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Before I'd even tried Kate Walsh Boyfriend, the PR onslaught for it left me a little...flaccid. Private Practice actress Kate Walsh was issuing press releases, releasing webimercials and popping up on HSN and in magazines to flog the high concept scent.
Although I don't know why I'm whining -- I'm telling you here and now that if I had something of my own to promote, be it a lip gloss, book, or genetically engineered pink kitten, I'd shill the living bejeepers out of it. I'll be following that Kate Walsh playbook to a T.
Okay, I gotta admit, that was pretty funny. Let's look at another one:
Walsh sums up the Boyfriend concept thusly: “I was like, oh F it! I don't have to have a boyfriend to have that boyfriend fragrance....that worn-in, little bit of boyfriend smell on your shirt or on his shirt. ”
Bushwhacking my way through the forest of PR and emerging from the other side covered in soundbites, I finally tried the perfume. And hush my mouth, it smells good! I did not see that coming.
Boyfriend is peachy, plummy, almost a little musty. It doesn't smell tacky or lightweight -- it's got a certain darkness I didn't anticipate. The fruity/woody blend is fattened up with a suspicion of white florals and coconut -- a milder Tom Ford Black Orchid. File Boyfriend under “tropical goth.”