If you’re a true star and a big talent, you can’t go wrong launching a celebrity fragrance. One that is brand new this month, and sure to cause a flurry of excitement, is Reb’l Fleur by Rihanna.
Twenty three year old Robyn Rihanna Fenty (better known as simply “Rihanna”) is a multi-award winning, best selling R and B recording artist and songwriter, from the beautiful island of Barbados. The young star is known for having one of the edgiest images around, a true chameleon, who has featured sexy clothing and myriad of hair styles, including a very bold, bright red crop. Her abusive relationship with her former boyfriend sent shock waves (and hopefully, awareness of domestic violence) to the public, especially her young fans.
Having aced a music career, survived a toxic boyfriend, and with a solid ranking as a risk-taking stylista, why not make a first foray into fragrance in 2011? So….enter Reb’l Fleur by Rihanna!
Rihanna seems to have thought carefully about how a fragrance would fit with her image and resonate with her fan base. Reb’Fleur by Rihanna is a fitting name. And even the fragrance category is unique. Reb”l Fleur is classified as a “fruity chypre.” Classic chypre fragrances generally have an accord composed of citrus top- notes, a floral middle, and a mossy-animalic base-note derived from oak moss and musks. Chypre perfumes often also contain patchouli and usually vetiver, labdanum, ambergris and sandalwood oil. I personally love chypre scents. Their freshness with woods and spice always seem just a bit “masculine,” but the flowers and fruit give them a sophisticated, female scent overall.
Reb’l Fleur by Parlux, was created by perfumers Caroline Sabas and Marypierre Julien of Givaudan. The scent has tuberose, violet, hibiscus, coconut, vanilla, patchouli and amber notes. Top notes include red berries, purple plums, and juicy peaches–and yes, you really do obviously smell them. They’re delicious, but gone quickly, in favor of the middle notes of flowers and vanilla. I am told that the heart notes are symbolic of her “Island life” featuring hibiscus flower, violet, tuberose, and coconut water. But the base shows her edgy, urban side with vanilla, patchouli, amber and musk.
One thing I don’t like and it’s completely personal, is the tuberose note. To my nose, it was prominent in this fragrance, and it’s just one note I don’t think makes sense on my skin. It just turns and smells like burned rubber–but that is just on me. Tons of people love tuberose. There is also a lot of yummy vanilla, and coconut. These lend a certain sweetness Rihanna’s younger fans will relate to. But at drydown, Reb’l Fleur feels feminine and fairly soft, showing the more womanly side of both the fragrance, and I’m guessing, Rihanna.
The outer carton of Reb’l Fleur is primarily pink, with an over sleeve featuring Rihanna in a silky, lavender robe holding a lavender rose and looking pensive.The inside carton is soft pink with edgy bands of gold. It seems girly and young and innocent and sweet — but………
…then you open the box and oogle the the bottle! It is an exceptional one, blending classical elements with futuristic ones. Fragrance collectors are going to run to get one of these in their collection. I thought initially that the bottle was bell-shaped, but the press literature says that it is inspired by a stiletto heel –one of Rihanna’s favorite shoe styles. . If you turn the bottle upside town, you totally get it! The slender top and diffuser is covered by a tall, shiny black cap that is encircled at the neck with a nubby gold and black “rolling ring” (maybe a nod to Cartier’s classic). The bottle is clear allowing the pale golden juice to flow through bands a matte black futuristic enamel on raised ribbons of glass, plus there is some sort of inside coating at the midpoint of the bottle that adds a stunning amber color at that place. For wow! factor, this bottle has got it made.
One of Rihanna’s most popular songs is “Take a Bow.” Rihanna, you definitely deserve to take one, now for this unique fragrance!
If you want to get her Reb’l Fleur fragrance right now, it’s in selected department stores. The 3.4 oz Eau de Parfum spray is $59.00: 1.7 fl. oz is $49.00 and there is also a 6.7 oz. Body Lotion which I didn’t try, for $30.00
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