Let’s hear it for the boys: Co-founder of fragrance brand Boy Smells on bringing ‘genderful’ to the masses

By Becky Bargh 12-Oct-2021

Matthew Herman has a powerful message for fragrance – that it’s sexist. Here, he tells Cosmetics Business how Boys Smells, the brand he founded with his real-life partner David Kien, is breathing new life in the sector with their ‘genderful’ concept

Matthew Herman (right) and his real life partner David Kien (left) founded Boy Smells in 2015

Fragrance is beginning to wake up to the potential of the genderless beauty movement – but ‘genderful’ is the concept coined and trademarked by the founders of indie brand Boys Smells, and it’s driving them to achieve new dimensions in the category.

So, what does ‘genderful’ mean? “The short answer is gender inclusion,” Matthew Herman, co-founder of Boy Smells, tells Cosmetics Business.

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