a journey of the senses by FLACONNEUR
CANNABIS SANTAL – 2006 – ♂
Classification: Woody Floral Musk
Top: Bergamot, Brazilian Orange, Black Plum
Heart: Patchouli, Cannabis Accord, Rose
Base: Dark chocolate, Vanilla Musks, Vetiver
Perfumer: Caroline Sabas
Price: $80 for 100 ml bottle
Fresh was founded in 1991 by Lev Glazman and Alina Royberg. This team has created some very interesting fragrances, with a concentration on using natural ingredients. Cannabis Santal was created for Fresh by perfumer Caroline Sabas of Givaudan. She is responsible for Britney Spears Midnight Fantasy, Glow by J. Lo and CK Free Blue by Calvin Klein. Sabas seems to have her creative energy aimed directly at what is young and popular. Cannabis Santal encompasses some of these culturally trendy elements, but leans more towards a fresh, woody fragrance with a slightly musky fringe.
Cannabis Santal lifts off with bright, fresh citrus blend of bergamot and orange. The true star of this opening act is black plum. The plum in Cannabis Santal is sweet, overly ripe and almost candied, but a perfect complement to the tart citrus start. As the plum note subsides, a patchouli heart enters with a green, light, fresh and vibrant quality, and not at all heavy or dank. The cannabis accord enables Cannabis Santal to have a wonderful aromatic freshness with a woody core. So far, Cannabis Santal is a perfect masculine combination of fresh and woody. This continues right through the heart to the premier of a subtle and soft rose note. Rose is always a safe flower choice for a men’s fragrance and an interesting partner for such unlikely components. The rose here is well-mannered and polite, with a spicy and pure quality. The base of Cannabis Santal introduces a delectable dark chocolate with bitter nuances. This note is not overly stated but a very nice reference. The vanilla lays very quietly in the base with just enough presence to suggest something nutty, and a great combination with the woody heart. There is a clean suggestion made in the base, but not overpoweringly so. Grassy vetiver complements the green factor and completes Cannabis Santal’s surprisingly fresh persona.
My lovely Italian friend, Carla, insisted that I try Cannabis Santal and I’m glad I took her suggestion. I’m not completely sure I would have sought out this fragrance for myself based on note structure alone. I found Cannabis Santal a very pleasant surprise and a bit addicting. There was nothing in my collection that even came close to the harmonious sweetness and fresh green quality Cannabis Santal had to offer. Fresh’s creation is the perfect answer for a warm weather day. Cannabis Santal is great worn solo, but if you really want to experiment with an interesting combination, try wearing Cannabis Santal layered with another great fragrance from Fresh, Hesperides. The duo is delightful.