I really enjoyed CLEAN’s fragrance Rain which I wrote about here so I was very psyched to try Clean Cashmere by CLEAN. With the temperatures plunging and the inevitable blizzards only weeks away, I was hoping it would deliver a warm and cozy fix. True to cashmere, this has an understated luxurious smell that isn’t at all overpowering.
If you’ve tried any of the other CLEAN fragrances, you’ve probably noticed that they tend to be fresh and natural smelling. Clean Cashmere also falls into the natural category but is warmer rather than fresh.
I’m a little surprised that it’s not a heavier, more robust scent after I read the listed ingredients on Fragrantica:
Top Notes: cedar needles, bergamot and lime
Middle Notes: lavender, mimosa and jasmine
Base notes: Guaiac wood, heliotrope, musk, tonka bean and sandalwood
For some reason, the only notes that I could definitely pick out were musk (the most prominent note by far) cedar, guaiac wood and heliotrope. I’m guessing it’s the heliotrope that gives Clean Cashmere it’s deliciously powdery, vanilla aroma and imparts a sweetness to the musky base. The guaiac wood adds a slightly smokey, honey sweetness which balances the camphorous cedar needles. I tried hard to find the lavender, mimosa and jasmine as well as the bergamot and lime but they were either mysteriously hiding or present in amounts too minuscule to detect. I like to imagine the jasmine was there in the middle notes since almost no perfume is complete without some jasmine.
Clean Cashmere is the type of scent that you might wear on a low-key day while snowed in at home watching Netflicks or relaxing with a great book. If you are looking for a scent that defines winter but you need a break from berries and juniper this could be your next go-to scent.
It’s a great comfort scent and if you like Cashmere Mist by Donna Karan you will probably love Clean Cashmere too. A 2.14 oz bottle is around $72 and a .34 oz rollerball is $20. It can be purchased at Sephora or on Amazon.