6 Best Dior Sauvage Alternatives For Men In 2023 | FashionBeans
You remember it like it was yesterday. That fateful day in 2015 when Johnny Depp fired off a few tasty licks on his guitar, hopped behind the wheel of a classic car, drove through an oil field, had random run-ins with a buffalo and a fox, buried some jewelry, and finally announced the arrival of Dior Sauvage.
Weird commercial. Legendary fragrance.
But if you don’t necessarily feel like paying a Dior price for a Dior scent, rest assured that there are dozens of outstanding Dior Sauvage alternatives out there. While none of them have the exact Sauvage DNA punctuated by its alluring hits of bergamot and pepper, they get damn close in their own ways.
At the end of the day, what you’re getting with all six of my picks is a versatile, sexy, season-spanning fragrance with respectable staying power and a budget-friendly price tag.
Gentlemen, start your noses…
To find the best Dior Sauvage alternatives, I began by poring over dozens of note profiles, ingredient lists, customer reviews, photos, and even my own stash of fragrances.
The resulting six are the best of the best based on factors that include but aren’t limited to top, middle, and base notes, versatility, longevity, and projection. You’d be hard-pressed to find a fragrance closer to Dior Sauvage than my top overall pick of Prada’s Luna Rossa Carbon. And coming in close on its heels is the wallet-friendly The Pride of Armaf.
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Why it’s great: The fragrance profile of Prada’s Luna Rossa Carbon is hands-down the closest to that of Dior Sauvage. Mirroring its essence are strong opening notes of bergamot and pepper, which eventually settle into a more delicate combination of lavender and earth notes. Luna Rossa Carbon deftly walks the line between formidable and elegant with its balanced notes and impressive longevity.
How to use it: Anywhere, any time. This fragrance’s versatile balance of crisp and heady notes make for a stellar all-season spritz regardless of where you’re going and for how long.
Flaws but not dealbreakers: Carbon is easily the most similar scent to Dior Sauvage, but astute noses will notice that it’s a bit more subtle than its counterpart. Depending on the type of projection you prefer, this could actually end up making Carbon a better fit.
Top Notes: Bergamot, Pepper | Middle Notes: Lavender, Earth | Base Notes: Patchouli | Size: 1.7 oz, 3.4 oz, 5.1 oz | Type: Eau de Toilette | Season: All
Why it’s great: The Pride of Armaf offers a surprisingly complex fragrance for its sub-$50 price tag, making it one of the best Dior Sauvage alternatives in the budget category. Opening notes of lemon and bergamot (with the former leading the charge) are complemented by cozy spices and silky vanilla and tonka bean.
How to use it: If you’re looking for a fall standby or winter go-to, you could certainly do worse than reaching for the Pride of Armaf’s toasty notes. That said, lemon and citrus take center stage on the front end, making this wallet-friendly Sauvage alternative suitable for all-season wear.
Flaws but not dealbreakers: With prominent citrus notes and subtle hits of winter-spice, this is far from an exact Sauvage replica. Even so, the spicy and alluring throughlines of bergamot and pepper are enough to keep it in the game—especially for the price.
Top Notes: Lemon, Bergamot | Middle Notes: Nutmeg, Cinamon, Oakmoss | Base Notes: Tonka Bean, Vanilla, Sandalwood | Size: 3.4 oz | Type: Eau de Parfum | Season: All
Why it’s great: Just because you’re looking for a Dior Sauvage alternative doesn’t necessarily mean you’re looking to cut budget corners, right? Right. At least for the sake of this part, which is all about Bvlgari’s Aqva Pour Homme Atlantiqve. Like Sauvage, it’s a well-balanced fragrance that works as hard during long and winding nights as it does while at the office or the coffee shop. Lemon. Bergamot. Patchouli. All present and accounted for along with other thoughtful nuances.
How to use it: Though their similarities fully warrant a spot on this list, Atlantiqve leans harder into spring and summer vibes like lemon and apple. Warm-weather days and nights are going to be the best plays for this one.
Flaws but not dealbreakers: Sauvage die-hards will miss its headier hits of bergamot and pepper. Fair weather fans will love its crisp take on the Dior classic.
Top Notes: Lemon, Bergamot, Sage | Middle Notes: Ambergris, Apple | Base Notes: Amberwood, Vetiver, Patchouli, Sandalwood | Size: 3.3 oz | Type: Eau de Toilette | Season: Spring, Summer
Why it’s great: Once again, Armaf swoops in with a fantastic alternative to Dior Sauvage. The perfume house often flawlessly recreates popular fragrances and this one is right up there. Top, middle, and base notes stay true to Sauvage’s prominent bergamot and pepper scents while citrus and lavender help smooth its rougher edges.
