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Jil Sander Man Pure (original) (1981)
by Jil Sander


Jil Sander Man Pure (original) information

Year of Launch1981
Average Rating
(based on 33 votes)

People and companies

HouseJil Sander
PackagingPeter Schmidt
Parent CompanyBenckiser > Coty Inc > Coty Prestige
Parent Company at launchBeecham Cosmetics

About Jil Sander Man Pure (original)

Jil Sander Man Pure (original) is a masculine fragrance by Jil Sander. The scent was launched in 1981 and the bottle was designed by Peter Schmidt

Reviews of Jil Sander Man Pure (original)

Like a mathematical mean of the aforementioned Halston 1-12 and the eponymous Van Cleef & Arpels Pour Homme, with a particularly odd effect - This scent smells like it is highly concentrated but coming from farther away, like it's the ghost of a looming powerhouse fragrance. Basil, inky castoreum, and patchouli dominate, making the composition filthily clean. This fragrance certainly defies logic, moreso for the fact that it is no longer in production than that it should be impossible. Fans of classic Halston or Aramis frags would be doing themselves a great favor by sampling this. This is exactly the kind of scent which makes enthusiasts lament modern perfumery.
13th December, 2015
rbaker Show all reviews
United Kingdom
A classic top chypre

There is a bit of neroli in the opening that combines with herbal notes in a well-balanced fashion. A woody undertone is added, and all is penetrated by a first-class oakmoss drydown of phenomenal quality. It all blends beautifully, with the touch of inherent sweetness nigh neutralized on my skin by the herbal tones. Good projection, good silage and a good longevity if over four hours. A classic paradigmatic chypre.  

17th May, 2013
A powdery mossy chypre projecting in the air a sharp white/boise poisonous magic of the forest. Pure. It reminds me more than vaguely Leonard Pour Homme but without the leathery feel and yes, i find similarities with the Equipage's neutral mossy/floral suede. In the middle of the cloudy powder you can detect the aroma of fern and birch tar, some delicate hesperidic oil, a touch of aldehydes, musk, moss, ethereal spicy soap (cinnamon/orange?) and soothing balsams. Sometimes i wonder if a touch of not listed eliotrope is inserted in the blend. The balance is severe, the naturalness of the elements extreme and the fragrance, slightly hesperidic/aromatic at the beginning, turns out slowly as a silky/talky olfactory pearl with an airy/sharp mossy tone and with an orangy/floral animalic-powdery vibe. Just wonderful.
25th January, 2013
Jil Sander's Man Pure is, as others have described, a complex chypre with fresh, green, herbaceous, ambery, and smoky notes. It reminds me a lot of Halston's original 1-12, but a more mature, seasoned, refined, and experienced version of it. Not that 1-12 is immature or unrefined --- think of 1-12 as a smooth 12 year-old Scotch; then Man Pure is the same Scotch at 25 years old, with its final aging perhaps in oak casks previously used for Cognac. More complex, more robust, and richer in flavor, but very much of the same essence. Truly excellent stuff!
27th April, 2012
bhanny Show all reviews
United States
This is just amazing. SirSlarty mentions a smokiness, and its ever present, and its lovely. Smells like birch tar or cade. There is a wiff of citrus in the top, but just a wiff. Definitely some nice herbs. Lots of oakmoss. Ends with leather. This is not a sillage monster. But lasts a good deal of time on the skin, and the drydown is really nice.

This is a really nice smokey leather chypre. Will wear this a lot.
28th January, 2012
Smells like pure amazing. Very green and mossy and smokey. It's like a classic okamoss chypre with smoke added. Not cigarette smoke or charcoal smoke. Like herbs that's smoldering and emitting a fine powder. Excellent.
18th December, 2009

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