Created in 1932 by Maurice Blanchet (according to Basenotes) and featuring an opening of sparkly aldehydes and narcissus, at first blush this scent says “old school”- in a completely wonderful, red-carpet sort of way. Not a red carpet with a step-and-repeat and a dress involving duct tape, but one where you might be at the Met, meet the Mayor (or heck, perhaps the President) and have a midnight supper someplace wonderful.
The middle is all white flowers featuring one of my favorites, hyacinth. Scent of the Day rightly points out that hyacinth is tinged slightly with cloves which offsets some of the powdery aspect of the jasmine, jonquils, lilacs and violets. The base adds vetiver, oakmoss and just enough musk to keep me happy. The funny thing is that for something that back in the day must have seemed so very feminine, it’s something that a guy could totally pull off. I would try anyway..
My scent twin says rightly that it “comes from a more elegant era”
I wish some of that elegance could make a comeback..
Je Reviens was reformulated and I am not sure is even available anymore; I’ve read that what’s out there is quite different from the original. Which is too bad. My sample was from Surrender To Chance.
Image: 1950’s era Worth evening gown from the Museum of the City of New York exhibit.