Boy Smells create highly spirited, full-bodied scents for the genderful. Hand poured in Los Angeles, Boy Smells candles are a blend of beeswax, coconut oil and imaginative fragrance; beautiful and rich–burning. Each scent has notes plucked from a personal catalogue of olfactory memories. Both familiar and unexpected. Sensuous, accessible and bright, Boy Smells products elevate your intimate world to make loving your identity a daily ritual.
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It was love at first sight. Visually arresting, Boy Smells captured our attention direct from their instagram feed. Things only got better when we had a chance to nose dive into their scents; we love their ability to play with traditional fragrances and deliver smells that deserve to be shared.
How to use Boy Smells candles
- For optimal burning, trim your wick to 1/4″ before each lighting to avoid smoking and overheating.
- Always protect the surface on which the candle sits.
- The first burn of any candle should be long enough for the entire top layer of wax to liquefy. This will ensure an even burn for each light.
- Refrain from burning candles longer than 3 hours at a time, and never burn a candle when there is less than 1cm of wax at the base.
- Never leave a candle burning unattended or within reach of drafts, pets, or small children.
- Candle jar will be hot after burning, so allow the wax to cool completely before handling
- Once the flame is extinguished make sure the wick is upright and centered.
Boy Smells Reviews
"Who needs a boyfriend when you can get a coconut and beeswax candle that smells just like one? The Kush scent features notes of cannabis, suede, white musk, tulip and amber and comes in a stylish black tumbler. Light up for a perfect night in."
"Help your friend take a break from the holiday candle rotation and mix it up with florals, bright notes of cannabis, and brushed suede. It's one that can be burned all year long."
"Don’t be put off by the images of unwashed clothes and dirty plates that the words “boy smells” might bring to mind: this Los Angeles-founded brand is all about creating scents that are neither masculine nor feminine. LES is the perfect example, as it’s named after the French plural article that’s used for both men and women. It smells fruity and ripe, with blackcurrants and peach blossom, plus cardamom and cedar for warmth."
"This offering from hip new candle brand on the block, Boy Smells, is just the scent to cosy up with as the nights draw in. With notes of rose, tuberose, oakmoss and smoke, it’s deliciously moreish and ridiculously sensual."
"This brand is everywhere right now — the internet, my desk — because it honestly has it all: a solid range of nontraditional scents (it's first, and arguably most popular, is Kush, lol); not-super-expensive prices, and packaging that all but begs you to take a photo."
"When it comes to which Boy Smells scent to give, James-Williams likes Kush: “It’s warm, romantic, and captivating with a smoky finish,” she says."
"Trendy Los Angeles candle company Boy Smells go for unusual and intoxicating blends, often using cannabis flowers to create unique scents. We love the Hinoki Fantôme candle which features smoky Japanese cypress and jasmine petals and comes with a more affordable price tag than most luxury candles."
"This company launched just three years ago, but there’s no doubt you recognize that colorful square label. Its unique scents, like this top-rated cannabis flower one, definitely make an impact when lit in any room. Not into the kush? Boy Smells has plenty of other botanical, floral, fruity, and woody fragrances."
"Playful candle company, Boy Smells, sells a scent for our most playful giftees — with a scent that's described as green, bright, and delicate as cannabis flowers and brushed suede."
"Romantic gifts for him - whether he ends up using it regularly or not, this candle is sure to make him crack a smile. "
"This warm, woodsy candle also contains bay leaf and crushed peppercorn for maximum cabin vibes."
"This candle by gender-fluid brand Boy Smells recalls the smell of that most potent weed beloved of rappers from the West Coast. Regardless of your own stance on the old wacky tobaccy, it’s an immensely inviting scent that blends balances out the aroma of cannabis with suede, white musk, tulip and amber."
"Inspired by New York City's Lower East Side, this hand poured candle is eclectic and non-binary, appealing to a range of scent preferences."
"Having boy smells written on the side of your candle might put you off, but DO NOT let it. This 100 per cent coconut and beeswax delight presents a new take on the festive season with spiced notes of cardamom, moss and cinnamon leaf mingling with rose water and cedarwood. It’s a spicey, woody scent that will transport you to a secluded log cabin, even if you’re in a flat in the city."
"Love the fragrance of a lush forest? Bring the smell of the great outdoors, well, indoors with this chic candle that has notes of firewood, charcoal, and palo santo. This guy also has up to 55 glorious hours of burn time."
"Boy Smells is one of those brands that's always selling out—and for good reason! The brand's aesthetically pleasing packaging and reasonable price point make this purchase a no-brainer."
"This glossy tumbler is filled with complex scents of firewood, smoke, charcoal, palo santo, hay, and juniper berry."
"The original Kush candle was actually the first-ever Boy Smells product, and it continues to be the brand's top seller, thanks to its elevated take on cannabis-inspired fragrance. It combines notes of cannabis flowers and tulip with brushed suede and amber for a grounded, warm, ever-so-slightly floral scent."
