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Description
The warm bite of saffron underscores a bright citrusy opening of lemon and bitter orange in Dark Rebel Rider. Iris, osmanthus, violets and Somalian incense follow, draping a long velvet shadow over the top notes. Firm black leather spiked with gourmand notes of cocoa and vanilla rise from the tempting darkness.
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John Varvatos Dark Rebel Rider main notes

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Scent type
Woody
60
Personality
Classic
35
Occasion
Date Night
39
Season
Fall
32
Complexity
Refined
35

John Varvatos Dark Rebel Rider rating and reviews

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3.5 out of 5
Rated4on the scale of0to5
10/15/2020
nice. doesn't last very long though
enjoyed it. wife liked it
Rated1on the scale of0to5
10/14/2020
For old men
This scent is way to strong and smells like death it’s self I really don’t recommend it unless you want to give it to someone you really don’t like
Rated5on the scale of0to5
10/09/2020
Good stuff
My lady enjoyed it. That’s what counts.
Rated4on the scale of0to5
10/09/2020
Smells like the description
Smells like the description
Rated1on the scale of0to5
10/09/2020
😔
Would not recommend
Rated5on the scale of0to5
10/08/2020
Great
I love it
Rated5on the scale of0to5
10/07/2020
Love it
Let's company know not to ruin your leather interior
Rated1on the scale of0to5
10/07/2020
strong
stronger
Rated4on the scale of0to5
10/05/2020
Okay.
It’s was okay can’t say it was bad
Rated5on the scale of0to5
10/04/2020
lady magnet 🧲 ♥
many compliments from both genders.
Rated4on the scale of0to5
10/04/2020
I like it, but don’t love it
It’s definitely a perfect scent for the fall and winter. Although I’d say more for Fall (I like something a little heavier for winter). It has a smell of wood, with the slightest hint of citrus and spices. Also a hint of leather which intertwines perfectly with the wood. I like it, but I don’t think I’ll be buying a full size. If I didn’t already have like 20 bottles of other scents I think I would buy a full size of this. But it is definitely a good fragrance! Pleasantly surprised with this one!
Rated4on the scale of0to5
10/04/2020
Nice
For date night.
Rated5on the scale of0to5
09/30/2020
Next please
First shipment arrived promptly..impressed with the fragrance...cant wait for my next to arrive
Rated2on the scale of0to5
09/29/2020
leathery
it doesn't pair with my natural scent well
Rated1on the scale of0to5
09/26/2020
Not my taste at all, Reminded me of walking into a insense store,Very feminine and sweet..
To feminine and gave me a headache.
Rated5on the scale of0to5
09/22/2020
Great
Thanks
Rated4on the scale of0to5
09/15/2020
Decent
Makes a statement but not loudly. Fresher scent than the bottle and name brought to mind.
Rated5on the scale of0to5
09/11/2020
On Point💯📸
the ⭐⭐⭐⭐💯
Rated4on the scale of0to5
09/11/2020
First experience
This was a very good introduction to ScentBirds. I enjoyed the fragrance, it is very masculine and my wife notices right away when I wear it. Other complements from co-workers that I received are a great additional bonus.
Rated3on the scale of0to5
09/10/2020
scent
wasn't appealing
Rated4on the scale of0to5
09/08/2020
thumbs up
decent scent got compliment
Rated1on the scale of0to5
09/08/2020
Just wasn’t my scent trying to find my perfect scent and this wasn’t it
Just wasn’t my scent trying to find my perfect scent
Rated5on the scale of0to5
09/04/2020
Nice
Enjoy every spray
Rated5on the scale of0to5
09/04/2020
Enjoyable
Love the scent,what i like..
Rated5on the scale of0to5
09/03/2020
Leather
Smells like dark leather. Not everyone will like this but if you can wear it well, you’ll wear it well😏
Rated5on the scale of0to5
09/02/2020
Nice scent!!!
Thanks
Rated4on the scale of0to5
09/01/2020
review
its good for what it is.
Rated3on the scale of0to5
09/01/2020
Rebel
Too much like leather
Rated5on the scale of0to5
09/01/2020
Wow
This is sooooo good. If you haven't tried it, do it. You won't regret it for sure!
Rated5on the scale of0to5
08/31/2020
Dark Rebel Rider
A new favorite. Has almost a frankincense profile. Love it!
Rated1on the scale of0to5
08/30/2020
Too much
Couldn't even wear once. Smelled like an old man.
