Perfume Review : RiRi By Rihanna

Thursday 7 April 2016

Rihanna has been a busy girl, releasing six (or eight if you count the men's one and a limited edition) fragrances in her name since her debut scent Reb'l Fleur in 2010. The latest is RiRi, released last year, and I'm going to be honest, I completely missed it in the mega swirl of pre-Christmas celeb fragrance releases, but I'm here now and casting it under my nose for you guys (oh the life eh?) :)

RiRi is the fun and flirty side of Rihanna, and this fragrance embodies the singer's vivacious spirit and true self, a vibrant essence with a playful twist. The top notes are fruity and include passion fruit and run absolute, sparkling cassis and italian mandarin, while the heart notes take in the florals with Japanese honeysuckle, orange blossom, exotic jasmine and pink freesia, leaving the base notes to draw you in with Madagascan vanilla, warm skin musk and Indonesian sandalwood. PHEW! What does this all mean to the average nose? It's sweet and yummy, basically. I'm a big fan of sweet candy-like fragrances and luckily for me, these famous gals really know how to knock one up. Think Britney's 'Midnight Fantasy', Gwen's 'Harajuku Lovers Love', Katy's 'Meow', and you get the idea. An initial hit of 'Oh my god I want to eat it!', followed by a come down of 'Mmmm that smells so warm and yummy I could die'. Vanilla is my homeboy.

The packaging is a detour again from previous releases. It's quite satisfying to hold while the pink liquid is girly and looks nice on a dressing table, but it's still my least fave of all the Rihanna bottles. It could've been a tad more sassy. For me RiRi is the girl from the We Found Love and Only Girl In The World vids, playfully hot and lots of fun to be around, and this bottle doesn't really take it there. Ahh well, 'tis just a vessel I suppose.

RiRi by Rihanna perfume review

RiRi by Rihanna perfume review

RiRi by Rihanna perfume review

Do we have any Rihanna fragrance fans here? Personally I don't think you can beat the original Reb'l Fleur, but this is probably my second fave of hers which isn't too shabby. I would buy RiRi as a gift for someone if I knew they liked the same fragrances as me because it definitely ticks all my boxes and I immediately liked it, plus at £30 for the 50ml Eau de Parfum and just £40 for a whopping 100ml size, it's really good value. 

What do you guys think? Is this the sort of perfume you would wear?

J xoxo

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