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Pairings: The Perfect Perfume to Complement Your Cannabis

Prefer to puff, but hate the smell? Here are options for you.

by Isabel Rolston

by Isabel Rolston

For cannabis users who prefer to roll a J or pack a bowl, the lingering smell of smoke is an incessant burden; the stench sticks to the skin, hair and clothes, compelling smokers to drench themselves and their environment in Febreze. Although Febreze will cloak the smell, perfume or cologne is the more apt choice for concealment, but smokers often make the mistake of  dousing themselves in a fragrance, and consequently, overwhelming noses around them. So we asked, what if a smoker were to spritz themselves with a perfume that complemented the smell of cannabis?

A collection of cannabis-inspired fragrances have emerged from the perfume industry, making the aroma of cannabis no longer shameful, but instead, desired. Although most smokers don’t want to or don't need to smell more like cannabis, the notes of these multilayered perfumes can help us deduce which scents pair best with cannabis’ distinctive aroma.

Making fragrances is not a haphazard mixing of solvents and essential oils. Perfumery is an art that notably considers how the skin interacts with the compounds of a fragrance. Perfumes and colognes have three tiers of scents called notes that emerge from the skin at different stages of the evaporation process: top notes, middle notes, which are also called heart notes, and base notes. Top notes are noticed immediately after applying to the skin and evaporate quickly, while the middle and base notes encompass the theme of a perfume and evaporate at a much slower rate. Middle notes tend to be mellow and base notes, to intensify the fragrance, are typically heavier.

Unsurprisingly, most of the cannabis perfumes on the market have similar note compositions. For example, both Cannabis Santal and Kilian’s Smoke for the Soul have citrusy top notes, allowing bursts of orange and grapefruit to be noticed seconds after applying either perfume to the skin. As a fragrance continues to evaporate, middle notes of rose, amber, or plum complement the essence of cannabis, and lastly, favorable bottom notes include patchouli, musk, incense, sandalwood, and dark chocolate.

Finding a perfume or cologne that cooperates with the scent of cannabis doesn’t have to be difficult. The industry has created a culture of fragrance connoisseurship that has inspired detailed descriptions of fragrances, and even scent bars where one can handcraft their own scent. Colognes or perfumes with these cannabis-complementary notes will not just intermediately cover up the smell from lighting up, but rather coalesce to create a durable, fresh and importantly, masking scent.

We've compiled a couple of complementary options for the cannabis-inclined:

Clinique Aromatics Elixir

An infusion of verbena, rose and patchouli notes, this perfume will greatly compliment the aroma of cannabis.

Armani Mania

This Armani cologne will blend well with complementary notes of mandarin, saffron, and a musky base.

Miss Dior Perfume

This perfume, although more expensive, is another great choice for the dedicated smoker with bold notes of citrus, jasmine, and patchouli.


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Isabel Rolston

Isabel is a student at Eugene Lang College the New School for Liberal Arts in New York City and is studying non-fiction writing, dance, and contemporary music. She is originally from Los Angeles - the Valley to be exact - and although she loves NYC, her alliance is with the West Coast. In her free time Isabel likes to dance in front of the mirror, listen to music, and smoke cannabis.



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