Donna Karan Cashmere Mist Deodorant

Donna Karan Cashmere Mist Deodorant/Antiperspirant

This is the place to spill the beans, yes? When it comes to deodorant/antiperspirant, I'm a "clinical strength" kind of girl. After a traumatic experiment with Drysol as a teen (might as well have lit a fire in my armpit), the emergence of Secret and Dove's gentler medical-grade formulas was a Godsend. I had that body part covered, thank you very much. Then, a few weeks ago, a perky publicist said, "Have you tried Donna Karan's deodorant? It's incredible—people can't get enough of it." Really? Visions of ladies on Madison Avenue, carefree in perfectly dry, clingy silk blouses with high armholes, flashed through my head. No way this stuff—a classic, powdery roll-up—could withstand a day of pounding the pavement (my life). But it came home with me and, as fate would have it, my trusty tube of Secret ran out the next day. So I dove right in and applied the DK on freshly-shaved underarms. No stinging. That was the first promising sign. The rest is history, because I've reached for this ever since—it's really good. And, though I usually opt for fragrance-free varieties, the scent is lovely and subtle. Apparently during the holidays they sold value packs of two—is it Christmas yet?

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  • Katie

    there is NO other deodorant for me. it is the loveliest. i get so many compliments on it {true statement}...mostly at the gym no less. sephora hocks little, teeny, tiny baby deodorants. perfect for the gym bag and travel.
    kiss, kiss,

  • glo

    i'm happy that ITG is not above reviewing deodorant. let's not kid ourselves - ladies don't glow or glisten all the time.

  • bisbee

    I've used this, but now opt for less expensive Dove...but this is great. Also from this line - have you tried the Donna Karan Cashmere Mist Shampoo and Conditioner? I've been using it on and off for over 10 years...this stuff is marvelous, ESPECIALLY the conditioner! I order it direct from Donna Karan online...they just had a 25% off sale!

  • Bre

    I discovered this deodorant as a happy accident. When working for M.A.C. {and having to wear all black to work-leaving deodorant to go on AFTER I had dressed} I realized one day I had forgotten to put on deodorant. I popped into Macy's looking for deodorant and purchased the Cashmere Mist. At first I blanched at spending that much on a deodorant for a stupid oversight on my part, but I fell in love. It really protects and nourishes the skin, and leaves you with a soft fragrance. I was hooked!

  • Lisa C

    I always wonder who buys those pricey department store deodorants--I figured it was just so the brands could offer every possible thing to diehard fans. Good to know this one is worth trying!

  • Dee

    Hmm, a definite maybe. Can you describe the scent?

  • Joanne

    I laughed out loud when I read this since I also had a revelation with respect to Cashmere Mist. Yes! For deodorant, it is amazing!

    A year ago, I asked a friend living in London whether she wanted anything from the States before I came for a visit. She asked me for a tube of this deodorant. I was extremely skeptical - but of course, I picked one up.

    Just before I left, though, I dropped the tube on the ground (the packaging is really heavy/luxe for deodorant) and the top cracked down the side. I couldn't bring myself to give it to her like that, so I begrudgingly shelled out another $20 for a pristine tube and told myself I would use the cracked one. After using it once, I became a believer. I can't say I love the powdery fragrance or price, but it keeps me insanely dry.

    Ultimate testament - my boyfriend used Cashmere Mist in a moment of weakness when his Old Spice stick ran out. When he came back home after a long day smelling powdery fresh, he was adamant that I buy him his own tube next. Um, wow.

  • Esther

    It sounds great in terms of scent but how does it compare to Secret / Degree / Dove in terms of an antiperspirant? Or is it strictly a deodorant? I'll have to pop into Sephora and look for the baby travel size ones!

  • Maria Marques

    I've never been loyal to a deodorant as I am to Helena Rubinstein's Spa Nudit. I've been using it for 6 or 7 years non stop (I'm 26, so it's a long time). No alcohol, my skin is smooth, i love the scent, and it's super effective.

  • Heather

    Sounds like a miracle to me. I have deodorant issues as well! I think I may have to give this one a try!

