Cashmere on Cashmere, c/o Hillhouse Naturals
Valentine’s Day came early for me in the form of a shipment of the Hillhouse Naturals Cashmere Collection! We got a candle, bath salts, and body creme! The Cashmere fragrance is a combination of roses, magnolia and sampaquita, brightened and balanced with hints of citrus and clove. If you are wondering what sampaquita is, it’s a form of sambac jasmine from south-east Asia that is a bit more fruity and delicate than your standard jasmine. The fragrance varies slightly over the products, so let’s start with the candle!
The candle is in a beautiful glass with a cafe cream color. The fragrance is softer than the body creme or the bath salts, playing up the more powdery angle from the start. When it burns its throw is moderate, so it’s perfect for small spaces. The scent is lighter when burned and it diffused into a light powdery and floral haze with hints of lemon, which is appropriate for just about any activity. It’s subtly sexy but not so much so you couldn’t burn it while relaxing or working. It burns very cleanly and you should get 50+ hours of burn time as long as you remember to devote two hours per burn so it wears down evenly.
The Cashmere Body Creme is very fragrant. When you first put it on it’s almost overwhelming. The scent dries down to a medium level and is more floral than the candle. It smells clean and fresh but still slightly heady. My favorite thing about the body creme is it dries ASAP leaving behind both softness and a matte finish. It’s probably not going to work as a stand-alone moisturizer unless you have normal to oily skin. The Jojoba oil, Sunflower oil, and vitamin E will keep you supple for sure, but it you have really dry skin, I’d put on a base layer of something really nourishing. I’m looking forward to wearing this in the summer because of how non-sticky the formula is. The scent lasts for hours on me; I have dry skin so if you have oily skin it might not stick around as much. The packaging has a very thoughtful detail, the bottle is not smooth plastic and has an eggshell texture so it’s easy to hold even when your hands are all covered in the creme! As with all Hillhouse Natural products, the Cashmere Collection is not tested on animals!
These are the most fragrant out of the trio. You can smell the florals, the powder, and the hint of citrus and spices. I haven’t had a chance to use it yet, but you can’t go wrong with a marine salt and milk bath!
Overall I really enjoy the Cashmere Collection. As with everything I’ve used from Hillhouse Naturals, they are all quality products that aren’t overpriced. Thier candles are always stellar. This is my 5th candle from them. Even though I’m not a jasmine gal, I’m perfectly happy with the sampaquita note as it’s not as heavy or screechy as most jasmine smells to me. If you’re looking for something floral and powdery but not cloying, I’d give this Cashmere collection a try. They also have perfumes, hand soap, body wash, and drawer sachets!
Have you tried the Hillhouse Naturals Cashmere Collection? Love it or hate it, let us know your thoughts!