In a recent Sephora order, I chose Boyfriend Eau de Parfum by Kate Walsh as one of my free samples. Kate Walsh is the actress who plays Dr. Addison Montgomery on Grey's Anatomy and the spinoff show Private Practice. Boyfriend Eau de Parfum is meant to evoke the lingering scent of your boyfriend on your skin. It's a way for a woman to carry the scent of her man with her throughout the day. To bring home the point, the amber colored fragrance is housed in a bottle imprinted with various men's names (Joe, Pablo, Sebastian, John, Kevin, Rob, and Michael)
Boyfriend is a woman's scent with masculine wood tones mixed in. The inspirational notes include: dark plum, myrrh, night blooming jasmine, benzoin tears, skin musk, golden amber, and vanilla woods. In simplified terms, I would describe this as a vanilla and cedar wood scent. The scent opens with the resiny scent of myrrh and benzoin. These contribute to the masculine woodsy element of Boyfriend. However, hints of cedar-like woods often show up in women's fragrances. The choice of wood keeps the fragrance in the feminine spectrum, while the strength used makes it more masculine. The wood is followed by a considerable amount of vanilla. It's not too sweet and it's rounded out with amber. There are touches of musk and jasmine that I really have to think about to notice in the midst of an overwhelming wood scent. After drying down, the woods become cleaner and the vanilla grows a bit sweeter.
Kate Walsh's Boyfriend Eau de Parfum is a decidedly sexy scent meant for a confident woman. It succesfully accomplishes its goal of being a women's fragrance with a man's smell mixed in. As a blind smell test, I held a fragranced sheet up to Mr. Lovey's nose. He responded with 'Is this for men or women?' While the woods in Boyfriend Eau de Parfum are definitely not for me, I do appreciate its concept and execution. Thanks for reading! Have you tried Boyfriend or the new Billionaire Boyfriend? What do you think about mixing a man's scent into your perfume? Yay or nay?