Prada Carbon Vs Dior Sauvage [Battle Of The Legends]

Written By Easmin Akter

Since its launch, Dior Sauvage has been the single ruler in the kingdom of classy, masculine scents and is still the top-selling product from the brand.

Why wouldn’t it be? It’s fresh, clean, classy, and offers an outstanding performance.

But when Prada Carbon came to the market with a similar style, many picked it over Sauvage as they found it smoother and more well-balanced.

Now, in this write-up, I’ll compare each and every aspect of Sauvage and Luna Rossa Carbon.prada-carbon-vs-dior-sauvage

So, stay put if you’re also struggling to pick one between these two splendid colognes.

Clash Of Scents: Prada Carbon Vs Dior Sauvage

Dior Sauvage

Main Notes: Calabrian Bergamot, Sichuan Pepper, Lavender, Pink Pepper, Vetiver, Patchouli, Ambroxan, Cedar, and Labdanum

Dior Sauvage came to the market in 2015 and created a never-ending craze among all fragrance lovers.

François Demachy created this sensory masterpiece. And he certainly knows how to compose a masterful blend using common elements like bergamot, pepper, and vetiver.

My husband loves its subtle, musky, woody tone with a hint of spices and powdery lavender. The harmony of zesty bergamot, pink pepper, vetiver, and ambroxan creates a captivating masculinity that I always fall for.dior-sauvage

With this amazing formulation, this fragrance created a loyal fan base within a short period of time. Hence, over the years, the brand released EDP, Parfum, and Elixir versions of Dior Sauvage EDT.

Prada Luna Rossa Carbon

Main Notes: Bergamot, Pepper, Lavender, Coal, Watery Notes, Ambroxan, Patchouli, and Metallic Notes

Luna Rossa Carbon by Prada is a gem in the realm of designer colognes. Even though this is a clean, refreshing summer scent, it has a dark, mysterious vibe that draws a lot of attention.

With the artistic composition of Daniela (Roche) Andrier, this cologne came to the limelight in 2017.

And still, it is reigning in the hearts of gentlemen who like to carry a classy, neat, and clean aura.

This is also a fougere aromatic fragrance in style. However, it presents a mischievous metallic twist that makes Prada Carbon stand out. To my nose, it smells quite similar to Prada Luna Rossa Black (another iteration from the line-up).

So, both Sauvage and Luna Rossa Carbon bring exciting and outstanding qualities to the table. Then, which one should you pick?prada-luna-rossa-carbon

They may seem similar in tone but recite some subtle differences within. Hence, I’ll describe their differentiating factors side-by-side so that you get an authentic answer.

Here is my detailed comparison between Dior Sauvage and Prada Carbon:


The beginning of Dior Sauvage is extremely bright and refreshing with the exciting zesty essence of Calabrian bergamot. The presence of spicy pepper makes the opening act more sparkling.

Sometimes, I also get a subtle fizzy freshness of lavender.

On the other hand, Luna Rossa Carbon has a smoother opening with the zest of bergamot and pepper. Plus, it gives a more natural, citrusy vibe.

The major difference between their initial impression is that one is louder and brighter than the other.

So, which one is more attractive?

Both are stunning, but the opening of Luna Rossa Carbon attracts me a little bit more. So, I will make Prada Carbon the winner when it comes to the initial impression.

Projection And Longevity

How long a cologne lasts and projects can dictate your selection criteria. Hence, I will now compare these two fragrances in terms of the performance that they offer.

None of them provides beast-mode projection or sillage. However, Sauvage offers a stronger projection and stays noticeable within a 6-ft radius.

On the contrary, Prada Carbon projects moderately and settles with an arm-length sillage.

Other than that, they differ in their lasting power as well.

To be more specific, while Sauvage lasts on the skin easily for around 12 hours, Prada Carbon stays up max 8 to 10 hours.

So, Dior Sauvage is a clear winner in terms of longevity and projection.

Compliment Factor

We all wear fragrances to get good compliments from the people around us. So, comparing colognes in terms of how much they attract the crowd is a valid and important factor.

Dior Sauvage is the ultimate crowd-pleaser, which is why it is still the brand’s bestseller. It’s light, fresh, and extremely classy, expressing the wearer’s decent nature.

Even though it projects moderately, people seem to love and praise the alluring, powdery aura Sauvage presents.

Contrary, Luna Rossa Carbon offers a smoother and pleasing aroma. According to my husband, he got numerous compliments whenever he wore this cologne.

Hence, I would say both Dior Sauvage and Luna Rossa Carbon will bring an equal number of compliments to you.


Both colognes are easy to wear and have adaptable aromas that fit at any time or season of the year.

You can wear them to work, summer parties, date nights, and even business meetings. They develop amazingly both in conditioned and outdoor environments.

However, Sauvage is slightly stronger. So, I think it can be a good pick for brunch dates.

On the flip side, Luna Rossa Carbon is perfect for formal and classy occasions. It develops fabulously when the skin warms up a bit in hot weather.

Hence, in my opinion, both Sauvage and Luna Rossa Carbon are equally versatile to wear.

Value For Money

Now, it is time to know which cologne offers more quality and value, considering the price.

Being two high-end fragrances, both Sauvage and Luna Rossa Carbon come in a hefty price range. However, if compared, Prada Carbon is somewhat more affordable.

This is because for a 3.4oz bottle of Dior Sauvage, you need to spend $145, but a same-sized bottle of Luna Rossa Carbon costs $115.

Although both smell similarly attractive and praise-worthy, Sauvage offers better longevity and projection.

So, I would say Dior Sauvage has the upper hand when it comes to offering better value for the money spent.

Overall Scent

At last, it is high time to describe the overall scent profile of these two massively popular colognes.

Let’s start with Sauvage by Dior. It opens with the fresh, cheering combo of bergamot mingled with the intriguing hint of pepper.

The spiciness remains even in the core. Moments later, it enters into a sweet, soothing, powdery genre with a blend of lavender, vetiver, and patchouli with some spices.

During the dry-down, ambroxan and cedar bring more depth and masculinity to the accords, which is why it smells so captivating till the end.

On the other hand, Luna Rossa Carbon has a clean, fresh, well-rounded aroma throughout. It starts brightly with citruses and spices, but soon, it indulges a smooth, powdery lavender heart.

Coal, water, and metallic notes combine gracefully and give a unique yet attractive character to it. The muskiness of ambroxan after mingling with exotic patchouli adds a new dimension to the scent.

Prada Carbon has something in it that always gets me carried away.

Then, which one has a better overall aroma?

Well, both Dior Sauvage and Luna Rossa Carbon are attractive and stand out in their own way. I would say both smell equally nice and sophisticated.

Final Verdict

Luna Rossa Carbon and Sauvage are two of the best office-friendly scents out there. So, selecting one can be quite difficult.

However, if you need a long-lasting freshie with strong projection for the year-round, blindly pick Dior Sauvage. It may cost you a few more bucks, but the performance and elegance offered are definitely worth every penny.

Meanwhile, if you adore clean and smoother scents that stay quietly on your skin, go for Luna Rossa Carbon.

It is perfect for men who wanna have a classy and put-together aura for the day. Plus, its unique minerally twist will give you a more natural feel.

So, select the one that perfectly aligns with all your requirements.

And do let me know in the comment box which one you decided to pick in the end.

About The Author
Easmin’s journey into the universe of fragrances began at a very young age. In the beginning, it was just some kinda fascination over gorgeous-smelling fragrances. But, without her knowing, it evolved into an all-encompassing passion as time went by. And now, she loves to collect meticulously curated fragrances from around the globe.

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