Originally Posted by dcampen
So, can anyone here comment on Black Cashmere as a mens fragrance?
I first encounted both Black Cashmere and Kingdom on the Bloomingdale's men's counter. They were both being cross-promoted for men almost out of the gate. I wrote an anecdote on the Black Cashmere thread currently running on the women's board
about my father's adopting a bottle of Black Cashmere I sent to my mother. It's very masculine and quite easy for a man to wear - easier, perhaps, than for a lot of women.
There's a whole set of woody-incense fragrances, and they're anchored by Comme des Garçons (the original eau de parfum) on the warm end and Black Cashmere on the cool end. In between, 10 Corso Como, Costes, Padparadscha, that wacky religious scent, and a clutch of others fill in the gaps. But those two scents - Comme des Garçons and Black Cashmere (a reworking of the legendary and much mourned Chaos) are the touchstones. Donna Karan has released a set of Donna Karan Essences - Jasmine, Lavender, Labdanum, and Wenge - which are eaux de toilette of four of the notes from Black Cashmere to be layered at will by the wearer. Of course, these are much, much more expensive than Black Cashmere, too. (Why a piece of the scent costs more than the whole dang thing is a mystery, but there you have it...)