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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
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3.4 out of 5
Like the scent. I would enjoy it a little more if it lasted longer and was a stronger scent.
Nice tones of a old , soft leather travel bag
Not for me
It smelled too leathery. Not for me. It’s not for someone that is in the age range of 18-35.
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.
Love the smell
I love it but it doesn’t last long
Smell like weak obsession
This scent is very close to old school obsession
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.
smelled very very strong of leather.
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
Not for me
The scent just wasn’t my style
Dark rebel rider
I like it
Rebel for life
Absolutely one of my favorites.
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.
Just smells bad. Smells something like you use to get from Avon and was bottled in a glass cow. Sorry not sorry.
Didn’t smell that good
Has a weird under smell. Almost like pine but not
It was ok, but not long lasting or standout.
Not enough in dispenser...really less than advertised...hope this is not a reoccuring issue.
A lovely fragrance However vial was not full🤔😣👌.
I lived the scent but didn’t last long enough I had to apply multiple times to get the scent I wanted
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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!
catching, lingering, smells like qaulity
Made my man smell so good
Great late night smell
Perfect for a date on a cool night
not bad for a different season
Just a little more of a cinnamon note than expected.
Not a fan
Did not like the smell at all. Too musky
smelled like it had nothing but spice and pepper
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.
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.
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!
This wasnt bad. I forgot how good leather smelled. A bit too strong for my personality, but still great.
It's ok but the smell is a little off
It's one of the best fragrances I ever brought
Yes I love it
25 to 34
Not for me
Sweet but real rich n spicy. If it gets all in my throat, I don't like it.-My opinion.
I like all of the scents in this line.
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.
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. 😎
Not the best
Of the colognes that I have gotten, this is the least one I like.
The smell is just too strong for me
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.
When I want to smell like a lady killer I wear this the ladies drop like flies
18 to 24
Smells good but does not last
I like the smell but it fades very quick
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
25 to 34
It had a great scent but didn't last as long as I thought it would other than that I liked it
35 to 44
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.
Just wasn’t a fan
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.
45 to 54
This smelt very well
25 to 34
Decent scent but doesn’t last long
25 to 34
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.
Smelled like an old lady
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.
Was not very impressed.
Not a fan
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.
Not a fan will not recommend.
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.