"A trio of exquisite candles from LA-based, CH favourite Boy Smells, the Rituals Votive Set includes scents both old and new. From the cedar and cinnamon leaf of BROKEN ROSARY, to the rhubarb and juniper of DE NÎMES and the jasmine and moss of best-seller HINOKI FANTÔME, these fragrances create warm, rich fragrances for the cold of winter months."
"This is a proper woody, smoky scent, with tobacco, pepper and cedarwood notes, but elevated and accentuated by juniper and white musk. The result is a slightly more feminine, sweeter take on the log fire candle. The scent fills the room within 20 minutes of lighting."
"Not as summery as oranges and other citrus scents, fig notes are a bit more woody and great for fall weather. Combined with vanilla, oakmoss, and plum, this five-star-rated candle is a must-grab for the season."
"We’ve been obsessed with Boy Smells since Kush — a weed-inspired scent that somehow smells way better than your college dorms — so we knew we’d love its limited edition holiday releases just as much. As deliciously fragrant as they are photogenic (the dusty pink label against a cherry red jar is so satisfying), we can’t get over the woodchipper-meets-mulled wine scent of Cedar Stack."
"The candle we called the next status candle is sure to please even the most discerning giftee. While you really can’t go wrong when it comes to picking any of its scents, former Strategist senior editor Margaret Rhodes is partial to the St. Al, which has notes of sandalwood, clay, clove flower, oud, and ylang-ylang."
"If you can’t light up legally, the next best thing is lighting this Kush candle, from LA-based, Boy Smells. The candle features notes of cannabis, suede, white musk, tulip and amber; it’s at-once dank yet delicate."
"There's always room for headstrong Leo to reevaluate and elevate leadership strategies, especially during this summer season. Let outside inspiration help shape your path forward and draw strength from a bold scent of spicy ginger, grapefruit, and tanned leathers (named after adventurous French colonist from the 1870s, Paul Blanchy)."
"Set the vibe for your next yoga practice or meditation session with this blended beeswax and coconut wax candle with a braided cotton wick. It comes ready-to-gift in an embossed matte pink carton and once the scent of cannabis, suede, white musk, and amber burns, the glossy black glass tumbler is reusable as a chic desk accessory."
"By offbeat Los Angeles brand Boy Smells, which focuses on masculine scents. Described as a ‘modern, smoky scent’, it’s made of the essence of dry hay, firewood, smoke and charcoal, with notes of juniper berries. It smells like that slightly sharp, addictive, smoky scent of a bonfire. The juniper makes it smell like pepper, pine cones and freshly-cut grass. Reminds me of summer nights and crackling campfires. It’s much nicer than sniffing the embers of a fire. "
"This festively packaged votive trio from cult-favorite candle brand Boy Smells is an ideal holiday gift to have on hand for that person you forgot about. I mean, who doesn't love a chic candle?"
"For scents that will ease you into relaxation mode, look to Boy Smells – the Broken Rosary candle is a dream."
"The notes include cannabis, suede, white musk, tulip, and amber —aka the makeup of all bad boys. If Jake Ryan, Daniel Cleaver, and Jess Mariano could take candle form it would be in Boy Smells' Kush candle."
"A universally appreciated gift for anyone on your gifting list, Boy Smells is the LA-born gender neutral perfume house you need on your radar. In time for the holiday season, the brand has unveiled a trio of three candles formulated entirely from natural, eco-friendly and cruelty-free ingredients and are gently scented with addictive aromas. Housed in a chic colourful array of votives, you can certainly see why these candles are a favourite among the Instagram crowd. The first is a new scent from the label, Broken Rosary - a woody fragrance with notes of cedarwood, orris and rose water, followed by the limited-edition re-release of De Nimes with eucalyptus, almond and violet and the best-selling Hinoki Fantome with a blend of resin, hinoki, cardamom and jasmine."
"This one actually smells a lot more sophisticated than the name suggests – think more winter forest than a teenage boy's bedroom. The black and pink votive will look good next to that Nirvana poster, though. "
"James-Williams recommends Kush from statusy candle brand Boy Smells, which she first encountered while shopping at Kith and bought immediately after. This candle is a heady mix of cannabis, suede, and amber, which gives it an intoxicating warm scent. “It’s been on constant rotation,” she says, and likes that it leaves a scent impression on the room long after you blow it out."
"The candle brand of partners David Kien and Matthew Herman, Boy Smells deals in the more sensual, intimate side of room fragrance. Developed in their Los Angeles home, the candles are made from natural coconut and beeswax. Our pick is St Al, a base of sandalwood with exotic florals, frankincense and ylang ylang."
"Consider this the elevated way to smoke out the apartment: with a cheeky fragrance lit with notes of tulip and white musk."