Bought the rollerball to take on a trip. Basically a blind buy since I hadn't smelled it in years.
I do understand why so many people have associations with other smells when they smell this, it has a common fragrance pyramid that's seems to be used in fresheners, laundry stuff, inexpensive body products, etc. It reminds me of the old BBW Cotton Blossom, personally. But I don't fault the fragrance because it 'smells like something else'...It's likely a case of 'something else' that smells like Cashmere Mist, and people probably smelled that other thing first. Cashmere Mist possibly came first, it is 22 years old. (With the exception of scented baby powder, of course. Incidentally, this fragrance has a heavy powder accord. If you don't like powder, you won't like this, I would guess).
It's just slightly sharp when first applied, I think it's the leather, which drops back nicely after a few minutes. On me the Sandalwood, Amber, Vanilla and Musk are the stand out notes throughout wearing. The Ylang, Jasmine and powder note keep it soft and rounded, like a woman. It's spicy, warm, delicate, powdery and personal. Subtle, not blatant. It's a sensual scent but still it's able to maintain a lightness that other Orientals can't. I have the EDP and would never describe it as heavy or cloying. I have/had Obsession, Tobacco Vanille, Velvet Orchid, Opium, Cinnabar, No 5 EDP - and compared to those, CM is a breath of more gentle, light air, while still being a spicy Oriental at heart. It's close to Noir Pour Femme in weight and projection, and their dry downs are similar.
Better suited for cooler weather, but with a light hand I've no problem wearing it in the English summer.
Yes, it's a common scent. But it's also familiar, easy and inviting. Safe and comfy.
I wear it when I don't want complexity. When I want to smell like *me* rather than a perfume. I think it's a great skinscent. The rollerball is perfect for travel and concise application. On me the projection is mainly close/personal and longevity is super-great.
I do think it's priced too high.