Cashmere Mist by Donna Karan has been around since 1994 and is very much a child of the 90s. This was the decade when CK One, Happy and L’Eau d’Issey entered the scene, signifying an end to the hedonistic 80s where perfumes like large and in charge Giorgio Beverly Hills and Poison rocked the scent world. People had become ambivalent about anything flamboyant and a new generation of perfume was born: those that were gender-neutral, clean and comforting.
Cashmere Mist is indeed a very comforting scent, the type of scent you could wear to sleep. There’s something cozy and fuzzy about it which reminds me of the feel of a favorite sweater. I’m not sure where the fuzziness comes from but I’m guessing it’s from the woody and suede notes. It smells clean and powdery, like skin that’s begging to be caressed. The suede I smell is a well-worn suede which adds to the softness factor. The suede notes seem to weave in and out of woody, musky notes in a calming, soothing way.
There’s also just a hint of vanilla in the dry down, nothing too sweet though.
Cashmere Mist is a “good girl” scent in the best possible way. It’s just steps away from a “mommy” scent due to it’s powdery softness.
According to Fragrantica, the main notes are: Moroccan jasmine, lily, bergamot, sandalwood, amber, musk and vanilla.
The fragrance this most reminds me of is Artemisia by Penhalligon, which is also a great comfort scent but way more expensive.
Cashmere Mist is available in various bath and body formulations and my favorite is the deodorant – believe it or not! I discovered the deodorant just last year as a happy accident while shopping at Sephora for lip gloss. I’ve since heard that deodorant is one of the most popular products in the Cashmere Mist Collection; there is one sold every minute at Sephora.