Jean Desprez Bal A Versailles vintage edt and parfum: the gunkiest, most viscous, floral, musked, vanillic amber the world has ever known. In Japan, tossed into bargain bins for five and ten dollars apiece. exquisite, if mightily, naughtily precarious…. get it wrong and you smell like a skunk. Get it right and smell like the Marquis De Sade gone to heaven


November 18, 2013 · 3:31 pm

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  1. Was this Michael Jackson’s preferred scent?

  2. Cath

    You make me curious. How does it compare with MKK?

  3. I know this scent ol’ so well. so raunchy and animalic. Flowers and musk with a side of dried horse droppings, please. you either love it or despise this fragrance. Bal à Versailles takes some getting used to, but once you discover the balance between the florals, resins, woods and civet, it is truly glorious.

    • I know! And I was thinking dried horse dung, or perhaps osmanthus flowers basking on cow pats…. so anachronistically, genuinely decadent. Can you pull it off? I kind of can if I do the right bathing rituals and finish her off with talcs….though I have to say that on Saturday night, me in this and Duncan in Jicky parfum, to a posh Tokyo party, smelled revolting. I was quite embarrassed.

  4. Cath

    OMG. Now I’ve got to go hunt it down. Is Rakuten a good place to get it?

    • no: I found some empty vials the other day I was looking for: I can send you some Samsara vintage parfum as well. You can blast down the neighborhood avec ta richesse x

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  5. Dubaiscents

    I just bought a small bottle of the vintage Parfum de Toilette version of this. I have been working up the courage to break the seal and put it on!

    • I think the parfum de toilette is lovely, probably the most elegant concentration. The parfum is obviously rich and animalic, but what is strange with vintage Bal is that the cologne is ASTONISHINGLY animalic. Almost repulsive I find. So strange that what should be the lightest and freshest is way the dirtiest!

  6. Lilybelle

    I adore Bal à Versailles. I’m green with envy that you can get it in the bargain bins (esp. if vintage).

  7. Martha

    I ordered a vintage sample of this, wore it once, and haven’t had the nerve to try it again. Holy Smokes, that is some perfume! I will try it again soon… maybe. It is intense.

  8. Laurels

    Have you tried the modern edt? I got a sample, and I don’t know if it’s been neutered or I’m just anosmic to the musk (and/or other animalic ingredients).

    • Not sure I have, actually, as it is no longer sold in Japanese department stores to my knowledge. The edt was always much more polite and fresh in any case. I doubt it COULD be as animalic as it used to be, though, just in terms of legality, of IFRA regulations and so on. The vintage is most certainly an endangered species.

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