Rated1on the scale of0to5
08/28/2020
Not for me
Just not my cup of tea. I tend like to citrusy, and this was the opposite of that.
Rated5on the scale of0to5
08/27/2020
Hot
Smells like sex
Rated2on the scale of0to5
08/25/2020
Wasn't what I expected
The smell was not what I expected. It is too strong. When you first spray it smells like the scence you get when you go to card reader places or yerberias. After a few minutes the scence diminish but still the aroma of yerberias.
Rated5on the scale of0to5
08/23/2020
Awesome
Loved it
Rated1on the scale of0to5
08/21/2020
Nope
This is a pretty in your face type of fragrance. It comes off immediately as kind of refreshing and cool. But then the afterscent gets more spicy and leans oriental. It ends up making this overall fragrance that's somehow kind of minty and spicy. I just don't think I really like it. I know I wouldn't wear it personally (yes, I wear men's fragrances). I also however, don't really think it's one that I would like on other people around me either.
Rated3on the scale of0to5
08/21/2020
Didn’t last long
After an hour or so I could not smell the scent on my clothes ... I even questioned if I put any one but I had the same issue every time
Rated1on the scale of0to5
08/18/2020
It’s good
It’s a good scent needs to last longer
Rated3on the scale of0to5
08/17/2020
classic smell
if you like the old classic Woody's earthy colognes this is the one. not my preference bed reminds me of an old Jordache I use to buy as a kid 17 years ago
Rated5on the scale of0to5
08/17/2020
Thanks
Excited for my next one
Rated5on the scale of0to5
08/15/2020
friends loved it
one of my guy friends had asked what was i wearing and i told him and he said tht he def gonna try the cologne tht i was wearing
Rated4on the scale of0to5
08/11/2020
It was ok
Wouldn’t have bought it if I smelled it in a store but I liked it overall.
Rated4on the scale of0to5
08/05/2020
Pretty good
Like the scent. I would enjoy it a little more if it lasted longer and was a stronger scent.
Rated4on the scale of0to5
08/05/2020
Route 66
Nice tones of a old , soft leather travel bag
Rated4on the scale of0to5
08/02/2020
Not for me
It smelled too leathery. Not for me. It’s not for someone that is in the age range of 18-35.
Rated5on the scale of0to5
08/02/2020
Leather bomb!
If you enjoy Varvatos Dark Rebel chances are you’ll enjoy this fragrance. This is 100% a leather fragrance. This is my second wearing of any of the Varvatos line of colognes. The other was Dark Rebel. I honestly don’t know which one I enjoy more but this immediately filled my head with thoughts of a dark and dimly lit library containing that nicely worn in leather chair. My imagination filled in the rest of an old book, a vintage pipe and a snifter containing cognac. This is one of those fragrances that not too many can pull off comfortably. You have to be a man that can defy convention. There are some notes in here that don’t make this a totally dark scent. What it does contain are a couple of scents that add a bit of brightness within it. Top notes are bitter orange, aldehydes, saffron, marjoram and hyssop; middle notes are orris, osmanthus, black violet, rock rose, olibanum, resin and tolu balsam; base notes are russian leather, cacao, vanilla, atlas cedar, patchouli and woody notes.
Rated5on the scale of0to5
07/30/2020
Love the smell
I love it but it doesn’t last long
Rated3on the scale of0to5
07/29/2020
Smell like weak obsession
This scent is very close to old school obsession
Rated5on the scale of0to5
07/28/2020
A Complex Knockout That Delivers
This is by far the best cologne I have ever worn. The notes are complex and easily differentiated from each other, leaving the wearer amazed at how much can be packed into one scent and be delivered like a masterfully crafted piece of art. Like an exceptionally good movie, you need to take it in at least several times to catch what you might have missed or to enjoy elements you only previously experienced. It's powerful, sexual, strong, and commanding. It's a lot to live up to, declaring you're dynamic, dominate and self-assured. It's a very attractive, almost aphrodisiac like scent that is extremely alluring. Not recommended for a professional atmosphere whatsoever, the scent was made purely for the Night.
Rated1on the scale of0to5
07/26/2020
leather
smelled very very strong of leather.
Rated1on the scale of0to5
07/26/2020
Well
so.. in my opinion.. this is what i imagined it smells like in a 1940s style place where 30 red had senior citizens are meeting for coffee.. its a very over powering not nice grandmother type of scent. would not recommend
Rated2on the scale of0to5
07/25/2020
Not for me
The scent just wasn’t my style
Rated5on the scale of0to5
07/21/2020
Dark rebel rider
I like it
Rated5on the scale of0to5
07/21/2020
Rebel for life
Absolutely one of my favorites.
