At the Perfume & Makeup Exhibition, I did something I’ve never done before, which was check out the fragrances at the Beidoun booth (shown in the background in this photo). Even though it was also a part of the Beidoun booth, the fragrance section had different staff members and even had their own separate cash register. They had a ton of cheap-y fragrances, including The Voice Eau de Toilette (which was actually shaped like a microphone lol so ugly) and a bunch of celebrity fragrances (only the very old and cheap ones).
Typically, I tend to look past celebrity fragrances (I’ll look at them without actually seeing them). In fact, years ago when everyone else was wearing Jennifer Lopez something or other, or raving about the latest Britney Spears flanker or even Taylor Swift fragrance, I was never the least bit interested (even though I live for gourmands). I’d still purchase them as gifts for friends and family, but for myself, never. However, I did have a short love affair with the now defunct Dessert Beauty range by Jessica Simpson (which I purchased in bulk from VaVaVoom at Marina Mall), purely for the fact that other than smelling delicious was also edible!
Since then, I haven’t had much interest in celebrity fragrances and the few that I did purchase, ended up being fails. Harajuku Lovers Lil’ Angel although adorable and smelled great, barely lasted on my skin (haulage here), and the same goes for Nicki Minaj Pink Friday (haulage here), whereas Lady Gaga Fame Black Fluid (haulage here) was an unfortunate “blind buy”. That’s why I now automatically dismiss celebrity fragrances. However, unlike Gucci Guilty Absolute Pour Femme (haulage here) and Givenchy Ange ou Demon (haulage here) and Elie Saab Girl of Now Shine (haulage here), which were total impulse purchases at the Perfume & Makeup Exhibition, I’d actually stepped out of the house with Reb’l Fleur by Rihanna in mind.
I’ve raved and raved about my beloved Tokyo Lotus & Apple Blossom Fine Fragrance Mist by none other than Bath & Body Works for years now (haulage here) and have been
rationing savoring it ever since! On a whim, I typed Tokyo Lotus & Apple Blossom in the search bar on the open tab on my pc and added the word “similar”, but wasn’t really expecting much. However, I was surprised to find that a kind soul had likened it to Reb’l Fleur by Rihanna in her review on Amazon.com! Curiosity piqued, I set out to give it a sniff at the Beidoun booth and was delighted to find that both fragrances did in fact smell quite similar to each other! All credit goes to NatashaB (person who left the review), whoever you are and wherever you are, know that I love you!
Rihanna Reb’l Fleur Eau de Parfum Travel Spray (10ml/.34 fl oz)
Rihanna Reb’l Fleur Body Lotion (90 ml/3 fl oz)
Rihanna Reb’l Fleur Bath & Shower Gel (90 ml/3 fl oz)
Rihanna Reb’l Fleur Eau de Parfum (100 ml/3.4 fl oz)
Like I said, I found Reb’l Fleur by Rihanna at the Beidoun booth. They were selling the full size fragrance by itself and the Gift Set (which includes the full size fragrance) for the same price. Since they cost the same, I went for the Gift Set. I figured I was getting a good deal (I should’ve known better, since this was Kuwait).
Unfortunately, that was not the case. Starting with the lovely box itself, which as a huge fan of Riri’s, I figured I could re-purpose for storage or something. The box smelled like something had crawled in there and died, then slowly decomposed in there, before finally being soaked in water to further enhance the vile scent of dead animal. Even after airing it out, weeks later, you could still smell stank. Sadly, I had to trash it.
Next up, the actual Perfume. As soon as I took it out of the box and placed it upright, I noticed that more than a little of it was already gone. It had already been used! I’m thinkin’ maybe I got the “tester” Gift Set (if there even is such a thing)? I mean, the box itself wasn’t properly packaged to begin with. There was no tape, no plastic, no nothing. However, this was purchased from Beidoun and I tend to trust them (used to, but definitely not after this).
As such, I’m definitely not going to be using the Shower Gel or Body Lotion (because who knows how old those are) since they’ve probably been opened and therefore already expired. Also, the 10ml in the Travel Spray evens out the missing 10ml (give or take) in the 100ml full sized Perfume. If I think of it like that, it’s not so bad in the long-run.
Daring, sexy and truly memorable, Reb’l Fleur is as much in tune with Barbados-born Rihanna’s roots as it is with the glamour of her present life in New York City. This fruity chypre is joyous yet intense, sophisticated yet marvelously surprising.
