There are always a bunch of people discussing Jil Sander’s Sun on my Twitter timeline, and I’ve wanted to smell it for the longest time, so when I found a bottle at a bargain price at Vienna airport recently I snapped one up without even the slightest hesitation!
It’s an odd one, the name conjures up suntan lotion and coconut, maybe jasmine and tiare in line with other “sunny” smells, something tropical at least. But no! It’s actually a benzoin-heavy, warm and slightly powdery fragrance, practically an oriental (it has hints of vanilla and spice) to my nose. Not what sprang to mind, and, slightly the better for it, to be honest. It is definitely a warm scent, but warm like a hug rather than a sunny day.
There are no tropical flowers here, just heliotrope, which gives it that powdery-almond effect, which, coupled with the balsamic-woods scent of the benzoin makes this a very snuggleable (totally a word) fragrance. There’s also a slightly “clean” facet to how the fragrance smells, which is, I think, down to a combination of bergamot and blackcurrant in the opening, but it’s neither fruity, nor floral, weirdly, it’s a warm, ambery, slightly spice slice of “Sun”, rather than the suntan lotion you’d expect from the name.
If you’re travelling this summer, you can pick up Sun for around £12-15 at Duty Free, for some reason, it’s impossible to find in stores in the UK.
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