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My review is for the vintage parfum sampled from a recently opened Lalique flacon dated circa late 1940's to the mid 50's, upon application the aldehydes were understandably non existent drying down quickly to a powdery melange of orris, violette, French jasmine, May rose, lilac and daffodil/narcissus lasting surprisingly for several hours and becoming stronger and more concentrated adding notes of grey amber, vetyver, musk & oakmoss. This parfum would have been absolutely stunning when newly produced, still very powdery from the orris combined with the amber accord. Definitely swoon 'WORTH'y, I remember smelling this on a well dressed woman when dining out one night, so struck by it's beauty I inquired as to her perfume, she replied JE REVIENS, that was almost 40+ years ago, such is the power of olfactive memory. This fragrance was of it's time vampy and so 'au courant' just before the art deco era, the narcissus/jonquil is quite apparant during the terminal drydown eliciting the most exotic almost narcotic effect one would expect from a flower discovered on a far flung alien planet, Yes it is that other worldly or perhaps a rare orchid found in the interior of the amazon forest, the drydown lasted approximately 10 to 12 hours before finally fading out. For me it's obvious how the more modern eau de toillete pales compared to this parfum/extrait in fact it resembles the recent flanker Je Reviens'Couture' by Worth, I plan to decant some of this into a small vapo as this mode of metered application will dispense the correct dosage, if over applied this could become rather cloying & over the top, I will guard this unexpected windfall zealously along with other favorites in my burgeoning perfume horde, constantly scouring eBay does have it's rewards
A definite must for lovers of vintage fragrance...
My bottle is a round pale grey flask design stoppered with a sky blue ground glass plug (NOT bakelite), base details state R. Lalique French bottle 2 fl.oz The presentation box also contains a return ticket with a batch reference number of just over 14,000, same on the back of the box+56 grs. I believe this to be a low offering of the parfum, perhaps earlier than the 1940's ? stopper was sealed with a white transparent membrane and tied with a silver thread...

I have several versions of Je Reviens - 2 vintage colognes, Couture, and a cheapie EdT from around 2005.

New cheapie version: don't bother, it is dreadful.

My vintage cologne versions have held up pretty well, I think. They are lovely. These are both in a bottle that looks like the one pictured here, but clear glass, not blue. I have no idea how old they are.

The newer Je Reviens Couture is also lovely, and very close to the older colognes. It is much stronger and longer-lasting, and a bit more harsh at first spray, but really nice and unique. Imagine staying at the most luxurious European hotel - the sort where the doorman greets you by name when you arrive. In the marble bath of your room, there is an assortment of the most wonderful and uniquely-scented, French-milled soaps and shampoos. Je Reviens Couture smells like that soap. Floral, clean, crisp, and very, very expensive.

Both vintage and Couture can be found on line for good prices. I have never tried the extrait, but someday, maybe....

Launched into the teeth of the Great Depression Je Reviens is an austerity aldehyde - a boil washed No5 - its powdery rose and vetiver soon elbowed out by a domestic note like metal polish and floor wax.

The name means 'I'm coming back' and this seems oddly prophetic. Not only has JR returned in a (dreadful) modern Eau de Toilette, the younger feeling Eau de Cologne - with its head of citrus and bergamot has found an echo in the recent flanker No5 l'Eau.


Vintage EdT splash bottle, no box; vintage EdC splash, bottle in box

Je Reviens was one of the first fragrances I ever tried, and it remains one of my favorites. There have been many versions over the years, and I thought it might be worthwhile to say a few words about the ones I'm familiar with.

I have several vintage minis and a Lalique skyscraper bottle of the parfum. Aldehydes and delicate florals sit on a vetiver and coumarin base that almost smells camphorous. The parfum is somewhat sharper and greener than the vintage cologne or Parfum de Toilette. (There is no current version of the parfum.) In terms of strength, longevity and sillage, it is the faintest of all the versions reviewed here.

Vintage EDC is wonderful. I have two bottles, and heaven knows how, but they've managed to hold onto their most delicate notes - highly recommended.

