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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 rating and reviews
Average rating (68 reviews)
3 out of 5
Age: 25 to 34
Skin type: Sensitive
It had a great scent but didn't last as long as I thought it would other than that I liked it
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 ?
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.
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.
Age: 45 to 54
This smelt very well
Age: 25 to 34
Decent scent but doesn’t last long
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
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.
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
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
Too floral for my taste
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.
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
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.
Very awesome scent I love it
It's ok but not for me
It's ok just wasn't a scent that I would see myself wearing all too much.
Could be better
Not at all what the name incites. Very suttle and missing a high note
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.
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.
Very masculine fragrance
I totally enjoyed this fragrance, distinctive masculine fragrance that was rugged yet not to rugged for a formal black tie function.
Not what i was expecting.
Its not a bad scent, just not me. Its an older gentlemen's scent.
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.
I'm not a huge fan. It smells nice. Really pungent at first and wears away in a few hours. Just ok.
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
At first spray it smells a bit more baby powder esc but is a strong and bold cologne. Good smell.
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.
The fragrance was strong and astringent. The smell of spicy was a nice difference but over all not a great scent
A classy office vibe
I like this fragrance.... the Auroma does bring up leather. A good classy date night smell.
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.
I love this scent
Have a black tie event? Need to dress to impress? This is the scent for you.
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.
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.
Overwhelming smell of baby powder. Smells like a diaper change.
Not for me... Smells like an "old man"
This smell like an old man. I'm 37 and thought I would try it... But this is nasty for me.
Like a punch to the face from a 6' 5" biker in a black leather jacket. This one is brilliant, but intense. It's very deep and full of character, without being overpowering. An incredible fall scent.
This was my first order and i couldn't wait i smelled this in the mall awhile back but didnt get it.. I was skeptical bout this but for me personally im believer it smelled just as how i liked it.. and as the day goes by the better it settles.
I'm a fan of John Varvatos' Dark Rebel and this scent is also on my hit list but , to me, this scent is a little sweeter and less distinct than Dark Rebel. Another good cologne to wear for everyday use so I can save my Dark Rebel a little longer.
I like this one. I don't think its overpowering as long as you use it sparingly.
Very overpowering and musky. Not enjoyable at all. Very spicy with nothing to offset it. Could have done better with axe body spray.
This stuff stinks. It smells like a 1970 mississippi pimp on a summer day.
Not a fan at all. Too powerful and not a smooth smell. Almost smells cheap.
I liked this scent....not in love with it like a couple of the others from Varvatos, but it's a good scent to have to mix up your routine. Leather and wood give this a slight musky/spicy odor. It's not a clean/crisp smell so would not recommend for office wear, but would seem appropriate for date night / night out.
Not really a fan of this one. I fell victim to the hype. It doesn't smell "bad" per say, but it isn't something I would wear on a daily basis - especially not in the summer. Putting it on the shelf for winter maybe.
I've heard a lot of hype about this fragrance, and the only negative I will put down in writing is that the hype misled me. It's a great fragrance, matches it's description well. I am a full-time Harley-Davidson rider, and it matches my casual leather-clad style very well. I receive compliments on the fragrance frequently. Woods with a light leather touch on top of a faint vanilla hint. The hype made this seem like the music of all masculine musks, and I favor very rich musks. As such I was disappointed because I was misled by reviewers that don't know how to properly describe a fragrance. I'm not at all upset because I do love the fragrance. 8/10 will suggest to others.
I like most of John Varvatos's fragrances... the original and aqua would be my favorites but this one is right up there...I am kind of tired of the generic genderless scents that most houses are making.
Warm, masculine scent, not overpowering. Sublime leather notes. A hint of cedar. A real working man's scent.
Wildly complex scent: leather, charred woods, bold Tonka bean/sweet vanilla, oriental spices, violets and vetiver. Dry down IS powdery, but not too sweet. It's like CK's "Obsession for men" with new leather and a campfire. This one will be noticed by all.
Scent was unbearably bad. Immediately had to shower again to remove it from my body.
Hated this scent. Had to shower again immediately after putting it on. Scent was more like sewer water than cologne.
Its not for me smells like powder
More for older men. Like my dad who's a grandpa. It has that older musky smell like those old Avon colognes.
Very leathery/smoky scent. Pretty strong when it's first put on but doesn't really stay throughout the day.
Such a fan of John Varvatos cologne!
The scent is a little too amber and grandma smelling.
Ever been to the carwash and chosen "leather" for the interior scent? This smells just like that... Its fine in a car, but not on me.
lasting scent. two sprays will suffice. I wear it out when I'm going to dinner. I love the smell but not for everyone. I think it takes a bold man to wear this.
Has a very pleasant freshness to it with nice dark leather.
A little too powdery for my taste. I'm a big fan of Varvatos' scents but this one was just not my favorite.