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Je Reviens is a scent I have worn for a number of years. I first came across it when I was very young, probably about 9 or 10 years old. My mum got a tiny little sample vial of it on a magazine at the time, and she let me have it. I thought I was so sophisticated putting on this scent, though as I have grown older, I have realised there are better scents available out there, and this is just a fairly basic one.
Over the years I have tried the fragrance as Eau de toilette and body spray. I have never indulged in the perfume. The current bottle I have is a few years old, and I believe I might have bought it for myself in a gift set in my Avon rep's catalogue in a fit of nostalgia. I don't wear perfume every day, but occasionally I will fancy wearing some, and this to me is a fragrance that is an every day one.
Being an Eau de toilette, the fragrance is really quite delicate. I find that quite a lot squirts out of the bottle, but this doesn't matter as the scent is so hard to detect really that the amount you put on kind of doesn't matter. It also helps that its around £8 for 50ml, so I don't feel I need to use it sparingly to get my money's worth out of it.
The bottle is not the one shown in the picture, that is for the perfume. My bottle is a tall rounded cuboid shape. The glass is clear. The lid is a pale green colour with a gold line around the bottom of the lid, and a raised 'W' on the lid to represent Worth, the company who make this. The fragrance is a pretty insipid looking liquid in the bottle. Looking at it, it looks about the same price as you pay for it.
I mentioned that the spray on my bottle is not great. It certainly doesn't ooze sophistication and it's a fairly cheap looking package compared to other brands that are round this price mark or slightly more expensive.
I guess part of why I like this is it does just remind me of being a kid, and it is a comforting floral smell. The scent is something that mainly I can detect when I am wearing it. I get wafts of it when I am busy and moving my arms around, or when I put my coat on and the collar brushes against my neck. My son asked if I was wearing it, and I had to put my wrist fairly close to his nose for him to notice it. Although it is really subtle though, the staying power is quite good. I put some on this morning about 12 hours ago knowing I was going to review it this evening, and it is still there and I am able to detect it at a similar level to hours ago.
The scent to me appeals because it stays pretty constant during the time that I am wearing it. Some scents start off too strong for me, and then settle down after a couple of hours into something more manageable to my nose. This one is great as straightaway after application I can eat and get on without this overpowering me. This time of year in particular, I find a lot of body sprays really aggravate me because I am suffering with hayfever and my nasal passages are so sensitive that as soon as the scent hits them I set off sneezing violently. This is fine and doesn't affect me at all.
The scent is described as being softly floral.
Top notes are: Jasmine, orange blossom, aldehydes, ylang ylang.
Middle notes are: narcissus, jonquil, violet.
Base notes are: sandalwood, vetiver, musk.
To me, I don't think I really do pick up the base layers, this is entirely floral to me, and it is definitely a perfume from an older time, and perhaps more suited to older women than younger ladies. I would never wear this for going anywhere special, but for schlepping round doing my chores and running the kids about, I like the little touch of femininity and as it really is just for me, I don't care if it is not that exciting.
I can't see people rushing out to buy this one as they adore the scent, but for me 'Je Reviens' (or I return, if you translate the french name) will always be comforting and nostalgic.
~Will you return to Je Reviens?~
Je Reviens by Worth is one of those fragrances that I tend to walk on by when I see it these days. It seems to have been altered and changed over the years and gives off far too soapy a feel for it to be comfortable for me to wear for any length of time. I feel it now smacks of old lady when I compare it to the many lovely fragrances I wear now. The standard Je Reviens EDT can be found so cheaply that it is often found on sale for much less than £10 and it really has fallen out of favour with modern fragrance buyers.
The couture version of Je Reviens does still seem to hold its price although thats not the version that is widely available in the shops, what you do find on offer instead is the cheaper standard EDT in all its old fashioned soapy glory. I now feel it has lost its wonderful retro appeal that I used to enjoy and whenever I have used it in recent times all I get from it is a cheap soapy feel, that cannot compete with modern day soapy scents.
~Is it Worth it?~
Last time I bought Je Reviens it was so cheap that I managed to purchase a 100ml bottle for less than £7. I cannot really think of any other fragrance that you could lay your hands on for that kind of money that is so well known or has been around for so long apart from Coty L'aimont perhaps (although Je Reviens is the older of the two as far as I know). If I was faced with the two choices now I must say the Coty L'aimont would win, even though that too does have an old lady feel to it, its a very pleasant old lady feel that softens up nicely.
