There is hardly a more quintessential Valentine’s Day gift than a bottle of scent because aromas can be powerful aphrodisiacs. The following guide will showcase the best cannabis-inspired fragrances. Easily exquisite gifts for Valentine’s Day are listed below. But first, some nosey instructions.
The Musée du Parfum Fragonard (Fragonard Museum) in Paris, provides essential tips for wearing and caring for favorite scents. After applying perfume to a wrist, do not rub the wrists together, as this crushes the notes.
It is inadvisable to buy a perfume for someone based on how it smells on someone else. Perfume reacts to a person’s natural pH; therefore, it will smell different on each user. For a scent to remain as it smells in the bottle apply it directly to clothes. To enhance personal pheromones, put perfume directly on the body’s pulse points, such as the wrist (radial artery), the sides of the neck (carotid artery) or behind the ears.
Other favorite places to apply some scent are behind the knees (popliteal artery), and near the ankle joints (posterior tibial artery). The late Rick Ashford from the dynamic soul duo Ashford & Simpson penned the ultimate Valentine’s Day tune, Solid As A Rock. Ashford once quipped that he always applied scent to his ankles, just in case someone wanted to bow down to him.
The secret to making a coveted scent last longer is not to store it in the path of direct or indirect sunlight, according to Fragonard.
The Royals don’t say “perfume,” they use the word “scent.” According to Claire Nowack in Reader’s Digest, “In the United States, the only person we can imagine saying, ‘I love your scent’ is an obsessed stalker, but maybe if we say it enough, we’ll get used to it.” In other words, classy people like the Queen say scent, while most mere mortals say perfume.
This cannabis-inspired guide outlines some sexy scents that will arouse one’s olfactory senses.
Alessandro Gualtieri aka “The Nose” is a talented, artistic Italian perfumer. He spent part of his childhood in his grandfather’s gardens. Through the flowers, he found a way to express himself and evolved into the mastermind behind the brands Nasomatto and Orto Parisi. Gualtieri established his Amsterdam-based niche line, Nasomatto, in 2007.
All of its initial offerings have tongue in cheek names that playfully hint at naughty vices, including China White, Hindu Grass, and Narcotic V. Black Afgano is no exception to this theme. This particular scent debuted a decade ago and took six years to create and perfect; however, it is as timeless as it’s namesake hashish from the Afghan mountains.
Gualtieri says of his scents, “I start making something but at a certain point, it starts making choices by itself. All it takes is two simple actions – inhale and exhale – to reconnect with your happiness. Nothing is more important than this moment of felicity. This fragrance is eliciting the best quality of hashish – a feeling of temporary bliss.”
The scent bottles, made in Italy, look curiously like miniature, art deco lamps night table lamps. Black Afgano also resembles a cube of nail polish with a burnt oak wood-cap.
Fog & Tree is an all natural fragrance blended with genuine cannabis terpenes. Its website advises to, “Take your senses on a journey through Humboldt County with its noble Redwoods and rich terroir. A woodsy and herbaceous scent with fresh coastal fog and a touch of the sticky icky. Our experiential fragrance will transport you to the mystic land of Northern California.” (After watching the Netflix docu-series, Murder Mountain, this scent might be the purest thing to come out of Humboldt, besides Papa & Barkley.)
CEO Elizabeth Kost describes the process of working with a master perfumer in the East Coast to develop Fog & Tree’s base scent to compliment the star ingredient, cannabis. The manufacturer then infuses the base scent with cannabis terpenes.
“Fog & Tree is the only all-natural fragrance in the world infused with real cannabis terpenes,” says Kost. “Most cannabis fragrances use synthetic ingredients and cannabis ‘accord’. Our terpenes are all hand-harvested straight from the plant using steam distillation from propriety strains in Humboldt County.”
While most flora and fauna contain one or two terpene compounds per plant, the Cannabis plant contains over 140 unique terpene compounds. Kost thinks of her company’s fragrance as “aromatherapy on steroids.” Kost claims the cannabis strain they collect their terpenes from “contains compounds that reduce anxiety, relieve stress and boost confidence making our fragrance perfect for that first date or a night out on the town.”
And rest assured, terpenes are perfectly legal to purchase and to wear.
Fragrance Wunderkind Marc Cramer, head of the house of Demeter created this formula initially for Sephora. Unfortunately, at the time, the ubiquitous perfume shop felt it was a little too edgy for their stores, according to Leafly. Crafty Cramer kept his formula on file and repurposed it for his own brand. Incidentally, he also created Cannabis Santal for Fresh. This formula of cologne spray doesn’t reek of a pot farm, it smells more like a hint of Mary Jane.
Fresh makes delicious scents, Cannabis Rose and Cannabis Santal; the latter of which, according to Fresh, macho actor Bruce Willis buys by the case. Cannabis Santal originally debuted as a men’s scent; however, it quickly became coveted and worn by both sexes and genderless, non-binaries as well. How a scent reacts to your body’s pH is undoubtedly more important than whichever demographic its company targets.
With top notes of bergamot, Brazilian orange, black plum, middle notes of patchouli, cannabis accord, rose, and base notes of chocolate, vetiver, and vanilla musk, it is an irresistible combination, reminiscent of all things sultry. Understanding the link between marijuana and sex is essential.
Cannabis Santal’s sister scent, Cannabis Rose, is a sultry, floral extension of its predecessor. Cannabis Rose blends top notes Bulgarian rose, pomegranate flower and bergamot, with middle notes of cannabis accord, sheer jasmine, dark chocolate, and base notes of white musk, patchouli, and oolong tea. Rose can be a tricky sent to capture alluringly. Too much rose in the top note makes women smell like French grandmothers who wear too much Chanel No. 5. Thankfully, Fresh manages to capture the balance of rose just right.
The containers of both scents are sturdy, artisanal glass bottles. Not surprising, considering Fresh co-founder, Aliyna Roytberg, is a graduate of New York’s bastion of creativity, Parson’s School of Design.
Heretic describes their scent as if a “flower had an orgasm.” The top chords contain pink pepper and bergamot and orange blossom. The base notes are tuberose milk, jasmine and ylang-ylang.
Unlike many clear perfumes that contain alcohol, Florgasm has a uniquely milky appearance. Heretic’s website explains that “high alcohol levels emulsify waxy and heavy floral extracts. We lowered the alcohol content in this particular formula, which allowed some of the raw floral notes to come forward and caused a milky appearance.” While not specifically a cannabis scent, it deserves an honorable mention for the title. A florgasm is particularly appropriate for Valentine’s Day.