There was a Parfum de Toilette in the 70s that is good - not as full-bodied as vintage ECD, but respectable and instantly recognizable as Je Reviens.

The current EDT is dreadful - thin, sharp, chemical, unworthy.

In 2004, Je Reviens Couture EDP was introduced in an effort to restore Je Reviens to its original glory; it might have been reformulated in 2010 to coincide with the House of Worth's short-lived return to the haute couture world, but documentation is scarce. I have two bottles, and determining their production years is impossible because Worth (to the best of my knowledge) is not included in batch code websites. One bottle has a strong chemical opening, but it soon dries down to the lovely scent that I first smelled in the late 1960s; the other bottle smells good right out of the atomizer.

If you're trying to decide which version of Je Reviens to purchase, my recommendation would be to find a bottle of Je Reviens Couture (still available online, though in diminishing numbers); or look for a boxed vintage bottle of parfum or EDC. The PDT from the 70s is widely available on eBay at reasonable prices, but is not as good as vintage EDC. Don't bother with the current EDT.

Je Reviens wears close to the skin; it whispers. Longevity is fleeting in all versions except Couture. Sillage and projection are minimal.

This was my absolute favourite as a child in the '70s - I think the blue colour got me - the perfume came in a disk shaped bottle and the liquid was a lovely midnight blue. My mother used to let me use it, and one fine early '80s day, I took the bottle with me on a night out, wearing a white jacket. The bottle broke and the blue stain on that jacket smelled divine for years afterwards. Oddly, I can't find any references to blue liquid (as opposed to bottle ) Je Reviens, but my memory is of blue liquid..

I've always loved the overtone of something vaguely chemical in this and was interested to read that this is due to salicylates. It's floral but not sweet, has a spicy woody background, and still smells good (in the 'Couture' version). However it doesn't have the heft and body it had in my memories. If I didn't have the memory of what this was in my impressionable youth, I don't know how I'd feel about it.

I have two different, modern version bottles of this. One smells better than the other. One is too aldehydic; the other is much more floral. I've been buying Je Reviens since the early 1980's. It has gone downhill somewhat; lost its charm. Still, it is unique compared to other aldehyde-prominent fragrances I own. I keep this around for sentimental reasons. I would not really recommend this one if you want a classic floral. Find vintage, if you can.

This for vintage parfum:
Now I know what coumarin smells like. Hay, sweet almond, nutty, sharp, green. Layered with clove, it's gorgeous. Top notes have likely gone off a bit due to age - aldehylic white florals was all I got, but I wasn't paying too much attention tbf.
I'll come back to this in time, but I only have 2ml of vintage juice to play with, and some needs saving. I'm surprisingly intrigued by this. If I can find something with the same coumarin and clove accord, I'll be overjoyed.
EDIT - bonkers hairspray and mouthwash qualities. Really odd, but fascinating.

I wore Je Reviens on and off in the early '80s. I'm sure it read as dowdy and anachronistic, especially on a twenty year old, but I'd never smelled anything quite like it and was taken by its plastic, synthetic beauty. I knew a few floral aldehydes and loved Arpège, Joy and No 5 but I knew nothing about the history of perfume. It would never have occurred to me to consider perfume as the product of an era, though I was aware that my other perfumes, Antaeus and Kouros, were newer.

What struck me about Je Reviens was that I could break it down and identify some of its qualities. Not notes, but descriptors. The other perfumes I knew existed as complete entities. I could no more easily dissect Joy than I could take apart a marble bust and show you its constituent parts. But I could read Je Reviens. I didn't have a vocabulary for it, but I could tell that it juxtaposed its elements differently. It was powdery and buttery at the same time. I'm sure the cobalt bottle influenced me, but Je Reviens smelled both blue and yellow without ever mixing to become green. The different qualities fit together but didn't blend like the bouquets in Arpège and Joy. I found abstraction in perfumery at the same time that I was discovering my proclivity for abstraction in other art forms. I started to think of perfume as a composition.

