NEW Dior Sauvage Elixir

May 12, 2019
I have tried Elixir a handful of times now, and every time I get similar performance. Within 30 minutes it becomes a close skin scent and a few hours later it's barely noticed on my, even by my wife when she's hugging me etc. Had performance been good I could have forgiven it for being a relatively boring scent.
Interesting. I've given it a few wearing's and find it lasts so long as to make me wish it didn't.

It's a decent scent for what it is and very much crowd pleasing but not something I gravitate towards. Can't knock Dior for building off it's blockbuster.
 

ChuckW

Basenotes Institution
Aug 21, 2001
There is no doubt it's reminiscent of 80's scents. My wife even thought it reminded her of Polo of all things, and I have seen Drakkar mentioned often. For me, it's still Xeryus by Givenchy. Great scent with awesome tenacity. Could still smell it at bed time last night.
 

Tappio

Basenotes Dependent
Jun 21, 2011
Picked this up earlier this week, and it has been growing on me the more I wear it and get to know it. I was lukewarm on it after my first couple of wears, and I was getting too much "shower gel" from it, but now I'm getting more of the warmer, spicier notes now, especially as it dries down. I'm enjoying it more as I get to know it better.
 

Foamywax

Basenotes Dependent
May 2, 2013
I tried it a few days ago along with Fahrenheit parfum on my other wrist. I don't care for the edt but I was surprised at how much I liked elixir. It costs 98 euro here and I would like to own a bottle. It feels rich and quite beautiful to me and I'm sad to say I think I like it more than Fahrenheit parfum.
I think Dior is the best designer house in perfumery at the moment. They know how to promote their fragrances and their site looks really nice .
I'm surprised that they have changed their "Maison". Lol
Honestly Ysl could learn a lesson or two from Dior.
Terrible reformulations, no love for the classics awful customer support and a website that looks like a 15 yo was paid to design it.
 

StylinLA

Basenotes Dependent
Aug 9, 2009
Picked it up Tuesday and returned it on Thursday.

It's very nice, but just didn't strike the right chord for me.

I found it interesting that it retained a noticeable presence for hours, but could not wrap my head around the scent.

Hate feeling like an old guy resistant to new stuff, but didn't care for it.
 

AM Bunny

New member
Nov 8, 2021
Sauvage Elixir - the fragrance of 2021

A real gem 💎 to me. I'm already running low on my 3rd bottle.
Layer it with Sauvage EdT for a maximum notes amplification.
Lasts for 10+ hrs on me, the atomizer is one of the best in industry.
Compliments galore and a happy, clean vibe.

Thank you Monsieur Demachy!
 

basicDave

Super Member
Feb 7, 2014
Sauvage Elixir - the fragrance of 2021

A real gem 💎 to me. I'm already running low on my 3rd bottle.
Layer it with Sauvage EdT for a maximum notes amplification.
Lasts for 10+ hrs on me, the atomizer is one of the best in industry.
Compliments galore and a happy, clean vibe.

Thank you Monsieur Demachy!
Running low on third bottle of Elixir and it's only been out a couple months... Scary!

I tap out at 4 sprays with this stuff. Three is more than enough
 

ILikePeeps

Basenotes Plus
Basenotes Plus
May 15, 2012
Sauvage Elixir - the fragrance of 2021

A real gem 💎 to me. I'm already running low on my 3rd bottle.
Layer it with Sauvage EdT for a maximum notes amplification.
Lasts for 10+ hrs on me, the atomizer is one of the best in industry.
Compliments galore and a happy, clean vibe.

Thank you Monsieur Demachy!
WHAT. How though? This stuff is really strong.
Running low on third bottle of Elixir and it's only been out a couple months... Scary!

I tap out at 4 sprays with this stuff. Three is more than enough
2 is more than enough for indoor, really. I wore ~2 sprays to work.... it was definitely noticed, and perhaps a bit strong.
 
Dec 28, 2018
Got it yesterday and am really pleasantly surprised.
I cannot bear the EDT; the EDP is a bit better for me, from a sample, but not one I'd want to wear, but the Elixir is another thing altogether. On my skin it stays well under the soaring, screechy, ambroxan-fuelled, nose-searing heights of the original. Beneath the liquorice there's a warm, dark, berry-like juiciness to it, combining to put in my mind a blueberry pontefract cake after 10 seconds in the microwave.
I really like it. Perfect for Winter. Camphorous, slightly medicinal but with an edge (albeit a muffled one).
And yes, great sprayer and beautiful packaging.
You see? Never say never.
 
Jun 4, 2011
So I had a few good days of wearing the new Elixir. I hated it first, then loved it, then hated it. The opening is definitely a departure from the EDT, EDP, and Parfum, but the drydown has the Sauvage DNA all over it as others have stated. To me, the mid is the worst part. I get an overwhelming similarity to Drakkar Noir due to the lavender and old school vibe. What ultimately caused me to not like it is it’s strength. It’s way too over powering in my opinion. Also, my girlfriend said it smelled like a Christmas tree.
 

Smellyicious

Basenotes Plus
Basenotes Plus
Apr 17, 2021
I was in Ulta yesterday watching a younger guy - mid 20’s, very hip/handsome- spray the different Savages. Curiously, they had an Elixir tester, but it was literally at floor - foot! - level, in a display apart from the normal testing area. I turned him onto it and I think he may have ended up buying it.

Prior to him spraying it I cautioned that it had an “old school vibe” and he said “oh I like that!”.

