Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Smoke for the Soul Review

Smoke for the Soul opens with the smouldering scent of birch tar offset by a bright citrus accord that incorporates a fresh, methyl pamplemousse-type grapefruit synth. This is infused by the camphorous, herbal vapours of eucalyptus which introduce a sweet-n-spicy green heart with vetiverish tones. As the phenolic aspects begin to recede, the perfume takes on a more familiar character of slightly damp peppery woods (Cashmeran etc) and musks, with some vanillic / benzoinic and ambery sweetness.
The publicity for the scent mentions cannabis, but truly, it smells nothing like ganja. That said, it is one of the better releases from the house in recent times.

Nose: Fabrice Pellegrin
House: By Kilian
Release date: 2014
Notes (per Fragrantica): eucalyptus, grapefruit, tobacco, mate, birch, cashmirwood, cannabis, cardamom. 


  1. The cannabis note in this creation reminds me very much of the one in "L'Eau Guerrière" by Parfumérie Générale.


  2. Hi Petra,
    I'm familiar with L'Eau Guerrière only in name, so I'll have to check it out some time. So far, I've yet to come across a truly convincing cannabis note in perfumery.
    Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

    1. Hello L,

      I have recently tried Antonio Alessandria's "Nuit Rouge", where I detected another Ganja interpretation in the head note.

      This perfume from Mr. Alessandria's line appealed the most to me.

      How about a review on this scent as well? The one you wrote about "Noir Obscur" I liked very much.


  3. Hi Petra,

    I think I have a sample of Nuit Rouge so I'll see what I can do. Thank you for your kind words and for stopping by.
    Best wishes,