Bleu de Chanel vs Dior Sauvage – My Pick in 2024

When comparing two highly-rated colognes like Bleu de Chanel and Dior Sauvage, it’s clear that each has its own unique appeal. Personally, I enjoy the sleek, vetiver-forward sophistication of Bleu de Chanel, and the bold, peppery freshness of Dior Sauvage. In this article, we will delve into Bleu de Chanel vs Dior Sauvage to help you decide which suits you best

In my professional opinion, Bleu de Chanel stands out as the best overall. Here’s why:

  • For a sophisticated, versatile scent: Bleu de Chanel’s balanced blend of vetiver and fruity elements makes it perfect for both casual and formal occasions.
  • For a youthful yet mature vibe: Its energizing profile appeals to younger men who want a refined, masculine scent without feeling too mature.
  • For a balanced fragrance: The absence of any overpowering note makes it a well-rounded choice for everyday wear.

However, Dior Sauvage also has its strengths and caters to different segments well:

  • For a bold, fresh scent: Dior Sauvage’s peppery and citrusy notes are ideal for those who prefer a strong and striking fragrance.
  • For a longer-lasting impression: Its creamy, dense base makes it a great option for evening wear and special occasions where you want your scent to linger.
Versatile Vetiver
Confidence on Date Night
7Gents Rating:
4.5
7Gents Rating:
4.8
$178.97$170.00
$105.00$77.13
Pros:
  • A modern-day classic that's got plenty of character, but is professional enough for work, too.
  • This unique scent profile fits together like a jigsaw puzzle.
Pros:
  • Strong bergamot and pepper with bright flashes of lavender and cedar.
  • This is one of the most popular Eau de Parfums in the world - and for good reason.
Versatile Vetiver
7Gents Rating:
4.5
$178.97$170.00
Pros:
  • A modern-day classic that's got plenty of character, but is professional enough for work, too.
  • This unique scent profile fits together like a jigsaw puzzle.
Confidence on Date Night
7Gents Rating:
4.8
$105.00$77.13
Pros:
  • Strong bergamot and pepper with bright flashes of lavender and cedar.
  • This is one of the most popular Eau de Parfums in the world - and for good reason.
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In summary, if you’re seeking a fragrance with a sleek, sophisticated use of vetiver, Bleu de Chanel is your best bet. On the other hand, if you prefer a bolder, more striking scent with pepper and citrus notes, Dior Sauvage is the way to go.

Bleu de Chanel and Dior Sauvage. Photos taken by Joe Manktelow-Pimm. Copyright: 7Gents ©

Next, we will compare these colognes in detail, focusing on their note profiles, performance, and price differences to give you a comprehensive understanding of which fragrance aligns best with your needs.

Fragrance NotesBleu de ChanelDior Sauvage
Top Notes:Grapefruit, Lemon, Mint and Pink PepperCalabrian Bergamot and Pepper
Middle Notes:Ginger, Nutmeg, Jasmine and Iso E SuperSichuan Pepper, Lavender, Pink Pepper, Vetiver, Patchouli, Geranium and Elemi
Base Notes:Incense, Vetiver, Cedar, Sandalwood, Patchouli, Labdanum and White MuskAmbroxan, Cedar and Labdanum
Bleu de Chanel vs Dior Sauvage Fragrance Notes

Versatility – Bleu de Chanel vs Dior Sauvage

Dior | Sauvage Eau de Parfum
$105.00 $77.13

Strong bergamot and pepper with bright flashes of lavender and cedar.

This is one of the most popular fragrances in the world - and for good reason.

Pros:
  • Smoother than Sauvage Eau de Toilette, with a gourmand vanilla finish.
  • Longer lasting at around 9 – 10 hours.
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Sauvage and Bleu are both mature and versatile, demonstrating universal appeal without being bland. This is sexiness without trying too hard. 

Dior Sauvage would probably be one of the top 3 colognes I’d recommend for any Gent who just wants one fragrance.

Dior colognes in general are pretty mass appeal, which is no great tragedy unless you’re a fragrance snob looking for notes of unicorn horn etc.

Both Sauvage and Bleu are sharp, musky, and spicy if a little unoriginal. But they are supremely crafted and well-balanced. It’s in that nuance that they find their originality.

Like a top-tier rom-com, these colognes don’t bring on earth-shattering revelations – but they will be well received and do very well at the box office. 

Critics may call them overused, but we have to remember that our hobby of collecting colognes is still quite niche.

Dior Sauvage Bottle in hand
Dior Sauvage is a mass appealing men’s frag. Photo taken by Joe Manktelow-Pimm. Copyright: 7Gents ©

Maybe 2/10 people make a real effort and buy designer colognes, so when we say “this cologne is too popular”, you have to ask yourself “have I actually ever smelt anyone else wearing this?”. 

It helps that both colognes scoop up compliments. Even compared to my more expensive niche fragrances (think Creed, Tom Ford), Bleu de Chanel and Dior Sauvage get plenty of positive attention

Dior Sauvage
Dior Sauvage is a very versatile scent for men. Photo taken by Joe Manktelow-Pimm. Copyright: 7Gents ©

I don’t just wear scents to impress others, but if people are consistently complimenting, you know you must smell good. 

Dior Sauvage in particular is also a great date fragrance. It just works. I have never got an adverse reaction.


Performance – Bleu de Chanel vs Dior Sauvage

Chanel | Bleu de Chanel Eau de Parfum
4.8
$178.97 $170.00

A modern-day classic that's got plenty of character, but is professional enough for work, too.

