Dior Balade Sauvage is a unisex fragrance introduced in 2018. It is inspired by the island of Panarea, sitting under a fig tree, overlooking the sea.
It was created by perfumer Francois Demachy with notes of petitgrain, bergamot, fig tree, fig, solar notes, sea notes, peach, hedione, orange blossom, rose, pebbles, labdanum, amberwood and vanilla.. It is an eau de parfum, edp.
If you are lucky enough to visit the island of Panarea, you can feel the sea breeze and the mineral aspect of the volcanic stone warmed by the sun and smell the flowers, fruits and rockrose. This fragrance draws inspiration from these strong sensations, like a moment spent in the shade of the fig tree, where effusive citrus fruits and a fresh breeze reminiscent of the Mediterranean sun, are liberated. - Francois Demachy, Dior Perfumer-Creater
Dior’s luxury fragrance line La Collection Privée has been reimagined in 2018, offering a new way for you to be dressed in Dior. Rebranded as Maison Christian Dior, it goes beyond a collection of fragrances to become a somewhat ritualistic concept; that of perfuming and embellishing spaces and moments in your life. “When I create perfumes I flout technical constraints, schedules, fashions and trends,” Demachy explains of his artistic process. The fragrances in this collection are formed in families of Orientals, Florals, Sensuals, Light Florals and Fruity Florals, non-specific to gender but without being labelled ‘unisex’.
Reviews of Dior Balade Sauvage
Colognoisseur - "The opening is that ripe fig but dialed way down when compared to other perfumes which use this as a keynote. Then a listed “sea breeze accord” arrives simultaneously. This is the typical ozonic notes but this time with just a hint of the ocean and best of all a hint of the stone of the cliff we’re sitting upon. It also brings a bit of the citrus groves it has blown through on its way to me sitting under the tree. The creamy woodiness of the fig tree itself starts to arise. It all ends on a base of labdanum and light airy musks."
Fragrantica - "It is a bright green fig fragrance that has a slight milkiness, but without the coconut note (that I dislike) that other fig fragrances have. But fig doesn't dominate here. There are floral (jasmine perhaps among the petitgrain amd others) and some minor marine and citric notes. Balade Sauvage is exceptionally well blended and smooth."
Basenotes - "While it is centered around fig, the fig isn't so strong and direct as to totally make this a fig fragrance. It's less "figgy" than scents like Philosykos, Premier Figuier, and Figuier Eden, which focus purely on the fruit and little else. Balade Sauvage blends fig with other fruity notes as well, perhaps pear, apricot, and peach among others. It also incorporates soft tropical floral notes and blends them with the fruit, creating a scent that fresh and tropical but also kind of warm. There's a definite comfortable warmth that accompanies the fruit and floral notes and it comes across very smooth and natural feeling. Some citrus notes provide a little edge as well, but they're not particularly strong or sharp, so you never feel like you're wearing a citrus fragrance exactly. Labdanum in the base ensures a very smooth, plush finish. Balade Sauvage is never screechy, synthetic feeling, or anything other than unisex."