Carolina Herrera Bad Boy review: 3 Things to Know 
Carolina Herrera Bad Boy is a men’s cologne released in 2019. This fragrance came to my attention months ago and I’ve been testing it since. It smells exactly like the name suggests – spicy & sweet with tempting undertones. Although Bad Boy is likeable compliment puller, there’s 3 things you must know before you purchase. Read on and I’ll explain.
Carolina Herrera Bad Boy smells spicy, sweet, and flirtatious
Carolina Herrera Bad Boy is a warm spicy amber fragrance that contains notes of pepper, bergamot, tonka, cacao, and amberwood.
On first spray I smell spicy pepper cutting through. Although it provides a tingly punch to the senses, it also emanates a subdued, woody-type aroma.
Alongside the pepper is a bergamot accord. This fragrant fruit provides citrusy zest and energy throughout the initial phase.
Thirdly, I detect sweetness alongside the spice & citrus. This radiates from tonka bean, remaining present from beginning to end. Furthermore, it smells warm and takes on a creamy-type texture. It reminds me of the tonka bean utilised in Versace Eros Flame.
As Bad Boy develops I notice two changes occur:
- The bergamot fades, withdrawing the bright zest it provided earlier; and
- A cacao note appears. It smells like raw unrefined chocolate – not as sweet as chocolate and subtly bitter. The cacao supports the tonka bean appropriately – it never overpowers, playing a supporting role
The dry down is where the amberwood finally emerges. It’s great to see one of my favourite notes used here. It adds balsamic smokiness to the dry down, mingling seductively amongst the sweetness and spice.
Side note: Those who like Prada Luna Rossa Black will enjoy Bad Boy too. Although Bad Boy lacks the powderiness of Black, it does feature a chocolately cacao addition.
Check out this reviewer’s thoughts:
This is a pretty nice smell! Subtle for a tonka-forward designer, especially compared to screamers like Eros. I think the cacao gives it a nice, warm tone that feels a bit more intimate than what you normally get with this scent profile. It’s not cutting edge, but I’ve gotta give it my stamp of approval as a semi-dumb reach for cooler weather.Fragrantica.com
It performs quietly
After testing, I rate the performance of Carolina Herrera Bad Boy as low to moderate.
Specifically, it projects mildly from skin for the first 2 hours. Then, it lasts for 3 hours more as an intimate skin scent. Therefore, expect a total of about 5 hours of longevity.
Perfect for date night
I’m sure you’ve already guessed.
Carolina Herrera Bad Boy is an extremely capable date night fragrance. Especially during cooler nights of Autumn, Winter, and Spring.
Additionally, it’s also suitable for nights on the town. That includes bars, nightclubs, and the like.
Something about Bad Boy just screams night time to me. Could it be the bottle design? Maybe. It might also be the alluring scent profile.
Carolina Herrera Bad Boy – In Summary
A friend of mine recommended Carolina Herrera Bad Boy to me. I reckon I owe them a coffee.
This is my first foray into colognes by this brand and I’m impressed. Bad Boy features warm spices and sweetness, supported by soft cacao and balsamic ambery undertones.
A straightforward scent, Bad Boy’s aroma elicits flirtatious vibes after the sun goes down. Although it won’t perform miracles performance-wise, that’s not always a bad thing. Drawing others in closer has its benefits, after all.