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Description
Dark Rebel’s unbridled masculinity roars out from the first note to the last. Tobacco, black leather, Jamaican rum, black pepper, and resinous woods fuse into a pitch-black shadow of smoky, sinuous male energy. This powerful fragrance can take a punch, but won’t take any prisoners.
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John Varvatos Dark Rebel main notes

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Scent type
Woody
130
Personality
Classic
95
Occasion
Date Night
114
Season
Winter
39
Complexity
Intense
46

John Varvatos Dark Rebel rating and reviews

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3.9 out of 5
Rated5on the scale of0to5
05/29/2020
LOVE THIS ONE!!
what an incredibly scent!! dark and leather and mysterious!!! bought a bottle for this....
Rated5on the scale of0to5
05/27/2020
excellant
was a very good smell
Rated5on the scale of0to5
05/21/2020
Masculine
Rated5on the scale of0to5
05/21/2020
Awesome!
It's by far my favorite, love the woodsy smell and lasts me all day .
Rated5on the scale of0to5
05/09/2020
Loved it
Rated5on the scale of0to5
05/03/2020
Awesome!!
Absolutely one of my favorites,Won't disappoint!!
Rated3on the scale of0to5
04/29/2020
I didn't like it. I gave it away
Rated5on the scale of0to5
04/27/2020
Enjoyed the smell
Rated5on the scale of0to5
04/22/2020
Great fragrance. Will buy a full size bottle soon. Love the heavy wood note(s) and the Leather comes through just enough.
Rated3on the scale of0to5
04/20/2020
not bad, but not the best. has an odd chemical smell to it at times
Rated5on the scale of0to5
04/17/2020
Current favorite
Very dark and woodsy with hints of oil and leather, exactly the type of scent love, I will definitely be purchasing thr full size.
Rated5on the scale of0to5
04/05/2020
Very nice scent. Exactly as described.
Rated4on the scale of0to5
04/01/2020
Love the Scent
I love this scent. It has a dark, rough, thought scent to it. Very manly. I wish it lasted a bit long and had a larger sillage, but still a great go-to.
Rated3on the scale of0to5
03/30/2020
Age:
35 to 44
Dark Rebel
Great scent but not very long lasting
Rated4on the scale of0to5
03/27/2020
Rated5on the scale of0to5
03/25/2020
My new fav scent
Rated4on the scale of0to5
03/22/2020
Very nice. I really like this one also.
Rated5on the scale of0to5
03/19/2020
awesome
smells good
Rated5on the scale of0to5
02/29/2020
Age:
17 or under
Would totally get again!!!
This is probably my favorite cologne ever it has a very rich and earthy smell.
Rated1on the scale of0to5
02/29/2020
There's a strong, sharp scent I don't like
Rated3on the scale of0to5
02/25/2020
Too Smokey
Rated5on the scale of0to5
02/10/2020
Earthy and rich with tobacco undertones. Love it.
Rated3on the scale of0to5
02/07/2020
Nice smell, but didn't last long.
Rated5on the scale of0to5
02/05/2020
The cologne smells just as good as the oil. Manly musk. The wife loves it too.
Rated3on the scale of0to5
02/03/2020
Surprisingly sweet
After the initial ashy scent dissipated, this was sweet on me. Maybe it’s just my body chemistry
Rated4on the scale of0to5
02/01/2020
Very nice but it dosent last long
Rated5on the scale of0to5
01/31/2020
Yessir
It’s perfect for that night out going out with either your bro’s or your lady . It’s definitely a mood setter .
Rated5on the scale of0to5
01/29/2020
Age:
25 to 34
Skin type:
Combination
Love it
I spoke cigars on occasion and this scent is a great match with cigar smoke or without. It's a smokey fragrance to start with a bold hint of rum. It's manly yet real smooth.
Rated5on the scale of0to5
01/28/2020
Age:
25 to 34
Skin type:
Oily
My next buy!
Bottom line, this scent is a must for the colder season and EVERYBODY loves on me. My next purchase for sure... longevity come be better though
Rated5on the scale of0to5
01/23/2020
Dark rebel
One of my Favorites I've received so far. I am definitely buying a whole bottle of this.👍👍👍
Rated5on the scale of0to5
01/05/2020
Age:
35 to 44
Skin type:
Normal
the best
This fragrance is by far my favorite. I've gotten more compliments wearing this than I have any other. My new signature scent, for sure!
Rated1on the scale of0to5
01/04/2020
Age:
55 to 64
Skin type:
Normal
Nothing nice.
