Back home my suspicions are confirmed. Parfum de Cannabis is all over the place: It starts as a gentle floral, but quickly intensifies, showing both fruity (exotic, like pineapple and papaya) and gourmand (candied apple, sugar, cotton candy, vanilla) aspects. In the background there is a mildly spicy accent I can’t quite identify, although I’d swear I’ve smelled it before. The grand awfulness of the scent is further underscored by the atrocious synthetic smell that prevails from the moment it is first sprayed on. This does not smell like a perfume in fact, but something entirely chemical, used to mask and sanitize other, far more offensive scents, like a public restroom spray in fact. Living in a country where a simple walk down the center of the capital will undoubtedly be peppered by the “fragrant” clouds of smoked weed on any given day or night of the year, I am intensely familiar with the awful smell, and can’t imagine why any perfume would like to use it as a note, however I would be lying if I said I wasn’t curious. Well, to add insult to injury, there is not even the slightest whiff of the promised cannabis, but you already suspected that, didn’t you? Yeah, me too, but hope dies last.
Bottom line is, don’t fall for this little memento if you visit Amsterdam. It is overpriced and not worth it at any level. However, do pay a visit to the little perfumery as Parfum de Cannabis is not all it sells. In fact, the tiny little space of Parfumerie Laurent is full of discontinued as well as vintage perfumes. The space is small and the stock is big, so as things get bought more things regularly appear. Here you can find forgotten perfumes by Charles Jourdan, Courréges, Faconnable, Gigli, Jean Couturier, Marbert, Fragonard and all manner of other once well known names that can’t be found easily elsewhere. The address is Gravenstraat 26 in the center of Amsterdam, close to the Dam Square.
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