I still smell Je Reviens the same way, but I have more context for it. The contrasting qualities still sit next to each other without blending, but now I chalk it up to a particular use of aromachemicals, most likely vintage musks and a famously heavy dose of benzyl salicylate. It still reads as floral, but now I see it as densely woody with a stemmy, watery crispness and a background hint of smoke.

Je Reviens was released in 1932 and was a precursor to the the green florals and chypres of the '50s as well as the the metallic '60s-‘ 70s green florals. Although it comes from the '30s it has a 1950s sensibility. The delineation of the notes the suits the rigid artifice and cocktail party mentality of the mid '50s. It is a floral speedball seen through a blur of martinis and amphetamines. The plasticky aromachemicals amp the florals and give a gloss that slurs the speech just a touch.

I smelled the most recent version of this the other day. How very horrible it is. I can remember this fragrance from the 1970s, and whilst, then, I did not like it, I realised that it was a very clever, well put together, original fragrance. There was, at the time, nothing like it. What has happened? It is now a badly constructed, aldehydic mess. After, maybe ten minutes, all I can smell are Aldehydes. After that, I gave up and threw the smelling strip away.

What I smelled recently should not be called "Je Reviens".

I wore the cheap stuff in the eighties, simply because it was cheap and quite fun. However, I've just had the privilege of buying the Couture and I am shocked! Is this the way it's supposed to smell? The opening is reminiscent of the cheap stuff that I know and like, but then it becomes way more complex and beautiful. I am absolutely hooked. My signature scent has always been Rive Gauche, but I think I've just found another one.

This is simply one of the most magnificent scents ever created. If you haven't experienced this scent, you are missing out. I'm not familiar with the more modern re-formulations, so I can't comment on whether or not they hold a candle to the 1970s-1980s formulations that I'm acquainted with. I will always associate this with my mom's "going out" nights in the 1970s, yet it's a fragrance I enjoy wearing myself. I have a hard time describing it- it's one of those scents that you truly have to experience yourself, but I consider it thoroughly modern, in spite of it's long heritage.

I thought "hot diggity, a classy EDT that's on sale". I was probably buying the reformulated modern scent.
However, I was singing in a choir (so I heated up) & another choir member asked me to wash it off because it was making her ill.
This made me a bit wary about using it & I noticed it tickled my own nose a little. I think it is a teeny bit heavy on the violet & way too heavy on the courmarin.
I still like it enough that I might spray it on my feet & lower leg....or a whiff on the curtains of an open window.

JE REVIENS – Worth – 1932 [floral, powdery]

I will forever associate this scent with live theater, as every Playbill I accumulated throughout the sixties and seventies contained a card wrapped in cellophane redolent of Je Reviens.

The scent is very fresh, a bright and subtle floral mix, with a hint of violet, that dries down to a soft, powdery cloud that is irresistible to others. Who is not comforted by the warmth of a softly scented powder?

Another totally unique scent I've not found copied by imitators.

Top Notes: Orange Blossom, Bergamot, Violet, Jasmine, Ylang Ylang, Coumarin
Middle Notes: Clove, Rose, Hyacinth, Lilac, Orris, Narcissus, Jonquil
Base Notes: Amber, Frankincense, Tonka Bean, Vetiver, Musk, Oakmoss, Sandalwood, Tolu Balsam

