Reb’l Fleur by Rihanna (EDP spray) 30ml
This is a crowd-pleasing fruity tropical spritz topped with succulent red berries. It is juicy, as they say in perfume-speak, insofar as it smells watery. Realize, I could just as easily be talking about perfume as the nightly cocktail special at a dance club. If it were a Rihanna single I’d say it’s got a beat, metaphorically, and you can dance to, it but it’s not very original and uses way too much Auto-tune. Generic. 2 out of 4
If Reb’l Fleur was a Rihanna song I’m afraid it would be “SOS”. “This time, please someone come and rescue me. Cause you on my mind, it’s got me losing it. La la la la la la, la, la, oh. Oh oh, la la la la la la, la la la, oh oh” And it isn’t Rihanna singing these lyrics, it’s the perfumers: Caroline Sabas and Marypierre Julien.
There was a tv show hosted by Stephen Young in Canada that ran from 1980 to 1985 called Just Like Mom where adorable tykes appeared with their mothers. On the bake-off challenge, the children had to finish off a given recipe in 60 seconds. They were presented with the basic ingredients along with some unorthodox ones. When the stopwatch started, they poured cup after cup of sugar into the bowl along with candies of all shapes and sizes, ice cream toppings and then more sugar. Mom would then return and try to guess which cake was baked by her son or daughter. I imagine this is the same creative process for this scent.
Reb’l Fleur is so sweet it could have easily come with Kool Aid sticker on the box. The red berries, plum and peach top notes smell like they’ve been rolled in granulated sugar then topped with copious amounts of vanilla. The tuberose is so aggressive it literally jumps out of the top of the bottle and starts gyrating on the cap. Unfortunately, the coconut water does little to calm the saccharine effect. This really is a scent SOS. Love Rihanna but not this fragrance. 1 out of 4
Please note Sniff Test reviews reflect the personal opinions of Nathalie Atkinson and Dave Lackie.
Sherri GelbartJuly 15, 2020 at 8:35 am
I do like certain sweeter scents, but not overpoweringly sweet or ones that just smell like straight up sugar water. Thank you for the informative Sniff Test!
JefferyJuly 8, 2020 at 2:18 pm
Hilarious. I want to eat it now.
Christine BradleyJune 29, 2020 at 12:55 am
Love your reviews ! Shame this was not up to par- was going it would be ! I love a fruity scent but def. it overbearing! And the bottle sis so cute. Disappointing. Thnx guyz!
Paula DJune 28, 2020 at 10:59 pm
Sounds like this one would attract ants to the picnic.
Sherry ProchJune 27, 2020 at 7:50 pm
Oh these reviews were just the light hearted ribbing of a too sweet perfume. Thanks for the smile and the music references to make me stay away!
Elizabeth VlugJune 27, 2020 at 4:12 pm
A bit too sickly sweet. I almost heard you singing. lol. I love your Sniff Test reviews. Always puts a smile on my face. Thanks.
Cindy BroganJune 27, 2020 at 8:30 am
Wow! I do enjoy sweet things to eat but to wear as a perfume . . . not so much. A very descriptive review! Thank you so much!
SomiaJune 26, 2020 at 10:57 pm
Lol love these!! I never buy or even smell celebrity fragrances because I feel like they are just caah grabs.I actually do like the funky bottle!
Brenda CremerJune 26, 2020 at 7:13 pm
This review made my day Lol!
Jibralta MerrillJune 26, 2020 at 2:21 pm
Oh my! I would NEVER wear this scent for a preteen Whatever is business savvy Ri-Ri thinking!?
Fruit, vanilla & coconut! It sounds like a Bath & Bodyworks candle that I don’t want!
Nope. Don’t want to smell like fruit.
GabrielleJune 26, 2020 at 11:16 am
I am rolling on the floor! I love these reviews!
Michelle ConnJune 26, 2020 at 9:47 am
🤓 Best read this week!!!
And that bottle!!! 🖤🤎💛
Heather SchellJune 25, 2020 at 10:34 pm
OMG I LIVE FOR THE SNIFF TEST!!! I could read a whole book of these! (Hint, hint) I agree with you Dave, this perfume is for teenagers, overly saccharine and obnoxious.
September DeeJune 25, 2020 at 8:57 am
Lol. Your reviews crack me up. So funny.
Mariola daherJune 25, 2020 at 8:26 am
Love this review, couldn’t stop laughing 😂..
Urmi JoshiJune 25, 2020 at 7:53 am
Hahaha love this review!! Sounds like a generic celebrity fragrance offering, but I enjoyed reading the review 😄