Many of us are fond of cannabis’ skunky scent, but few would think of wearing it all the time. Some have, and they’ve created a new kind of perfume that makes use of cannabis’ distinctive musk. Cannabis perfume combines the smell of weed with floral and earthy notes to create a smell sure to turn the beauty industry upside-down.
Who doesn’t remember the surreptitious days of spraying cologne and taking impromptu showers to mask the smell of weed? Apparently, the times are a-changin’: weed perfume has become the latest trend in the beauty and wellness industries, and, perhaps not surprisingly, it bears little resemblance to the skunky, burnt scents of yore.
Cannabis perfume takes on more subtle tones: it combines floral, piney, and earthy smells with faints hints of cannabis’ characteristic skunky musk. Think of a greenhouse containing a careful selection of fragrant flowers, punctuated by a few cannabis plants.
There are two kinds of cannabis perfume: the kind made from real cannabis, and the kind that contains no cannabis, but is engineered to capture that elusive weed smell. The latter is popular in places where weed is still entirely illegal—though now that the US has legalized the use of hemp across the country, those places are becoming few and far between. The approaches for making these two kinds of weed perfume are markedly different.
You ever smelled an amazing cannabis strain and wondered where the scent comes from? Well, those aromas come from something called terpenes. Therefore, when making a cannabis perfume, we will use the terpene profile found in the strain of our choice. In this case it will be the classic cannabis strain: Mango Kush!
What are terpenes, and why am I using them in my marijuana perfume?
Terpenes are the essential oils from the cannabis plant. Each weed strain carries its own set of terpenes that contribute to its aroma and flavor. These terpenes indicate the quality of the cannabis flower they are cultivated from.
Terpenes can be piney, flowery, grassy, and many other scents. They are commonly captured for cannabis beauty products and weed edibles. It is important to use complementary terpenes when creating a cannabis perfume. We are using the terpenes in this recipe because of the pleasant smells they exude.
Does it really smell like weed?
You will be surprised of how good it smells! The perfume actually has a nice citrus smell that starts to fade into a soft smell of Mango kush. It is a light aroma and you recognize it after about 15 seconds. This is because the perfume is created in different notes of scents. Starting with a citrus smell from the lemonene terpene followed by a Mango Kush terpene blend.
Where can i buy terpenes?
You can purchase your terpenes online from a reputable company. In addition, you can ask your local dispensary to show you their terpene collection. Let them know that you’re creating a cannabis perfume, and disclose the terpenes that this recipe requires.
It is common for terpenes to be sold in a dropper. This makes it incredibly simple to add to your weed perfume recipe. For this recipe, you’re going to use the following terpenes:
- Limonene Terpene (top note)
- Mango Kush Terpene Blend (middle note)
- Mycrene Terpene (base note)
- Pinene Terpene (base note)
Will cannabis perfume make me high?.
Though this property of cannabis is still received by the body through the endocannabinoid system, it does not cause elevating effects. Terepenes do not make you high.
How to make cannabis perfume at home
For this DIY hemp or cannabis plant project, you will need to have an even ratio of plant material to oil for the extraction process to work. Any less than that and the natural oils smell will hardly be noticeable. For dry or sensitive skin, you can use any skin safe oil type including olive oil, vegetable oil, or coconut oil. If you react well to regular store-bought perfumes than a 99% pure alcohol will suffice.
Takes: 30-60 days to make one batch
Makes: The amount of liquid added will determine how much perfume will result from the extraction.
- cured cannabis or hemp (dry)
- solvent of choice
- 2 small resealable mason jars
- 1 perfume applicator
- 1 eye dropper or syringe
- 1 weed grinder
- 1 elastic
- Use a weed grinder to break apart any cannabis or hemp materials that will be used in making the perfume. Removing seeds or stems is unnecessary, as they will be filtered with the remaining plant matter later on.
- Dump the cannabis grind into a small resealable mason jar and fill it approximately 2 centimeters higher than the bud fills. This ensures that all of the plant material is entirely soaked and leaves room for the mixture to be shaken over the coming weeks.
- Seal the mason jar and shake the contents for 1-2 minutes before storing the jar in a cool dark place for the extraction to happen. This can take anywhere from 30-60 days, but longer is always the best way to ensure all of the cannabinoids have been completely removed. During this time you will want to retrieve the jar once a day and give it a good shake to mix up the contents before returning it to its resting place.
- Once the extraction process is complete. you can retrieve the mason jar from storage and open it.
- Place one or two layers over top of the jar opening and hold them in place using an elastic.
- Slowly empty the solvent from the full jar into a clean empty one.
- Harvest the remaining oils by pouring the plant matter into a piece of cheesecloth and squeezing it until the last drops escape.
- Take an eye dropper and slowly fill any perfume container or your choice.
If you find at any time that this perfume is too thick for your perfume dispenser to handle than you can add either a couple of drops of water or alcohol to help thin the mixture as much as necessary.
Though the smells that emanate from a cannabis plant can be incredibly powerful on their own, you might feel like your perfume isn’t quite as noticeable as you had originally hoped. If that’s the case, then there are a few relatively simple alterations you can do to enhance the smell of your homemade perfume, but the safest is to add a few drops of your favorite essential oils per ounce. The oil base will act as a carrier oil, making almost any pure oil a safe and effective option.