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.
The trick when shopping for cannabis fragrances is to always go for richer, more complex bases, preferably ones without a strong fruity finish. Bergamot or moss accord add a real richness to cannabis’ earthy notes, transforming it into a scent you’ll be more than willing to rock all day long.
The other key is to stick to your usual go-to scents and look for perfumes boasting hints of cannabis-infused oil or flowers. And don’t shy away from florals — they often complement cannabis well and bring out its freshness.
What Do CBD Products Actually Smell Like?
The explosion of CBD has inspired a new crop of fragrances. And a lot of them don’t have the marijuana odor you might expect.
A number of candles and perfumes marketed with cannabis fragrance stories don’t actually contain cannabis compounds. These inspired-by fragrances range widely from powdery and musky like those from MAX CBD to fruity and woody. If you want to buy CBD products from them, we suggest you read about MAX before you make any purchasing decision.
Another category of perfumes and personal care products contain CBD oil or hemp seed oil. Since pure CBD oil doesn’t have much of an odor, brands play up the natural ingredients by adding green and earthy fragrances.
Some CBD products contain musk smell, which perfume, fragrance, and detergent manufacturers use in their products.
So, how is musk smell created? Musk is the name originally given to a substance with a strong, rich, and woody odor that was obtained from a gland of the male musk deer. It was originally the name of the odor coming from a male musk deer, from which it was harvested.
Though perfumes are made through synthetic chemical engineering processes now, back in the day, a glandular sack about the size of a golf ball would be taken from the musk deer. That sack holds a liquid that is sprayed by the deer and used to attract a mate.
When the deer died, the sack would be taken and dried to produce something called a “musk pod.” Once that was broken open, you’d find the fragrant musk grain, which would then be soaked in alcohol, producing the scent we would refer to as “musk.”
Today, Musk is a class of aromatic substances commonly used as base notes to make perfume. The gland secretions from the Musk deer are still used by some people for manufacturing perfume and medicine.
However, numerous plants that also emit similar scents and artificial substances with similar odors are also used.
The Most Common Musk Smells
There are dozens of musks but here are 4 of the most common ‘white’ synthetic musks used in fragrances. Musks can be difficult to differentiate for an untrained nose because they will all have a very subtle and clean scent by nature.
Galaxolide: A syrup like liquid due to the fact it is mostly found diluted in a solvent. Galaxolide is slightly sweet and floral with a powdery, fresh, clean scent similar to opening a warm tumble dryer or hanging out clean bed sheets.
Habanolide: Similar to Galaxolide but with added elegance, stronger and slightly “woodier” and a metalic undertone that replicates the smell of a hot iron running over a freshly cleaned t-shirt.
Ambrettolide: Soapier in its aroma with fruity undertones, a smell that finely replicates ambrette seed oil (from the musk mallow plant!)
Ethylene Brassylate: Slightly sweeter with hints of vanilla, woods and spices! Great for intensifying other sweet and floral ingredients.