I have hesitated and pondered over the daunting task of trying to do any amount of justice to "Je Reviens" with mere words: I was asked outright by a BN cohort to submit a review, to which I responded that it would take a novel to render all of its facets, all of the elements that make this one of the most unforgettable perfumes in the world. "Je Reviens" has few peers. It is one of those singular scents that nobody ever succeeded in imitating: It has its place among the greats--Joy, Shalimar, L'air du temps, one of those rare scents that can be conjured to perfection by memory. To begin, it is indeed a confusing assignment to even try to describe what "happened" to it. In it's day, it was a wildly luxurious fragrance, extremely expensive, and made only with the finest ingredients. Many reviews compare it to the chanel woman's 5. In 1932, the 5 would be considered sassy and common, even vulgar next to "Je Reviens." Charles Frederic Worth was the very founder of Parisian Haute Couture: In its day, his house was the grandest, and the greatest of them all. Though later created and launched by his two sons, its perfume division maintained a standard that was unrivaled in its time, untouchable even by Jean Patou himself, the Great Innovator. Witness how everything about "Je Reviens" goes against the vogues of the time: Here is the very essence of elegance, not remotely, not even faintly concerned with fashion. In 70 years it has known countless "incarnations," making its name all the more ironic. Translated by Worth in English as "I Will Return," "Je Reviens" means more specifically "I'll be right back:" It's a present tense, difficult to understand in other languages, least of which English. Perhaps "I am returning" would be the closest, though somewhat awkward, translation, and "return" it did: In steps, it disintegrated all the way down to its current incarnation as a two penny "sent bon" made in England. Somehow, though, its spirit has survived: When you smell it, even today, it's still "Je Reviens," and could be no other: The brightest, most resplendent thing. Even if the current eau de toilette lasts but an hour, there is an "air de famille" in it that is unmistakeable. It blows on like glitter, and brings a smile, a caress, an aura of cool, comfortable richness. It's an heavily organic scent, very much in the way a field of overblown casa blanca lilies would be: One is perplexed that it wouldn't attract bees to the wearer. What it does attract? Men. "Je Reviens" must be the sexiest perfume ever to be put on the face of the earth. We understand why Viagra is that shade of blue once we have inhaled "Je Reviens" on the nape of a pulsating neck, in the crux of a bosom: It's a fragrance that heats up and gets all moist and sweaty in the most delightful way. Among the fields and fields of flowers, there is dark, erotic resin in the earth from which they bloom. The sweat stained and breathless afterglow is so sumptuous that finally we understand why a dumb insect will just keep poking its sucker in over and over and over, even when the flower is spent. Those who truly wish to experience "Je Reviens" in all of its promise of unimaginable splendour must procure a vintage extract: The year does not matter as much as the provenance. It must be made in France. The real deal clearly states: "Made, bottled and sealed in France by Parfums Worth, 128 rue Saint Honore, Paris, France," and even comes equipped with a tricolour French flag. Ladies: Any of you lucky enough to be in possession of one of these blue lalique bottles, use it wisely. The spell it casts will see you keeping hairy beasts at bay with a whip and a chair. Gentlemen, slap some of this nectar of eden on the veins of your prey and witness the effect down under. Who would argue? If something has refused to disappear for this long, even barely breathing in the bottom of the bargain barrel, surely, there must be something magic in it, and there is. The positively lyrical "Je Reviens" could be as close to perfection as perfumery has ever come. A grand statement, yes, but very frankly, there is nothing in it, nothing at all, that is not absolutely, mouth-wateringly delicious.

This review is for the original Je reviens.

This superb powdery fragrance reminds me of one of my favourite aunts who wore it in the 60's. She was in her early 20's at the time. She always dressed very hip while remaining extremely elegant. To me, Je reviens is some sort of security blanket, a true-blue comfort-fragrance. I only have good memories of it. The warm and very well balanced mixture of jasmine, hyacinth, tuberose, ylang-ylang, rose and musk always made me feel so good. I haven't seen it in stores in years. Some fellow reviewers here say it has been modified lately. If so, this is utter infamy. I hope I will never see the new corrupted juice ever. I don't want anything to interfere with my sweet memories of Je reviens.

Je Reviens is one of those cheap classics. While the EDT is the most popular buy, I had the privilege to try the rather hard-to-find EDP.

This fragrance is indeed very powdery and complex, but more so in old-fashioned, vintage sense. Since Chanel No.5 started the trend of the floral aldehyde, there have been many fragrances released that smell very similar to Je Reviens.

Despite the dominant powdery aldehydes, Je Reviens has a very clean and soapy feel brought about by the citrus and floral notes. That refreshing quality, while safe, is extremely likable.

I can't say that I've ever noticed this fragrance being worn by anyone close to me. I am surprised at this seeming that this fragrance is very popular and cheap in my country. However I am very certain that there are many ladies over the age of 60 who wear this fragrance everyday.

