All Jil Sander colognes (up to the 1998 introduction of Sander for Man) share an unmistakable accord of fern, spice, florals and wood that makes all of them some of the most instantly identifiable scents ever made. Even my poor excuse for a nose can name them the instant I smell them. I may not be able to pick out each note--the melange is fairly complex--but the effect is of a single, unusual musky fougere. Man Pure, Feeling Man, Man II, Man Three and the crowning achievement, Background. Each is a variation on this remarkable heady accord.
I despaired when each of the above was discontinued but who knows? As more and more juice junkies find their way to this forum (tell your friends) and scent makers start taking notice, a few may, I say may be persuaded to relaunch some of these long gone favorites. With bottles of some bringing big bucks (the rarer-than-hen's-teeth Background and original Man Pure sell for nearly $200 up on eBay) the market for these gems, which did not exsist at the time of their initial release, may now be in place, waiting, ney panting for these brilliant scents.