I sprayed the OG John Varvatos myself (for the first time) and ya know what? It’s got a little of that Elixir feel to it. I quite liked it, so I bought it!
 

basicDave

Super Member
Feb 7, 2014
If anyone is interested in getting a bottle of Sauvage Elixir, Macy's has it for 15% off:

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Bavard

Wearing Perfume Right Now
Moderator
Basenotes Plus
Jul 20, 2015
I sprayed some Sauvage Elixir on a card in a shop a couple days ago. I half liked it, and kept smelling it. I kept the card in my room, and later, coming back into the room, it would hit me all wrong - up there with the worst perfumes I've smelled. It was mysterious because the bad smell would go away, sometimes, smelling the card up close.
 

rum

Moderator
Moderator
Basenotes Plus
Mar 17, 2011
I sprayed some Sauvage Elixir on a card in a shop a couple days ago. I half liked it, and kept smelling it. I kept the card in my room, and later, coming back into the room, it would hit me all wrong - up there with the worst perfumes I've smelled. It was mysterious because the bad smell would go away, sometimes, smelling the card up close.
My thoughts as well, except I hated it with a passion right from the first sniff. Total scrubber. I couldn't get it off with anything, despite multiple attempts. Unfortunately, I don't go anosmic to it.

Truth be said, the EdT was a better and a more logical concept than Elixir. There is nothing good about it - even the marketing is as poor as the scent. There is nothing I can relate this scent to: is it a campfire, or smoke mixed with the shower gel vibe? Nope, it's just a bunch of synthetics put together for the sake of it. Dior Homme 2020 is synthetics done well. Elixir is not.
 

Paddington

Marmalade Sandwich Eater
Basenotes Plus
Jun 17, 2021
I've revisited this and my thoughts are the same I don't think is very good has a VERY! screechy element that doesn't go away built on top of the usual modern men's fragrance backbone if it didn't have this screech to it I could see it being at least average at best.

Harsh yes deserved also yes
 

Smellyicious

Basenotes Plus
Basenotes Plus
Apr 17, 2021
Picked up a back up bottle on a 20% off day at Sephora.

Spent the afternoon in Soho sampling a bunch of Tom Fords, Burberry’s and MFKs and didn’t smell one thing as delicious as Elixir.

MFKs Masculine Pluriel came closest. The initial hit is in the same vein, but it becomes less interesting as it dries down.

Love Sauvage Elixir!
 

mrcologneguy

Basenotes Plus
Basenotes Plus
Jan 2, 2009
I despise Sauvage EdT, but glowing online commentary for Elixir, plus a decent discount offer, ended up sealing the deal for me. I’ve worn it twice to work now. Pro: reasonably complex, can work as an office scent with a very light application, lasts all day. Con: still has a strong streak of the screechy chemical effect, and after eight hours or so it wears out its welcome. Overall, I’m happy with the buy, and will end up wearing it now and then, especially in the frigid winter weather we’ve been having. But I’m ready to move on to some other powerhouse scents for winter. The screechy chemical thing is just a little too much for frequent wear. One Man Show, often cited as a nuclear strength option, seems positively genteel by comparison.
 

ThVH

Basenotes Dependent
Mar 13, 2020
Ordered three 1ml samples, ran through two of them in a week, then bought a full bottle for, cough, 81€. I‘m very happy with it. Had to get used to the opening, but the heart notes‘ shaving cream accord is just so well done, almost liquid, and I love the spicy, warm dry down too. Many stages, smells great to me.
 

Jer350

Basenotes Junkie
Dec 26, 2009
I find the whole Sauvage line from the EDT to Elixer extremely bad and I feel like I am missing something with all the praise they get. To my nose it is a mix of notes that do not work together at all. Just a synthetic mess of notes. With that said Eau Sauvage is much different and one of my favorite scents in my collection.
 
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Scentologist

Basenotes Institution
Apr 17, 2007
I don't say this lightly, but this is all the glory of the 80's in a quality and performance sense. The smell is incredibly, but hands down the best quality rivaling both niche and retail as this will last until you shower again and keeps it's character. The Elixir is just amazing!
 

woodnotes55

Basenotes Dependent
Oct 27, 2016
The comparisons to vintage Xeryus mean I should like this a lot. But just recently saw the tv ad for it. Now on the surface, amplifiers in the desert, the Hendrix version of Wild Thing...... should be okay if not good. But then you get the whole Johnny Depp poser-playing-guitar and slamming all open strings over and over, then walking off looking way on the arrogant side. I don't buy fragrances due to ads, in fact there are almost none I own I can even think of the ad for them..... but this one.... would be embarrassed to say I was wearing it. It even makes me reconsider something like Star Wars or that Phantom stuff, those would be less cringeworthy.....
 

speckmann0706

Basenotes Dependent
Mar 8, 2017
I still have yet to smell this one my Ulta now sells it but no open bottles of it most likely because of theft issues. I almost bought a unboxed tester for $100 but didn’t hope to smell it soon I hear it strays from the Sauvage dna which imo works so well as a fresh year round fragrance.
 

ultravisitor

Basenotes Dependent
Nov 4, 2014
I still have yet to smell this one my Ulta now sells it but no open bottles of it most likely because of theft issues. I almost bought a unboxed tester for $100 but didn’t hope to smell it soon I hear it strays from the Sauvage dna which imo works so well as a fresh year round fragrance.
This one is definitely less of a summer fragrance, so probably a good thing to wait and test.
 

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