Kate Walsh from Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice fame is behind this fragrance and she tried to recreate a man’s scent on a woman. Kate had broken up with her boyfriend and realized she missed his smell so that inspired her to create this fragrance. I love that she has a pretty unique concept for a celebrity fragrance. We’re all guilty of reveling in his scent after he has left, right? Years ago in high school in Portugal, every time I smelled Drakar Noir, I’d stop what I was doing and turn around in the hopes that he was walking in the room but the joke was on me! Every guy and his dad wore Drakar Noir back then.
Fast forward 15 years later and I completely understand the motivation behind this fragrance and this Boyfriend Kit is the most adorable set ever. Is it not? This Boyfriend Kit retails for $95 and includes a 0.50oz Eau de Parfum, a 0.16oz Pulse Point Oil mini, a 1.0oz Dry Oil mini, a 1.6oz Body Creme mini and a votive in mini traincase. It has everything you need to layer the fragrance on the skin and surround yourself with it in your home. Almost everything in this set is sold individually except the candle, which I wish was available individually because I wouldn’t mind picking up a larger version of it.
So how does it smell? I think it’s a beautifully warm, woody oriental fragrance. It is definitely the kind of fragrance I love wearing during these cold, chilly winter days. It has notes of plum, myrrh, jasmin, benzoin, musk, amber and vanilla. It opens with a little sweetness but that fades away pretty quickly and the woody notes come into focus and take over for the duration of the fragrance’s wear. You don’t need much with this fragrance, a spritz or two is literally all you need because it is heady and full. It has good silage and is long wearing. You won’t need to layer this fragrance, but you can.
If you like sweet floral or fruity fragrances, this is not for you. This is a “must love woodsy notes” type of fragrance. If you’re familiar with Marc Jacobs Bang, I find it brings this fragrance to mind. If you’re open to this type of fragrance, give it a try, it might just become your new Boyfriend.