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This perfume was one of my 'pot luck' buys, where I add a (reasonably) cheap bottle of fragrance onto whatever I'm ordering from Fragrance Direct or Amazon. I have had a couple of stinkers with this method but mostly I've been pleasantly surprised.
It's quite a squat, flat little thing with clear glass showing the amber coloured perfume inside. The cap is shaped a little like the belfry of a Russian Orthodox Church and is made of a brassy coloured plastic. It's by no means a thing of beauty but nor will it look cheap and nasty sat on your dressing table.
The spray is just about perfect: it covers a decent area without drenching you in the scent. I find a spritz on each wrist and one on the neck is plenty.
===The Top Notes===
The first thing I get is a huge wallop of vanilla, but not the sickly, synthetic awful stuff so common to many perfumes; this is more like the aroma you get when you split open really good quality vanilla bean pods. After a couple of minutes I get a very slight floral edge although no fruit at all, despite peach being listed in the 'official' notes. A strong presence throughout is a kind of dry, musky smell - a bit like walking into an incense shop. At this point you get a feel for how expertly blended this perfume is: these are 'big' notes and could be incredibly overbearing but I find Casmir to be extremely sophisticated and wearable.
===The Middle Notes===
On me, the middle notes start to develop within around 20 minutes or so. The vanilla and musk have stayed consistently strong and there's still absolutely no hint of any fruit but there is a real gourmand edge to the fragrance with incredibly rich, chocolatey tones starting to come to the fore. The white floral is still just about clinging on but has been very much consigned to the background which is no bad thing as I love the creamy, spicy headiness that is created by the development of some cinnamon notes.
At this stage the perfume's sillage is very impressive and, whilst it's not going to be overwhelming for the people around you, you certainly know when someone in the same room as you is wearing it. With some perfumes I feel the need to reapply in the middle stages in order to make it last but this has never been the case with Casmir: a couple of spritzes in the morning will comfortably get me through the entire day.
===The Base Notes===
After around 2 hours the sillage has started to stay a bit closer to my skin, although there isn't a great deal of change in the way of the notes with vanilla, musk and chocolate still being what I smell the most. A very faint flowery tone has crept back in although now it's less of a white floral and more something that is almost like rose.
The base notes linger on my skin for a good 6-8 hours and quite often I can still smell it faintly the next day. On clothing it lasts a lot longer, weeks in fact. For me this is a massive plus as I struggle to find perfumes that will last the distance.
This is a strong and assertive fragrance that won't be for everyone, but I love it. To me, it's a comforting scent that I most often want to wear when the weather turns a bit dark and nasty. It's a sexy, womanly scent and one that I'm very glad I have in my collection.
~~~ The Back Story~~
I am very careful with my money and believe that perfume is a luxury item. I did loosen my purse strings a little when I was in my mid twenties, and bought a new fragrance every six - eight weeks until I had approximately a dozen bottles. I bought my first bottle of Casmir during this phase in 1996, having lusted after it since it was first released in Australia around 1990/1.
~~~ This Product ~~~
Casmir was the first perfume produced by luxury watch manufacturer Chopard. My current size is 30ml (1.0fl oz). The outer packaging is a red cube-shaped box with a hint of patina and over which are the product details printed in gold. The name Casmir is printed in a grey-coloured "exotic" font. The packaging indicates that the product should be used within 30 months of opening.
The perfume itself comes in a squat-shaped, disc-like clear glass bottle that has six minorets imprinted around the edge. The goldy-brass coloured plastic lid is the styled in the same minoret shape. The spray works well, the perfume is easy to apply, and I've never notice it stain any of my clothes.
~~~ My Experience ~~~
Perfume preferences are very personal. I have bought this perfume for myself three times in almost as many decades. It's quite difficult to purchase as it doesn't seem to be widely distributed. I purchased my current bottle via Amazon.co.uk three months ago, my previous bottle was bought in an airport shop in Latvia in 2006 for a little over £10.
I wear Casmir to work and socially. However on work days I need to ensure that I apply it at least 30 minutes before I leave home so that the scent doesn't overpower my colleagues.
One application lasts all day on me. I find that the scent is very strong and overwhelming for the first hour or so, but after that it remains noticeable by others for at least five hours and by me for eight hours.
I do not have the ability to discern or explain the different notes, and can only describe the scent as being spicy oriental vanilla-musk with a hint of cinnamon and perhaps orange. It's certainly not sweet or sickly.
If you like spicy vanilla scents and those such as Opium or Knowing, then this may be of interest to you.
I'll continue to repurchase it when I can.
** Chopard Casmir **
Chopard is one of the world's most popular watch brands. It began in 1860 when 24 year old Louis-Ulysse Chopard started. Before the family Scheufele acquired the brand in 1963, Chopard had brought many special watch designs and innovations to the market. But the family Scheufele also started in jewelry. This proved a successful formula. In 1991 there was another extension by creating perfumes. The perfumes were found to be successful.The perfumers of Chopard use unusual ingredients and the bottles of the scents resemble jewels. This provides unique perfume bottles.