My mother always told me " If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything ". ( great advice in today's gotta be politically correct society ) . I never did take all of my mothers advice .I love all of the notes in this, but not in this combination. I enjoy powerful scents at the right time, you know..church, dr offices, parent teacher conferences, and all those other places where you like your perfume to enter before you do. All joking aside, this is really hard to take. It really does hit you hard out of the bottle and for me it just never let up. I waited in vain.
Rated3on the scale of0to5
12/30/2019
Good for layering
Decent cologne. It is boozy and has notes of rum over the leather. However, as with a lot of John Varvatos' fragrances, performance is sorely lacking and this disappears completely from my skin within 3 hours or so.Due to the weakness of this fragrance, this works well when layered with other strong leather scents - e.g. Tom Ford Tuscan Leather or Ombre Leather.
Rated5on the scale of0to5
11/29/2019
Age:
45 to 54
Skin type:
Normal
Delicious
I love this scent, because it is rebellious. Initially the scent reminds me of licorice and other aromas come out later. I will enjoy this fragrance all month long.
Rated5on the scale of0to5
11/28/2019
love
Rated4on the scale of0to5
11/26/2019
Age:
18 to 24
Skin type:
Normal
Pretty Nice
Dark Rebel is definitely an interesting scent (in a good way). Its very woodsy and smooth ! not an everyday scent
Rated3on the scale of0to5
11/21/2019
Age:
25 to 34
Skin type:
Combination
Nice
Good fof Fall or Winter time. Not too overwhelming.
Rated5on the scale of0to5
11/17/2019
A new favorite to Add to the list
Really clean and bold. A great strong leather and tobacco scent
Rated4on the scale of0to5
11/16/2019
Age:
18 to 24
Skin type:
Normal
Smells Really Good
It smells really good.
Rated4on the scale of0to5
10/23/2019
Age:
45 to 54
Skin type:
Combination
Rich, intense, masculine - sex in a bottle
Definitely a serious date night cologne. Night time use only.
Rated2on the scale of0to5
09/03/2019
Age:
25 to 34
Skin type:
Normal
Forgettable
Quickly turns into just another cologne after a promising opening.
Rated1on the scale of0to5
08/26/2019
Gross Ash tray
Enough said. This scent was NASTY.
Rated1on the scale of0to5
08/20/2019
Age:
25 to 34
Skin type:
Combination
So foul
This smells like your creepy uncle rubbed himself on a pine tree. Absolutely an old man stink. Do you know any alcoholic coal miners? Get this for them.
Rated1on the scale of0to5
08/19/2019
Age:
18 to 24
Skin type:
Oily
Chainsmoking Biker
Strong fragrance. Very heavy smoky tobacco with leather and wood. Would recommend this scent to an individual that emulates a biker in the desert that smokes 2 packs a day and spends most of his time in a smoky bar. However, not a scent for me. Very unique cologne, not one that I'd imagine anyone would want to smell like. I can picture a man that would wear this scent, and there aren't many men like that in the world. So, for those men, a great scent. I am not one of them
Rated2on the scale of0to5
08/18/2019
Age:
25 to 34
Skin type:
Normal
strong
It is very strong and bold. It smells like someone who has made poor life decisions and put everything on red in Vegas. This is probably the perfect scent if going to a strip club or smokers lounge. Definitely not for casual use.
Rated2on the scale of0to5
07/31/2019
Age:
18 to 24
Skin type:
Dry
Badass Gramps
I didn’t really care for the scent honestly. It was strong and kinda harsh. It actually reminded me of my grandfather when he was younger and I’d smell his after shave. I don’t think it’s a terrible scent but it’s not for me.
Rated3on the scale of0to5
07/27/2019
Age:
18 to 24
Skin type:
Normal
Bad Boy Vibe
I would give this three and a half stars if I could; three stars seems low but it's not quite a four-star fragrance for me. I didn't really like it at first, but it grew on me. It's harsh and tobacco-y, but in a GOOD way and eventually relaxes into a warmer pine smell that's very musky, while also retaining the tobacco. It's just a hair strong in the tobacco department for me, but smells nice enough and does get compliments. Longevity is decent, but you may be disappointed. I would say you could expect 3-5 hours from this depending on your skintype and the weather. It's definitely a fall/winter scent. It's currently July and it just doesn't suit the climate; I might give it a go again in the fall when I sport an all-black leather jacket look; it would definitely shine there. Of note is that my girlfriend LOVES it. It's a VERY masculine fragrance that gives off a bad boy vibe (How could it not, with such strong leather and tobacco notes?) It's an aggressive scent that's great for getting a special lady's attention. While I'm not completely sold on it (and I prefer BVLGARI Man in Black), it may work wonders for you. Pair with a leather jacket and motorcycle for best results.
