Kate Walsh Boyfriend had the great misfortune of being released at exactly the same time as another celebrity scent, Jennifer Aniston. Now, I have no idea who Kate Walsh is. I know her only as “the one with the pretty red hair on that show that I don’t watch because everyone on it is a whiner.” I cannot help but know who Jennifer Aniston is, because every time I go to the grocery store I am inundated with tabloids fixated on The Current State of Jennifer Aniston’s Uterus.
I suspect that Jennifer Aniston’s perfume will do better with customers, due both to the fact that it is less ambitious than Boyfriend and to Ms. Aniston’s higher profile (which is kind of inexplicable at this point, Friends ended in 2004 you guys). And that’s a shame, because Boyfriend is the better perfume, and is far more interesting than the vast majority of the fragrances currently on Sephora’s shelves.
Kate Walsh Boyfriend is a warm, intoxicating incensey vanilla. The myrrh note adds a muskiness and depth to the vanilla that, although I’m sure must be very common in niche fragrances, I have not observed in a mainstream fragrance before. Boyfriend might be a relatively simple perfume, but it smells fabulous. I doubt that I would even wear it around a boyfriend, because a perfume this sensual might suggest that I was still on the prowl. The EDP concentration contains a poorly blended jasmine note that does not seem to be present in the Body Oil. This jasmine seriously compromises my enjoyment of this otherwise totally enjoyable fragrance, so I definitely recommend the Body Oil as my preferred concentration.
None of my boyfriends have ever smelled remotely like Kate Walsh’s platonic ideal. They all smelled like the Salvatore Ferragamo cologne, because that’s what I bought them when I was 15 and believed that men should smell like a swimming pool. Kate Walsh Boyfriend would have been a big step up.