Boy Smells

4.620 Ratings

Boy Smells creates candles, fragrances, and intimate apparel for all, regardless of gender.

Ships to
U.S., Canada
Los Angeles, California
Founder attributes
LGBTQ-founded, Asian-founded
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About Boy Smells
In late 2015, Boy Smells began as an experiment in candle-making in the Los Angeles kitchen of co-founders and real-life 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 and essential. 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 Pico Union, Los Angeles with fragrance and natural oils, 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 500 retail locations (300 in the US alone), across 37 countries on 6 continents, with over 20 original scents in various sizes 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.
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The grip this brand has on me...... I LOVE Boy Smells. They are hands down the best candles I have ever used. Some may say they are "pricey" but for the strength and quality/uniqueness of the scent they are worth every penny. I love the branding, the packaging, and the cute and kitchy name. The scents are verrrrrry luxurious and there are no dupes on the market (trust me, I've looked.) I also always clean the empty candles to put makeup brushes in and keep them in my bathroom. So cute!


Sometimes my candles do not burn all the way and it makes me feel like I'm wasting a good portion of the wax. I experience this with most candles, but it is something to note if this really bothers you.

Smells amazingLuxury
11 days ago

Red Head is my favorite scent but honestly can't go wrong with any of them - They're so distinct but without being overpowering

Good for gifts 🎁Smells amazing
a month ago

I originally bought a Boy Smells calendar as a gift for my sister (a boy mom in LA!) but recently purchased one for my own home and I love the scent profiles and the aesthetic of the candle (yes, millennial pink and sans serif fonts still work for me!). Makes a great gift but also a reasonable price point to buy for my own home as well.

Good for gifts 🎁Cool look & feelWorth the money 💸Works really wellSmells amazing
2 months ago

Hands down one of the best quality candles and fragrances. At this price point and quality nothing compares. The burn time is very accurate and I never have leftover wax in the base of the candle. Overall it's a great experience from end-to-end and a really great last minute gift option. Every time someone walks into my apartment they always comment on how great it smells and most likely purchase the same candle shortly after.


Subscription or bundling option would be solid.

Good for gifts 🎁High qualityCool look & feelWorth the money 💸Works really wellSmells amazing
3 months ago

How many candles have I bought from Boy Smells? I always have one on my desk, and I light it when I'm starting to feel an afternoon work slump. It started with a gift from a friend, and then I just started buying them myself. We gave one to my brother's girlfriend for Christmas and now SHE's buying them for herself too! Contagious and addictive.

Lovely customer supportGood for gifts 🎁High qualityWorth the money 💸Fun unboxing 📦Works really wellSmells amazing
4 months ago

Beautiful packaging; the vessel makes for a great decor piece in any room and the scents are very strong. I really like the LES scent the most. They are in quite a few retailers so try to go in person to smell all the scents because they can be hit or miss based on what types of scents you prefer.

5 months ago

Some of the best smells I've ever smelled! Kacey Musgraves candle is the coolest thing ever. Also purchased the kush collection ;)

Fun unboxing 📦Works really wellSmells amazing
6 months ago

Great smelling! Great price! Great gift! I love these candles because they’re cool and high quality, but they’re not too expensive.


Make more products!

Good for gifts 🎁High qualityCool look & feelWorth the money 💸Smells amazing
6 months ago

Shipping was very fast, and everything was packaged carefully so that nothing would break.


The smells here are very unique, and it looks so good in any room. I just wish the scent was just a bit stronger. I can definitely smell it when it's not lit, but when I do light it, there are times I can barely smell it at all.

Good for gifts 🎁Cool look & feelSmells amazing
6 months ago

100% my FAVORITE candle brand of all time. Each scent is unlike anything I have smelled before, the packaging is simple and looks great in the house, and they last a long time! I love that they continue to create scents that aren't out there. I can't get enough of these

Good for gifts 🎁High qualityCool look & feelWorth the money 💸Fun unboxing 📦Works really wellSmells amazingLuxury
6 months ago