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Boy Smells

Sensuous, accessible and bright, Boy Smells products elevate your intimate world. Packaged in pink and conceived beyond the gender binary, our full bodied fragrances and intimate apparel make loving your identity a daily ritual.

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In late 2015, Boy Smells began as an experiment in candle-making in the Los Angeles kitchen of co-founders and partners Matthew Herman and David Kien. Herman and Kien – both fashion veterans who worked in design (Herman) and product development (Kien) – began by making the things they’d want to use on a daily basis, products that were fluid, essential, but also affordable.

Founder-invented scents like Cinderose, a union of rose and smoke, and Gardener, a compilation of tomato vine and honeysuckle, wrap traditionally masculine scents in a prettier bouquet. Burn up expectations, release clear intentions. Boy Smells candles are all developed and designed in Los Angeles with fragrance and natural oils, and proprietary all-natural coconut wax and beeswax blend. The candles are hand-poured in a reusable glass vessel and hand-labeled in Los Angeles, California.

At the end of 2017, Boy Smells launched Boy Smells, Unmentionables their first collection of intimate apparel, a new direction in the brand’s study of closeness. Made for all genders and all sizes (XS thru XXL), Boy Smells' light jersey underwear are made in Peru from luxurious Pima cotton and dyed with a palette of neo-natural colors that are skin-tone adjacent and inclusive.

Currently carried in over 750 retail locations (300 in the US alone), across 35 countries on 6 continents, with over 25 original scents in various formats and aesthetics, plus 5 Unmentionables styles.

From routines to rituals, Boy Smells renews the personal care routine by creating rituals from the otherwise mundane experience. These are moments that can be experienced by all.

Black and white portrait of founders  Matthew Herman and David Kien
A computer generated rendering of 65ml Eau de Parfum bottles on a store counter display. Yellow rose bouquet in a clear vase wrapped in a blush pouch front style brief. Against a neutral gray backdrop.

GENDERFUL™ Above Genderless

“We wanted to have products that were embracing masculine and feminine simultaneously in a simple and straight-forward way that wasn’t overtly targeted to one gender,” says co-founder, Matthew Herman. “It’s a permission to harness your power from wherever you want it.”

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HOW IT STARTED (and how it's going)

TIMELINE TIME — There's so much to tell, but maybe that's a tell-all/memoir for down the line. Here, discover some milestones that shaped and transformed Boy Smells to become the brand and business it is today.

  • Matthew Herman and David Kien experimenting with candles in the kitchen
    JULY 2015

    SIDE JOB HUSTLE

    MATTHEW AND DAVID STARTED EXPERIMENTING WITH CANDLES IN THE KITCHEN. MORE MISSES THAN HITS, BUT THE PRODUCT AND THE BRAND EVENTUALLY COME TOGETHER, CARVING OUT A NEW GENDERFUL UNIVERSE. 




  • Boy Smells fist launching website menu and six scented candles collection to shop from a variety of floral fruity herbal and woody scents
    JANUARY 2016

    INTO THE WORLD

    BOYSMELLS.COM GOES LIVE AND LAUNCHES WITH SIX CANDLES TO START WITH — KUSH, ASH, CEDAR STACK, GARDENER, PRUNUS AND NOW RETIRED, MSSR. BLANCHY. FRIENDS AND FAMILY MAKE UP THE BULK OF ONLINE SALES, AND IT’S SO APPRECIATED.




  • The building of Fortyfive ten retailer in Dallas USA, main collector of Boy Smells candles
    MAY 2016

    SUPER STORES

    INFLUENTIAL RETAILERS LIKE FORTYFIVE TEN IN DALLAS (PICTURED), TENOVERSIX IN WEST HOLLYWOOD, AND BYGEORGE IN AUSTIN PICK UP THE COLLECTION. THE BRAND GAINS FANS AND RECOGNITION ACROSS THE US.




  • JULY 2017

    15 MINUTES EXTENDED

    THE HOUSE TURNED OFFICE/WAREHOUSE APPEARS ON HOMESPACE/LIFESTYLE BRAND, THE COVETEUR, OUR FIRST MAJOR PRESS PIECE. NYLON, ELLE, VOGUE, COOL HUNTING AND GQ TO FOLLOW.




  • male models holding flowers and wearing soft cotton underwear from Boy Smells intimate loungewear collection
    NOVEMBER 2017

    GETS INTIMATE

    UNMENTIONABLES, OUR COLLECTION OF GENDERFUL INTIMATE WEAR, DEBUTS AND CONTINUES TO CONSTITUTE 15% OF ONLINE BUSINESS. SOFT COTTON JERSEY UNDERWEAR THAT SPANS FROM XS THROUGH XXL.

  • Two male friends sitting around a table with Boy Smells bag and scented candles looking at the camera with an open closet of fine fragrance bottles and papers
    OCTOBER 2018

    A REAL COMPANY

    BOY SMELLS FINALLY SCALED OUT OF THE KITCHEN AND INTO A 3,000 SQUARE FOOT OFFICE/WAREHOUSE SITUATION IN THE HEART OF THEIR NEIGHBORHOOD, PICO UNION.

    FUN FACT — THIS IS WHERE THE “BSPU” ON EACH CANDLE'S PACKAGING ORIGINATES FROM.

    BS = BOY SMELLS, PU = PICO UNION




  • Hinoki fantôme scented candle on a black rock with reddish background font
    NOVEMBER 2019

    HELLO HINOKI

    HINOKI FANTÔME DEBUTS AND BECOMES AN IMMEDIATE HIT. THIS REMAINS A BEST SELLING SCENT TO DATE.




  • Kacey Musgraves holding Slow Burn scented candle in collaboration with Boy Smells
    FEBRUARY 2020

    BURN IN A HURRY

    SLOW BURN, THE COLLABORATION WITH KACEY MUSGRAVES DEBUTS TO MAJOR FANFARE, BECOMES A BEST SELLER AND ARGUABLY, THE UNOFFICIAL CANDLE OF THE “WFH” YEAR OF 2020. 




  • Five fine fragrance bottles Boy Smells cologne de parfum with tantrum, violet ends, rose load, suede pony, and flor de la virgen scents
    MARCH 2021

    WRIST SPRITZ

    COLOGNE DE PARFUM, THE GENDERFUL FINE FRAGRANCE COLLECTION, FINALLY DEBUTS WITH 5 ALL-NEW SCENTS, AFTER YEARS AND YEARS OF TESTING AND EXPLORING FRAGRANCES FROM ALL OVER.




  • Nordstrom department store in pink filter
    APRIL 2021

    BIG ROLL OUT

    A LARGE ASSORTMENT OF BOY SMELLS CANDLES ROLLS OUT TO ALL 100 NORDSTROM DOORS, COMPLETED BY THE END OF 2021. COLOGNE DE PARFUM WILL BE A BEAUTY FLOOR FIXTURE AT 30 HIGH TRAFFIC NORDSTROM LOCATIONS.




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