“The magic hour which inspired me in creating this perfume is a very special moment, suspended between day and night, when the sky turns shades of blue, and the horizon is colored with a hazy ripple of yellow and pink, named the Belt of Venus. The desert air exhales a multitude of powerful smells; it’s the moment when the animals come out, as the daylight slips away. It’s precisely this hour, conducive to legends, between dog and wolf – named such because you can no longer tell the difference between a wolf and a dog – and the light, with its different intensities of blue, that guided me in this creative process.
I wanted to create an Eau de Parfum that would be a fragrance in its own right; I researched this harmony, which was powerful as a result of its volume and depth, in which the warmth of spicy notes contrast with freshness, all while proving enveloping.
A perfume is primarily a defined idea, an extremely precise construction. I began with the elements of Sauvage eau de toilette to which I brought a slightly different equilibrium through spicy notes of nutmeg, which accentuating others, such as rounder and fruitier mandarin.
Sauvage is a powerful word that proved enormously inspiring. It pays tribute to the House’s heritage, namely the iconic Eau Sauvage, a word that contains the evocation of a French refinement, one part a masculine sensibility, one part complexity. From the hills of Grasse, the land of my birth, I headed to the great American deserts. I roamed these places several times, with their infinite palette of color, from ochre sand to blue-tinted clouds.
This highly contrasting land, open to the skies, is endlessly transformed at the hand of light and shade. I didn’t want the result to be bland, but rather distinct and determined, an eau de parfum with strength. These Californian deserts seduced me. I crossed them extensively, and never felt lonely or isolated; the night there is bright and filled with life, and the nature truly wild.
Nature is there in each of my creations, or perhaps my creations are there in it. It’s often the inspiring muse, an essential guide. Here, it’s also present in the ambergris – mysterious, salty and fascinating. Its animalism plays on our olfactive unconscious, giving depth and relief to the other substances, it prolongs the scents and sensations in an intense, tenacious, otherwise unattainable way.
The woody notes are another manifestation of nature: evocations of incense and crackling camp fires, burnt wood and sage, which I have transposed with the warmest and most enveloping side of rounded notes of vanilla. This gives a fragrance with multiple colorful , sensual and animal facets.
The magic hour is also the time of sacred rites, myths, tribal and shamanic legends embodied by Johnny Depp’s character.
The magical territory that particularly inspired me was Joshua Tree, the American desert populated by very strange, tortured-looking trees, a land of legend, a mythical and cinematographic landscape. A place of pilgrimage and retreat, too, for stars of the music world, and which offers an extraordinary contrast between this wooded nature and the arid and wild desert stretching out around it.
Sauvage isn’t an “on-trend” fragrance, it’s timeless, with an assured masculinity that crosses the ages, rooted in the collective unconscious, like this adventurer, this solitary hero who crosses the wide expanses and these magical moments, caught outside time.”