From The Mouths of Husbands...Mr Colombina Reviews Fresh Cannabis Santal
When my wife, the lovely Colombina suggested I give this review thing another go, I thought she was kidding when she suggested Cannabis Santal. (by Fresh … Prince of Belair … I think she said).
I suspect though, that whoever the perfumer is …it is actually just a front for some Colombian perfume cartel.
OK, so I knew what Cannabis was … and for the life of me … couldn’t figure out why anyone would want to smell like bong water …or as they say in the perfume world … “Eau de Bong.”
But before I began, I wondered what Santal meant.
(time to Google)
The “Santals” are one of the largest ethnic groups in India apparently. So was I to expect a scent combining the smells of India? Perhaps a curry?
With my first sniff … and as you may know from my last post, I am olfactory-challenged … I again locked in just on the smell of alcohol. Cannabis, alcohol and a curry? Sounds like a good weekend with the Gallagher Brothers of Oasis fame.
I then discovered that Santal is also the name of a popular range of fizzy fruit drinks in Italy, Portugal, Brazil and Australia. Confused, I asked the Mrs. And she told me Santal was French for Sandalwood.
Sniff number two and I began to get past the alcohol smell and my spidey senses detected something sweet and fruit-like ….well like a fizzy fruit drink actually.
Noted in its absence, was the smell of cannabis!
No contact high, no light-headedness, no desire to play air guitar and talk like Jeff Spicoli, no late-night search for cheese nips and other munchies. Clearly this was a case of false advertising.
I began to think of who they could use as an advertising spokesperson. Unfortunately Bob Marley is dead. Cheech and Chong seem too obvious!
What about Bill Clinton? How could you trust him to endorse the perfume if he never inhales it? How about Ricky Williams of the Miami Dolphins? “I failed my urine test again but really …it was only because of my cologne!”
I also now wondered if Cannabis Santal was available in various grades of quality (and what their associated street values would be). Was there a Maui-Wowwee version? A home-grown Alaska-windowbox skunk version?
OK, time to digress …
Cannabis is a genus of flowering plant that includes one or more species. The plant is believed to have originated in the mountainous regions just north-west of the Himalayas in India. AHA …the Santals must have something to do with this!
Though it could also come from Northern Africa. It is also known as hemp, although this term usually refers to cannabis cultivated for non-drug use. As a drug it usually comes in the form of dried flowers (marijuana), resin (hashish), or various extracts collectively referred to as hash oil.
Sandalwood ...is … well just a wood …and not good fodder for cheeky comments so I won’t say so much about it.
Getting back to the scent …
It is highly (pardon the pun) wearable and very pleasant. All kidding on the name aside, I would recommend it (and even wear it) though I think it could be a wee bit overpowering if you put on too much.
Though the cannabis won’t give you the munchies per se … I did feel a slight bit peckish from the food smells. I am guessing there was either a cocoa or vanilla bean kind of smell and as I mentioned earlier … fruit (Kind of like tangerines).
To be honest, I half expected it smell like POT pourri.
Surely my wife will tell me I’m from Mars and am just imagining those smells from ingredients that aren’t really there. That it’s just rose oil or some such. But that’s what MY nose tells me and I’m sticking with it.
DID YOU KNOW?
(Courtesy of: http://www.illuminati-news.com)
* All schoolbooks were made from hemp or flax paper until the 1880s.
* It was LEGAL TO PAY TAXES WITH HEMP in America from 1631 until the early 1800s.
* REFUSING TO GROW HEMP in America during the 17th and 18th Centuries WAS AGAINST THE LAW! You could be jailed in Virginia for refusing to grow hemp from 1763 to 1769.
* George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and other founding fathers GREW HEMP. Jefferson smuggled hemp seeds from China to France then to America.
* Benjamin Franklin owned one of the first paper mills in America and it processed hemp. Also, the War of 1812 was fought over hemp. Napoleon wanted to cut off Moscow's export to England.
* For thousands of years, 90% of all ships' sails and rope were made from hemp. The word 'canvas' is Dutch for cannabis.
* 80% of all textiles, fabrics, clothes, linen, drapes, bed sheets, etc. were made from hemp until the 1820s with the introduction of the cotton gin.
* The first Bibles, maps, charts, Betsy Ross's flag, the first drafts of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were made from hemp.
* The first crop grown in many states was hemp. 1850 was a peak year for Kentucky producing 40,000 tons. Hemp was the largest cash crop until the 20th Century.
* Oldest known records of hemp farming go back 5000 years in China, although hemp industrialization probably goes back to ancient Egypt.
* Rembrants, Gainsboroughs, Van Goghs as well as most early canvas paintings were principally painted on hemp linen.
* In 1916, the U.S. Government predicted that by the 1940s all paper would come from hemp and that no more trees need to be cut down. Government studies report that 1 acre of hemp equals 4.1 acres of trees. Plans were in the works to implement such programs;
* Quality paints and varnishes were made from hemp seed oil until 1937. 58,000 tons of hemp seeds were used in America for paint products in 1935;
* Henry Ford's first Model-T was built to run on hemp gasoline and the CAR ITSELF WAS CONTRUCTED FROM HEMP! On his large estate, Ford was photographed among his hemp fields. The car, 'grown from the soil,' had hemp plastic panels whose impact strength was 10 times stronger than steel.