Sugar mummy hot night with young bad boy in a penthouse apartment. a masculine rose scent in a youngish way.it's not a masterpiece however,it has a few simple notes that smell authentic and they play together perfectly. sweet,seductive, dark roses, covered in spices and woods, lightly caressed by the faintest traces of amber,weak enough do not make the scent an overpowering gourmand,but prominent enough to prevent it from smelling green and soapy. smells almost like a bubblegum. perfect scent to wear on date night or just as a reminder that you are truly valued and loved. definitely it's worth the money. super versatile scent.
TLDR: Excellent (4.05/5). The extra .05 in the rating is for the cheeky bottle.
Recently, I added a backup bottle of this fragrance to my collection.
Why? Because any designer juice this far out of the mainstream seems doomed to discontinuation at any moment. Toy Boy is good enough that I do not want to watch it become an auction site rarity without having ample supply on hand.
This juice is remarkably composed in a way that takes the wearer on a journey across a considerable range of scent profiles during a single wearing. The descriptions of the scent elements in other reviewers' commentaries are generally accurate as are comments indicating considerable longevity and sillage.
This fragrance is beautiful in the opening and the heart and only becomes a bit more ordinary at the tail end of the dry down.
Does it have "feminine" odors amid its many smells? I suppose so. But it most assuredly also has masculine elements. The interplay between these elements elevates this stuff considerably above most current designer perfumery (IMHO).
Like Jicky, Shalimar & Mitsuko and some of the current Chanel Exclusives (Sycomore, Boy & Le Lion), all of which I own and enjoy, sometimes excellence trumps the marketing-driven niche into which a fragrance house places a particular product. Toy Boy is not as good as any of the foregoing scents, but it is along the continuum upon which they are all found. As such, it is too good not to use because of perceived issues with the historical gender associations of some of its constituent smells.
I particularly like that this fragrance, like virtually all of the Moschino output of the last couple of decades, doesn't take itself too seriously. Thus, the marketing for Toy Boy must be at least a bit tongue-in-cheek. The bottle is similarly not, I think, an entirely serious commentary on anything. But the presentation is well done and yet another example of the myriad ways in which this product is unique and fun.
Only the vague harshness of the chemical-laden tail end of the dry down here causes me to have any reservations about this fragrance. As it is, the good (the opening) and the great aspects of Toy Boy (the rose note and it's interplay with the resinous and woody notes) so completely outweigh the slightly weak last leg of the dry down that I think this stuff is excellent. I can easily imagine this fragrance becoming a much-hyped unicorn after its inevitable discontinuation, but for now I will enjoy it whenever the mood strikes knowing that bottle #2 is waiting when the current one is gone.
Changes 4 times within the hour? that too.
And what is sylkolide anyway?
So what does it smell like? Well, because it changes so much, it is hard to pin it down sometimes, however, this is a non-vanillaic gourmand which is a hard trick to pull.
Right away for me I got an association with Nikos Sculpture Homme God's Night. Then some aspects of Dunhill Icon Elite. Then it changes again and now there is a masculine dry wild rose.
This, is quality stuff. If you tire quickly of linear fragrances, then this is something to try. Gives you depth and breadth and is never boring.
Interesting bottle, but will this be a huggable teddy bear, or not? Moschino has created something completely unsexy, but entirely beautiful, with an opening note of a prim rose, combined with spices (particularly pink pepper). In the mid, magnolia and pear back up the rose to create a sweet, slightly jammy floral smell, and there is a smooth dark smokiness along with spices to balance out the femininity of the other notes. Nutmeg in particular comes to the forefront in the mid. At this point, Toy Boy reminds me of Commodity Velvet. So many have claimed this to smell like a niche fragrance, and so many disagree. The opening smells completely niche, and even in the mid, the comparison is relatable. But then theres the disappointing drydown: woody aroma chemicals and a generic designer musk which eventually steals the show.
Toy Boy smells feminine in the first few minutes, and masculine in the drydown; in between this is a gradual transition from a delicate princess locked in a tower to an unbathed He-Man. In short, whether this smells niche or designer, feminine or masculine depends on how much time has gone by. Ive got to admit though, when He-Man comes out, I start thinking about washing this off to put on something else. I would think this suitable for all seasons, although the scent character better befits the darkness of evening. This seems to match more formal clothes and situations. Toy Boy is not a mega compliment getter, but something to please yourself. If you're a fan of rose based niche scents, you may like this one; I sure do!
I wrote a review about this one on another site 12.03.2020. Toy Boy is now finally in the directory here.
This one is a rather good clone of Le Labo Rose 31. More than a good attempt. The gay slave marketing is quite off in my opinion.
It's not that much of an extravagant scent. Could be unisex in my opinion. Almost unique in the designer scent world, especially when it comes to recent designer editions such as Versace Eros, Dior Sauvage, D&G K, YSL Y, Burberry Mr. Burberry etc.
