Bleau de Chanel vs Dior Sauvage Compared [scent, longevity, and compliments]

Bleau de Chanel is completely different from Dior Sauvage. High popularity and versatility are the only common traits of the perfumes. You can own either one of them as daily scents or both for added variation.

The Bleu de Chanel vs Dior Sauvage comparison seems to be growing together with the popularity of these fragrances. I know people who love and own both. I also know people who hate both. This article looks into their similarities and difference in helping you make a more informed decision.

This is how Bleu de Chanel smells like

Bleu de Chanel seems the most sophisticated fragrance here. It wears well both during the day and during the night and it has the potential of becoming your signature scent. It might also be an excellent choice if you only want to own one perfume instead of building up a collection of fragrances.

Lemon, pink pepper, mint, and grapefruit are its opening notes.

Ginger, jasmine, ISO E super, nutmeg, and ginger are its elegant mid notes.

Labdanum, patchouli, sandalwood, frankincense, vetiver, patchouli, white musk, and cedar are its base accords.

The versatile men’s fragrance lasts 5+ hours on the skin and it’s known to draw compliments as well as for its crowd-pleasing formula.

This is how Dior Sauvage smells like

Sauvage has a gourmand opening with sufficient spiciness to stand out from the start. It gets compliments at every corner and it’s no wonder Dior’s perfume is still popular 5 years after its release.

I think it might be slightly superior in terms of warm weather wear where its spicy accords are piercing and where it lasts long on the skin.

Bergamot and pepper are combined into one of the best openings in the fragrance world.

Geranium, lavender, pink pepper, elemi, Sichuan pepper, vetiver, and patchouli are its mid accords.

Base notes include the everpopular ambroxan, labdanum, and cedar.

These notes hit the right spots, but I can’t say I wear Sauvage when dressed up. This means it works for 99% of daily occasions such as school, work, or going out. But for dress-up events, I’d rather choose the Bleu de Chanel. Longevity is also comparable so in reality, you can’t go wrong with Sauvage either.

Bleau de Chanel vs Dior Sauvage compared

So which do you choose between Bleu and Sauvage? Here’s a short head to head comparison.

Scent [Bleu de Chanel]

The scent is always subjective. But as I understand it, elegant perfumes are harder to pull off that general mass-appealing perfumes. As a result, I think the right vote here is for Bleu de Chanel.

Longevity [tie]

Longevity is similar to both Bleu de Chanel and Dior Sauvage. You might find both starts to be hard to smell after about 5 hours.

Projection [tie]

Projection on both of these fragrances is very good, especially since they come from designer houses. You wouldn’t feel like you’re wasting your money by investing in any of these as those around will notice them sooner rather than later.

Compliments [Sauvage]

Every woman seems to know how Sauvage smells like. I haven’t even purchased it myself before some of my friends started asking me about it and what I thought about its smell. Sure, some of this is good marketing, but that’s easier with good products, right?

Versatility [Sauvage]

If you don’t need to wear suits for work, Sauvage is the right choice for you. It works superbly with a standard T-shirt and jeans outfits and it struggles to find elegance with white shirts and classy events.

For everyday use, Sauvage is slightly better. In case you need to attend a wedding, you’d probably still be fine with Dior’s perfume. If, however, you’re the groom, you might need to choose something a bit more classy.

Timelessness [Bleu de Chanel]

For me, almost all Chanel fragrances are timeless. I think the elegant appeal of Bleu is certainly not a fade and you would still feel confident wearing it 10 years from now.

Savage has been called ‘the Acqua di Gio of our generation’ but I can see it eventually fading out of style. Maybe I’m wrong here, but this has been confirmed by those who love Chanel perfumes.

Bleu de Chanel vs Dior Sauvage Winner
Scent Bleu de Chanel
Longevity Tie
Projection Tie
Compliments Sauvage
Versatility Sauvage
Timelesness Bleu de Chanel
Value for money Dior Sauvage


The winner – Dior Sauvage

In 3.4oz Eau de Parfum concentration, Dior Sauvage is the more affordable choice. If you’re someone who applies fragrance every day, you get better value for money with Sauvage. You should also know that these last long and in my experience, it’s worth paying for both.

The choice is yours

In the end, it might not be about which fragrance is best on paper. You can’t go wrong with any of these. However, Dior Sauvage seems to add a bit more to the package than Bleu de Chanel for the average consumer. Since both of these are so popular, you will eventually end up purchasing or trying both as I don’t think they’re mutually exclusive. If you want to go on a different route and maybe consider something not as mainstream, you could also check the best cologne for men recommendations.