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.
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 EauPINION – A 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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