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Boy is a popular perfume by Chanel for men and was released in 2016. The scent is fresh-powdery. It is still in production.

Perfumer

Olivier Polge

Fragrance Notes

Lavender, French geranium, Coumarin, Moss, Lemon, Grapefruit zest, Heliotropin, Orange blossom, Rose, Sandalwood, Vanilla, Musk

Ratings

Scent

8.0 (194 Ratings)

Longevity

7.3 (168 Ratings)

Sillage

6.7 (169 Ratings)

Bottle

8.2 (166 Ratings)
Submitted by OPomone, last update on 13.06.2019
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Versailles

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Versailles
Greatly helpful Review    24
A classic Fougère
In Les Exclusifs there are currently two fragrances named after personalities: "Misia" and "Boy". Fans of the Chanel brand are already aware that Arthur Edward "Boy" Capel (1881-1919) from 1908 until his death in 1919 was Coco Chanel's lover and financial supporter. How big the influence the Englishman Boy really had on Coco Chanel's life and thus on the fashion house Chanel, however, is less known to many. Boy is still omnipresent at Chanel. He was the man who finally turned the young woman "Coco" into Coco Chanel. It is therefore fitting when Coco Chanel himself later said about him: "He gave birth to me". Boy met the then 26-year-old seamstress in 1908 with her mutual friend, horse lover, polo player and her lover at the time, Etienne Balsan. In contrast to Balsan, Boy's family was considered 'nouveau riche', the family fortune was hardly a generation old. His British father had made his fortune with the shipping of coal, his mother, a Frenchwoman, Coco Chanel was not unlike Coco Chanel, which, apart from the similar temperaments of Coco and Boy, was probably the reason for the attraction between the two. Boy was the first to discover that Chanel was an excellent businesswoman. He quickly became not only her lover, but also a teacher and transformer. It was he who introduced Chanel to the world of the arts, philosophy, politics, music and literature, it was he who awakened her business sense, inspired her fashionably and dared to openly criticise the already scratchy Coco ["You acted badly", "You lied", "You were wrong"]. It was he to whom Chanel owed her lifelong passion for collecting the artfully crafted Asian wooden fans, the so-called Coromandeln. It was he who had Chanel's first designs from Jersey re-cut by a tailor made of tweed. It was he who opened the boutique with her in the luxury bathing resort of Deauville. It was he who brought her new customers through his social contacts. As progressive as Boy was in his thinking for that time, he ultimately subordinated his feelings to professional ambitions and his own principles. He never married Coco Chanel and maintained further relationships during the relationship and married an Englishwoman, Diana Wyndham, 'according to her rank'. During the short marriage of the character incompatible couple, Boy "shone" most of the time in absence, preferring to devote time to his lovers or professional ambitions.]

Fragrance:
If you look at the reviews of "Boy" here in the Forum, you will inevitably come across the term fougère. The first fragrance to bear the word fougère in its name was the "Fougère Royal" by Houbigant in 1882. In this family of fragrances, lavender is classically the top note, while coumarin or oakmoss are contained in the base. Coumarin is a synthetic component that can be obtained from tonka beans, for example.
How does the scent smell now? The lavender note is easily recognisable from the start and is the main protagonist throughout the fragrance. She doesn't smell old-fashioned or too woody. The fragrance, like the other fragrances in the house, has the 'typical Chanel note' that gives it elegance. The scent is embedded in sandalwood and vanilla, which make it softer, so that although it is marketed by Chanel as a men's scent, it can also be worn with ease by a woman. The coumarin note is often compared to "freshly mown grass" or "hay". In fact, it has a slightly sweet smell, which later turns into an intense, spicy aromatic fragrance. In addition, the oak moss in the base gives a slightly green undertone. When I wear the scent, I also notice that it is circulating, which means that it always returns to its original notes, repeats itself. I have compared the ingredients and structure of the historical "Fougere Royal" (1882) and "Boy" (2016). It is noticeable that "Boy" has more in common with the historical "Fougère Royale" than with other fragrances listed as modern Fougère today (e.g. Kouros, Armani Code, Eternity for Men, Azzaro Pour Homme). In this respect, the fragrance is rather a return to the roots of Fougère. Maybe the real Arthur Capel even wore the "Fougère Royale". However, this remains speculative. In summary, it can be said that "Boy" is elegant, powdery with vanilla and green undertones, spicy aromatic and smells of lavender.

