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Background (1993)
by Jil Sander

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Background information

Year of Launch1993
GenderMasculine
AvailabilityDiscontinued
Average Rating
(based on 44 votes)

People and companies

HouseJil Sander
PerfumerJean-François Latty
Parent CompanyBenckiser > Coty Inc > Coty Prestige
Parent Company at launchBenckiser > Lancaster Group

About Background

Background is a masculine fragrance by Jil Sander. The scent was launched in 1993 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Jean-François Latty

Reviews of Background

Fragrance notes for Jil Sander's Background:
[Top] - bergamot, lavender, tarragon, raspberry, anise and lemon;
[Heart] - carnation, cinnamon, jasmine, heliotrope, lily-of-the-valley and rose;
[Base] - sandalwood, tonka bean, amber, musk, benzoin, vanilla and cedar.

This is a really atypical scent in today's arena of men's fragrances. An oriental fougere that has a lot going on!

The stars of this cologne are the anise, vanilla, benzoin, cinnamon and lavender; with the intro blast of bergamot & lemon citrus plus luscious raspberry, the aforementioned notes shape the scent with spicy sweetness accented with unusual tarragon and florals. The sweet character is upheld by amber and tonka, soon wrapped up in warming sensations from sabdalwood, cedar and musk.

This is an early 90's scent that reflects a more experimental, yet bold, approach to men's colognes. Background ends up scintillating, mellow and personality-rich.

I don't get why Jil Sander chose to discontinue this one (same goes for their amazing "Feeling Man" scent); but in retrospect, Background spoke its peace for a time and wasn't meant to take the standard far into the new millenium.

25th August, 2018
Starts off like Jicky minus the animal, recedes into Canoe in the heart, with a bit too much powdery tonka, and finally dwindles to a musky, woody rose. Background is a happy fragrance, and aptly named due to its un-striking softness. It is a bit too powdery, even for me, but is in every other way quite lovely, in a pastel way.

If Ungaro II is a Lothario on the prowl, Background is a super-friendly accountant, or maybe a jolly neighbor who lets you borrow his things.
29th December, 2015
Background opens with a thick, quite peculiar soapy-medicinal blend comprising fruity notes, almond (tonka), a true load of cinnamon blended with powdery notes (heliotrope above all), balsamic notes, something creamy like white flowers, and something balsamic-resinous which reminded me of pine and fir balsam. Balmy, spicy, medicinal, woody, powdery, kind of gourmand-ish and balsamic... and leathery too for me, a smooth, soft but bold leather note underneath, slowly arising as minutes pass. A really solid leather accord, actually: waxy, rich, realistic, bracing and totally compelling. A sort of bizarre, colorful, kind of queery hybrid halfway Cuir Mauresque and Helmut Lang EDP, spicier than both and overall kind of more “weird” and playful - in a good meaning though. Kind of flashy too honestly, with (no offense for Germans) a sort of typical German “boldness” (i.e., tackiness) I smell in many older perfumes from Germany. Fun and creative, a bit linear and a bit heavy too, but a really peculiar and overall compelling take on the typical mid-90s Oriental “powdery-spicy” fougère theme (where the “peculiar” feature mostly lies in the sweet-medicinal-balsamic side).

7/10
12th April, 2015
I'm sorry, I just don't get what is so special about Background. First of all, I know a name isn't everything, but "Background" is such a non-pretentious name that I almost didn't bother to sample it because I thought it would be boring, and I was right. The rose isn't too dominant, but is still noticeable, and I don't care for the smell of roses. I respect that others like this, but it's nothing special to me. In fact, to MY nose, it smells cheap.
20th July, 2014
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United Kingdom
Unique and brilliant

In the opening raspberry and lemon combine with anise and lavender to mix traditional with the unusual, and all is given some extra freshness with the help of a good dose of bergamot. The drydown commences in flowery hues, with jasmine and heliotrope merging with a nice rose; cinnamon gives additional warmth. After about six hours deeper and darker zone are reached, with styrax resin and cedar combining with musky and ambery aromas. A touch of tonka gives a little sweetnes that never really catches my attention. This is a complex and versatile fragrance whose longitudinal development is never boring. Is had very good projection and silage, and the longevity is a brilliant twelve hours or more. One of the great citrus-oriental scents of the nineties.

Pros: Longevity
Cons:

06th August, 2013
If Canoe and Halston 1-12 had a baby, and that baby grew up to become a refined and sophisticated mature adult, it would no doubt bear a strong resemblance to Jil Sander's Background. The citrus/lavender/heliotrope signature of Canoe is quite recognizable, as is the warm amber/green accord of 1-12; yet Background has its own distinct identity as well.

Smooth, elegant and invigorating, Background is a ideal late-summer scent that conjures up sunlight filtering through the trees and reflecting on the water of a lake or slow-moving stream. The air is warm, with a fragrant breeze hinting at the approach of fall. Another great fragrance that has been sadly discontinued.
12th September, 2012

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