Rated5on the scale of0to5
07/19/2019
Age:
25 to 34
Skin type:
Normal
Updated Review - Still my go-to
Updates: - Wears off faster than others, to me. Hard to know for certain since your nose adapts throughout the day however. - Seems to require 1.5x application relative to brighter, summery colognes. - Reminds me of Costume National Scent Intense; warmer though and more masculine (CN:SI is a unisex blend). - I wear it daily; no one around has similar notes coming from their fragrances. Original review: I'm a fan of having a personal brand - this extends to fragrance and fashion. I've even repainted my sedan in matte black, lifted it and put on all-terrain tires; just so no one can confuse me with anyone else on the road. So, imagine my struggle when my beloved wife absolutely HATES cologne 😭- until this gem turned up in my search on Scentbird. I've been on a tobacco-and-leather kick anyway (I don't smoke; just appreciate the smell of tobacco), so this paired with that theme perfectly. I'll try to remember to update this review in a few days after wearing it around. So far my only impression has been from a small amount sprayed onto some paper - but it was a damn good first impression and my wife was even interested in it!
Rated4on the scale of0to5
07/12/2019
Age:
25 to 34
Skin type:
Normal
Old school Gentleman
This scent makes me think of a man character from an action movie. The type of guy that drinks when he wants, smokes where he wants, and charismatic enough to make out with a stranger to escape a police chase.
Rated5on the scale of0to5
07/05/2019
Smells spicy and fantastic
This smells great on my husband. Spicy and fantastic!
Rated5on the scale of0to5
06/29/2019
Age:
45 to 54
Skin type:
Combination
Outstanding
I absolutely LOVE this scent!!! This is the masculine, musk-toned scent that fits my stature. Give it a shot, you will NOT be disappointed.
Rated2on the scale of0to5
06/04/2019
Age:
45 to 54
Skin type:
Sensitive
Too strong
Too strong Andy leaves behind to much of aroma
Rated3on the scale of0to5
05/31/2019
Age:
25 to 34
Skin type:
Normal
Good, but...
I liked the scent overall and it smells even better once it drys. But I would not wear everyday so the amount I have is perfect I would not buy an entire bottle
Rated3on the scale of0to5
05/11/2019
Age:
35 to 44
It’s ok I guess
Kinda smelled a bit like booze and a dirty ashtray to me... but some women seemed to like it so I’m middle of the road on this one
Rated3on the scale of0to5
05/10/2019
Age:
25 to 34
Not my cup of tea
Dark Rebel has a strong musky appeal but at the same time for me at least i feel that the different ingredients seem to clash a bit. It is a decent smell but not one i will be getting again.
Rated3on the scale of0to5
05/05/2019
Age:
35 to 44
A little sweet on the front notes
Not thrilled with this scent but is decent enough to call good.
Rated3on the scale of0to5
05/02/2019
Age:
45 to 54
Nice scent.
A little too floral for me.
Rated5on the scale of0to5
05/02/2019
Age:
25 to 34
Thumbs up
Had a woodsy almost smokey smell to me but I loved it and found myself using it often. Definitely a very manly more rugged scent.
Rated5on the scale of0to5
05/01/2019
Age:
25 to 34
Strong and Great
Definitely a strong scent but smell great. You can smell all the ingredients especially the wood and rum. I received many compliments while wearing it.
Rated4on the scale of0to5
04/30/2019
Age:
25 to 34
Good
Can be a little overpowering depending on what environment you'll be wearing it in.
Rated4on the scale of0to5
04/29/2019
Age:
45 to 54
Mr. Lopez
Smells great and scent lasts all day!!
Rated3on the scale of0to5
04/29/2019
Age:
25 to 34
Its pretty ok
I didn't really get a lot of compliments as i usually do with other colognes, but it smells good; woodsy, musky, light citrus scent.
Rated5on the scale of0to5
04/22/2019
Age:
35 to 44
Love it
Love it. People ask me all the time what I am wearing. And it drives my fiance crazy.
