Worth • Je Reviens • Fragrances
|Would buy this product again.||76%|
Age: 36-43 Skin: Other Hair: Other Eyes: Other
I don't remember the vintage version well enough to comment, but the current one is great. It helps that I like aldehydes. Mostly this is powdery iris and carnation, and a bit of all the other floral notes it claims to have. The narcissus note is nice, quite green and the ylang keeps it from being too conventionally girly. The sandalwood base is easygoing too. What's good about this is -- it isn't overdone. It's very pretty and balanced with a reserved glamour factor. It also smells old-fashioned (retro) to me, which is a plus. I quite enjoy floral perfumes easily available at discount: Je Reviens, Bluegrass, Oscar de la Renta and L'Air du Temps. They manage to express the floral theme without throwing in too much fruit or going overkill on the woods.
I prefer Je Reviens in summer. It's comforting when I'm under the weather or plain tired. The iris is handled well -- I prefer the note here more than the note in niche scents like Iris Poudre. If you like gentle carnation with other equally soft florals, give this a chance. It's not like the big carnation perfumes: Bellodgia, Floris Malmaison, Spellbound or Bluegrass. It's far more reserved. Years ago I owned the soap, lotion and body powder -- I suppose it was all 'vintage'. It was easy to layer in that it didn't become dense or cloying -- and for an unobtrusive scent, it was memorable enough for me to repurchase many years later. I've seen different packaging for this: the tall bottle with the plastic lid and a little round Lalique-style, frosted glass bottle with a 'W' embossed stopper. The latter would look lovely on a dressing table.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination, Fair, Cool Hair: Blond, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Blue
I stumbled across the reviews for this perfume by accident, and they brought tears to my eyes, as this was my Mom's "signature scent" before it became such a PITA to find, so she switched to Chanel No 5.
I'm pleasantly surprised that in the era of generic, girlie scents this fragrance is so much appreciated by reviewers on MUA (I'm annoyed when reading of the "old lady" smell of many classic perfumes, by reviewers who would probably wear the scent of poop as long as it was trendy, lol).
Like Shalimar and many other classics, this scent is not to be confused with any other. I swear I could recognize it even now, after almost 2 decades. As a matter of fact, I'm now considering ordering it online, making sure I get the vintage version!
Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination Hair: Brunette, Straight, Medium Eyes: Other
I have a cheap mini bottle of Je Reviens EDT that I bought on a whim because I needed to spend a few more dollars to reach the minimum $25 order that I needed in order to qualify for free shipping on an online purchase. Because it was so cheap, my expectations weren't very high, but when it arrived, I was ecstastic by how good it smelled.
It's a nice, clean, soapy smell that reminds me of those expensive imported floral soaps that are sold in fancy gift boxes. You know the kind of soap I'm talking about-- it's molded and embossed and so fragrant that you're almost afraid to use it, so you put it in your dresser drawer for a few months so it can perfume your clothing. And once in a while, you take the soap out of the box and admire how pretty it is in the palm of your hand before deciding to put it back in the drawer. Eventually, you take the soap into the bathroom where it belongs, and when you finally work up the nerve to you use it, you feel inexplicably sad.
This is how Je Reviens smells to me-- like the most elegant kind of embossed soap, the kind that is meant to be savored for months, not used up too quickly. Fortunately, at this ridiculously low price, I don't have to use Je Reviens sparingly. I can wear it whenever I'm in the mood for a fresh-out-of-the-shower scent that is simple, linear, but still very classy.
I know that this is the reformulated version and that it's considered inferior to the vintage one, but for once in my life I'm so pleased with a modern version of a scent that I feel no need to try vintage Je Reviens or even the new Je Reviens Couture flanker, which I hear is a resurrection of the vintage scent. But I do feel bad for anyone whose heart belongs to the original Je Reviens. I know how painful it is to see a scent get discontinued and then brought back as a ghost of its former self. Thankfully, I don't have a memory of the original to compare this to, or I'd probably be up in arms too.
Age: 44-55 Skin: Other Hair: Other Eyes: Other
I am reviewing je reviens couture which is supposed to be nearly identical to the old one before it became cheap and washed out.
The packaging is lovely with the dark blue bottle that I remember.
