Everything you need to know about cannabis perfume

Published Apr 16, 2019 11:13 a.m. ET
(Including a recipe!)

In the big wide world of brand-new cannabis products, we’re betting that perfume wasn’t on most people's lists of expected releases come hemp and marijuana legalization. One of the most common stereotypical problems with using weed is that it produced strong odors that are often compared to skunk, but many marijuana consumers enjoy the smell. Even if you don’t love the idea of walking around smelling like recently smoked cannabis, you might find a few versions of these perfumes that you enjoy. Luckily a few cannabis industry professionals took it upon themselves to design products involving hemp and or cannabis plant matter to create a delightful aromatic liquid that makes for an excellent replacement to traditional chemical based body spray and perfume products that are available today.

The goal of researchers was to figure out a way to utilize some of the most appealing aromas that are often natural produced by cannabis plants called terpenes. Terpenes are present in far more plants than cannabis and hemp and are most often found in fruit bearing plants and trees like cherry, mulberry, orange, grapefruit, pineapple, pine, etc. What these brilliant researchers found is that by using a concrete extraction method they could reproduce a scent that resembled a fresh and light smelling growing plant. Concrete is performed using various ways, but the majority will use a solvent such as alcohol that will slowly evaporate. Some producers will make a cannabis or hemp tea and allow the water to slowly evaporate which results in a hard brick like substance, that is then processed and added to natural perfume bases such as butter, wax, coconut oil, olive oil, or vegetable oil. Some are prepared even further with the addition of outside sourced scents that aren’t so commonly found in cannabis plants like bubble gum, or cotton candy.

There are now almost 100 different beauty lines across Canada and the United States with at least a handful of various cannabis or hemp inspired scents to choose from. Just remember to check the ingredients for purity. Now that marijuana products have grown in popularity, there are plenty of companies trying to cash in on recreating the smell rather than using cannabis products in their production. If you are looking to obtain the benefits of the bountiful cannabinoids from cannabis, you will need to use a pure product that contains as many natural oils derived from hemp or cannabis plants.

DIY-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.

Ingredients

  • cured cannabis or hemp (dry)
  • solvent of choice

Tools

  • 2 small resealable mason jars
  • 1 perfume applicator
  • cheesecloth
  • 1 eye dropper or syringe
  • 1 weed grinder
  • 1 elastic
  • cheesecloth

Instructions

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Once the extraction process is complete. you can retrieve the mason jar from storage and open it.
  5. Place one or two layers over top of the jar opening and hold them in place using an elastic.
  6. Slowly empty the solvent from the full jar into a clean empty one.
  7. Harvest the remaining oils by pouring the plant matter into a piece of cheesecloth and squeezing it until the last drops escape.
  8. 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.

Scent additions

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.

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