How to use it: I’ll give you one guess. If you said, “Whenever, wherever,” congrats. Nailed it.
Flaws but not dealbreakers: At around six hours, its general longevity lacks when compared to that of Sauvage, but it’s still respectable enough to outlast almost any situation you can throw at it.
Top Notes: Bergamot, Citrus | Middle Notes: Geranium, Lavender, Patchouli | Base Notes: Cedar, Amber | Size: 3.4 oz | Type: Eau de Parfum | Season: All
Why it’s great: Your everyday cologne shouldn’t take sides. It shouldn’t scream summer, winter, day, or night. What it should do is lean into a complimentary set of notes from both floral and spicy camps. This is exactly what Ferragamo’s F Black does with its lavender and apple opening that evolves into a more Sauvage-adjacent blend of pepper and tonka bean. The result is a versatile, inoffensive blend that transcends seasons.
How to use it: Not every fragrance makes sense to wear to the office (sexy leather notes and rich essences of tobacco, for instance, need not apply). And while F Black certainly features some of those deeper notes, it’s balanced nicely by fruity and floral overtones, making it the perfect office spritz and on into happy hour.
Flaws but not dealbreakers: Of all the Dior Sauvage alternatives on this list, F Black is the one that most veers left of center. The good news: That’s definitely not a bad thing.
Top Notes: Lavender, Apple | Middle Notes: Black Pepper, Coriander | Base Notes: Tonka Bean, Labdanum | Size: 3.4 oz | Type: Eau de Toilette | Season: All
Why it’s great: It’s a tale as old as time. There you were, minding your own business when someone walked past you and left a glorious waft of Dior Sauvage in his wake. You instantly fell in love and decided then and there that it’s time to become a Sauvage guy. And then you saw the price and started searching for an alternative for young fragrance rookies like yourself. Enter: La Rive Extreme Story. It’s got a surprisingly balanced and elegant lineup of notes for the price. Bergamot, lavender, rose, amber, leather, you get it.
How to use it: Since you’re just dipping a toe into the spritzing world, start slow with outdoor events, drinks in a crowded bar, or a Sunday afternoon at the dog park. See how it reacts with your skin’s pH, how long it lasts, and how well it projects. If your test drive goes well, go nuts from there.
Flaws but not dealbreakers: To be clear, this is a very low-cost Dior Sauvage alternative. Still, it’s an excellent entry point if you want to test out a similar fragrance before graduating to the real deal.
Top Notes: Bergamot | Middle Notes: Lavender, Cardamom, Rose | Base Notes: Amber, Vetiver, Leather, Patchouli | Size: 2.5 oz | Type: Eau de Toilette | Season: All
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Buying Considerations For Dior Sauvage Alternatives
To pin down the best Dior Sauvage alternatives, you’ll need to look for similar top notes of bergamot and pepper, middle notes of lavender and (more) pepper, and woody base notes of cedar and labdanum. When comparing your options, make sure they offer a delicate balance of musky notes combined with prevalent floral fragrances and a throughline of pepper.
The sweet spot for most Dior Sauvage alternatives is typically just under $50, though you won’t have a problem finding decent options far below or above that range. Weigh what you’re comfortable paying against how similar the alternative scent is to the original.
Dior Sauvage is a long-lasting scent that will typically get you between 8-10 hours of longevity. Some of its best alternatives have shelf lives much lower than that range, but the majority can and should hover right around that time frame. Let your lifestyle be your guide when figuring out how long you need a cologne to last.
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As a fashion and grooming writer at FashionBeans, I compare, test, and research the products that make a gentleman a gentleman. If it can be worn, carried, or used in a way that elevates your look and feel, I’m into it.
For this review, I pored over trusted sources, fragrance profiles, ingredient lists, customer reviews, and my own fragrance collection to understand what makes the best Dior Sauvage alternatives. After comparing dozens of scents, I chose the resulting six based on considerations like longevity, top, middle, and base notes, versatility, and projection. Ultimately, I want to see everyone find the best cologne at the most accessible price for them.
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Try though they may, even the most similar Dior Sauvage alternatives still can’t match the legendary fragrance profile of the original. Several options give the O.G. a run for its money, but the scent that most closely parallels Sauvage’s bergamot- and pepper-forward notes is Prada’s Luna Rossa Carbon.
Though nothing quite nails the Sauvage DNA as well as the original, my top six Dior Sauvage alternatives are about as close as it gets. When you’re sniffing around for a similar bottle, lean into those that offer distinctive bergamot and pepper notes that eventually give way to cedar and labdanum.