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Feeling Man (1989)
by Jil Sander


Feeling Man information

Year of Launch1989
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 83 votes)

People and companies

HouseJil Sander
PerfumerAlain Alchenberger
Parent CompanyBenckiser > Coty Inc > Coty Prestige
Parent Company at launchBeecham Cosmetics

About Feeling Man

Feeling Man is a masculine fragrance by Jil Sander. The scent was launched in 1989 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Alain Alchenberger

Reviews of Feeling Man


To my nose this is a pleasant barbershop fougere from the glorious 1980s, but it refrains from being a powerhouse statement. It is quite subtle in its blending of notes that seem to me to be from all over the place; however, they work together. The combo of raspberry and tobacco seem to me to cling to each other and float over the whole, giving it a very comforting and warming effect. There is a slight, very slight, herbal/floral sweetness (most probably the jasmine and tarragon) that parallels the raspberry/tobacco note.

Feeling Man manages to be both bracing and calming at the same time. It positions itself as a transitional scent, between the powerhouse and the oceanic. The name is unfortunate, as is the ugly bottle and box. However, it seems to be prolifically available on the internet and with all the other positive reviews here, it is certainly one for every man to expose himself to.

22nd April, 2019
numcks Show all reviews
United States
This is like serenity in a bottle. The very long lasting dry down is like an anti-anxiety med. So pleasant, warm, soothing, and comforting. Very fitting name. Not tremendous evolution or note separation (vaguely spicy,sweet-fruit, powder, woody, warm amber, tobacco leaf), but the amalgam is like a reassuring hug from your mom/best friend.
26th June, 2017
Surprisingly pleasant scent from Jil Sander!

I recently purchased a set including the full-sized EdT splash and a full-sized deodorant lotion. Lavender, aniseed, oakmoss and tonka are quite evident here, resulting in a sensuous fragrance that is a truly unique experience. Every time I apply several dabs from either bottle, I fall in LOVE with the ambery, warm, and tastefully sweet character of Feeling Man.

It is a sweet-woody-fruity-aromatic, with dominant tobacco and raspberry notes. Considering all the elements that went into it, Feeling Man smells very simple and solid, evoking feelings of relaxation and confidence.

Now discontinued, there are a suprising number of the bigger bottles floating around online going for various prices, as well as the mini-sized bottles. Enjoy this jewel while you can!
03rd December, 2016 (last edited: 09th October, 2018)
This is a cousin to Joop Homme. Where Joop is cocaine, Feeling Man is coca leaves.
08th November, 2016
My reading of Feeling Man is that it was a sort of prototype for Jil Sander Background. A potent mix of fruity notes and woody / ambery elements assembled around a classic oriental-fougerey bone structure. Sweet, potent and at traces overwhelming. Given when it was originally released, I think it was quite creative and while I respect both Jil Sander as a line and Feeling Man for what it represents, this gets just a *like*. No love.

10th February, 2015
rbaker Show all reviews
United Kingdom
A Dark Fruity Sensation with a Fougère End

The top note is iconic: Lavender freshness with dark prunes, berries and a raisinous syrupy thickness form a beautiful aroma. The lavender has some sharpness, not very much but sufficient to provide an ideal balance. In the drydown dark wood is followed by a wet pipe-tobacco note - another intriguing phase that lasts well into the fifth hour. Later these notes gradually fade and the lavender remains mixed with classic moss notes, which are very gradually fading out in a more traditional fashion. Projection and silage are good, and on my skin the longevity is phenomenal: thirteen hours.

I wore this enthusiatically in the years after it was released, and after a long break it is still a masterpiece. One of Sander's supreme fragrances.

Pros: Longevity

24th July, 2013

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