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Launched : 2000
Group : Oriental vanilla
The colder season coming in I browsed my mini collection for something comforting to wear and test and so I ended up with Sensations on my hands. I liked the name and the fact that it came from the same minimalist German fashion house that gave us 'Jil Sander No. 4' and 'Jil' intrigued me.
The packaging is a muted, metallic beige colour that blends in well especially when looking at hundreds of mini boxes at once ! The round and frosted bottle with the embedded spray in the lid (!) isn't better either. In both cases, bland comes to mind but let's not judge by appaearances, shall we ?
Top notes : raspberry, mandarin, bergamot
Sensations starts off lemony and woody sweet, the emphasis being on woody-sweet, a scent I immediately recognise as Iso E Super, an aromachemical that gives off a sweet, sugary cedarwood-like note and is used abondantly as a base in modern perfumes. Not very original I thought straight away. It looks like as if no other notes of the hundreds of naturals or synthetics were worthy enough to be used in the top?
Some minutes later the accord turns a tad powdery with a raw coconut oil edge that's oscillating between an even sweeter, powdery and at times fruity like strawberry fruit drop aroma and other times a linear, clean and fresh jasmine floral one that must be the hedione, another abused aromachemical. The latter is just as nondescript and synthetic-smelling as the former. Sillage is quite modest for a generous initial application and I wonder if it's a good thing after all or I'd be soon smelling like the lab coat of an aromachemist.
Heart notes : orange blossom, jasmine
It doesn't take long for the lemon to disappear and Sensations transforms itself into a blend of synthetic white floral note with a powdery edge enveloped by the Iso E Super lingering in the background. It serves as an anchoring structure to the otherwise really thin and watery-smelling composition.
I would say that fragrance doesn't really have a heart in any sense of the word. It feels void and skeletal and is similar to the experience you get when you smell a single synthetic aroma molecule from a vial: pretty pointless. The initially already modest sillage having largely ebbed away, Sensations stays close to the skin for the next 2 - 3 hours.
Base notes : tonka bean, amber, musk, cedarwood
Sensationally soon, the fragrance is exposing its remaning assets mainly comprised of a sweet, woody and cedar-like aroma (surprise, surprise), the Iso E Super with a touch of sharpish lemon that got resurrected thanks to the magic of synthetic perfumery.
In addition to that, I get a lightly spicy, peppery edge to it characteristic of the tonka bean. Overall Sensations is so generic and bland at this point just like the rest that even the light and soft powdery vanilla cannot save it from total boredom. I practically couldn't detect it any longer on my skin past 4 hours of wear which I was quite annoyed at being at work and relieved at the same time that my nose torture was finally over.
Well, it would be a stretch to say that I like Sensations. It's pleasant yes, woody and soft as well as powdery and lightly fresh. However it screams synthetics and that's where it fails in my eyes. I just cannot stand pointless, linear and to be honest boring and dirt cheap aromachemicals sold as perfume, sorry ! The molecules used are meant to be comforting and give the sensations of cuddly softness however I just feel squeamish so much it is annoying to my nose. To sum up, Sensations is a poorly-blended, unmemorable, short-lasting and did I say pointless fragrance?
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY
Apart from Germany where most retailers stock the Jil Sander line, the online route is the one to take should you wish to buy Sensations. Prices for the 40ml Eau de Toilette edition vary from £23.20 on Perfume's Club or £36.95 on Amazon UK.
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Jil Sander Sensations For Women is a true oriental perfume that is pure and transparent yet soft and appeasing.Jil Sander Sensations For Women begins with a burst of mouth-watering fruits, including mandarin and raspberry.These top notes mellow to reveal a centre dominated by sensual accents of jasmine and spices with a central theme of orange blossom.The base of this oriental fragrance is a warm, sensual and dark mix of amber, vanilla, musk and tonka bean.