Why is it that every time I turn around lately, it seems there's a new perfume with a cannabis note being launched? I realize that to some extent it's just good marketing; people will buy anything that sounds illicit. But on the other hand, how many women sit around wishing they could smell like something typically associated with directionless twentysomethings who look like Seth Rogen? I have to admit that I was intrigued, so I did a little research. Big surprise: they don't actually smell like cannabis. Many of these fragrances are, however, gorgeously smoky and great for a night out.If you want to smell the phenomenon for yourself, Malin + Goetz makes one sexy Cannabis Perfume Oil ($50), and on the less expensive side, there's Demeter Fragrance Library Cannabis Flower ($20), which is a lighter, more relaxing scent. If you just want a cannabis note in a more complex fragrance, there's Memoire Liquide's sophisticated Cuir Millesime ($65), which blends its cannabis with leather and Lapsang Souchong tea, as well as Nasomatto's new Black Afgano scent, which is named for a certain strain of high-grade "product." These are fragrances that are great in spite of their names, so don't be afraid to try one. Just don't walk past a police station (or a 7-11) too soon after applying.
Confession time: I actually listened to Nancy Reagan back in the day, and I have never smoked pot. Whenever someone breaks out the weed, I dork out and worry about getting a contact high. A friend recently fired it up in my kitchen, and I spent the whole time airing out the apartment and trying to keep the cats away, lest they become red-eyed, Cheetos-devouring drug addicts. (Now who's paranoid?)
It's safe to say that weed isn't my thing, but oddly enough, I'm really into Fresh Cannabis Rose. It has an intriguing rich-hippie scent that, yes, smells a little like roses and pot — but in the most sophisticatedly dirty way possible. It's one of those scents that makes people think you simply smell good, and I think it would be disarmingly sexy on a guy.
The best way to experience this kind of reefer madness is with the gift set ($45), which includes a shower gel, body cream, and eau de parfum. And let me tell you, the body cream is intensely luxurious. It's also $85, so don't blame me if you develop a habit.