The Illuminum brand came to my attention when a certain famous womanwore it on her wedding day. I tried my best to ignore the royal wedding because I had very little interest in it, so just about the only thing I knew was that it had happened and that Kate Middleton wore Illuminum’s White Gardenia Petals. While I do have a sample of that, I wanted to start with something less well-known.
In Bottle: Cashmere Musk, smells of hyacinth and soft, clean musks. It’s light and airy and very delicate.
Applied: Nice light hyacinth scent with a soft personality. Makes me think of spring, clean clothes, and gentle breezes. I had initially wondered if Cashmere Musk would smell like a soft suede with woods, but there’s no such thing in this. It’s a clean, fresh floral with heavy emphasis on the hyacinth. The floral note features heavily in the fragrance upon application and is joined briefly by a nice gentle touch of cedar. The cedar adds a bit of woodsiness to the fragrance but isn’t very detectable unless you try to search for it. Cashmere Musk dries down with a cool woodsy and floral fragrance with a prominent clean white musk note. This smells like clean, expensive soap and I love that. The projection sticks close to the skin and the longevity is moderate, giving me about five hours of enjoyment for this fragrance.
Extra: The Illuminum line was started by Michael Boadi who also heads the Boadicea the Victorious line. There’s definitely a correlation between Cashmere Musk and some fragrances from Boadicea the Victorious. I’m reminded of Pure when I tested this out.
Design: The bottles look pretty nice lined up in a row and I love it when things look good and uniform when you have a collection of them. I’m not too crazy about the aesthetics strictly speaking as a designer, but differing tastes and all that. The bottles are presented as they are to showcase the natural colors of the fragrances they contain.
Fragrance Family: Fresh Floral
Notes: Ylang-ylang, hyacinth, cyclamen, cedar, sandalwood, precious woods, white musk.
I’m tempted to drop the cash for Cashmere Musk, it made an excellent first impression on me and I’m happy to have chosen it first. There’s a bit of a rift when it comes to reviews of this, some love it and some think it’s a bit boring. I happen to really like fragrances that do clean and floral rather well, so Cashmere Musk hit if off with me. You can purchase a bottle of Cashmere Musk on Illuminum’s website.
Reviewed in This Post: Cashmere Musk, 2012, Eau de Parfum.
Disclaimer: The fragrance sampler spray reviewed in this post was provided to me for free for the purposes of review. In no other way am I receiving pay or compensation for this review. This review was written based upon my personal experiences and opinions of the product.