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Daniel Berman

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MALIN + GOETZ Cannabis Perfume Oil

Truly an aroma made for Cannabis enthusiasts.

A scent described as “defiantly naughty,” Cannabis finally made its way into a luxury perfume! The roll-on perfume oil by Malin + Goetz strikes me as a modern answer to androgynous scents. The spicy smell reminds me of the way smoke clings to your clothing, with top notes of bergamot combined with base notes of sweet sandalwood and patchouli. Truly an aroma made for those who partake. 

At first glance yes, this hemp-derived product is expensive. But all perfume worth its salt (and humanely made) is going to cost you. I love this product compared to perfume spray bottles because it fits perfectly in a small to-go bag or purse, and travels well. The roll-on perfume won’t leak and you can reapply when needed. Moral of the story: Buy expensive perfume you can take with you everywhere. 

I love that this perfume oil comes in a glass container with minimal packaging. The less plastic in the world the better. 

Finally! Maybe one of the positives about 2020 is removing constructs around gendered perfume scents – and I’m here for it. In this brave new world, a woman or man can smell like whatever the hell they want because smells do not have genders! With that said, this aroma is spicy – similar to what I would traditionally associate with a masculine scent. At first, I was hesitant, but after the smell settled into my skin the sandalwood and bergamot were warm and aromatic. Again, this smell is androgynous – meaning it’s made for women and men alike – no stuffy gender norms here, thank you. 

Unlike traditional spray perfumes, this perfume oil is rolled onto the skin during application. I enjoy the direct contact, allowing me to pinpoint where I place the scent on my skin, rather than my clothing. The scent is incredibly herbaceous upon application, but then settles into a sweet smokiness that is refreshingly unique. 

There is no real therapeutic value to this perfume oil, other than aromatherapy. But perfume oils are like smelly serums that keep your skin hydrated. I love the roll-on application and how soft the oil leaves your skin after application. If anything, support companies who do not gender perfumes based on what smells ‘feminine’ or ‘masculine,’ and instead make luxury Cannabis perfume oil for everybody. I can cheers to that. 

This article was originally published in the June 2020 issue of Northwest Leaf.

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