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Sun (1989)
by Jil Sander


Sun information

Year of Launch1989
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 61 votes)

People and companies

HouseJil Sander
PerfumerPierre Bourdon
Parent CompanyBenckiser > Coty Inc > Coty Prestige
Parent Company at launchBeecham Cosmetics

About Sun

Sun is a feminine perfume by Jil Sander. The scent was launched in 1989 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Pierre Bourdon

Reviews of Sun

Sun's opening is a creamy suntan lotion and soft florals like the kind you'd get in fabric softener. It's all light, airy, beachy and clean...quite pleasant. Makes me think of smelling clean laundry at the beach. The drydown is more powdery and flat.

I don't have an issue wearing this, so I'd say unisex.

Projection is average but I get good longevity, lasts all workday.
09th January, 2018
This starts off bright & effervescent, with a fruity element more akin to sherbet powder than juice or pulp. After a few minutes, it settles into a warm, milky, fruity floral, mostly lily, although it is hard to distinguish notes here. There's also something vaguely leathery lurking beneath, but it's not a heavy, tanned leather, more the scent of warm human skin. Three hours in there's a vanilla sweetness, & twelve hours in it's still humming away softly, with a soapy feel to the base.
Another reviewer describes this most aptly as a cross between expensive soap & posh suntan lotion. It's beachy, but sophisticated; no coconut & nothing overtly tropical here. It's simply a lovely, classy but casual scent which I think would work well for any relaxed occasion in warm weather. It also reminds me strongly of something else, especially in the opening. Perhaps a body product I've used or a place I've been, maybe even a Lush shop??
21st July, 2016
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United Kingdom
This is quite an ingenious composition, with the fruity-bergamot opening developing seamlessly into a floral drydown of muguet and jasmine, with an aromatic orange tone noticeable throughout; benzoin is evident too. Soon an interesting tonka impression together with patchouli is added, and the whole results in a nice suntan lotion effect, as if worn on the beach on a hot day.

On my skin there are reminiscences of Bond No.9's Fire Island, but JS's Sun is a touch earthier with woodsy componenent. I get strong sillage, very good projection and eight hours of longevity on my skin. A nice scent. 3.3/5
15th June, 2015
Sun (in its early version), as the name suggests, opens with a radiant, luminous floral accord on a slightly milky base, soft and white like a mid-April plushy cloud. A dense and complex texture from which it is hard to distinguish the notes: it's a lively harmony played on the nuances of white, really nice and well executed. On the head, citrus and neroli, that kind of zesty but silky citrus-floral note; a mellow, fresh floral bouquet in the middle, creamy but light and bright, then a few spices (perhaps nutmeg and tonka), all gently posed on a balmy, sweet woody base. All around, a coloured spring breeze of pollen, heliotrope, rose, ylang... and that's it, all about liveliness, beauty and light, with a slight vanilla-almondy aftertaste which reminds me of beach lotions. Light and happy, but not shallow and not even delicate, instead as I said it's a remarkably complex and dense scent, which just manages to smell perfectly "simple". After a while it progressively becomes less luminous and more resinous, brownish, earthier, with an Oriental vanilla-tonka powdery touch which reminds me of Boucheron's Jaipur Homme. Well done!

17th August, 2014
This is a pretty floral with the perfect name for what it is. It is tropical and fruity and flowery, yet light, like a sun dappled flower garden. This is not a fragrance I would wear every day, but if I am in a bikini with my Chanel sunglasses and my beach cover up on, it is the perfect thing.
15th April, 2012
Highly underrated little frag, IMO. It's perfect for all seasons (despite the name) as a no-brainer scent: I can always throw it on when I'm not in the mood for anything else. While I find it hard to distinguish individual notes, there's a semi-sweet tropical flower bouquet going on supported by resinous notes, musk and (some) vanilla. Gets a little powdery in the dry-down, but certainly not too much so.
Expensive soap meets posh suntan lotion, in the best possible sense.
23rd March, 2009

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