Eyewitness is a very nice term, I think. It means so much. Once that, when something has passed, more and more people know it only from stories. We also know that reports can be falsified, not only from a subjective perspective, but that some things are perhaps forgotten, embellished or dramatised when they are told. And finally, there is such a thing as legend building. Only those who were there, i.e. contemporary witnesses, may be able to take corrective action. And the older we get, the fewer people remember the same things as we do. At some point, there will be no one left who has experienced the event himself, then it will only be passed on. It is also possible that, in retrospect, completely different things suddenly appear to be essential, things that nobody remembered at the time and certainly did not write them down because they seemed to be unimportant.
One is called a contemporary witness especially when it is a matter of long-term significance, such as the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, and at the moment when one experiences something like this, one may not even notice that one is attending an event of historical significance and will later be named by others as a contemporary witness.
Speaking of 1989...
Sun by Jil Sander exists since 1989, and 1989 is now a year that I have experienced very consciously. I'm practically an eyewitness When Sun by Jil Sander came on the market at that time, it quickly became incredibly popular, even beyond Germany, and that is why it was and remained on everyone's lips. Everyone knew Sun, very many wore it. I tried it of course, it was different from the fragrances that were popular at that time, but I didn't like it. From memory I can say that there was something pungent in it (probably again jasmine and orange blossom) and I found the musk too plain and boring. At that time I was attracted to the also new Roma, which then became my signature for a while.
Now 31 years have passed since then and I have tried Sun again in the meantime. I still didn't like it, still snappy and with too much of the wrong musk it seemed to me to be horribly artificial.
I can't recapitulate when I tested which version, because Sun was reformulated very clearly at least twice, but I suspect a number of other reformulations.
It is therefore virtually impossible to write a commentary that will be useful even for those who don't know which version of Sun they have at home.
There is only one thing I can do, I can tell you which variation I have learned to love. It's the one with linalool in fifth place, limonene in sixth, and coumarin in tenth. Furthermore, the indication 75ml on the outer packaging is on the side of the S of Sun. The current samples of Sun with the shade of the bottles behind an orange parasol have the same contents and smell the same. However, if you want to buy a current bottle in common shops, Linalool and Limonene are the last on the list and on the outer packaging 75ml is written on the side of the N of Sun.
What does it smell like, the Sun, which could win me over after 31 years of being a Sun-moufflon after all, because I happened to receive one of the samples described above?
In the top note fresh with a short hint of toilet stone, lemon fragrance, he becomes spicy fresh after seconds with tangy zest of lemons and oranges, but without acidity, and underlaid by beginning delicate vanilla.
In the heart note it becomes more vanilla, the zest remains, but moves further into the background. Now it also becomes floral, even slightly Indo-Aryan, but not pungent, but only a little wild and Animalian. I really like this somehow calm and powdery eroticism! The flowers are sweet, but they are so well interwoven with vanilla and the remains of the citric that without knowing the pyramid I would not have recognized any of the flowers directly, but only smelled a white flower and a beguilingly sweet powder blossom. Surely it is heliotrope and iris that contribute the powder factor here and the sweet flower that most characterizes the floral character is YlangYlang.
In the base, wood and a little musk are added, whereby the musk is not pungent or stuffy, but only makes the wood appear softer and warmer. I do not recognize it as sandalwood, though. Now first the zests begin to retreat, then the animalistic and finally the sweet flowers. The fragrance continues to soften and soften for a few more hours, with a subtle woody touch of vanilla, a rest of flower powder and very little musk
I find this Sun incredibly soothing, calming, friendly and harmonizing. It lets me come to myself, reflect on myself and at the same time it opens the view into the vastness. In the silence lies the power
Eyewitness is a nice term, I think. It contains so much richness, so much life.