John Varvatos
Dark Rebel
John Varvatos Dark Rebel
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Rebottled Dark Rebel, rebottled by Scentbird, Inc., an independent bottler from a genuine product wholly independent of John Varvatos
Scentbird, Inc., New York, NY 10001
Notes
Leather Tobacco Rum Sugar Cane Woodsy Notes
Description
The fragrance is inspired by the designer's return to Detroit, intended for rebellious men who think outside the conventional framework, individuals who march to the beat of their own drum and are not followers. Advertised by the slogan "From Darkness Comes Light," Dark Rebel has a distinct and pure edge: tough, intoxicating, and totally uninhibited. A mixture of woody scents, Jamaican rum, black leather, and sweet tobacco gives the fragrance its wild edge.
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05/30/2017
Great cologne. Smelled it first on a magazine scratch-n-sniff ad in Men's Health and knew I loved it. I wear cologne for me and how a scent makes me feel, so I haven't asked anyone's opinion on it yet, but I love it so I'll order it again or buy a bigger bottle. I'd have no problem wearing it daily.
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05/28/2017
Really love this scent, it smells amazing on my husband.
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05/24/2017
Very dark and masculine. One of the only colognes ive worn that i can smell on myself throughout the day
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05/23/2017
This has become one of my favorites to wear; it reminds me of an old incense I used to burn all the time. I love it.
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05/15/2017
I really love this scent. I will probably even put it back on my order list.
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05/11/2017
This is an amazing manly smell. My wife can not keep her hands off of me while wearing this. It's a strong cologne with a hint of campfire in it. Smells like a bad boy.
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05/08/2017
This is an awesome and sexy day-wear cologne, love it!
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05/03/2017
👌Very masculine scent
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04/30/2017
Very nice masculine scent. Strong for an everyday, but I like it.
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04/30/2017
I really like this one, time to buy, Thanks Sentbird
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04/29/2017
Goes on strong and sweet, but finishes musky and seductively. This is a great short to mid length cologne. Great for a short night out or a quick date.
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04/29/2017
NOT really a fan it seems to much it has great projection tho it's definitely a beast just not my cup of tea
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03/11/2017
Smells great doesn't last for shit though
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03/05/2017
I like this scent, it's definitely very manly smelling. It thankfully last for an entire workday, so my husband can keep smelling amazing.
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03/05/2017
It smells masculine and spicy. The first day I wore this I didn't tell anyone I had on new Cologne and I got 2 complements. This Cologne is a real confidence booster. I would recommend this for occasions or on a big day. Not for day to day use.
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03/03/2017
Love this scent! Earthy, spicy perfection.
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03/01/2017
Love the scent, if only it last longer..
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02/25/2017
I love this scent, I especially like the strong leather/tobacco notes that it starts off as a beginning scent. It helps that my husband likes it as well.
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02/16/2017
Very woodsy! Exactly what I was looking for when I chose this one. I have tried other Varvatos scents and this one is my favorite so for.
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02/07/2017
Very woodsy. Not really my style but the sent last long witch i like
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02/07/2017
Great scent... It's has a very tobaco smell that is great and last.
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02/05/2017
Love it
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02/05/2017
Very masculine, smells of leather and black. Have received lots of compliments and ordered a full size bottle after a few days. This will be my regular cologne I'll be wearing
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02/04/2017
I absolutely love this cologne
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02/04/2017
Definitely not for me
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02/03/2017
Very strong and spicy at the beggining but when it fades out it smells great...
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02/03/2017
smells like night and sex
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02/02/2017
Lovely Strong scent
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01/31/2017
Smells great...... doesn't last for shit though
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01/31/2017
Not for me
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01/31/2017
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01/29/2017
Amazing
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01/29/2017
Nice!
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01/28/2017
Overbearing scent of tobacco and hints of leather, just not my cup of tea.
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01/24/2017
Just got my January scent Dark Rebel and its the bomb, every thing I would look for in a masculine scent, this is my best scent yet think I will be upgrading to a full bottle..
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01/22/2017
A VERY overpowering scent. Masculine yes, however it does not stay around long enough. Would not buy again. Not my style or worth the money if it doesn't stick around
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01/12/2017
I love Varvatos' scents, but this one didn't do much for me. It's masculine, but has a bit of an "axe" quality to it... which... is not a positive. Longevity is the weakest aspect of this one- seems to be gone within an hour or two. It's a decent scent- just nothing special.
