild) spirit of the vintage (mostly focused on fizzy lemon and airy lavender), finally adds depth and intensity by the super resinous note of elemi (combined with ambergris, musk and tonka bean), providing warmth and semi-oriental roundness. Haitian vetiver (fresh and earthy, with its "breath of freedom") represents the core and the soul of the olfactory fatigue, a dreamy exotic musky vetiver (with all its charge of "far lands" charme and virility) perfectly linked with citrus, labdanum and resins. Elemi essential oil is in here another absolute protagonist (perfectly linked with vetiver, another complex affair) with its complex aroma of lemon, green notes, piquant spices and something resinous conjuring more than vaguely the note of frankincense (as ideally combined with something balsamic and woody). A tad of spices (mostly cinnamon), green patterns and aromatics complete the supreme balance of this deep, masculine, earthy/rooty, fresh/warm piece of exotic virility. Due to this association between citric top notes, cinnamon and resinous heavier basic elements with a citric vibe I tend to mentally associate this Dior-Parfum to the more floral vintage D&G Pour Homme (green/spicy citric top and a deeper dry down with depth - provided by tonka bean and tobacco - and a citric tone). The spicier Miller Harris Vetiver Insolent (with its resinous haitian vetiver) is another fragrance jumping on mind. Excellent longevity, with moderate sillage. A all year around fragrance, super classy and versatile. Rarely I've received more compliments by wearing a perfume.
Oh me oh my! This is one of the best fragrances I have ever had the pleasure of wearing! Just wonderful!
A nice citrus-opening, drying-down to a beautifully smoothly-blended, heavenly scent, that illicits smiles and compliments from all around! Very nice, subtle texture and development. What I love the most is that I can still smell it on myself for several hours later, and I smell SO good...
Excellent longevity, and fantastic sillage! The projection/sillage is subtle, but strong and steady. Not over-the-top, in-your-face strong - but just perfect.
I wonder what the EDT smells like, but even more so, I wonder what the earlier 2012 version smelled like... I would be amazed if they're as good as this.
This is probably in my all-time top-5 fragrances, along with Aventus and Oud Wood. Totally worth the $130 I shelled out for this (already dreaming of getting another bottle, before this gets impossible to find)
Just a rock solid and well crafted longer wear and cold weather flanker for fans of the original.
Big caveat - this must be tested on skin. Like with many resins, the aniseed elements of the Elemi were overpowering on a tester but turned to a bright, uplifting resinous green on my skin and helped bring out the candied lemon edge to the opening.
The overall feel to this compared to the EDT is that theyre Irish Twins - as expected, the Parfum brings a density and richness the EDT lacks, even though it is an objectively bright citric scent. In addition to the EDT feeling more translucent, it also seems to have more nuance, liveliness and artistry, so I do prefer it a touch more.
Having said that, Im far more likely to wear the Parfum due to its exceptional staying power. Theres no need to spray heavily, so it represents some serious value. Would probably be cloying in the height of summer, but thats why you have the EDT. Thumbs up.