  • annie

    hilarious, cause this is right now in the mega-sale section of my local Winners. Going to snatch them up tomorrow before anyone who reads this does, ha!

  • Dain

    Emily, you are such a good writer. I'm sure you hear this all the time, but I really enjoy reading your blog.

  • ladivasosa

    WELL, this is a great post. I've been switching deodorants non stop for the last 2 years, unable to settle on one that actually works for me. I'm not sweating like crazy, but I need something to depend on. I'm picking this one up!

  • austin

    my husband has worn CM for about 10 years and i truly can't fathom a better scent for a man. it's such a powdery-sweet contrast to the typical guy smell and it's always strangely familiar. perhaps because it reminds people of a grandma or mom in all the best ways, and then on a man, it's just so different and nice....if you can get your guy to try it, you won't be sorry, i promise!

  • tricia


    donna karan's cashmere mist is one of my two all time favourite fragrances. when Christmas rolls around i'm going to have to stock up oprah style (by the crate). a dove girl myself (after being a secret girl for years) i'm glad to hear that it works well since my days are also filled with pounding the pavement, often with arms full of garment bags.

    and thanks annie for mentioning you saw it at winners! i have to do some shopping today and will make sure to look for it.

    thank you emily for this post. for real.

  • Colleen

    Really? Huh. I never would have thought that a designer would make deodorant...and that it would be badass. I actually have prescription deodorant, but I never use it because like you mentioned, it is hell. Might have to check this out!

  • Iris

    @Colleen - I had the same thought, but then it quickly dawned on me that my dad has been using men's designer deodorant since I can remember. I wonder what other women's designer deodorant is out there...

    For everyone else, I'm also a clinical strength kind of girl, but after seeing this post I decided to give DK CM a shot. I am very glad I did! They actually sell the 1.7 ounce size at Nordstrom's for twelve bucks! I ended up buying one for my mom as part of her Mother's Day gift.

    As austin said, the scent is powdery-fresh and wow, it lasts! I've only used it for 3 days, but it has done something that no other deodorant has been able to successfully do - no B.O.! Wooooooo! I hope that wasn't TMI, haha.

    So, ladies (and some gentleman), I would say it's worth a try if you think your current deodorant sucks and want to something new that actually works.

    *Sigh* I love this blog!

  • joyce

    hmmmm, i will have to check this out! =)

  • Marije

    After reading this post I went on a search for this deodorant, which was a little difficult because not that easy to find in the Netherlands. It was absolutely worth it! I've been using it now for 3 days and it's great! It keeps your armpits dry and smells good even after an intensive work out.
    I wish I had knew this before, really!

  • Laura

    I saw this post and then noticed the product at Nordstrom and decided to buy it. I'm taking it back because the active ingredient is aluminum zirconium which has been linked to breast cancer. It smells just like baby powder.

    • Hana

      @ Laura Yea, however, I tried one without al. zirconium and it sucked, it was spray and it was too liquid and heavy and didn't do what should antip do hehe, uhm. Hope they make some good ones without al as well then.

  • jp

    so the cult of CM continues! I also heard of this from a PR friend. I'm a guy, sweat a lot, and almost nothing works for me. I got a small travel size one right before going on vacation, so brought it with me. It totally works better than anything else on the market. The first day or two I noticed the scent (no exactly feminine, but a bit sweet for my taste) but after that you get used to it, and it doesn't clash with other fragrances. totally worth the money.

  • Decorno

    I'll overshare here, too... the secret for me is Drysol PLUS this. :) Drysol may burn you up, but you only need to put it on once a month, the the suffering is really... limited.

    CM smells amazing. So nice to have a real scent for deodorant. I don't know why the big companies insist on making Baby Powder or Gym Fresh scents.

  • Debra

    Can't believe you've let the cat out of the bag ! Used this for years and always bought in bulk, everywhere is now out of stock ! Help !

  • Diana del Rio

    Ladies, FYI purchase this at Nordstrom as other retailers such as Ulta and Sephora sell it for about $4 more than the base brase of $12.

  • Natural Deodorant

    I will try this because its easy way and it looks like that it will definitely work..

  • Kat

    Man! The smell is too much!I'm not with everyone on this one. My fav is


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