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Nude by Rihanna: Is the Fragrance Really Naughty but Nice?

After her debut song Pon de Replay put her on the map, Rihanna has become a global superstar singing, acting, and promoting her brand of lifestyle and beauty products. Launched in 2012, Nude by Rihanna is Rihanna’s third fragrance in her eleven-fragrance collection. 

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To design the scent, Rihanna worked with legendary perfumer Harry Fremont of Firmenich. Rihanna Nude perfume has a warm, lightly fruity and flowery scent set against a woody, vanilla background.

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What Inspired Rihanna to Design the Rihanna Nude Perfume?

Rihanna admitted she wanted a sweet, sexy, sassy scent that women would like to wear whether their clothes were on or off. She named it Nude since she wanted a fragrance to wear in the buff. As provocative as she is, Rihanna’s Nude perfume matches her sweet tropical personality and with just a touch of naughty.

Rihanna wanted to design a softer scent that wasn’t meant to overpower but complement your skin’s natural scent. The Nude fragrance really works with your skin for a fresh fruity floral that stays with you.

According to PopSugar’s interview, Rihanna thinks the Nude by Rihanna perfume smells even better in the morning. Rihanna Nude is a strong fragrance that won’t fade and is meant to last for hours and, apparently, overnight. So you smell just as feminine in the morning as you did the night before.

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Rihanna Nude Scent Notes

Nude by Rihanna is one of Rihanna’s lightest perfumes that has a fruity floral scent. Decidedly sweet, Rihanna Nude perfume is a sassy, subtle blend of femininity.

The top notes blend guava, pear, and mandarin for a deliciously tropical blend inspired by Rihanna’s Barbados’ island roots. And the guava and pear really stand out in the beginning. 

But then the fruit scents settle into the heart that mixes jasmine, orange blossom, and gardenia. These white flowers balance the fruity top notes for a remarkably light and fresh scent.

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Set against a classic woody base of sandalwood, vanilla orchid, and second-skin musk, Rihanna Nude is a clean, fresh scent. The second-skin musk allows the scent to enhance your natural aroma without overpowering sillage.

Packaging and Presentation

While the scent is subtle, the Rihanna Nude packaging is not. 

Just as provocative as the pop star, the Rihanna Nude packaging displays a barely-dressed Rihanna wrapped in soft blush sheets. There’s no question that this is an intimate scent meant for romantic encounters. 

A flesh-toned ribbon scantily wraps around the tall clear stiletto heel-shaped bottle exposing the transparent perfume. The natural, clean, bare design matches the essence of the sexy, subtle scent. Because Nude is meant for a more youthful audience, the perfume’s packaging delivers on tasteful sex appeal.

The Rihanna Nude perfume comes in four sizes:

  • 100 ml/ 3.4 oz
  • 50 ml/ 1.7 oz
  • 30 ml/ 1.0 oz
  • 15 ml/ 0.5 oz

Rihanna Nude Review

Nude by Rihanna is a soft, feminine fruity scent that’s just a bit mischievous.

Exuding a sweet, creamy floral over a citrusy pear and guava blend with a woody hint of vanilla, Nude by Rihanna delights with gentle confidence. Nude by Rihanna makes our list of best celebrity perfumes. Made from high-quality oils, the fragrance lasts for six to eight hours. 


A softer scent by Rihanna that calls upon her island roots and mixes it with her favorite florals. But Nude is not quite as tropical as her Reb’l Fleur by Rihanna. The floral balances the fruits without overpowering and overwhelming the senses. Meant to be a skin scent, Nude by Rihanna mixes with your skin’s natural scent for an inviting, playful fragrance. 

Rihanna Nude can be worn year-round but is better suited for the spring and summer. Because the scent longevity isn’t the best, you’ll want to apply it properly. It is a youthful fragrance that is better suited for older teens and young adults who want to exude femininity with quiet sexuality.

Rihanna Nude Performance

Rihanna Nude perfume blends high-quality concentrations of oils for a long-lasting scent. The fragrance has serious staying power and can easily last six to eight hours. Rihanna even boasts you can still smell it the next day.