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01/12/2017
Smells like incense. Too overbearing.
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01/06/2017
Loved this cologne will be buying. Look forward to my scentbird every month
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01/04/2017
It has a very masculine scent, with hints of leather and tobacco. It last for a decent amount of time. My only problem is that the amount Scentbird sends you is not near enough for one month.
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01/03/2017
Good, not great, the search goes on.
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01/03/2017
Like a dry smoky incense or candle that smells like leather with a slight rum/tobacco scent behind it that makes it pretty polarizing. Predominantly leather and incense notes. Personally, not a favorite.
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01/02/2017
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01/02/2017
Better than expected, oozing with prestige and admiration. Only down fall (IMO) wears off a little too quickly. Probably the best I have had the privilege of receiving thus far.
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01/02/2017
It doesn't stay on long..Ole school scent..But my man loves it
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01/02/2017
it's ok
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01/02/2017
*amateur review* Spicy, earthy, manly. This is my new #3 after Odin's 12 and Varvatos Vintage.
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01/01/2017
Great winter scent
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01/01/2017
Smells real strong at first but settles nice. It last for awhile
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12/31/2016
It's decent but not my favorite.
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12/30/2016
The best fragrance I've ever used loved it.
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12/30/2016
Best cologne I've ever worn. Tons of compliments. My wife loves it. Will be buying a full sized bottle next chance I get.
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12/29/2016
Good scent, wish it will project more.
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12/29/2016
A little too rebellious
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12/23/2016
This is probably one of the highlights of this style, the tobacco notes are awesome. Really great masculine scent.
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12/21/2016
Great classic smell very rugged but not an over powering smell
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12/19/2016
Very romantic and ladies man. Subtle vanilla hints.
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12/10/2016
sweet and spicy my lady girls say that thay could just eat me up when i ware it
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12/07/2016
Song tabaco scent, it's good but to strong for mY taste
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12/07/2016
Not really dark; more like purple. Not much rebel; more like pimp. If you always wanted to smell like the maitre d' at a Fat Albert-themed steakhouse, you've found your dream scent. Spicy, but in a velour jumpsuit kind of way.
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12/05/2016
This is my favorite cologne that I've ever worn by far. I've had random women standing next to me at a concert tell me I smelled yummy. I've heard the word 'sexy' describe it, when I've worn it. I bought a large bottle of it before I was finished with my scentbird sample. I did not want to run out! If you want to be a little mysterious, sexy, and smell yummy, then get this.
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12/05/2016
Loved this one so much we went out and bought it last weekend. I would not have tried this without ScentBird. Thanks for the service.
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12/04/2016
I loved the cologne. My father loved it. My mother loved it. My brothers loved it. My coworkers loved it. Everyone loved it. So convenient to just have it scent right to your house.
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12/03/2016
Very good winter smell. Very spicy
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12/03/2016
Very interesting scent. Smells like some buildings I've been to with wood that smells like this. At first anyway. After about an hour or so, it smells great!
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12/03/2016
Really debonair scent. Tough as nails, maybe even a little too masculine for me. Powerful spice and woods notes. Less sweet and chemical-y than John Varvatos EDT, but I do find I still prefer that scent.
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12/02/2016
I like this one. I got a few good compliments on it. I'd say it fits its name. On my skin it starts off a bit sharp and maybe even musky, but it settles in nicely and finishes smooth and balanced. Literally gets better the longer you wear it.
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12/02/2016
I was really surprised of the smell.. It's a complex and completely different fragrance than I'm used to wearing. I'm really glad i decided to check it out.. Haven't had any comments from people but maybe it's just me...lol
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12/01/2016
Definitely not a daytime scent. Quite heavy and spicy to my nose but great for evenings and going out.
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11/26/2016
My new favorite !!!
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11/17/2016
Love the tobacco and leather scent. I'm always looking for something to meet my desire for DK men. Almost but not quite.
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11/14/2016
It was overwhelmed by the wood smell not my favored at all
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11/11/2016
Just get it! My husband said he got so many compliments. It smells peppery with a hint of oak and warm vanilla. Love it!