Casmir is the first fragrance that was developed by the company Chopard, it was launched onto the market in 1991. Casmir is a lush, rich and warm scent. The composition belongs to the scents of oriental woods with spicy, lively flavour. With an aroma composition of mango, coconut, peach, bergamot, jasmine, geranium, amber, musk, castor, vanilla, sandalwood and patchouli. It is a very feminine fragrance with its top consists of extracts of mango, coconut, peach and bergamot. The heart notes are jasmine and geranium and base of amber, musk, vanilla and patchouli. This very bold flavour combination provides a delicious oriental female mix with a hint of fruit extracts. This perfume, can be used for any occasion.
Chopard Casmir's in a fairly large round container, which is relatively flat, the bottle is clear glass, in which six characters are ground. I find these figures somewhat resemble a minaret of the mosque. The bottle has a gold spray nozzle, which in turn is blocked by a gold cap. Perfume spray comes in bottles of 100ml, 50ml and 30ml.
When you spray the first 10 minutes is quite strong and very floral scent. Then there is a very sweet vanilla smell, that dominate the other extracts.I got this perfume a few years ago, I had even forgotten that I had him. Chopard calls the scent an oriental scent, but my definition of an oriental fragrance is quite a bit different I associate an Oriental fragrance with warm woody scents, but not just vanilla. I think this certainly does smell nice and sweet. It also stays with you for a long time and after one hour or eight, you can still detect the smell. Certainly a good fragrance.
Group: Oriental vanilla
~ INTRODUCTION ~
Casmir came to me in a vial I received in a swap from a fellow member of an online perfume community, Fragrantica. Made by Chopard, a watchmaker, jewellery and accessories company based in Geneva, Switzerland and founded in 1860, Casmir is the first perfume ever launched by the house in 1992.
~ THE PACKAGING ~
Casmir is housed in a deep red carton with golden letters quite oriental in feel. The bottle itself also carries the oriental theme with a flattened round shape and its 'onion' shaped cap. The colour of the perfume itself is a golden yellow. I cannot talk about the use of the bottle as I only own a decant, however its design is certainly unusual and looks impressive on display.
~ THE FRAGRANCE ~
Top notes: peach, apricot, raspberry, blackcurrant
Casmir opens up with a very characteristic, fruity feel that sometimes smells of strawberry and / or apricot to my nose and at other moments intertwined with a smoky, rubbery feel which I recognise as being oppoponax or myrrh as it's otherwise known. A note I often use myself to give volatile, fruity appearances more substance in perfumes. This note isn't at all distracting and can only be felt if you sniff close enough to your skin.
Heart notes: mandarin orange, carnation, cinnamon
In just about 5 - 10 minutes later, the vanilla note starts to develop, a perfumey vanilla that anchors the fruity top notes giving them even more depth and lasting power. The composition is sweet but not overly so due to the well-balanced combination of sweet and sharp-dry notes that develop side-by-side.
Some time later a delightful vanilla and spice mixture hits my nose, still with a light hint of fruit which are now softer and spicier. The heart is well-projected but isn't overpowering, the phase I like the most and one which lasts for about 5 hours.
Base notes: vanilla, benzoin, oppoponax, tonka bean
The smoky, rubbery feel has gone or has been masked with the vanilla that's much more than just a sugary vanilla scent. The drydown reminds me of Organza Indecence having the same cinnamon-vanilla aroma with a touch of wood and cut hay-like feel (tonka bean) characteristic of oriental fragrances. What's more dominant now is the presence of dry, slightly spicy and woody elements that give the vanilla a complex, sexy and grown-up feel.
~ CONCLUSION ~
When first applied, Casmir goes on strong an almost sharp but it dries down considerably fast, even in win-ter. Its average staying power is about 7 hours which is just about OK for an eau de parfum. The composition however is something to write home about, a real treat and so much more than just a sugary vanilla scent. It never feels empty, it's very French in a way, almost dense and cloudy with a good projection (almost too much I'd say, that's why it doesn't stay on the skin longer).
To sum up, Casmir is a rounded, full-bodied and grown up vanilla scent enriched by hints of opulent fruits and spicy woods. I recommend it if you like medium heavy fruity, woody and vanilla-based compositions that aren't two sweet or watery and have a sophisticated, grown-up side.
~ PRICE AND AVAILABILITY ~
Due to its launch in 1992, it's been now retired from department store or drugstore chains throughout the UK. It's still available online, either on Ebay or perfume discounters such as amazon.co.uk or fragrancedirect. Prices vary between £22 - £37 for a 30ml - 100ml Eau de Parfum Spray. Casmir also pops up quite regularly at airport duty free shops, heavily discounted.
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