Rated3on the scale of0to5
04/17/2019
Age:
25 to 34
Skin type:
Normal
I love it but
Although I love this sent and feel it has a great dry down once the first hit of leather goes away the performance on my skin is pretty bad it only lasted about 2-3 hours I really like this so ill have to carry it with me and reapply
Rated2on the scale of0to5
04/15/2019
Age:
18 to 24
Leather
Most of what you smell here is just Leather and Tobacco, not much else comes through with any balance
Rated2on the scale of0to5
04/05/2019
Too dark
The essence of the tobacco is too strong...
Rated5on the scale of0to5
04/04/2019
Age:
25 to 34
Skin type:
Normal
Good one
This was really good but it’s kinda old
Rated4on the scale of0to5
04/04/2019
Age:
25 to 34
Skin type:
Dry
Ok
Very good smell i didn’t like the tabaco note but it’s good perfum
Rated4on the scale of0to5
04/01/2019
Age:
35 to 44
Skin type:
Normal
Great cologne
I bought a bottle immediately after the first spray . I'm looking forward to trying more from John Varvatos .
Rated5on the scale of0to5
03/31/2019
Age:
17 or under
Skin type:
Normal
Masculine
Love it.
Rated4on the scale of0to5
03/25/2019
Age:
35 to 44
Skin type:
Combination
Fantastic fragrance
Dark rebel is for lack of a better word, fantastic! I just wish it had a lil more staying power but then again, it is an EDT however... still fantastic!
Rated2on the scale of0to5
03/19/2019
Not for me
This cologne smelled like cat urine to me and just did not fit my personality
Rated5on the scale of0to5
03/18/2019
Age:
45 to 54
Skin type:
Normal
💥KAPOOOW!💥
This is some powerful mojo! This is the scent I have been looking for. It's masculine, sexy, rugged, suave...perfect!
Rated5on the scale of0to5
03/10/2019
Age:
25 to 34
Skin type:
Dry
Fine Fragrance lot of attention
it's cool smelling dark wibe with sensual notes
Rated4on the scale of0to5
03/04/2019
Deep and rich
Long lasting and very strong like it very much
Rated3on the scale of0to5
03/02/2019
Great scent, poor projection
This scent is leathery tobacco goodness. Very masculine and perfect for pairing with that leather jacket. My only complaint is how poor the projection is, it's more of a skin scent.
Rated5on the scale of0to5
02/25/2019
Love
One of my favorites
Rated4on the scale of0to5
02/20/2019
Dark Rebel is a biker bar in a bottle
Cigarettes, booze, and a leather jacket. Unique and interesting; wild and wonderful. Lacks performance but worth it.
Rated4on the scale of0to5
02/16/2019
Darkness is your ally
A light spray of this makes you a man women will immediately ovulate for. This cologne is a rich combination of William Wallace’s kilt sweat and the wonders of Christmas combined with the scent of Marcus Aurelius’ leather bound wisdom stored in a wonderous cherry wood accented library of first edition classical literature, a glass of fine scotch and a puma skin rug displayed on red oak floors.
stevea
02/20/2019
Best review I have ever read. Thank you sir, well done! LOL
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Rated4on the scale of0to5
02/05/2019
Yes
This is manly and delicious
Rated2on the scale of0to5
02/02/2019
Made me smell like 'that' guy
This might be one of those colognes that is polarizing. Some like it, some hate it. I fell into the hate it camp. This is a very strong fragrance--masculine for sure. Its smell has been well described by others here. I couldnt help but think I was overpowering everyone around me with it. I didn't want to be 'that' guy. I gave it a whirl for half a day to see if it would grow on me, but by afternoon I washed it off and was grateful to have it gone.
Rated5on the scale of0to5
02/01/2019
Love this scent
It one me favorite very bold and sweet
Rated3on the scale of0to5
01/30/2019
Great scent poor performance
This smells great. A nice spicy leather scent with some sweetness on the dry down. Very poor performance. It last about 3 hours.
Rated4on the scale of0to5
01/30/2019
Really like this one
This is one you can wear every day very subtle so far its my favorite!!
Rated3on the scale of0to5
01/22/2019
Sweet Rebel...
I like the scent but it is not as masculine or long lasting as I would like. It is sweeter and more subtle than I was anticipating. It does pair well with leather apparel. It’s a good date night scent.
Rated3on the scale of0to5
01/02/2019
It's okay
Not a bad smell, definitely one you have to be use to.
Rated5on the scale of0to5
12/28/2018
Smells good
I enjoyed the smell
Rated1on the scale of0to5
12/27/2018
Hate everything about it
It just stinks lol... Nothing positive I can say about it
Janeen
01/06/2019
Sell it too me!!!
