Created by Edmond Roudnitska in 1966, Christian Dior’s Eau Sauvage is a clear and fresh scent of lemon and bitterfresh rosemary with a masculine, woody base. Though it’s a contentious point, we’d put our necks on the line and call it the most important men’s fragrance of the 20th century. The origins of Eau Sauvage’s composition trace back to Roudnitska’s desire to simplify perfumery. Its magic was not so much in its notes as much as their balance, or rather the intelligent and evocative harmony that can be found between disparate elements. Remarkably, it was also the first mainstream scent to ever use hedione (a synthetic compound with an almost jasmine-like aquatic essence) that’s said to stimulate an area of the brain responsible for the release of hormones in women. This year, to celebrate its landmark fiftieth anniversary, Dior has asked its master perfumer, François Demachy, to rework Eau Sauvage to better appeal to a new generation of customers. The result is a Cologne, which still hooks you with a citrus vivacity but through new elements such as Calabrian bergamot, mandarin, bitter grapefruit and pink peppercorns, anchored by the original’s signature woods and green notes that become a sweet, clean blend of grassy vetiver and fresh leaves. Don’t think of it as a remastering though, as it’s an entirely new fragrance with just a fleeting resemblance to the original Eau de Toilette. Stick with the past or succumb to the present? It’s your call.