Crush by Rihanna Nails Exactly What Having a Crush Feels and/or Smells Like

Crush, equal parts fruity and leathery, truly nails a moment.
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Crush, equal parts fruity and leathery, truly nails a moment.

Almost one year after the release of Rihanna’s last fragrance, RiRi, we have another addition to her rapidly growing fragrance collection.

CRUSH by Rihanna

Crush by Rihanna, $60.

Crush by Rihanna, $60.

You already know that I love pop music and I’m passionate about fragrances, so while some people scoff at celebrity scentsI absolutely love them. (For the most part.)

Crush is Rihanna’s eighth fragrance, stemming from the third tentpole scent in her collection, RiRi. I loved RiRi, but Crush is better, in my opinion. It’s perfect for this time of year, the back half of summer (though I maintain that summer lasts until October). I could talk about the notes like I always do, but this one is move evocative of a feeling than the notes would make you think, so let’s hold off on that for a minute.

Reading the press materials for Crush, you’ll see “sensual,” “sexy,” and “provocative.” True. However, you see those words in so many fragrance descriptions that they begin to mean nothing at all. The thing about Crush is that it feels a little more thought-out than your typical celeb fragrance. 

Crush nails a moment.

Crushes either fade, or they grow into something more. This (as we all know) is what makes having a crush on someone feel so electric and anxiety-inducing: You know that sooner or later, it has to go one way or the other. Every second you spend doting on that crush brings the catalyst closer.

The first thing that came to mind when I sprayed this scent on was “sunsets.” Sunsets, like crushes, are so gorgeous because they’re changing by the second. They’re as beautiful as they are fleeting.

The other thing that came to mind? August and the urgency of the last month of summer. It’s unbearably hot, but you know that in a month’s time, an autumn chill will start to replace the summer heat. August is always manic for me because I think to myself, “Shit, we’re already here? Wasn’t it just Memorial Day?” You’re trying to cram an entire summer into the third month of the season, and you’re kicking yourself for ever staying in on a beautiful June evening. I mean, I think that probably happens. I wouldn’t know. I’ve never “stayed in.”

Crush not a day fragrance, but it’s doesn’t scream nighttime, either. It’s a dusk scent. It's a scent for when happy hour is over and you step outside of the bar under a pink sky, buzzed from gin sodas. You could go to dinner with your girlfriends or you could go out with the guy you’ve been texting, or you could go home. But you and I both know you’re not going home. It’s equal parts fruity and leathery. It’s fun, it's flirty, but it has an edge that balances it out.

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It opens with bergamot, mandarin, and pink pepper, with rose and berries in the middle, and patchouli, musk, and cedar at the base. It layers a fruity scent and a very masculine scent over one another. They almost duel throughout the wear, vying for your attention, though one never wins over the other. You get the bergamot, the mandarin, and the berries, but you also get the pepper, musk, and wood, equally. In the same way they compete, they also complement. The rose and pepper add a bit of maturity to the scent throughout wear, and the wood and musk balance it all in the dry down.

Crush launches in August and will be available at Macy's, in-store and online.

What are your favorite transitional summer scents? (Also, yes, I did just make up that category.) What fragrance are you wearing right now? Who do you have a crush on? Gossip with me down in the comments.

Tynan is crushing on Twitter @TynanBuck.