I have to start with a disclaimer: I can’t find this Donna Karan perfume for women in my area, so I ordered a sample online. After writing down a couple of impressions, I went and checked Cashmere Mist notes and a few reviews online, and they were very different from what I was smelling. However, I found out that a flanker, called Cashmere Mist Luxe Edition, launched in 2009 for the 15th anniversary of the original, had a greater similarity to what I was smelling.
And, considering that both have the same (horrible, horrible) bottle, it dawned on me that the samples people might have sent me the Luxe edition instead. I emailed them, but they were adamant that what they have is the original. I’m still not sure though, so here’s the disclaimer: although officially for the official DKNY Cashmere Mist Perfume, this may actually be the review for the Luxe edition. Anyone who could help dispel the doubt will receive my eternal appreciation.
Cashmere Mist by Donna Karan starts with a bunch of dense mature and somewhat powdery florals, where the sourness of ylang-ylang, is a bit more prominent, although it’s not dominating like in Amarige and Ysatis. As it evolves, ylang-ylang is less present and the bouquet more balanced, and in this process there is an interesting battle between the soapy and the sour, which are fighting for the main spot. The finale is sweet, with vanilla and slightly powdery with woods and musk.
So, waiting for some merciful soul that can confirm which perfume I reviewed, to sum up I can say: meh, I prefer Amarige. I almost hope that I smelt the flanker, so that I will be forgiven more easily if I say that there was really no need for this one.