This unique scent profile fits together like a jigsaw puzzle.

Pros:
  • It's ideal for sophisticated evening parties because of its subtle scent.
  • It's longevity is approximately 7 hours.
  • I picture this worn by a gentleman in a crisp suit or stylish casual clothing.
  • I always remember why I adore this fragrance after giving each arm a brief spray.
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Dior Sauvage has a little more life in it than Bleu de Chanel and is more likely to last a full 8-hour workday. I find that by lunch my Bleu has become more of a personal scent, but Sauvage is still capable of causing people to ask “is it you who smells good?”.

That said, I find that for the first few hours, Bleu de Chanel will get more attention than Dior Sauvage. I wore it to a BBQ last week, and even with the smoke in the air people were asking me what I was wearing as they came close for a handshake or hug.

There’s something about the sandalwood that cuts through the air and feels less “soft” than Sauvage, which feels a little creamy and intimate by comparison. 

That was off two sprays to the wrist and two to the neck – in the office I use half as much. It’s indoor, more formal environments I prefer my cologne to have more of a sub-conscious effect, rather than something I have a reputation for.

Depending on how much I use, Bleu de Chanel will last for anywhere between 6 and 9 hours, with the second half more of a skin scent that won’t attract too much attention.


Price – Bleu de Chanel vs Dior Sauvage

Dior | Sauvage Eau de Parfum
$105.00 $77.13

Strong bergamot and pepper with bright flashes of lavender and cedar.

This is one of the most popular fragrances in the world - and for good reason.

Pros:
  • Smoother than Sauvage Eau de Toilette, with a gourmand vanilla finish.
  • Longer lasting at around 9 – 10 hours.
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*(Prices below are from the manufacturers directly)

Dior and Chanel know that most people are deciding between their products, so they’re pretty evenly priced.

As mass-appeal fragrances, they’re both affordable enough to become permanent fixtures for any half-put-together Gent’s bathroom cabinet.

It might be worth noting that there are more denominations of Sauvage on offer than Bleu de Chanel, meaning you’ve got more flexibility to be specific about how much you want to order, and consequently, spend.

Dior also offers a 10oz eco-refill that produces 56% fewer greenhouse emissions per fluid ounce. To be honest, I’d imagine it has more to do with a cost-saving on packaging and shipping than a genuine appetite to help the planet – but still, they pass some of this saving onto you as well.

By buying in bulk, your 10z container works out to $21 per ounce, which is certainly better than spending $59 on their 1oz bottle. It’s less than half the price.

Size (fl oz)Dior Sauvage PriceBleu de Chanel Price
1.0$59.00X
1.7X$90.00
2.0$85.00X
3.4$104.00$110.00
5.0X$145.00
6.7$155.55X
10.0$210.00X
Bleu de Chanel vs Dior Savage Price Comparison

These Bottles are Cool, Okay – Bleu de Chanel vs Dior Sauvage

I don’t usually stop to comment on the bottles themselves, but these designs are pretty noteworthy. 

Dior Sauvage vs Bleu de Chanel vs Invictus by Paco Rabanne. Photo taken by Joe Manktelow-Pimm. Copyright: 7Gents ©

Bleu de Chanel comes in a deep blue-noir take on the classic No.5 design, but the pièce de résistance is the cap.

Chanel | Bleu de Chanel Eau de Parfum
4.8
$178.97 $170.00

A modern-day classic that's got plenty of character, but is professional enough for work, too.

This unique scent profile fits together like a jigsaw puzzle.

Pros:
  • It's ideal for sophisticated evening parties because of its subtle scent.
  • It's longevity is approximately 7 hours.
  • I picture this worn by a gentleman in a crisp suit or stylish casual clothing.
  • I always remember why I adore this fragrance after giving each arm a brief spray.
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It’s magnetized so that it just snaps back into place, so the double C’s always flip around to face the front perfectly. It just feels smart and ready to go.

bleu de chanel cap
Check out the magnetized cap of Bleu de Chanel! Photo taken by Joe Manktelow-Pimm. Copyright: 7Gents ©

That might sound like a small thing, but it’s a really satisfying feature that you’ll miss out on if you just order a decant.

The atomizer has a lovely even and consistent distribution. It weirdly gives me Macbook Pro vibes – it’s sturdy and premium, and I’m confident it’s going to get the job down. 

The Dior Sauvage bottle is also beautiful. It’s a weighty, solid build that feels expensive, and like Bleu de Chanel it also has a magnetic cover that clicks back into place with intention.

The Bleu de Chanel bottle feels and looks designer. Photo taken by Joe Manktelow-Pimm. Copyright: 7Gents ©

I really think more cologne houses should start doing this. It must not cost much to add a small magnet, and the satisfying snap coupled with the proper alignment of the Dior logo makes you take the whole experience more seriously.

It’s a little like having someone make your bed for you – everything is in its right and proper place, ready for next time.

You Can’t Really Go Wrong with Either Cologne

If you want to understand either fragrance more thoroughly, take a look at my full Bleu de Chanel review – and check back next week for one on Dior Sauvage.

Until next time,

Joe – 7Gents


What’s Changed?

We updated this guide in January 2024 to reflect the most recent pricing information.

18th July 2024: This guide was overhauled with changes to our recommendations, latest reviews, and was re-fact checked to make sure our reviews are as up to date as possible.

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