Rated3on the scale of0to5
07/20/2020
An attempt to be edgy
The other Varvatos fragrances I have tried have had subtleness and intrigue. This seems a bit harsh and unrewarding. I didn't really find the notes described. Frankly I will probably give it away.
Rated1on the scale of0to5
07/17/2020
Not good
Just smells bad. Smells something like you use to get from Avon and was bottled in a glass cow. Sorry not sorry.
Rated1on the scale of0to5
07/17/2020
Didn’t smell that good
Has a weird under smell. Almost like pine but not
Rated3on the scale of0to5
07/15/2020
not memorable
It was ok, but not long lasting or standout.
Rated5on the scale of0to5
07/15/2020
Not enough in dispenser...really less than advertised...hope this is not a reoccuring issue.
A lovely fragrance However vial was not full🤔😣👌.
Rated3on the scale of0to5
07/09/2020
Long lasting
I lived the scent but didn’t last long enough I had to apply multiple times to get the scent I wanted
Rated4on the scale of0to5
07/09/2020
John Varvatos Dark Rebel Rider
Has a nice scent just a bit too musky for me. It also does not last very long on the skin.
Rated4on the scale of0to5
07/06/2020
Leathery Tobacco and some spice
This is one if those fragrances that smacks you in the face really quick with leather . Like sittining in a new car with leather seats. Then the tobacco and hints of spice fallow as the leather fades.
Rated3on the scale of0to5
07/05/2020
It’s Nice...
It is a very nice smell. It has a sweet but leathery tone. However, it’s a bit too sweet for me. I’d wear it once in awhile. Definitely for fall or winter.
Rated4on the scale of0to5
06/30/2020
Not what I usually go for
Welcome change to what I usually wear. More of a fall or winter scent... Strong leather and almost moist in quality. Lush.
Rated3on the scale of0to5
06/28/2020
Campfire
Smells exactly like a campfire, which can be great or not so great depending on the situation. I think the normal Rebel is more versatile. Still a great smell, just like JV Artisan and Rebel much more
Rated5on the scale of0to5
06/26/2020
This scent is perfect!
Long lasting scent with a great smell. The ladies at work have given me several compliments on the scent, definitely helped when I was out with friends too! All and all the perfect scent for both casual and going out. Keep it coming Scentbird!
Rated5on the scale of0to5
06/26/2020
fragrance
catching, lingering, smells like qaulity
Rated5on the scale of0to5
06/26/2020
u
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Rated5on the scale of0to5
06/25/2020
Yummy
Made my man smell so good
Rated5on the scale of0to5
06/22/2020
Great late night smell
Perfect for a date on a cool night
Rated4on the scale of0to5
06/22/2020
not bad for a different season
Just a little more of a cinnamon note than expected.
Rated1on the scale of0to5
06/19/2020
Not a fan
Did not like the smell at all. Too musky
Rated2on the scale of0to5
06/19/2020
Peppery
smelled like it had nothing but spice and pepper
Rated5on the scale of0to5
06/17/2020
Nice
Love it
Rated3on the scale of0to5
06/06/2020
Smells great, heart-breaking performance
This DNA is something I'm in love with, but the poor thing only lasts 1.5-2 hours max. If there were a fragrance that smelled like this, with more respectable performance, I would buy it in a heartbeat. However, a full 4.2oz bottle is pretty cheap, so it's not so terrible to reapply often.
Rated1on the scale of0to5
06/01/2020
does not smell like the main notes listed
Unfortunately, this one is not great. My fiance says it smells like something an old woman in a retirement home would wear and I have to agree.
Rated5on the scale of0to5
05/27/2020
Sex in a bottle! LOL
God this fragrance is amazing. No joke- I’ve had people stop me (pre-CoVid) and ask me what I was wearing, that it was “sexy as fu*k”. I LOVED it!
Rated5on the scale of0to5
05/25/2020
5
5
Rated5on the scale of0to5
05/21/2020
Not bad.
This wasnt bad. I forgot how good leather smelled. A bit too strong for my personality, but still great.
Rated3on the scale of0to5
05/20/2020
It's ok but the smell is a little off
Rated5on the scale of0to5
04/26/2020
love
Rated5on the scale of0to5
04/21/2020
It's one of the best fragrances I ever brought
Yes I love it
Rated1on the scale of0to5
04/12/2020
Age:
25 to 34
Skin type:
Normal
Not for me
Sweet but real rich n spicy. If it gets all in my throat, I don't like it.-My opinion.
