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Cashmeran is a slightly unusual but incredibly distinctive ingredient that is very widely used in perfumery - both for the way it smells and the way it exalts and affects a blend. Also called musk indanone, Cashmeran is a lot of the time referred to as ‘blond woods’ by perfumers because it has a very velvetine and rich quality to it; but it also smells sharp, woody and clean.
It’s essentially a spicy musky woody note but the ingredient’s tendrils can be found across all manners of cosmetic products because its dry, amberish heart adds depth to floral compositions so wonderfully. In modern perfumery it’s often used to smooth base notes and help heavier wood molecules gel properly with some of the more heady and animalic musk notes but what’s really fantastical and unique about it, is the effect it can provide. Cashmeran can turn linear compositions into widescreen productions thanks to its menagerie of coniferous and woody aspects and it’s trademark floral-fruity-musky tonality.
Aer uses cashmeran in a very interesting way, honing in on the material’s rain-splattering-against-already-wet-concrete type of smell. When combined with the saltier aspects of Ciampagna’s mineral palette it adds edge and a stoney impression to what could otherwise be a decidedly green perfume.
Dzhari manages to make use out of cashmeran’s entire range of performance enhancing facets. The oddly fruited and floral musk note of cashmeran helps the dates blend with the tonka, it’s woody aspects help capitalize the presence of the cedar and sandal woods but ultimately the overall lift the material offers helps fuel the scent’s overall impression.
In Monsieur the inclusion of cashmeran helps elevate what would otherwise be a blend of incredibly heavy and linear molecules. Yes, the scent profile of Monsieur can be defined relatively simply as ‘ultrawoods’ but the cashmeran gives lift and life to those denser, earthier smells.
Cashmeran’s exaltive properties work wonderfully in PG10 helping to give the more gourmand aspects (the caramel, coffee, hazelnut and licorice notes) longevity without any of them becoming the overarching focus of the perfume. The cashmeran is not in here so much for it’s particular smell, it’s included for its brightening effect..
Foudre is a perfume that embraces the somewhat bizarrely metallic scent profile of cashmeran. Sure, the diffusive tendencies and the musk like characteristics help the perfume to perform, but a big part of the way the juice actually smells is down to the blend of black tea, champaca and… you guessed it, cashmeran.