It was only a matter of time before cannabis-tinged perfume became a thing. They say it takes three to make a trend, so after covering New York-based designer Wendy Nichol’s first foray into scent, which she says has notes of marijuana, we won’t call it that just yet. Then again, more are only imminent. For the moment, let’s focus on one of the originals: Kilian, a niche brand known for their sexy way with perfume.
With names like Good Girl Gone Bad, Playing with the Devil and Beyond Love, Prohibited, Kilian’s philosophy is clear: Luxury can—and should—be dangerous, and ultra-nice things ought to be a little naughty. Enter what might be the 10-year-old label’s most appealing perfume. Smoke for the Soul was launched in 2014, but it feels particularly relevant right about now.
Notes of eucalyptus, pink grapefruit, cardamom and cashmere woods blend together for what they describe as “aromatic leathery harmony.” But the most important element in this unisex scent is “bitter psychotropic tobacco,” or as they subtly suggest, a refined take on the waft of cannabis smoke. The result is subversive and a little addictive, the packaging is inspired by vintage cigar cases, naturally, and all of Kilian’s French-made flacons are intended to be refilled so this could technically last a lifetime. Unlike that vape pen you just bought.
Available at Kilian for $275 for 1.7 ounces.