Rated4on the scale of0to5
03/22/2020
I like all of the scents in this line.
Rated2on the scale of0to5
03/18/2020
not mtype
Rated2on the scale of0to5
03/03/2020
Age:
25 to 34
Smell is fine but does not last at all.
As with most John Varvatos fragrances, the smell is good, but it just has terrible longevity. Even though certain scents can make you go nose blind (unable to smell yourself when others around you can), this one went unnoticed pretty much the entire day, and that’s with 4-5 sprays on the pulse points.
Rated5on the scale of0to5
02/23/2020
Going darker
Got "Dark Rebel" for my husband a few months back, and fell in love with the Mysterious Aura it created. "Dark Rebel Rider " adds a layer of something deeper. Has staying power throughout the day. Caught myself hugging him alot more, just to sniff him. 😎
Rated2on the scale of0to5
02/23/2020
Not the best
Of the colognes that I have gotten, this is the least one I like.
Rated5on the scale of0to5
02/14/2020
Clean
Very nice
Rated1on the scale of0to5
02/01/2020
The smell is just too strong for me
Rated2on the scale of0to5
01/25/2020
Scent was ok
Cologne was very oakey and smelt like a tree. A decent cologne for the wintertime. I would rather many others though. Also, the cologne made me sneeze very much, and I might be allergic.
Rated5on the scale of0to5
01/05/2020
When I want to smell like a lady killer I wear this the ladies drop like flies
Rated3on the scale of0to5
01/03/2020
Age:
18 to 24
Smells good but does not last
I like the smell but it fades very quick
Rated3on the scale of0to5
11/17/2019
Good but not as good as dark rebel
This is a good backup to rebel, but not something I would replace it with. Strong but off
Rated2on the scale of0to5
09/19/2019
Age:
25 to 34
Skin type:
Sensitive
Not bad
It had a great scent but didn't last as long as I thought it would other than that I liked it
Rated1on the scale of0to5
09/14/2019
Age:
35 to 44
Skin type:
Normal
Where's the rebel ?
I love dark rebel, saying that I don't get this cologne . It is not for me and I was so much looking forward to trying this based off of how much I love dark rebel. When I smelled this it reminded me of a old lady at the supermarket riding around in one of those electric scooters talking about watch it sonny ?
Rated4on the scale of0to5
09/06/2019
Love the leather....
It’s weird bc it legit smells like leather when you first put it on - but as the day goes on the fragrance transforms into a warm scent. It lasts all day - makes me feel like a grown man. I treat this like a casual scent that’s preferred during cool to cold weather.
Rated1on the scale of0to5
08/05/2019
Nope
Just wasn’t a fan
Rated1on the scale of0to5
08/05/2019
My least favorite
For some reason this really isnt a dark scent it's more like a girly scent to me. I dont like it at all.
Rated5on the scale of0to5
07/05/2019
Age:
45 to 54
The scent
This smelt very well
Rated4on the scale of0to5
05/14/2019
Age:
25 to 34
Good scent
Decent scent but doesn’t last long
Rated3on the scale of0to5
04/17/2019
Age:
25 to 34
Skin type:
Normal
Alot like Dark Rebel but
I'm a fan of this just like I am Dark Rebel it does pack more of a punch which makes it last 6-7 hours and project about an hour more powerfully then Dark Rebel but still not enough for me when you think of the kinda scent this is I expect a powerhouse and I didn't get that. also the dry own here is not as good as Dark Rebel
Rated5on the scale of0to5
03/04/2019
Smells GREAT
Panty dropper.😈😈😈👅👅👅
Rated2on the scale of0to5
03/03/2019
Terrible Longevity
I own a full size bottle of this one, and while the scent is what you would expect (something evocative what Hollywood thinks a biker bar might smell like), the longevity is absolutely terrible. I have to spray so much of this throughout the day. No staying power, I’d be hard pressed to say it lingers for more than two hours or so after a generous five or so spritzes.
Rated4on the scale of0to5
10/28/2018
Hey I like it
Idk. It's a weird smell kind of but it's good I wanted a wintery smell and idk maybe not what I was expecting but defiantly acceptable
Rated3on the scale of0to5
09/02/2018
Not bad
Has a good smell. Not as strong and dominant as other scents I’ve gotten. Good for when you want to smell good but not stand out like crazy
Rated1on the scale of0to5
09/01/2018
Too floral
Too floral for my taste
Rated2on the scale of0to5
08/05/2018
No
Smells exactly like an old man. I dont know if it's the musk or what, but this has zero "leather" scent. John Varvatos is a great brand, but this is a terrible smell. If you're young you will not enjoy this smell. I'm 28 and it smells horrid.
