Scentbird, Inc., New York, NY 10001
Dark Rebel description
John Varvatos himself has said that Dark Rebel is “his most personal scent to date,” and this perfume is not only personal but in your face about it.
Dark Rebel is a boozy, hyper-masculine scent from beginning to end. It’s a Brando movie, a blazing guitar solo, and a pirate ship all blended into one clenched fist fragrance.
Dark Rebel is the perfume your parents never want you to bring home. Nothing about it is polite, charming, or easy-going. There are only 5 notes total: tobacco, resin-soaked wood, Jamaican rum, black leather, and black pepper.
Tobacco and resinous woods are the first notes out of the gate, and the tobacco is pure Virginia sweet leaf¸ big, full, and desert-dry. Combined with the smoky resin of the wood accord, the opening of this fragrance is like setting up shop in the very back of a world-class cigar store.
And just when your eyes begin to water from the smoky haze, someone offers you a chipped glass sloshing with Jamaican rum, and its tropical sweetness coats the dry tobacco down to the stem.
Rounds of rum are poured, one after the other for several minutes, until you stand up and the world doesn’t. Dark Rebel makes absolutely no concessions to your ability to handle its energy – every note is tuned for the fullest, strongest effect. And when the rum note enters, Dark Rebel’s longevity turns the heart into a drinking game. It’s heavy, thick warmth is the backbone to the entire fragrance.
But the best is yet to come. The base notes of black leather and pepper are stealthy, sly, and smooth. The y ease out from underneath the cane sugar overload of the rum note and before long, they’re all that remains of Dark Rebel’s spicy silhouette of danger and mischief.
For fans familiar with this line’s “Old World meets modern masculinity” vibe, Dark Rebel will come as quite a surprise. John Varvatos has made a personal fragrance that is as intimate as a street fight, with no room for sentimentality or sensitive types. This is a man’s scent for nights when you know you can take on any sumbitch in the house.