When you spray on Je Reviens the soapy feel is instantaneous. There are florals in the mix which include violet and jasmine and these are mixed with a citrus hint from the bergamot note. Another ingredient within Je Reviens is clove with base notes of amber and moss. Although the soft florals are very present within the fragrance the soapy feel can be rather too much when the fragrance is on your skin for a number of hours. I don't feel its an expensive soap smell that you get either, its more of a cheap soap that you tried to wash off yet couldn't.
~ The look ~
The older style bottles that Je Reviens once came in are long gone only to be replaced with a very cheap clear glass bottle that looks straight out of the bargain basement. The box is still in the same soft tones that are a cross between jade and aqua, with a sprinkle of gold here and there. I feel that the box looks far better than the fragrance bottle does and harks back to the hey days of the fragrance when it was at its best and ladies were dressed for breakfast, lunch, high tea and dinner and gentlemen opened car doors for them Its just a shame that the fragrance that you find within the bottle fails to impress as much as it did in days gone by.
~Summary and rating~
Over all I would say that Je Reviens is an older style fragrance that has a soft floral yet very soapy feel to it. If you want a soapy floral with a stronger more modern tone to it then I would say JLo would fit the bill as it does have that just got out of the shower soapy feel to it. If you prefer the heavier older style of soapy scent then still go for Je Reviens, as it does offer just that and it lasts for a long time when it has been sprayed onto your skin or clothing.
As far as rating Je Reviens I feel that is is a classic older style fragrance that has been allowed to go off the boil and this is great shame. As such I can only rate the fragrance as a 3 star product. I would rather like to see a subtle new re-invention of it, where it is revamped to show it off more, yet retains a hint of the glorious past that Je Reviens once was part of. When and if this happens 'I will return' to wearing Je Reviens as much as I once did. For now though, rather than say Je Reviens, I have to say Au revoir to this old lady of the fragrance world.
Je Reviens Eau de Toilet is the true smell of vintage romance. This perfume is a blast from the past, first launched in 1932 it lasted trough so many years due to it's mesmerizing scent. This perfume has been re-launched over the years and the bottle design has changed too but it has kept its vibe and the unforgettable turquoise box for 72 years. I am sure this will be around for centuries to fallow, something so good never dies.
The smell is very lady like but I don't believe it has an age neither being a lady in this modern times. Very luxurious takes you to a world of glamour of its own. It has and green flowers blend in it, orange flower, lemon, rose, musk and violet the perfect thing for a romantic set and being in love. Wearing this makes a woman even more seductive.
The price could never be too high for such delightful smell but luckily compared with other perfumes this can be easily acquired as 100ml EDT for around £20 and even half the price if you catch it on a sale. I love this so much I am at my second bottle, I have so many perfumes yet I keep coming back to this one.
I was a very badly paid hairdressing apprentice. In fact, so badly paid, we even had to buy our own overalls and rubber gloves, and my monthly season ticket to London from Surrey was actually more than my monthly wage. We all survived on our tips from shampooing hundreds of heads a day. I would scrimp for my one luxury, and that was a bottle of Je Reviens by Worth. In real terms it cost half of my weekly wage, though my tips, put into my dried up shampooy hands made up for a lot. It is delicious, light, feminine and a true classic perfume.A bottle would last me a month, and then a trip into Harrods for my monthly fix. I'd go without food to buy it, walk home from the station, rather than get the bus, so as to be able to afford it. My biggest thrill about my one luxury, was when I was standing in a queue in a Fish and Chip shop, and somebody asking who was wearing that lovely perfume. I was so proud. As I progressed up the food chain, I moved on to more sophisticated and expensive perfumes. Several years ago, I came across Je Reviens in a perfumery department. I tested it and memories came flooding back. It was still as flowery and feminine to me, though rather overshadowed by the modern perfumes of today, but it stands the test of time well. Please try it when you next visit a perfume counter. The words Je Reviens mean I Will Return, and perhaps the older, more classic perfumes of yesterday deserve a place in todays rather chemical, overpowering choices.......see what you think.
Released in 1932, Je Reviens is an elegant, gentle, floral fragrance recommended for evening wear. It explores essences of violet, bergamot and clove blended with notes of jasmine, amber and moss.