We know what you're thinking: Why would one ever want to smell like a pothead? Quite the opposite, actually. These fragrances don't necessarily need actual weed to recreate the scent of marijuana (psychotropic effects optional), using instead a combination of notes that evoke the potent, headturning properties of the plant. These five favorites are all winners, from budget-friendly to decadently luxurious. Happy 4/20!
Cannabis Santal by Fresh
The masculine undertones of sandalwood are paired with cannabis to create a breezy unisex fragrance.
As a roll-on easy to carry around, this concentrated oil completes Malin+Goetz's Cannabis range, which already includes a candle. No actual cannabis here: The scent is created from a combination of fig, pepper, lemon, orange, sandalwood and patchouli.
The juice of Black Afgano is so dark that you'd suspect something slightly unorthodox is going on here. Although perfumer Alessandro Gualtieri never reveals his formula secrets, he will admit that this fragrance aims to evoke the best quality of hashish. Its blend of woody notes, coffee, and smoke is simply heavenly, and will keep you on an olfactive high for hours.
Kilian Hennessy's "Addictive Collection" lives up to its name, and is epitomized in this beautiful smoky scent. Here, the bitterness of vetiver is used to replicate the smell of a good ol' 4/20-friendly party. It's not as heavy as you'd think, with notes of uplifting eucalyptus, grapefruit, and cardamom, rounded up by an earthy base of mate tea, aromatic spices, and tobacco.
The ultimate luxury for fragrance addicts, Amouage's Opus VII is green in every sense of the word. It starts with an impression of cannabis resin, and evolves into a mix of herbs and aromatics, with a hint of ambergris, a terribly enticing note derived from sperm whale secretions. Should be a great conversation starter at the bar.