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Rated3on the scale of0to5
12/26/2018
I like it
It smells great, but longevity is a concern. I don't get any rum or tobacco from it. It smells really woodsy to me. It could just be my skin, who knows. All in all I do like it though.
Rated3on the scale of0to5
12/24/2018
unique, sweet
really good scent, but too sweet
Rated1on the scale of0to5
12/15/2018
Dark Rebel
Reminds me of something my grandpa would wear. Smells old and musky. No, thanks. Im giving this cologne away.
Rated1on the scale of0to5
12/04/2018
Bonfire
Very potent. Unfortunately, it smelled like you had been sitting next to a bonfire too long. Straight up burnt smokey firewood.
Rated5on the scale of0to5
11/26/2018
A new favorite. I love this scent
I was actually surprised at how much I like this one. It has a leather and sweet finish to it. I dig it.
Rated4on the scale of0to5
11/25/2018
Dark rebel
The rats will come crawlin out if you wear this with a leather jacket... great for cold weather make sure you dump alot of this stuff over you otherwise ppl aint gona smell it ...
Rated4on the scale of0to5
11/24/2018
Good
It's good, comes off a bit strong but then tones down as the day goes on.
Rated5on the scale of0to5
11/18/2018
Amazing masculine scent
Right off the bat you can already smell the tobacco and leather when applied for the first time. As it sits on your skin for after a few minutes, that's when the subtle scent of rum also comes into to play. Very woodsy, very refined, and very masculine, perfect for the dapper side of men.
Rated4on the scale of0to5
11/15/2018
Not for just any man.
The person wearing this is either: a)the hot professor you want to bed b)trying too hard c)packing ;) d)hella confident.
Rated3on the scale of0to5
11/10/2018
Okay fragrance, wish it lasted
I gave this fragrance a few wearings before doing this review, as I do with every fragrance. I’ll start out by saying that this is an okay fragrance, I can’t say I love it but it’s not bad. It’s a heavy, dark, bold and masculine fragrance. Nothing about this is unisex. Where this fragrance really lacks is in the performance, the longevity and silage both are pretty poor on me. If it lasted longer and projected a little more, I might consider buying a full bottle. I just can’t see myself paying for a full bottle of cologne that has poor performance. It doesn’t smell bad at all to me, at first I get a bit of tobacco, rum and leather. I wouldn’t really consider it to be a boozy scent though. I don’t think there’s much of anything going on in the dry down. This is definitely a fall & winter scent. I wouldn’t wear this for a date or for work, for me it’s really just suited to lounging around the house by the fire, playing guitar, reading, etc. Overall, I do enjoy this fragrance. The name dark rebel suits it well. It is very dark, heavy and bold. If that type of fragrance is your thing, I would give it a try. It might perform better for you than it did for me.
Rated3on the scale of0to5
11/07/2018
Smokey and sweet
Not for me. Too sweet and too Smokey, and dank.
Rated5on the scale of0to5
11/06/2018
Love it
Smells very good deffinetly a great first sceant to recieve
Rated5on the scale of0to5
11/06/2018
Sexy
Great cologne, smells for hours. Will full size bottle.
Rated4on the scale of0to5
10/30/2018
Intriguing.......
The initial first hour or so is BOLD, interestingly spicy and manly. Going into the next phase, it turns into a more woody, subtle tones. The longevity is only maybe four hours for me, but that is all I need for most occasions.
Rated4on the scale of0to5
10/28/2018
Modern Pirate
Tobacco. Rum. The Goods. Not wimpy. Not a pushover. But laid back.
Rated5on the scale of0to5
10/26/2018
Mainstream fresh in leathery niche clothings, brilliant!
This one is polarizing. Not for the reasons people usually give. Yes, it’s complex leathery and smoky facets have more in common with odd niche fragrance than with mainstream men’s cologne. The descriptions people give of those almost make it sound like Vi et Armis - a truly extreme smoke-tobacco-rum fest. Vi et Armis this is not! Dark Rebel would be quite tame if it wasn’t for how much mainstream fresh it pairs with the leather, booze and smoke. I think it pulls off this combination perfectly, which is quite a feat. My partner has an almost bottomless tolerance for odd leathery and smoky niche fragrances on me: from le labo patchouli 24 to vi et armis. She can’t stand this one because it reminds her of generic jock cologne. I disagree, but she has a point: the more mainstream fresh facets project a lot - they can be smelled from afar especially during the first hour on skin. If you don’t like those for whatever reason stay away. Otherwise, have fun!