Monday, November 24, 2014

Je Reviens by Worth c1932

Je Reviens by Worth: launched in 1932. Created by Maurice Blanchet.

Fragrance Composition:

So what does it smell like? It is classified as an aldehydic floral fragrance for women. It begins with a spicy fresh top, followed by a spicy floral heart, resting on a powdery,woody base.
  • Top notes: aldehydes, lemon, jasmine, bergamot,  orange blossom, hyacinth and ylang ylang
  • Middle notes: jonquil, lavender, rose, violet,  tuberose, lilac, narcissus, orris, carnation and ylang ylang
  • Base notes: incense, ambergris, oakmoss, tonka bean, benzoin, musk, vetiver and sandalwood

Je Reviens included an overdose of the flowery-sweet, green scent of amyl salicylate, a tenacious aroma chemical with an earthy dry out. 

Je Reviens was available in the following scented products:
  • Parfum
  • Parfum de Toilette
  • Eau de Toilette
  • Eau de Cologne
  • Bath Oil
  • Talc
  • Dusting Powder
  • Hand Soap

Bottles: (info will be updated periodically as it becomes available)

Je Reviens was presented in various bottles over the years including some Lalique signed examples.

The "skyscraper" bottle (in blue or clear glass), the disk bottle (in blue, green or clear glass), and the boule (ball) flacon were originally designed and made by Lalique.

You will find some examples that are not marked with the Lalique name, which means they were made by a different glass company. Only the bottle marked with the Lalique name are Lalique made bottles.

The Skyscraper Bottle:

First introduced by Rene Lalique in 1929, this Art Deco bottle is in the shape of a tall column with fluted sides and a stepped top which reminds one of a skyscraper. The deluxe presentation was originally a chrome plated metal two part case in which the bottle rested on the base.

This bottle came in two colors: clear glass and a beautiful shade of cobalt blue and can be found with either a turquoise blue stopper or goldtone cap. The bottle came in various sizes including giant factice size.

Blue Glass with Blue Stoppers:

  • Giant factice stands 10.25" tall
  • 2.5 oz stands 5.5" tall.
  • 1 oz stands
  • 0.5 oz stands 3" tall

The Boule Flacon:

This is known as the Boule Flacon, the "ball" bottle so called because of it's shape.

Cube Bottles:

The cube bottles were only used for a short period of time, and usually only as part of special presentations such as the "Silver Bells" shown below. These little bottles are of clear glass, square shape and have little glass stoppers with slightly domed tops and faceted sides. These were used during the 1930s and 1940s for the perfume Je Reviens, Imprudence, and Dans la Nuit.

Disk Bottles:

The disk bottles were produced in both clear glass, cobalt blue glass, and for the smaller purse bottles, emerald green glass, these can be found with either the turquoise blue stoppers or goldtone caps. The earlier bottles are molded with the Lalique name on the base, later examples were not produced by Lalique.

The bottles were available in various sizes:

Blue Glass:

  • 1 oz stands 3" tall.
  • 0.23 oz Le Medaillon Purse Bottle with Gold Cap stands 1.9" tall
Green Glass:
  • 0.13 oz Purse Bottle with Gold Cap stands 

Clear Glass:
  • 1.125 oz


Special Editions:

Some special editions were introduced including some nice little miniature bottles. One boule bottle was entirely gilded and could be worn as a pendant. 

Another limited edition was a miniature Lalique cobalt blue glass disk bottle with a goldtone figural cherub cap, other editions can be found in clear glass with plastic cherubs.


Fate of the Fragrance:

Reformulated and repackaged in electric blue boxes (originally packaged in powder blue boxes) in 1985 to appeal to a younger audience.

So what does it smell like? It is classified as a soft floral fragrance for women.
  • Top notes: bergamot, lemon, jasmine, orange blossom, aldehydes and ylang-ylang
  • Middle notes: rose, narcissus, orris root, hyacinth, jonquil, lilac, ylang-ylang, cloves and violet
  • Base notes: amber, sandalwood, violet, vetiver, tonka bean, incense  and musk

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