First you get a blast of aldehydes and a lovely bitter green note which I take to be salicylicate. the dry down is quite powdery.
This is a very pretty, classy fragrance. it was my Mother-in-law's holy grail so I probably will not wear it around my DH. I hope it is not discontinued as I bought mine from a discounter. Adding the staying power is very good.
Age: 44-55 Skin: Other Hair: Other Eyes: Other
I wore this a teen in the early 70s.
I got a newer formulation while visiting in NewYork about 5 years ago.
Not the same at all!!!!
I went on Ebay and bought a bottle very reasonably and it was a type of bottle I remember owning years ago--a bottle with flowers impressed on it. I eagerly ripped off the packaging when the mail arrived and
ahhhhh--there was the smell I remembered!!!
The thing I like best about this scent is that it smells like nothing else.
But you have to go vintage on this one. Or maybe try the new "couture" version,
Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination, Fair Hair: Brunette Eyes: Blue
Je Reviens is THE ultimate nostalgic fragrance. When American men were leaving for the second World War, all of the military men gave their beloveds this perfume to remember them by. A not entirely truthful translator joined with a brilliant advertiser translated Je Reviens as "I will return". This perfume became a scent infused with so much emotion that even POST WWII, it was a bestseller.
A vintage parfum sample arrived today. Jean Claude Ellena described it as "Delicate Skin" and it's hard to do better than that. Many people have likened Je Reviens to No. 5, but I'm not getting that. It smells clean and fragile, but even more than that, it strikes an accord that no other perfume does. It makes you smell it again and again to figure out how such a fresh scent can simultaneously contain a hint of smoke.
It must be a kind of magic.
Age: 44-55 Skin: Combination Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown
Je Reviens has changed a lot over the years. I've products covering a fair spectrum, from vintage edp to modern edt to even more modern haute reworking of JR back to its roots. I have to say, while there is a little thin-ness to the less expensive newer versions, overall JR is a beautiful, timeless classic which nicely fills the iris niche for me.
It manages to catch both that dry, woody/powdery feel of iris, but also hold a little citric lushness and a sandalwood/wood spine. Overlaid on this is a very feminine floral -- a touch of violet (not usually my favorite but carried nicely here) and white musk. There's also a green, almost cannibis note. I like layering the vintage parfum with any vintage edt for a veil effect.
The haute re-working, which comes in a ridged blue tower bottle, deserves its own section. But since many will come to this looking up the haute version, I'll cover it here. It does, indeed, ring back to the stronger, more powdery vintage version, as well as capturing (I think through citronella) a really strong citrus. I love it, but it's a strong, sometimes bitter, woody/citric over powdery sandalwood, not much like the almost watery, light, floaty Je Reviens of the drugstore bottles.
I can hear gasps of dismay about to burst, but honestly, I think this is quite nice in the drugstore version, very pretty, feminine, and wearable. If I HAD to redeem a drugstore coupon on fragrance, this wouldn't be a bad way to go at all. I think it's better to get some of the more vintage versions for very little at the Bay or online perfume stores, and springing for the vintage parfum (which can still be had quite inexpensively and which comes in beautiful bottles) is a real delight.
I may be revealing myself as an iris-note peasant, but really, I could be quite happy (and for a long time have been) getting all my iris cravings satisfied with Je Reviens. I love wearing it when I want something cool, floral and elegant, with a little woody touch, or when I want something vintage. It comes in a huge bottle and I love how free to crazy-spray it I feel. It's hard to overspray since it fades quickly and never blasts. It is a little on the classic side, but I think the cool green-ness of the wood lifts it out of the Perhaps Too Classic risk category and makes it a very modern fragrance in many ways.
Age: 56 & Over Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Blond, Straight, Fine Eyes: Hazel
Long ago, I was introduced to Je Reviens Fragrance (Worth) by a coworker. It is such a unique and subtle but lasting fragrance. The perfume is the best form but overpriced. The next strongest version I think is called toilet water (LOL). The description of fragrance notes--green florals, orange flower, lemon, rose, musk and violet--does not match what I perceive the scent as being. I do not favor green florals or rose. My coworker told me it had hyacinth, wisteria and violet. I could believe that. It is not particularly sweet but very feminine and lasts quite well without being obvious unless a person is in close proximity to you.
