Reb’l Fleur by Caroline Sabas and Marypierre Julien of Givaudan for Rihanna 2011

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Post by Katrina


My fascination with celebrity perfumes is no secret. I love the marketing and hype and the fact that they are so cheap to buy. One of the things that interests me is how well a perfume fits with the celebrity’s own brand. Sometimes they line up and sometimes the perfume does not match my expectations for a particular celebrity. The Katy Perry perfumes in their fabulous bottles match Katy Perry’s young, fun image. Madonna’s Truth or Dare fragrances smell expensive and are in line with her more mature age and image.

There have also been a few times where I’ve had low expectations of a perfume based on my perception of a celebrity’s ‘trashy’ image. See my previous APJ review of the original Kim Kardashian perfume, which does not smell at all trashy.

Today I am reviewing another perfume that was a pleasant surprise when I was expecting fruitchouli, the first from pop star Rihanna. Rihanna has since released another four fragrances Rebelle, Nude, 777 Nude by Rihanna, Diamonds and Rogue.

Reb’l Fleur by Caroline Sabas and Marypierre Julien of Givaudan for  Rihanna 2011

Reb'l Fleur Rihanna FragranticaPhoto Stolen Fragrantica

Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Berries, plum, peach
Heart: Hibiscus, violet, tuberose, coconut water
Base: Vanilla, patchouli, amber and musk.

A perfume from Rihanna with fragrance notes reminiscent of a tropical cocktail and presented in an inverted stiletto heel. I did not have high expectations!

Thankfully Reb’l Fleur does not smell how I expected. I anticipated Pina Colada, but there is not much emphasis on the fruit and coconut and more on the florals and patchouli. The main fruit note I smell is a deep rich plum with a small dose of sweet peach. I don’t smell berries. The fruit notes are combined with strong floral notes and a hint of creamy coconut. The florals are heavy with a nice blend of tuberose and violet. There is just the right amount of tuberose for my taste as I only like it in small doses. The patchouli adds some spice and the amber is earthy and warm.

Reb’l Fleur is a warm, sensual perfume and the lasting power is very good. Reb’l Fleur is a great fragrance for evening wear and one of the sexiest in my collection

Reb'l Fleur Rihanna  Red Carpet WikipediaPhoto Stolen Wikipedia

Further reading: Bois de Jasmin Although not a raving review by Victoria, she does makes comparisons to Chanel Coco Mademoiselle and Narciso Rodriguez for Her. At a fraction of the cost this makes Reb’l Fleur a winner!
FragranceNet has Rihanna Reb’l Fleur $27/100ml before Coupon
My Perfume Samples starts at $2/ml

For more celebrity perfume news and reviews, check out my website: Celebrity Perfumes

Katrina xx

6 thoughts on “Reb’l Fleur by Caroline Sabas and Marypierre Julien of Givaudan for Rihanna 2011

  1. I always look forward to you reviews, Katrina. I have been pleasantly surprised more than once by a celebrity fragrance. With celeb scents there is often a lot of hype and your reviews get past that quickly and take us directly to the reality of the fragrance.

    The presentations of niche fragrances are not only hyped up but usually filled out with a sort of hubris that is hard to tolerate or even understand. I know you specialize in celebs but I think it would be helpful to hear your take on some of the trendy niche brands too.

    Azar xx


    • Thanks Azar, you are so kind. I wish i could use my imagination more in my description of scents but I do try to describe how the perfume actually smells to me. I’m sure it is possible to review with both elaborate and accurate descriptions but I just tend to tell it like I smell it.

      PS I had to look up hubris in the dictionary! LOL!! Great word, I will try and use it!


  2. You have intrigued me Katrina. Enough to go try it. Thanks for reviewing this one, I’d never have thought it might be nice either.
    Portia xx


  3. You’ve gotten me curious now too. I’m going to look for this at the discount stores. I tend to avoid most celeb scents but every now and then there are a few pleasant surprises out there.


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