I was a fragrance neophyte. I knew what I liked and I bought it. I didn't realize that in the fragrance world, scents get discontinued for ... no reason whatsoever.
I loved and will always love Yves Roche Neonatura Cocoon, but it is no more. A year ago, when I went to buy it, it was gone. You could purchase outrageously marked up bottles on ebay, but that's not my style. My style is to do some research and find a substitute. Reading the fragrance board on this site, and a few others on the Internet, I discovered that Boyfriend was a very close dupe of Cocoon. I had my doubts, but so many agreed that it was.
Now I can add my agreement to theirs. It is not an exact match, but close enough. They are siblings if not twins. The same dry notes are there and that is all I wanted: a dry, resinous perfume that is androgynous and uncommon. I'm happy with it. If you love Cocoon, try this.
One of the few fragrances I have repurchased. I'm on my fourth bottle. But the only places to find it have been HSN and Sephora. Sephora's prices are higher than HSN, and it has all but disappeared off HSN's website. Is this being discontinued?
What's a substitute if it is?
Never tried the Billionaire Boyfriend version, but that seems on is way out too.
No hesitation here, this starts out smelling like a masculine fragrance. Give it to its dry down and you have the yin-yang of the female and male existence of perfumery. Cosmic life explained in a bottle. (How thoughtful of Kate Walsh.) The coming together of two opposites in one bottle that you can now apply onto yourself without the benefit of "him" being there. Never really needing "him" takes on a whole new meaning. Or, you can think of pining for "him" through the purchase of a perfume that reminds you of "him" but it's not "his" its's "yours" because its marketed for women, its just another ad campaign for suckers, rather, I mean consumers. I get this sad image of lonely people crying, sniffing their generic smelling wrist because it reminds them of "him". Really? There's a world of perfumes out there for you ladies, just for you, designed to make you feel good, designed to work with your body chemistry and evoke positive thoughts. Not evoke images of "Michael, John, Rob, Steven, Kevin, Joe, Josh, Sebastian, Brian, Robert, Pablo..." which are the names emblazoned on the bottle. Of her former boyfriends. Yes, the concept is amusing. But it falls short of bringing in the sexual aura needed that might have hit this one out of the ballpark. Had it been reminiscent of a vis-a-vis romp with any of the notes in its composition, then the sensuality and rawness would have made Boyfriend complete. Otherwise, it falls flat as simply spraying a small amount of your significant others' favorite fragrance on to remind you of them. Save your money and do that instead. The plum seems to be the highlight with a slight musk while the woods surround the entire composition. Florals, none. The myrhh lies low and intermingles with the woods as one would expect with a man's fragrance. There is a rich deepness bringing to mind vanilla, more like gingerbread that appears for awhile and wraps the fragrance together. Not long-lasting, not short either, just middle of the road. Stays close to the skin. If you really feel you must wear this, it's a choice to wear in the evening at home or at leisure while relaxing. Definitely sample before you buy to see how you enjoy a fragrance that starts out with a male top and ends with a female bottom. Oh yeah, wouldn't that be called submissive? And that's what buying a bottle called "Boyfriend" reminds me of....
Fragrance Notes: Musk, Amber, Myrhh, Plum, Woodsy Notes, Lily-Of-The-Valley.
I am not one to usually go for such rich, musky scents, but I ABSOLUTELY love this. It is kind of weird at first smell but, for some reason, on me it is amazing. Maybe my body chemistry just loves it that much. I never smell like an old man. I think it smells sexy and womanly, with a bit of power to it. But that's just me!
Oh, man! I haven't written a review for years, but this fragrance needs a review from me. I'm a connoisseur of musk and skank, and I've got some of the best...Black Cahsmere by Donna Karan, some of the Montale fragrances, Rasa-X Extreme by Ava Lux, Perfect Night by Bella Bellisima, Yves Saint Laurent's Nu, Serge Lutens Muscs Koublai Khan (a lightweight compared to Boyfriend), and Narciso Rodriguea Musc for Her. This one is so smooth, and with a lovely sweet note...it can be worn in polite company. My hubby likes it, but it's not for him...this one's for me...tiltallating and sexy. A skin scent that keeps on giving. Does it smell like man? Yes! It smells like aftersex and is highly animalic. Compelling and perfect...maybe the best Dirty frangrance I've had the pleasure of wearing.
From Sephora (where I picked this up): "Boyfriend combines muguet, dark plum, myrrh, and night blooming jasmine to create a seductive floral fragrance. Topped off with amber and woody musk."
I love Boyfriend when it's Fall/Winter and I want someting wood/amber/musk (with no vanilla). However, normally I like my woody fragrances to be mixed with vanilla, and this one has none -- it's just straight-up woody/amber/musk, to my nose -- and I don't smell any of the other notes listed below:
Fragrance notes, per parfumo.net:
Ambergris, Woody notes, Jasmine, Lily-of-the-valley, Musk, Myrrh, Plum
There is a bit of sweetness and also a lightly resiny quality. Right now, it's late Sept but still warm where I live. I can't wait until it gets cool -- Boyfriend is one of the several I'll pull out and start wearing. I think it's a really good woody fragrance, with enough femininity in the notes that it doesn't smell like you're wearing a men's cologne. Perfect for Fall/Winter.
The scent is by actress Kate Walsh from the TV shows "Grey's Anatomy" and "Private Practice". I like original Boyfriend a lot, but I didn't like her Billionaire Boyfriend flanker at all, which is a lighter, more citrusy version.
Boyfriend is a delicious light wood, very sweet, boozy fragrance. Orange liqueur and fresh-cut wood? Big sillage. Very wearable for casual occasions. I smell this fragrance on women when I'm out and about doing errands more than any other fragrance these days (2013). Boyfriend is what Ambush used to be in the mid-1960s.
I have never smelled a worse perfume. I was so disappointed. I was hoping it would smell like my husbands shirt after he wears it, like it was advertised, but it missed the mark.
I'm not surprised by the mixed reviews for this fragrance. I think it's a love it or hate it scent. After I first sprayed it on, I gave it about 2 minutes and smelled my hand. I couldn't get enough of it. I shopped for another half hour and still couldn't take my nose away from my hand. Bought it immediately. I hardly ever do this. This is warm and spicy, and quite strong, so a gentle application is a must. It's slightly masculine, but it makes me feel powerful and confident. I love it, and I can't wait for fall, as I think this is too warm and spicy for summer. I also think this would be more appealing to older women as it is reminiscent of 70s and 80s scents, and it is definitely nowhere near the fruity florals that younger women love. Try before you buy!
I got a sample from Sephora so I finally tried it. It was weird to me. I don't think a man would want his woman to smell like this at all. My mother happened to come over so I had her smell it on me. She said it smelled like a perfume Aunt Marian used to wear. Aunt Marian is 80 something. Needless I will not be buying this.