Boy Smells Tantrum is a new aromatic unisex fragrance. Matthew Herman, creator and co-founder of Boy Smells, says: Tantrum is "explosively green." There's both green and black peppercorn, mint, galbanum, orris, and mate — and all these splintering textured wood notes like sandalwood, vetiver, Virginia cedarwood, and ambrox. The overall vibe is very spicy, and very green, but still very modern. "It's almost like a punk version of an Italian summer cologne," Herman says. “It’s bratty, but in the best way possible.”
Speak your truth and shatter expectations. Tantrum is an explosively green cocktail, demanding to be heard. It is an aromatic fragrance that launched in 2021 and was created by Clement Gavarry. Tantrum features top notes of bergamot, mint leaf, green peppercorn and galbanum; middle notes of orris, mate, tagete (marigold) and sandalwood; and base notes of vetiver, Virginian cedarwood and Ambrox. It 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 Tantrum Reviews
From Fragrantica: Remember Demeter Tomato Fragrance, or better yet, Green Spell Eris Parfums? Tantrum is along the same lines with a flood of wet tomato leaves and orris. First, let me get one thing straight: I love the scent of tomatoes on the vine. The greenery, the unripe fruit just make me giddy. It means summer to me. Full disclosure: I hate mint. Mint usually floods my receptors with the thought of toothpaste and dentistry. But this is a light peppermint top note that is gracefully fleeting. Upon first spritz, it fades into the blast of tomato leaf and pepper. It is brilliant and bracing and deep. Sniff long and hard; cedar & vetiver supports the tomato while a touch of almost unnoticeable sandalwood lends its sweetness to that in-your-face tomato. The orris provides the dew on the tomato leaves and rounds out the fragrance. Sillage is 5/10 and it lasts about 5-7 hours on my skin.
From Editorialist.com: Dangerous. That’s the best word I can come up with to describe this insanely intoxicating fragrance. As someone who’s always been drawn to more masculine-skewing scents, I immediately fell in love with Tantrum’s layers of textured wood and peppery green notes. It’s a bit spicy and warm while still feeling really fresh and modern. It’s the type of fragrance I would imagine Rihanna wearing. I have nothing to base this on, it just signals that level of cool confidence.