Top Notes: Red Berries, Purple Plum, Peach
Middle Notes: Hawaiian Hibiscus Flower, Violet, Tuberose, Coconut Water
Base Notes: Vanilla, Patchouli, Amber, Musk
“The bottle, was inspired by the shape of a stiletto heel (due to Rihanna’s fondness for them).” Honestly? I hate the bottle! When I look at the bottle, I don’t see stiletto heel. I see something that looks very 90’s and old-fashioned (not in a good way). It just looks very cheap to me. Also, the bottle is way too big and bulky to comfortably carry around in a handbag. It actually reminds me of those cheap-y Traditional-Arab Room Sprays (packaging-wise). I really, really, really don’t like the bottle!
On the plus side, at least it’s black (with gold accents). Rihanna later came out with Rebelle (red packaging with gold accents) and Nude (nude packaging with silver accents) all in the same “stiletto heel” packaging, but in my opinion, Reb’l Fleur (as shown) was the least ugly out of all three. Apparently, a more intense version of Reb’l Fleur called Reb’l Fleur Love Always was released recently and that one is all black with black accents (potentially the best packaging yet), but alas, also in the same silly “stiletto heel” design.
As I’ve confirmed earlier, Reb’l Fleur smells extremely similar to my beloved Tokyo Lotus & Apple Blossom! They both smell so sexy to me! They both start off delightfully fresh and fruity, and dry down to an intoxicating musky sandalwood with vanilla scent! However, that’s where the similarities end. Where my beloved Tokyo Lotus & Apple Blossom can veer slightly unisex (if not masculine) at times, Reb’l Fleur definitely leans more tropical. That said, I’d still classify it as a night-time scent because of its base notes. Personally, I’d wear Reb’l Fleur year-round, just like Tokyo Lotus & Apple Blossom, because as I keep reiterating, they both just smell so sexy to me! Sadly, just like most cheap-y celebuscents, Reb’l Fleur has absolutely no lasting power. As such, I tend to over-spray the heck out of this thing (in the hopes of making it last… which it doesn’t), meaning I’m probably going to be running out of it soon (since taking the pictures shown, I’ve already reached the half-way mark on the ugly bottle). Still, I absolutely love the scent!
Rihanna Reb’l Fleur Gift Set was reduced from KD 22 to KD 14/500
At this point (since it’s been forever since this fragrance was released) you can purchase Reb’l Fleur for under KD10 almost everywhere (including several local websites), which I only found out about after I’d already gone ahead and purchased this thing. I regret purchasing the Gift Set, but I definitely don’t regret purchasing the Perfume. In fact, out of all the perfumes I purchased at the Perfume & Makeup Exhibition during this visit, Reb’l Fleur was hands down my favorite! It smells gorgeous! To the extent that as soon as I spot Reb’l Fleur Love Always (which is said to be a more intense version of the same scent), I’m definitely going to be purchasing that one too (just not from Beidoun)!
Reb’l Fleur (black packaging) was released in 2010. Rebelle (red packaging) was released in 2012. Nude (nude packaging) was released in 2012. The newest flanker, Reb’l Fleur Love Always was released in the second half of 2018, so expect to see it in Kuwait soon.
This whole experience just highlights the benefits of shopping online from stores that are based in other countries (despite the obscene shipping prices). At least when I purchase stuff online from reputable stores, I’m free to enjoy my online purchase without having to place a hand on my heart in fear of applying something old and probably moldy on my skin. I can have peace of mind and you can’t put a price on that. When I buy stuff online, I know for a fact that I’m not getting something old or expired, or something that’s been tampered with or tested, unlike buying something in Kuwait, where there’s always a 50/50 chance that you’ve gotten’ something expired or about to expire soon. Worse still, when like this Gift Set, I get home and realize that it’s been “gently used”. I did buy it at a discount, but that doesn’t mean I’m okay with buying something that’s old/used. I’d at least like to be told that it was used and come to a decision of whether I’d like to purchase it or not, on my own. I work for my money. I earn it, and despite the way I spend it, I know its value. So I really don’t appreciate being sold something old/used without being told that it’s old/used. No bueno
If you’re interested, here’s the ad for Rihanna Reb’l Fleur (the concept is actually pretty cool, because when this first came out, they had a website with a special player that gave you the option of watching the ad both the normal way or in reverse, and somehow the ad worked, both ways!)