Scent of a woman

Growing up I have memories of sitting on my Mother’s bed as she would get ready for a night out. I would sit, transfixed, as she applied eye shadow, lipstick and mascara, with the final touch always being a squirt of her favourite “going out” perfume – Je Reviens by Worth.

Growing up I equated this smell with glamour, luxury and my Mother, and now as an adult I have adopted it as my own.

Perhaps what I love most about Je Reviens is the history behind the scent. The House of Worth was a French house of high fashion that specialised in haute couture, ready to wear clothes and perfume. The house was founded in 1858 by designer Charles Frederick Worth. It continued to operate under his descendants until 1952 but finally closed in 1956. The House of Worth brand was revived in 1999.

Worth was one of the first fashion houses to extend its name to perfume. Launched in 1932, the unique fragrance was crafted by Maurice Blanchet and has top notes of aldehydes, orange blossom, jasmine, ylang-ylang, bergamot and lemon; middle notes are narcissus, lilac, orris root, hiacynth, cloves, ylang-ylang and rose; base notes are sandalwood, tonka bean, amber, musk, violet, oakmoss, vetiver and incense.

Translated, Je Reviens means ‘I will return’, and was a popular gift from soldiers to their sweethearts during the Second World War. This is why I love this perfume. It’s like wearing a little piece of history – both world history but also my own personal history. I will forever associate this scent with my Mother, a woman who has always taken pride in her appearance and taught me everything I know about skincare.

What’s you’re favourite scent? An what memories does it evoke?

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