Alas, I am retired and cannot justify spending this kind of money on scent any longer. I hope one day someone will gift this to me.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Acne-prone Hair: Blond Eyes: Hazel
This review is for the vintage edt. I get the comparisons to Chanel No. 5, but to me this is a much softer, more powdery fragrance without any of the 'too much' quality I get from No. 5. Maybe because my bottle is older, but the staying power isn't fantastic, and there is very little sillage. Still, this is gorgeous. I'd love to see how the couture reformulation matches up.
Age: 44-55 Skin: Very Dry, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Blond, Straight, Fine Eyes: Green
I've been wearing this fragrance since 1980. Soft, floral, powdery and a fragrance that is very feminine, womanly. It's like a step back in time - very 1930's, a classic like Chanel No5 (that's about the only other perfume that comes close to this IMO). I often layer this after using both the shower gel and body lotion. I'd describe this as an Old Fashion style Perfume.
On the down side the EDT spray comes in a very ordinary bottle, rather plain Art Deco styled glass bottle with a black lid. However, the other Je Reviens bottles (such as that of the Perfume, EDP & Couture) are nice, and the packaging itself is quite pretty in bright Turquoise Blue with a gold cherub decorative feature. Some of the older (vintage) Je Reviens "Lalique" bottles are quite collectable.
If you like a powdery, just washed fragrance like Chanel No5, White Linen by Estee Lauder or even Ombre Rose, then you would probably like this one too.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination, Medium Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown
I got this at perfumania for $2.39 a 3.4 oz bottle. I hate this perfume it smells like powder and b.o. very disgusting scent.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Acne-prone, Medium, Warm Hair: Black, Straight, Medium Eyes: Brown
Notes: aldehydes, orange blossom, jasmine, ylang-ylang, bergamot and lemon, narcissus, lilac, orris root, hiacynth, cloves, ylang-ylang, rose and narcissus, sandalwood, tonka bean, amber, musk, violet, oakmoss, vetiver and incense.
Nose: Maurice Blanchet
I've always seen Worth Je Reviens EDT (light blue box with clear bottle and black cap) in drug/grocery stores but have never wanted to give it a try until I saw all of the great reviews on MUA. Je Reviens is a beautiful, classic fragrance. Very heavy on the aldehydes in the opening with the heart of the fragrance turning into a spicy, vibrant powdery scent. Drydown is a heavenly woody, musky, vanilla. This is a perfume you could wear all year round for just about any occaison. Comforting but at the same time suitable for the strong, confident woman.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Very Oily Hair: Brunette Eyes: Other
Part of the reason for the disparity of opinions here is that not everyone is reviewing the same scent. Je reviens has been reformulated many times, and in addition there is now "Je reviens couture" which is supposed to smell like the original. I will be downmarket here and review the currently available edt (clear bottle with black cap.) I went to the perfume counter recently with the intention to sample both Balmain Ivoire and Je Reviens. I was prepared to find Je Reviens cheap and watered down in its current formula. To my suprise, I love this and will be purchasing a full bottle this week after I finish my sample (Ivoire was a disappointment however.) The aldehydes here are not as strong as in many aldehydic fragrances, so don't let that scare you off. I initially get soft, watery violets, very beautiful and perfect for spring. The drydown is powdery and soft - not aggressively powdery the way some perfumes are, just lovely and feminine. At the end I get an incense note. I find this similar in a way to Chanel no 22, though they are different both are powdery florals with incense (in no 22 everything is heightened... Je Reviens is a more approachable scent.) Let me say that I thought I hated violet scents, but perhaps I just hate violets in Apres l'ondee. Je Reviens is really inexpensive online, and even buying it from stores isn't so pricey anymore. I'm looking forward to wearing this in the springtime.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Other Hair: Other Eyes: Other
I have loved Je Reviens EDT for years for its unusual and beautiful soft powdery scent which always gets compliments. I really don't wear anything else now. However, Worth must have reformulated it recently and it is HORRIBLE! Smells like some sort of cheap shampoo now. So I tried the perfume instead of the EDT, and it was just stronger cheap shampoo. I bought a second bottle of perfume just in case I had somehow gotten a "bad" bottle. Same smell. This is SO disappointing, I'm really in shock about this. Does anyone know where I can purchase the "real" Je Reviens?