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11/11/2016
A great fall sent has a very to back OE leather read masculine smell but yet still a little bit soft
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11/05/2016
Excellent
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11/05/2016
Too much like wood very sting smell overwhelming
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11/03/2016
Very nice! got a lot of feedback on the great scent I was wearing!
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11/03/2016
Great scent does come on a bit strong, I usually spray it on after stepping out of the shower to allow it to mellow a bit.
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11/03/2016
Love the scent. The tobacco notes smell like a fine cigar. Definitely a keeper.
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11/03/2016
Love this scent! Nice after tone that lingers.
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11/03/2016
Love John varvatos colognes but this one was disappointing. Didn't like the way it smelled at all. Not my type of fragrance.
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11/03/2016
Great cologne but a bit heavy for my normal selection.
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11/02/2016
Love it
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11/01/2016
it never came in
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10/30/2016
Great scent! My type of fragrance
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10/29/2016
Notes of pipe tobacco
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10/29/2016
This smells great, but I feel like it doesn't last very long. Spritz it on in the morning and my wife can hardly smell it at lunchtime.
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10/07/2016
Smoky at first, then it mellows and smells great. Not over powering, just right. This is a half day cologne, it does not last forever, but that is not a bad thing. Either re apply or change your scent for later in the evening..
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10/04/2016
Great for fall!
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10/04/2016
Mmmmm.... I've had men AND women stop me...lean in...and say "You smell FANTASTIC".... "Damn you smell sexy"...and my favorite- "Delicious fragrance"....
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10/02/2016
A nice warm sweet sent. I could ware this everyday.
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10/01/2016
Great scent overall, doesn't last the whole day for me personally, but that could be due to the fact i am not 100% on my scent profile as yet. I love the combination and adaptivness of the scent as it goes on strong but relaxes into it's light woodsy yet aromatic subtle profiles over the course of the day. Great scent, however for me it doesnt last quite as well as i had hoped. But I am new to the realms of finding your profile and scent . Could just be my aromatics have not found the right fit thus far? But my wife loves it!
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09/30/2016
This is one of the most unique colognes I have ever used. I imagine that most people will either love it or hate it -- there will be no in-between. Has a very woodsy and smoky aroma -- rich spices mixed with the smell of a fine cigar. One of my favorites.
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09/30/2016
I loved this but apparently my girlfriend didn't so on to another one...
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09/30/2016
Love it 👌🏼🤘🏼
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09/29/2016
Smells like a cinnamon air freshener... not good at all
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09/29/2016
Smells ok, not one of my favorites, longevity is nice.
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09/27/2016
My ex wife even gave me a complement on this one.
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09/17/2016
Very pleased with this cologne
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09/07/2016
Love this on my husband
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09/01/2016
I really liked this scent, the leather, musk, and pepper notes play off of each other nicely creating a unique unforgettable scent. It's certainly not a cologne you smell everyday but that's a good thing.
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09/01/2016
It smells a little like women's perfume. My husband hates it.
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08/31/2016
smells nice
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08/24/2016
For me, it's way too overpowering. It's a 'masculine' scent in terms of being woodsy, spicy, rum-like... but I don't enjoy having it on nor would I want to sit next to another guy wearing it - which to me, says a lot. I guess it's true to it's name, 'Dark Rebel', in that it smells like a cowboy/biker on the run who had a rough night, woke up in a cell and just hopped back on his bike and landed at a saloon. I'll be giving this one away to someone I don't spend much time with... #SorryNotSorry... but I still like the Scent Bird service very much! I just chose the wrong style cologne this time.
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08/24/2016
I was unsure how the "tobacco & rum" would translate through a scent, and well, now I understand very well. Very unique scent. This would be on my list to purchase.
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08/07/2016
It's nice
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08/04/2016
Great scent. Exactly how a manly man should smell!
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07/31/2016
Smells alright, really strong leather and tobacco scent lasts long but not really my type of scent though
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07/31/2016
Not what I expected but got a few compliments on it. So overall this cologne was a hit
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07/07/2016
I *mostly* like it, but it's just a touch too sweet. It smells "young" to me. Something I'll wear once in a while, but not a go-to for me.
