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Jil Sander Woman III (1986)
by Jil Sander


Jil Sander Woman III information

Year of Launch1986
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 27 votes)

People and companies

HouseJil Sander
Parent CompanyBenckiser > Coty Inc > Coty Prestige
Parent Company at launchBeecham Group > Beecham Cosmetics

About Jil Sander Woman III

Jil Sander Woman III is a feminine perfume by Jil Sander. The scent was launched in 1986

Reviews of Jil Sander Woman III

A big green classic chypre. It's got everything you'd expect from the genre: heavy galbanum and geranium, that sour green smell you get when a grassy patchouli meets bergamot, a mossy chypre base (sweet with actual 80's oakmoss), and soapy aldehydes on top.

This is definitely on the butch end of the women's perfume spectrum - it's not lost on me that a slug of lavender would easily turn this into a macho powerhouse scent. I like these ballsy green chypres better than powerhouses, honestly. Somehow, without the lavender and macho swagger to hide behind, perfumers seem to have put more effort into their similar-but-feminine offerings.

In terms of green chypre touchstones, this is less pretty and much more sour than Chanel No 19, but not as sour and offputting as Sagamore. It's wearable and enjoyable, but I feel like collectable eBay prices for this probably aren't warranted unless you're a diehard oakmoss junkie.
09th November, 2020
Barbara Herman noted that this was an "experimental" scent, that "doesn't all come together, although parts are gorgeous."

It starts off with a tart, medicinal blast (coriander, rosewood, bay). Herman goes on to describe it as green with orris, mossy, with a creamy leathery sandalwood dry down.

On me it is rather non-distinct, except for the pungent and unpleasant dry down, reeking more of cedar than sandalwood to my nose. The carnation is prominent through out, giving it a spiciness that is not unpleasant, but it remains on that one note level.

It smells chemical, artificial, and no better or worse than other weak men's scents out there, even though this was intended for women.

Lots of ingredients:

Top notes: Bergamot, Coriander, Rosewood, Bay
Heart notes: Rose, Ylang, Carnation, Jasmine, Muguet, Geranium, Orris, Tuberose
Base notes: Patchouli, Castoreum, Sandalwood, Olibanum, Benzoin, Amber, Moss, Vanilla

Too bad they don't add up to anything above the mediocre level.
01st August, 2014
I just have to write about this divine, incomparable scent! Thanks to a angel in Germany, I have a full bottle again!

I cannot think of another full-on leather scent that can I never, ever tire of. Even some of my other, wonderful, favorite leathers can be a little hard on my stomach... if over-applied. But this one... just gets *better*.
It's a creamy, sort-of leather that isn't quite like suede. It's mild and medicinal at the same time -- medicinal, meaning it has a salubrious ad restorative kind of *freshness*, which calms and focuses the mind.

If it *were* leathe, it would be cream- colored, butter-soft, super-smooth buckskin.

If it were a *place*, it would be an elegant, light-flooded, modern flat with modern classic furnishings by Le Corbusier, or Gropius... And copious bookshelves full of psychoanalytic and postmodern theory.

If it were a *car*, it would be an eighties-vintage, "M" series BMW. White with cranberry interior.

If you EVER get a chance to smell this sensual, smart, unisex masterpiece, don't pass it up!

30th December, 2008 (last edited: 27th February, 2010)
Is a very femenine perfume. Long lasting and very atracted to others.
Is dificult to find in just any perfumery.
17th December, 2008

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