I was thankful that Je Reviens didn't turn out to be an aggressive powdery scent, however due to my personal tastes I couldn't warm to the scent either. The EDP had rather average lasting strength, however due to a slight case of perfume snobbery, I must admit that I didn't expect much.

I adored Je Reviens in the 1970's. It was floral and spicy and I felt elegant wearing it. It's a darn shame what has happened to it since.

(Review Vintage Pdt)

Admittedly I had very high expectations for Je Reviens, but this fragrance smell just like blue bathroom tablets.. SO disappointing, I'm really in shock about this.

I don't even want to try the reformulated EdT.

This is a Cheap Nickle & Dime Drugstore
Supermarket attepmt on Chanel no 5 for the working Classes since the average
Joe or Jane can't afford Chanel so they
made this. the Aldehyde in this seems to
be more synthitic more plastic then the
earthy and more woodsy Chanel no 5.
The color is Antiseptic like in Hospitals like the color of nurses
And Doctors Scrubs or Bathroom Disinfectant with a Bright Turquiose
Blue Liquid. There is a Leather basenote in this but it fails to have
it's own Idenity in a trend of the once
Popular perfume Trend The ALDEHYDES!!!

I'm a fan neither of big florals nor of aldehydes, yet Je Reviens is very wearable & pleasant on me. JR has a retro vibe, perhaps 1960s? I would have never guessed that this was from the 1930s. Ever. I am most certain that I have a version of the scathed & maligned "down market" version. Regardless, "down market" is certainly wearable on me. I will test the "couture" if I can find it, but I doubt it will be as pleasant and wearable to me.

Way back in the late 60s and early 70s, when I was young enough to have an unlimited (if naive) romantic imagination, I fell in love with this scent. I didn't know then that the old French classics were best suited for a woman of the world, which I certainly was not. For some reason, I lost track of this fragrance, only to find it in a discount store (very cheap) in the late 90s. My expectation of fond memories was severely disappointed--SOMETHING AWFUL had happened to Je Reviens!! It had gone down-market and it smelled like nail polish remover! Now, though, I can enjoy it again. What I remember from the past is now available as "Je Reviens Couture" EdP (in the crenelated cobalt blue bottle). Do yourself a favour--forget the EdT. The EdP is still gorgeous and costs barely more than its nasty sibling (unless, of course, you want to smell like nail polish remover). Some forty years on, it still appeals to the romantic in me--but now with just a bit of nostalgic melancholy.

I owned this in the1970's, it was my first bottle of real perfume. One day I got past the tester dragon in fine fragrances in the department store; when I sniffed this a new world opened up for me. I used to get euphoric from this scent, I would put it on and listen to Mendelssohn and Chopin and get higher than anybody with a dime bag ever could. After we had a falling out over the power frags in the 80's, we met again by chance; in Walgreens. But oh, how you had changed, je reviens; Your name means "I will return,", not "I will return as a watered-down lurching zombie version of myself" I have hope however, that someday you will be reincarnated for me as a bottle of the couture version that I have not seen in the US as yet. But always you will be one of the fondest memories of my younger self.

Dial soap. I remember this from my childhood. My parents were partial to the orange bars, and it was my family's soap of choice for years. I had no idea that they had stolen their fragrance from Je Reviens. I found a vintage bottle online, in it's box, still wrapped in cellophane. I am not a vintage collector, so I popped it open and gave it a spin. Sadly, I can't really appreciate it as perfume at this point and feel the need to go rinse, as if I failed to wash all the soap off during my bath. However, there is no doubt that this is a carefully constructed floral and quite potent as well with obvious coumarin in the drydown. I am fairly anosmic to violets, so that may prejudice my review, but I still think that many may find this attractive. I do not know what the modern formulation smells like.

I have heard that the couture version is closer the original that what has been on the market in the past few years. I have tried this fragrance twice in the same formulation hoping that it might might grow on me. I can see where this perfume would be fabulous, had the base notes just been rounded out and stronger. What is out there at the discounters is very watered down.

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