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07/05/2016
Awesome
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07/03/2016
Smells like an old person.
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07/02/2016
Love this scent. Very woodsy, will buy bigger bottle.
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07/01/2016
Love this smell...very dark...
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07/01/2016
Nice!
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07/01/2016
Love this scent suttle yet very prominent..
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07/01/2016
The best way to enjoy the scent is to spray once on any part.Anything more than that will not only make you uncomfortable,it will offend bystanders with onion or aerosol type of odor.
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06/17/2016
Great classic scent, didn't work for my body chemistry.
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06/05/2016
Strong scent that lasted all day. From 4a until 7p on one spray! Wife thought that I had reapplied at work.
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06/03/2016
I was hoping for a much more prominent boozy note, but to me leather and tobacco are at the forefront. Lasts for 10+ hours on me. I like it but not enough to purchase a bottle.
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06/01/2016
I loved this cologne it is dark woody leathery, I just wish it lasted longer on the skin
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06/01/2016
im still waiting for my first scent i haven't recive anything
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05/28/2016
Love it.
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05/21/2016
love it
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04/27/2016
I thought when I picked this scent that I would start pounding my chest and grunting when I smelled it, however when I did smell it it made me want to put a bow in my hair. I expected a much more masculine scent. Not really a fan. It would be a good scent on someone else, just not for me.
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04/11/2016
its ok. not what i was expecting but, then again i didn't know what to expect its my first time using the website. I'd say the notes listed are spot on. when i smell it i picture a 40 year old man smoking a cigar at a bar. I'm going to try it again in the fall maybe it will be more suitable but as for right now I'm not a fan.
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04/08/2016
I don't know many rebels who wear powdery scents. Folks made a big deal about the powdery backend of this cologne, but I still think it's DIFFERENT enough of an ADULT fragrance when you're taking a break from your tried and true.
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04/06/2016
It's a good scent that has gotten me some complements. The tobacco scent is relatively strong, and if over-applied becomes too sweet. This cologne is both strong and long lasting in my experience.
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03/30/2016
Didn't really like the scent. It had a musky, leather smell to it. It's on ok smell, but not my type. If your style for example consist of Polo Red, Channel Blue, Diesel, Chrome type style. Then you might not be feeling this scent.
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03/29/2016
I have mixed feelings about this one: Though I do find it rich and multi-layered, the acerbic, creosote-esque elements seem a bit strong for me, Also, when you only catch a whiff, most of the sweeter and more complex notes fall away and it just smells almost exactly like you're wearing Off bug repellant. Not bad, but I don't plan on running out to buy a large bottle either.
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03/15/2016
This is one spectacular cologne, let me tell you. I feel like tobacco and leather are starting to get way overdone in men's colognes these days but this is a very unique blend. The tobacco is dry and only a little sweet while the leather is true to its name and not at all plasticy. The bamboo gives it a nice freshness that lingers all the way to the dry down, which is dry and spicy. I cannot get enough of this stuff! It is pretty strong, so don't be heavy handed when applying.
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03/02/2016
Good stuff
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02/29/2016
I really love the subtle "cold" smell that lingers after I've worn it for some time... Definitely a great choice! (Really excited about this site and subscription!)
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02/29/2016
Absolutely perfect scent. Very much a sandalwood dominated cologne with a clean and crisp feel
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02/20/2016
awesome scent. can be an everyday cologne or kept for special nights!
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02/18/2016
Not a huge fan of this.
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02/05/2016
I love this scent! It doesn't last all day and is not over powering. I wish it was a little longer lasting.
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02/04/2016
Smells great and is strong but only for a short time, after 4 hours it seems to have disappeared.
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02/04/2016
Not my favorite scent, personally, but I've received a lot of compliments on it.
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02/03/2016
Very good but doesn't last long
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02/03/2016
Very good scent! Big fan of many of John Varvatos fragrances, and this is tied with Artisan as my absolute fav.
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02/02/2016
Love it
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02/02/2016
Not for me.
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02/02/2016
Smells great, warm with lots of cinnamon.
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01/11/2016
A really dark scent starting with a super rich and smoky scent that blends into to be more rich and spicy. Dark, Masculine, Strong, Spicy, not old man spicy; but a mature scent for sure.
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