The perfume doesn’t project a lot of sillage, making it a skin scent where others will need to get close to smell its intimate fruity sweetness. Intentionally designed for close encounters, Rihanna Nude wants to draw people in rather than command the room.

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Who Would Like Rihanna Nude

Obviously, her fans should wear Nude, at least in the springtime. But there are several personality types that could wear Nude by Rihanna with confidence even without being a fan. 

Sassy, sexy, feminine young women

Obviously designed for feminine women who take charge of their sexuality and are comfortable in their skin. Geared toward young adults and older teens, Nude by Rihanna is a smart choice for Rihanna fans. 

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Light, fruity floral fragrance lovers

If you generally gravitate to the fruity-floral scents, then Nude by Rihanna may be your next fragrance. The fruits balance well with the white florals without being overpowering. This refreshing sweet scent will delightfully keep you smelling great all day.

Women who want their partners to come close

Nude by Rihanna is a skin scent that invites others to get close. Because Rihanna Nude does not project much sillage, it definitely encourages up close romantic interludes. This is a perfect fragrance for a date night with your partner.

Women who love high-quality fragrances for an affordable price

Nude by Rihanna is an excellent value for the quality blend of oils. The fragrance is very long-lasting, and you don’t need to apply very much to wear it. For the price you pay, even the smallest bottle will last a long time.

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Similar Fragrances to Rihanna Nude

Nude by Rihanna is very similar to Lolita Lempicka and Marc Jacob’s Daisy. Both of these scents share similar notes of fresh fruity florals. All three fragrances share a similar vanilla woody base. However, Marc Jacob’s Daisy is a closer comparison mixing florals with citrus fruits.

Marc Jacob’s Daisy’s top notes include violet leaf, blood grapefruit, and strawberry. The heart blends flowery notes of gardenia, violet, and jasmine. And Daisy’s base shares similar notes to Nude by Rihanna using musk, white woods, and vanilla. Marc Jacob’s Daisy is a sophisticated, sexy classic scent.  

Lolita Lempicka’s top notes are ivy and anise. Then the heart mixes licorice with violet, amarise, and amarena. Lolita Lempicka’s base shares similar notes of musk, vanilla, tonka, and vetiver. Lolita Lempicka is a beautifully unique, feminine fragrance.

All three scents are light and fresh perfumes that compliment your skin and project feminine confidence.


What Does it Cost and Where Can You Buy It?

Nude by Rihanna is a relatively inexpensive fragrance from a branded megastar. She really knows her woman and prices her fragrances at an affordable price for her fans. Compared to her other perfumes, Nude by Rihanna is a great price for a high-quality bouquet. 

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Created for young adults, Nude is a popular feminine fragrance. You can buy Nude by Rihanna from most fragrance stores, department stores, Amazon, and Sephora. 

Although you should visit a store to sample Nude by Rihanna on your skin before you buy the perfume. Even though Nude is affordable, you don’t want to waste money on a fragrance that doesn’t blend well with your skin.

And because Nude by Rihanna is a softer scent, you may also want to learn more about fragrance strengths. Plus knowing the difference between celebrity perfumes vs. designer perfumes may also influence your purchase.


What does the perfume Nude by Rihanna smell like?

The perfume is light and has a fruity-floral scent to it. The fruits balance well with the white florals without being overpowering. This refreshing scent will keep you smelling sweet all day.

How long does Rihanna Nude perfume last?

Nude perfume has mediocre longevity. Unfortunately, we can only expect about three hours from this scent.

When did Nude by Rihanna come out?

Rihanna’s Nude was released in 2012 and has proven to be a standout scent from her fragrance collection.

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Nude by Rihanna: Is the Fragrance Really Naughty but Nice?

Selena Marc is a fragrance enthusiast, freelance writer, and dog mom living in Houston, Texas. When she's not writing about her favorite new perfumes, you can find her enjoying yoga or a morning hike.