How the Boy Smells Kush Fragrances Compare to the Candles — Review

It’s been six years since Boy Smells took the stank of cannabis leaf and turned it into an olfactory dream with its Kush candle, which remains a best seller to this day. In 2021, founders Matthew Herman and David Kien expanded the brand into the fine fragrance realm, and since then, it’s been hit after hit. 

Its Tantrum scent from the original drop nabbed a Best of Beauty Award and subsequent releases, like Marble Fruit (another best seller) have also been well-received. The eau de parfums they put out were all-new creations, but in December 2021, the brand finally launched a fragrance based on one of its candles, the beloved Hinoki Fantôme. On April 12, Boy Smells dropped three more scents inspired by its candles, this time looking to the ever-popular Kush collection.

Since the Kush candle’s 2016 launch, Herman and Kien have added four permanent flankers to the mix: Purple, Italian, Cashmere, and Cowboy. The latter three they reimagined as eau de parfums for this new fragrance collection. As someone who has burned all three Kush candles in her home, I was looking forward to seeing — or rather, smelling — how they compared to the originals. Turns out, they’re pretty spot-on for the most part.

Boy Smells’s commitment to the inherent gender-neutral nature of scent continues with this range, starting with Cashmere Kush ($98). This one, I would say, deviated the most from the original, which happens to be my favorite. Instead of pot leaf, which the very first iteration of the Kush candle employed, Cashmere uses pot flower to play off the other floral notes in it. 

The fragrance version’s still got that pot flower note, but it comes just after the rhubarb, pink peppercorn, and fresh aldehydes that you get upon first spritz. You’ll still find the tulip, powdery musk, vetiver, and cashmere wood in here, but in comparison to the candle, this one is slightly less powdery, sweet, and flowery to me. It’s divine, yes, but doesn’t skew as feminine as the original. Of the three, this one had the least intense sillage and would be good for someone who likes to wear their scents closer to the skin. 

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