Dueto Parfums Golden Boy is a pleasant aromatic accord of leather, musk, creamy resins and floral notes in which the combination of violet and intense leather arouses a really subtle and sophisticated pungent spark. I catch also cedarwood or sandalwood in the recipe, probably patchouli is included too in the blend. I detect points in common with several Tiziana Terenzi's concontions (but in a less natural and majestic way) and Xerjoff Join The Club ( due to creamy resins in particular). The association of lavender, violet and leather settles down conjurations about scents a la Trussardi My Land (which is anyway plagued by a salty-marine undertone) and Canali Black Diamond (which is finally less leathery, more articulated and orangy). Partially the more velvety and complex Guerlain Arsene Lupin Dandy jumps on mind too for several of its hallmarks. The Golden Boy's dry down is really smooth, resinous, virile, barely vanillic, orangy, floral and leathery in a more than decent way. On the complex a more than appreciable fragrance which lacks anyway that X Factor to play as a giant.
13th December, 2014 (last edited: 14th December, 2014)
Golden Boy has that WD-40 vibe to me. Smells very similar to Cuir Ottoman. I can see where folks get the Fahrenheit smell. Linear winter fragrance that should be enjoyed by Fahrenheit and Cuir Ottoman fans. 6.5/10
Golden Boy is a nice, rubbery leather scent, soft and linear, almost abstract, sharp and clean, with a silky vanillin base, perhaps light floral notes too, bright minty-balsamic accents and a smooth woody base surrounding the leather accord, which actually smells more like brand new leather-look goods – on the polar opposite from stuff like Knize or most of 1970's leather fougères. Golden Boy is a "boy" in fact, it's young, "urban", refined, unpretentious, playful, a teenager in the leather family - the "family" of trendy and clean leather scents à la Tuscan Leather, "fake" and perfectly shaped. Golden Boy is quite close to that, just simpler, more "naif", less smoky, less "manly" and less dark. Not sure if it would be worth the price, as to be honest it's fun but quality wise, barely decent to me, but if you are into light, modern leather scents and you're on a tighter budget, it may be a nice compromise for you.
This is one of the better leather fragrances I've smelled and the comparisons to Tom Ford Tuscan Leather are valid. They share a similar structure, but the way they execute the way the leather is presented is different. With Golden Boy there's a lot more of a floral aspect which gives it a bit of freshness and makes it easier to wear. Golden Boy is by no means a light or watered down version by any means. It's just more manageable on a day to day basis. If you are a fan or own Tuscan Leather this is a no-brainer purchase. Not only do you get something that smells like TF Tuscan Leather, but you can wear it everyday and it's a lot less expensive without taking a major hit in quality.
Golden Boy demonstrates what a curious thing a lightweight leather can be – in this case, airy and creamy and enlivened a bit by violet leaf. It comes across as being in denial about its true nature. I find serious, doom-laden leathers every bit as challenging as the next person, but this iteration for all its suede softness just seems insubstantial, like those foams one kept being served when food fads dictated that they were the height of haute cuisine. Golden Boy does have staying power, but seems content to keep mumbling in its corner.
I haven’t tried Tuscan Leather, so can’t comment on any perceived similarities.