Rated2on the scale of0to5
08/01/2018
Choking on leather.
The leather scent was overpowering. Each time I put it on I get just a little sick. After 30 minutes it mellows out and isn't too bad. But first application is chokingly powerful. To me
Rated5on the scale of0to5
07/28/2018
i'm a huge fan of this designer so my review may sound bias.
i'm a huge fan of this designer so my review may sound bias. this is my black leather jacket cologne it has a bad ass vibe if you're a united states marine serving in the infantry this cologne is for you. its not loud in your face trying to be an over achiever but it will get you noticed this is definitely a winter time fragrance.
Rated5on the scale of0to5
07/14/2018
Mr. Jefferson
Excellent scent!
Rated5on the scale of0to5
07/01/2018
Awesome
Very awesome scent I love it
Rated3on the scale of0to5
07/01/2018
It's ok but not for me
It's ok just wasn't a scent that I would see myself wearing all too much.
Rated2on the scale of0to5
06/28/2018
Could be better
Not at all what the name incites. Very suttle and missing a high note
Rated3on the scale of0to5
06/06/2018
Not the worst
It has an okay scent once the initial spray wears off. However it does remind me of Chanel No. 5 which isn't good.
Rated5on the scale of0to5
05/30/2018
Stunning
One of my new favorite colognes. Been sharing out my shipments with a multitude of coworkers, both men and women with nothing but positive feedback.
Rated1on the scale of0to5
04/25/2018
Bad
Smelled like an old lady
Rated5on the scale of0to5
04/22/2018
Very masculine fragrance
I totally enjoyed this fragrance, distinctive masculine fragrance that was rugged yet not to rugged for a formal black tie function.
Rated2on the scale of0to5
04/10/2018
Not what i was expecting.
Its not a bad scent, just not me. Its an older gentlemen's scent.
Rated5on the scale of0to5
03/30/2018
Rebellious
Though I am a woman I love wearing this amazing scent made for men. I pair it with a vanilla type fragrance. I generally find if I spray a bit and walk through the mist, it’s just enough without being overwhelming.
Rated3on the scale of0to5
03/29/2018
Ok
I'm not a huge fan. It smells nice. Really pungent at first and wears away in a few hours. Just ok.
Rated4on the scale of0to5
03/27/2018
Dark
Great scent. I've only used it once for a date so I can't say much about it. I choose this because I figured it be a nice romantic smell. Haha
Rated4on the scale of0to5
03/01/2018
Bold
At first spray it smells a bit more baby powder esc but is a strong and bold cologne. Good smell.
Rated3on the scale of0to5
02/27/2018
Hey grandpa
So this smells like an old hipster guy who works out. He’s buff, full bread, but a low cut. He has salt pepper hair and wears suspenders with shorts. It’s just not for me. If you are that guy, you will love this. Why give 3 stars you ask, simple, it last. It last with just a squirt. Man do I love a cologne that last. It’s not a bad smell. It smells good if you like leathery smells.
Rated2on the scale of0to5
02/09/2018
Spicy
The fragrance was strong and astringent. The smell of spicy was a nice difference but over all not a great scent
Rated4on the scale of0to5
01/24/2018
A classy office vibe
I like this fragrance.... the Auroma does bring up leather. A good classy date night smell.
Rated1on the scale of0to5
01/15/2018
Way too much.
Way too strong for me. Overpowering scent that makes people take a step back from you. Tried using just one spritz and it was much better but still a bit too strong.
Rated5on the scale of0to5
12/30/2017
I love this scent
Have a black tie event? Need to dress to impress? This is the scent for you.
Rated2on the scale of0to5
12/01/2017
I was very disappointed with this fragrance as I usually like other fragrances by John Varvatos. This cologne had way to much woody musky tones to be enjoyable and sadly it actually lasts quite a bit. It reminded me of the old Gucci Rush with its woody musky tones and I wasn't a huge fan of that either.
Rated4on the scale of0to5
11/29/2017
Enjoyed this fragrance after trying John Varvatos "Oud", although came off a bit smokier than anticipated. Still has a nice leather scent to it, though.
Rated1on the scale of0to5
10/29/2017
Overwhelming smell of baby powder. Smells like a diaper change.
Rated1on the scale of0to5
10/21/2017
Not for me... Smells like an "old man"