Age: 44-55 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Brunette Eyes: Brown
So many of the great old scents that once occupied the counters of the finest shops are now considered "downmarket", to be found only in discount stores. I spotted this in Filene's and since it was only $12, I bought it thinking to put in my mom's Christmas stocking, but curiosity got the better of me & I tried it myself. It's a departure for me, a fan of light,green & fruity scents like In Love Again & Calyx, as it's a complex warm floral on a woody base, but I like it. There's something undeniably ladylike about it, and when applied sparingly, it's quite subtle. It recalls a strong yet indistinct memory for me, and all I can figure is that some dear ladies that I knew & admired in my childhood & youth wore it (my mother wears it once in a while, but she's never been a perfume/beauty lover so I don't associate it with her). I'm in my mid-40s and to me, being a true lady is still a worthy aspiration: she is definitely past girlhood & doesn't pretend to be young or something that she isn't. She is well-mannered and pays attention to her grooming & deportment because she believes in presenting her best face to the world. This is they type of fragrance that such women have chosen for generations, so why not try it?
By the way, Worth was the very first couturier and his house introduced fragrance in the 20s. If you check the website (www.worthparis.com), you'll find some interesting information on the history & current fragrance offerings. Apparently Je Reviens is still a high-end fragrance abroad, having been re-introduced in a reproduction of the original bottle.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination Hair: Blond Eyes: Blue
Apparently I like aldehydes and I love this and Chanel No. 5. Smell similar to me, very powdery without being dull and cloying. Spicy and lively this is a sexy perfume, I cannot imagine being 10 years old wearing it! This screams all woman to me. Lovely, different, classic, might even wear it on my honeymoon ;-)
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair, Warm Hair: Brown, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Green
I smell lavender, violet, grass, and a bit of...petrol. What can I say, aldehydes aren't my friend. I'm pretty sure I know actual octogenarians who wear this; it's very familiar. Therefore, not for me.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Other Hair: Other Eyes: Other
Before testing Je Reviens, I really had to make myself not negatively prejudge it. The juice (parfum, I believe) I was given to test was, after all, an intense shade of bluish-green reminiscent of crème de menthe and looked quite unappealing. I even wondered if it would stain my skin (it did not, by the way). But, I decided to dab it on and was pleasantly surprised. Je Reviens is a very light scent and I could detect notes of jasmine, bergamot and violet as well as a bit of clean hay, all of which really never changed as the fragrance dried down. Je Reviens reminded me of something a 14 year old girl in Missouri would have worn in the early 1920’s, wearing a starched white eyelet dress and demurely reading in the parlor on a Sunday afternoon. As I kept smelling it, I also thought how glad women back in the 1930’s (Je Reviens was created in 1932) must have been to have such a pleasant, easy-to-wear scent available as an antidote to the more aggressive scents of the time such as Dana’s “Tabu” and Coty’s “Chypre de Coty”.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium Hair: Brunette Eyes: Hazel
It may not smell exactly as it did 75 years ago (if there's a perfume that does, please let me know!), but I am glad it hasn't been discontinued all together.
It was my very first perfume at the tender age of 10. Twenty years later, I can't get my husband off me when I wear it.
All concentrations and formulas are fabulous. I find the new Couture version more on the powdery side compared to the spice and vetiver load of the vintage/original. The EDT is a real treat when chilled and sprayed on a hot, humid day. I save the parfum for very special occasions and always get the "you smell so good!". Highly recommend.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Dry, Fair Hair: Blond Eyes: Blue
Yet another "classic" fragrance that I can't stand, no matter how hard I try to like it. This one really hurt my nose and offended me on so many levels. It smells like some cheap jasmine room spray trying to mask a lot of dust and chemicals -- completely TOXIC. Not at all for me. The blue box with gold embossed cherub enchanted me, but what's with the cheap, moderne/streamlined bottle that doesn't at all match the design style of the box?! Good thing it was pretty inexpensive at Filene's Basement. Not much was lost when I gave it away.