Damn Rebel Witches: REEK Perfumes gives the Bitches a Sister

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We are the granddaughters of the witches you couldn’t burn

Reek is an independent Scottish brand who worked with prolific Nose Sarah McCartney (Um, I might have mentioned her a few times) to produce the fragrance Damn Rebel Bitches. The scent was created to honour and commemorate the women who fought back  in the Jacobite rebellion and the name the English had for them is used to name the fragrance in a rebellious two fingered salute. You can read my review here.

This year, launching,appropriately on Halloween 2017, comes Damn Rebel Witches.  At the march for women earlier this year, placards read “We are the granddaughters of the witches you couldn’t burn,” and that to me, is the demographic for this stunning statement scent. In other words, all of us.

My freckly arm in rebellious mode.
My freckly arm in rebellious mode.

Damn Rebel Witches is in a similar vein to Damn Rebel Bitches, but has a sharper opening and a darker finish. The blood orange comes out immediately, and the tobacco- here a rich woody note- adds an earthy finesse. There’s hearty malt, and  a horsey whiff of leather.  Both scents are created from ingredients that would have been around at the time of the women they celebrate i.e the 1700s (Okay, maybe not the oranges, but I’m happy to stand corrected).  In both you’ll find malt, pink pepper, berries and blood oranges and they do have several similarities: these two are blood sisters for sure.

photo by REEK
photo by REEK

 

Witches is woodier than Bitches, and the orange is sharper. You know when you peel an orange and you accidentally get some in your eye? That’s the smell, although your eyes won’t sting if you smell this.

What I find curious about this is that when you think Damn Rebel Witches has left you completely, it disappears and comes back as a sort of light floral ghostie.  I was sniffing my arm wondering what petal like scent I had sprayed earlier, only to realise that Damn Rebel Witches dies and comes back! How’s that for a party trick? And where did the dark orangey flowers come from? They’re not even listed as notes. It’s witchcraft, I tell you.

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Damn Rebel Witches is currently available in a set of two: Bitches and Witches, which gives you a phial of each from the REEK website. Full size bottles of Damn Rebel Witches will be available from Halloween this year. You can already buy Damn Rebel Bitches in full size as well as purse size. My sample was kindly supplied by REEK in return for an honest review, which I have given.  Opinions are my own and this is not a sponsored post.

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8 thoughts on “Damn Rebel Witches: REEK Perfumes gives the Bitches a Sister”

  1. These sound really interesting. Find the name of the company a bit of putting though! I would usually use ‘reek’ to describe a really insufferable smell like dirty nappy 😄

    1. I know what you mean Lorna! It’s a bit like calling it stink. If you hung out with them, they’d make you say swear words and scare policemen.

  2. I got a 7.5ml bottle this week, and I bloody love it from first wearing. That’s going on a lot in the future. (I picked up some Bitches last year, and wear it quite often, though it’s a little quieter than I would like/ The added bite and depth of Witches really works for me, and hits the right spots). I’m also loving who Reek are, and what they are standing for. Hurrah.

    1. Hello crikey and welcome! It’s hard to choose a favourite, although I agree that Witches is louder than Bitches. I like both and love the way they sort of go away and then come back. Does that happen to you? xx

      1. Thank you! Yes, I get a touch of the coming and going effect from both of them, though more so with Bitches. A couple more wears since I first commented, and, damn, Witches is moving fast up my full bottle list…

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