Chanel: "1919, the year I woke up famous and I lost everything". Chanel mourned a double loss in 1919. She not only lost Boy in a car accident, but also suffered a miscarriage shortly before his death, as a result of which she could never have children of her own again. With the generous inheritance bequeathed to her boy in her will, she acquired the last traces he had left on this earth: the Bel Respiro holiday home, the interior of which she had painted in the company colours characteristic of today [beige and black for the roller shutters as a sign of mourning]. In summary Chanel said about him: "He was the only man I ever loved. He died. I have never forgotten him. He was the great chance of my life...He was for me my father, my brother, my whole family".

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Novalis

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Novalis
5
a perfect wedding that's not doomed to divorce.
I like lavender as a perfume, I also like lemon, grapefruit or bergamot.
I love the combination of citrus notes and lavender.
It's just great what Chanel has brought to the market.
I smell lemon, grapefruit and nice in between blown lavender or carefully laid up, rounded off by heliotrope. This wonderful interplay of citric notes with lavender is just great.
Great and really beautiful.
But incredibly extraordinary?
Not for me - especially not the price.
The individual fragrance components are now also not among the most expensive, exquisite materials.
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Duftsucht

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Duftsucht
Greatly helpful Review    15
Maybe when you're grown up, sweetie boy!
Today is Chanel test day and he leaves me strangely unsatisfied. On one arm smells Boy, a men's fragrance, which I clearly see as unisex, on the other arm Bel Respiro. Both I had already tested once and they fell into the category again extensively test - so that the better may win.
First to Boy: The lavender start had already thrilled me at the first test and even now I like the start very much. The lavender is fresh herb and not in the slightest dull or brittle. In the course of time, the fragrance quickly becomes powdery and creamy. Elegant and round, no sound too loud, no unexpected turn and certainly no corner or edge. It becomes quite floral for my nose with a hint of citrus fruits hovering over it, which provides attractive freshness over the whole time. Pleasing musk and subtle vanilla are added and the varnish is ready. And this varnish is chanelig noble.
And this is exactly where my problem with Boy lies: he seems strangely indecisive, as if he were constantly asking himself: "Who or what am I and if so, how many? The youngster has already settled on some things. He is not a risky adventurer, dirty sex is not his either, the women at his side are always perfectly dressed and never laugh too loud, he drinks his tea (of course exclusively Yin Zhen - silver needle tea) from Meißner, Augarten or the like, in his suit he definitely has a handkerchief. A trace of mannerism? Oh boy, and how!! Never brown shoes with a blue suit, never white wine with a steak, but definitely the hip red wine from the Vinery in New Zealand, which he discovered during his last holiday to fish. But then only to assure himself that in reality he is completely different....
And although he is still so young, for me he looks older than many an 80 year old, with whom I have drunk wine in my life and (of course uninhibitedly, unrestrainedly and most unamefully) laughed a lot and loudly!
Maybe, maybe, maybe, if a few years or decades have gone into the country, his face is streaked with little wrinkles, his temples have perhaps already turned a little grey and the opinion of the others no longer itches him, then maybe something could become of us. But so, sweetie boy, I have to tell you unfortunately, you are too smooth and too perfect and perhaps just a ticking boring. Sorry, lovely!
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Hajuvana 2 years ago
I agree: the drugstore aftershave got the Chanel treatment. For the price of that Brut-dude's suit you get a nice, plush drydown, though.+3
Lexa 2 years ago
I will be nicer.Starts masculine,ends feminine.Lavender ,powdery rose on the end.But i think it is a very calming scent.The price though...+3
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IanFriedrich 2 years ago
So, Chanel is tried to release N' 5 male version. Unfortunately, the powdery scent are strong which the masculine scent could not bring out+3
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OPomone 3 years ago
Olivier Polge made a powdery version of "Brut".
Why the hell should I pay €320 for this, when Brut can be found for < €15?+8
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