Aren't we always falling for classy, beautiful things? Oftentimes, fatal attraction starts with the packaging.
When my friend Andrea from Prestige (hello, Andi!) asked me to try out Reb'l Fleur (Rebel Flower) by Rihanna, my first thought was "They (celebrities) launch prefumes left and right." But upon receiving the testers, I was magically drawn to its unique, fierce design which was inspired by the shape of a stiletto heel. If you haven't noticed, I'm a shoe gaga that I'll go naked so long as I have nice shoes and that yes, it's not good to picture it. LOL. Though I have to admit that the bottle, no matter how pretty, is a bit unfriendly with my clumsy hands.
From the makers of Reb'l Fleur:
"Daring, sexy and truly memorable, Reb’l Fleur is as much in tune with Barbados-born Rihanna’s roots as it is with the glamour of her present life in New York City. Created by internationally renowned perfumers, Caroline Sabas and Marypierre Julien, this fruity chypre is joyous yet intense, sophisticated yet marvelously surprising. Plump, delicious fruits, red berries, purple plums and juicy, ripe peaches, make a delicious first impression. Then the heart opens into a lush hybrid hinting at Island life, subtle yet intoxicating, blossoming with sumptuous florals, a passionate melody of Hawaiian Hibiscus flower, violet, tuberose and coconut water. Defiantly sexy, the base notes linger, a beguiling, sensual mélange. Vanilla, patchouli, amber and musk become a sultry chorus striking an unforgettable, emotional chord."
Before I go on with my review, let me just give you a bit of a backgroud about perfumes. It is important to remember that there are 3 'notes' or 'tones' that work together to make a lasting, good fragrance: the TOP, MIDDLE and BASE tones. Top tones include light fragrances like lemon, lemongrass, orange, fir and eucalyptus. Middle notes include aromas like lavender, chamomile, basil and geranium. Base notes include deeper aromas like clove, jasmine and patchouli. Top tone is usually evident on your first sniff, then the middle tone becomes apparent through the day while the base tone is the final stage of the fragrance. Therefore, to fully appreciate a perfume, it is a must to wear it all day and observe it in all stages. It's best to apply it on skin where there's good blood circulation such as wrist and neck. Also, remember that a perfume may smell differently on two individuals since it will mix on a person's natural scent; so what works for your friend may not work for you. It can go as bad as smelling like piss on you, no kidding! It takes time and patience to find one that works with your body chemistry, but it's sure worth it if you'll smell like love the whole day! :)
Here are the tones used to create Reb'l Fleur.
On to my thoughts:
- - Packaging is unique and well thought of
- - Name Reb'l Fleur is appealing, and suited Rihanna like no other. She has surprised the world with her music, her fashion taste, her outrageous hair and of course, even with her lovelife. Rebellious but no less vulnerable.
- - At first whiff, it's sweet, fruity and woody, which tells me it means no nonsense!
- - The warm, deep, musky tone became apparent after a couple of hours. I'm not a very big fan of warm, musky tones, especially on a hot, humid day, but I must say Reb'l Fleur smells better after couple of hours on my skin. This will be perfect for summer nights along with flowy dress and tanned skin. :)
- - Since it's fruity, sweet but warm, I think it's best suited for young adults and not for teenagers
- - I can smell a hint of coconut, which is not bad at all
Reb'l Fleur may not be my usual choice since I always go for fresh, light tones (given that I live in a very humid city!), but for something that's not on my staple choice, Rihanna's first perfume is worth trying. If you're into warm, woody, sweet tones, and wants to graduate from the teenage, overly fruit scented colognes that you'll find anywhere, then this one is truly for you.