Unlike Rose 31, Moschino Toy Boy does have this bit of a soapy feel to it as well. Nothing negative about it though, it's quite pleasant.
Moschino wanted to "shock" the audience with marketing and presentation, pairing that with a relatively good, unique scent. I don't know how much they managed to shock the audience, but when it comes to hit and miss considering the fragrance itself, it's a hit for me, albeit I'm not too crazy about it and don't see myself rushing to make it a part of my collection - yet.
Scent objectively 8/10, subjectively 6/10
math grade: 77,50%
personal grade: 7/10
Moschino Toy Boy (2019) comes as no surprise from a house that has been pushing the absurdist anti-luxury parody agenda since the late Franco Moschino was sewing patches shaped like fried eggs onto his jeans and calling it high fashion. Anyone who has gone through the brand's perfume catalog can see this, from adding extra necks to bottles, question marks on the end of fragrances made for men, or housing fragrance in everything from Teddy bears to Windex bottles, it's clear Moschino goes to great length to buck the pretensions of conspicuous consumption. However, for all of it's Versace by way of Weird Al Yankovic, Moschino usually end up making quality but mostly conventional fragrances once you get past the packaging and sometimes unusual openings of the fragrances themselves. Toy Boy may be the first true exception to that, as there is nothing really conventional about its combination of anachronistic dandy design laid over top of brand new Givaudan captive aromachemical base notes. Toy Boy is high-tech bleeding-edge perfume materials shaped into a lich that is a mid-80's musky dandy floral masculines risen from the grave and grafted to some cybernetics, housed in a phylactery shaped like a teddy bear. Toy Boy is going to be a head scratcher for a lot of people, but I think that's what Moschino is trying to do, taking a "go for broke" strategy on its usual anti-establishment chic business strategy. Or put another way, this stuff is the second coming of Eyvan's The Baron (1961), trading in puffy lace poet shirts and renaissance hosiery for crop tops and daisy dukes.
The opening of Toy Boy hits with pink pepper, a dry bergamot and violet leaf mix, sweetened with a bit of fruity floral countenance one does not expect in a man's fragrance. The violet keeps it masculine enough not to raise eyebrows, adding freshness to the pink pepper, with wisps of subtle nutmeg coming in, and the sweet fruity floral feel coming from what is anyone's guess. Some people have pegged this as ethyl maltol, others are saying galaxolide, but it's subtle and not a shower gel bomb like something such as Paco Rabanne Invictus (2013) or your typical sweet Bath & Body Works mist. Rose moves into the equation, and things settle into a traditional dandy mode fans of 80's masculines will recognize, mixing this fresh dry masculine rose with a carnation/clove note supplied by eugenol that will remind older enthusiasts of Caron The Third Man (1985) minus the lavender or Lauder for Men (1985) minus the galbanum. The carnation is what'll "date" this scent the most, but it's mixed in with fuzzy cashmeran, some nutty vetiver, and two newbies: ambermax and sylkolide. Ambermax is a combo amber/musk aromachemical that feels a bit powdery and clean, often used in fabric soaps like laundry detergent. Sylkolide on the other hand is like a modernized highly dialed-back version of the skanky ambers that were used in Balenciaga pour Homme (1990), giving the dandy musk finish needed to seal the deal, adding Iso E Super for a late-stage cedar glow. Wear time is 8+ hours and performance is above the standard line, so be careful with sprays on this one. Best use is probably at your discretion because this stuff fits in absolutely nowhere outside the company of tolerant friends, but at least is versatile enough weather-wise to be used year-round.
Since Toy Boy comes on masculine, then slips in some feminine features, then pairs them in a waltz where both clean powdery musks and ambery animalic ones do battle on a dance floor made of warm cashmeran and bright Iso E Super woods, the average mainstream masculine nose will long have given up and scrubbed it off. However, the open-minded sort that enjoys modern takes on antique styles a la Tom Ford's Beau de Jour (2020) or even dry masculine roses like Cartier Déclaration d'Un Soir (2012) will see value in Toy Boy as a unique and flirtatious head-turning addition to their wardrobe. This is especially true if you're working in baby steps backwards to more challenging and statement-making fragrances, so if you're not ready to go all the way with Guerlain Jicky (1889) or Van Cleef & Arpels pour Homme (1978), something like Toy Boy can give you a taste of what that's like before you end up nose-deep in "real" animalics like civet or castoreum notes in your perfume. Of course, in the grand fashion of all fragrances that buck trend or gender conventions so adamantly as this, Toy Boy may not be long for this world, especially with the way Moschino fragrances tend to drop then disappear when nobody really buys them, meaning you shouldn't kick your feet on sampling this if you're curious. I like Moschino Toy Boy, irreverent teddy bear bottle and all, but it won't scratch the itch accurately enough for vintage purists kneeling at their mashed potato altars erected in praise of some dead fragrance house, nor really be understood by the "Fragrance Army" types, so I'm not sure if Moschino went too far in just being themselves, if such a thing is possible. Thumbs up.