Boy Smells Flor de la Virgen, which Matthew Herman, creater and co-founder of Boy Smells, says "really, really leans into this genderful, full-spectrum identity" features juicy, fruity notes of pomelo, lemon rind and fig at the top, then, there's saffron, jasmine leaves, and ivy petals at the middle, and at the base, there are more "sacred, resinous notes," and "masculine musks," like cistus, olibanum, labdanum, clear musks, and ambrox.
We are all born with a spectrum of power, feminine to masculine, and it is up to us to tap into it all. Through our lives and upbringing, we learn society’s “rules” for identity. How can we unlearn the binary, embrace our individuality, and ease the boundaries of gender to let our true natures blossom. Flor de la Virgen is a floral fragrance that launched in 2021 and was created by Gil Clavien. It features top notes of pomelo, saffron, lemon rind and fig leaf; middle notes of ivy leaves, jasmine petals and olibanum; and base notes of cistus, labdanum, clear musks and Ambrox. Flor de la Virgen is a Parfum de Cologne.
Boy Smells' Cologne de Parfum line launched after the success of their candle line. Each of the fragrances take notes often considered masculine or feminine and blends them in ways that makes them complement each other and expands them into something more. Boy Smells has always played with contrast of gender but also the juxtaposition of dissimilar notes, taking things that should be dissonant and making them harmonious. Historically, fragrances have been strictly “for men” and “for women,” with everything from the campaigns to the bottles and the scents themselves being created within the strict confines of traditional gender roles. And while the past decade has seen brands evolving beyond gendering their scents, shirking the idea altogether and deeming its fragrances “genderless,” Boy Smells is taking a slightly different route. With the arrival of Cologne de Parfum, Boy Smells aims to embrace all parts of the gender spectrum with a phrase it coined, “genderful.”
“To consider something to be genderful, I always have to have a balance of the masculine and feminine,” explains Herman. “Gone are the days of, ‘Oh, buy this fragrance and you’re going to attract a really beautiful woman,’ or ‘Buy this fragrance and you’ll have a sports car,’” explains Herman. “We really want to create scents that mix masculine and feminine together, that are as complex and layered as the identities of our customers and reflect modern identity through olfactive structures.” The fragrances from any brand can be worn by anyone, no matter how they identify, and interpreted however the wearer chooses.
“As a queer person who grew up in the ’90s, I’m still [peeling away] the layers of the onion of what my identity would have been if I had grown up in a more progressive time,” explains Herman. “Boy Smells is a little bit of a love letter to a version of myself who could have grown up as a teenager today, when there’s just so much more representation of gender fluidity and queer representation. I strongly believe identity is not a destination, but a playground where you can take a lot of different paths and explore quite a lot.”
Boy Smells Flor de la Virgen Reviews
From Fragrantica: I am a white flower lover. Jasmine is my biatch. This is a sweet, and not deeply indolic jasmine based fragrance filled with a touch of greenery, soapy musk and ambrox. The saffron imparts a three dimensional spice to the green top notes of fig leaf and ivy. The fragrance settles into a friendly sweet jasmine devoid of the sexy, smudgy dirtiness of a deeply indolic jasmine. Boy Smells is right! This is a gentle, virginal white flower fragrance (I find it quite feminine) with a nice support system of white musk and ambrox. I barely noticed the labdanum seeing as how I was overwhelmed with the sweet white floral. It has good sillage and lasted 8-10 hours on my skin. This is light and innocent with white musks and would be a good starter fragrance for someone juuuust starting to like jasmines.
From Editorialist.com: I love this fragrance. While I usually try to refrain from ever using the word “sexy,” it’s honestly the first thing that came to mind as I sat at my desk inhaling its multifaceted scent. Definitely the most “genderful” option in the collection, it’s light, complex, masculine, feminine, and modern feeling all at once thanks to an unexpected melding of fruity, musky, and floral accords. I can’t exactly put my finger on what about it I love most, I just know that we’re now in a very passionate love affair and it will have a permanent place in my fragrance collection from here on out.