Illuminum Cashmere Musk Perfume EDP Review

Illuminum Cashmere Musk EDP

Purple Flowers Week 2012

Illuminum is a British perfume line. Like many lines with an extensive selection, the scents are hit or miss. Or better said, there is something for everyone. There are a few that I really adore. And there are a few that aren’t for me and will never be for me. Here’s something else that I’ve noticed with this line – many of the names are misleading. Cashmere Musk is one of those.

Because of the name, Cashmere Musk surprises me. It opens with this pretty, dewy spring floral of hyacinth flowers, lily of the valley and snow drops. The top is so fresh and clean with spring florals. There’s a bit of creaminess to it – a softness that reminds me of whipped cream. Note that I said softness, not sweetness. The spring florals seemed “whipped” into a mousse of cloud-like softness. The fragrance keeps the clean-fresh-floral vibe throughout the heart. I get more hyacinth with freshly sliced green apples. Eventually the scent has “fluffy” soft musks mixed with the florals. It gets warmer but  stays clean. I notice the hyacinth from top to bottom. As far as noticing the musk, it’s “musk lite”. It’s there but certainly not as heavy as most “cashmere musk” scents. This is a soft, light scent.

Hyacinth by Arthur Dixon

Notes listed include coconut, fresh greens, purple hyacinth, amber and cashmere wood.

Give Cashmere Musk a try if you like soft florals or perfumes like Illuminum Skin Petals, Donna Karan Cashmere Musk (think of the Illuminum as a nice “summer” version), Chloé, Love Chloé, Boadicea the Victorious Delicate, and/or Diptyque Jardin Clos. Cashmere Musk is a “pretty” scent and I see it more as a feminine fragrance. It’s good for those that want to smell nice and pretty in a quiet way. This is not a loud, attention whore type of fragrance.

The scent has below average projection. It is a soft, close to the skin scent. I find longevity above average but like I said, it’s really close to the skin. I think it’s a good “day” fragrance.

The 1.7 oz retails for £70 and is available at Illuminum Perfumes.

Victoria’s Final EauPINIONA fresh spring floral over soft, clean, feminine musks. It’s very easy to wear. It’s not  a “me” fragrance at all but I can see those that like soft, clean florals really enjoying this.

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*Sample came from Illuminum’s PR at Elements. I am not financially compensated for this review or any others. My opinions are my own. Product pic from Fragrantica. 1955 postcard by Arthur Dixon from

4 thoughts on “Illuminum Cashmere Musk Perfume EDP Review

  1. First of all I want to say great blog! I had a quick question which I’d like to ask if you don’t mind. I was curious to know how you center yourself and clear your thoughts before writing. I have had a hard time clearing my mind in getting my thoughts out there. I do enjoy writing however it just seems like the first 10 to 15 minutes are generally lost simply just trying to figure out how to begin. Any suggestions or hints? Kudos!
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    1. Thank you.
      My brain isn’t very organized but I can talk about fragrance all day long. It helps to make yourself write everyday. You’ll find that you condition and train yourself for writing. It also helps to make an outline of what you want to cover and use your outline for every review like product, feel, your experience with the product, who may like the product. Keep on writing!

  2. This is one of the most exotic scents I have experienced in a long time….love it and so does my husband.. I just wish it came in an Oil..I very dry skin and the scent just seems to evaporate fast…any suggestions?

    1. I had issues with scent staying on me too. And like you, I have very dry skin. I have found that taking care of my dry skin helps. Drink water, moisturize, humidifier, etc. I have had good luck using CeraVe cream twice daily. It’s unscented and it really hydrates my skin. I also like unscented oils (like apricot, olive) and use those to cleanse in the shower and as a moisturizer. I’ve had friends apply Vaseline to their pulse points or where they apply perfume. This is supposed to make it “stick”.
      And of course, you can always reapply during the day 🙂

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