Report Review

    Although Basenotes strives to ensure that all of the reviews that appear on the site follow the review guidelines, occasionally one or two reviews may slip through the net.

    Thank you for your help in making the site a more enjoyable experience

    Your details:

    Your Name

    Your Email

    Reason for reporting

    Add more information in the box below if required.
    We will review your report as soon as possible. Thank you for getting in touch.

    The review you are reporting:

    Zut's avatar

    Show all reviews


    Bal à Versailles by Jean Desprez

    This is for the original Bal à Versailles.

    Head notes: Rosemary, orange blossom, mandarin orange, cassia, jasmine, rose, neroli, bergamot, bulgarian rose, lemon
    Heart notes: Sandalwood, patchouli, lilac, orris root, vetiver, ylang-ylang, lily-of-the-valley
    Base notes: Tolu balsam, amber, musk, benzoin, civet, vanilla, cedar, oriental resins

    Bal à Versaille is most certainly one of the utmost opulent perfumes ever made. This kind of fragrance is perfectly suitable for white tie events where women are dressed in long silk taffeta gowns and wear diamond rivières. The vanilla-amber-resin base, the complex middle note extravaganza and the intoxicating citrus-floral top make for a powerful olfactory experience. Of course, BAV is rather sweet, powdery and heady fragrance but when it is worn in the proper venues, it is absolutely heavenly. IMHO, BAV is chiefly an evening fragrance and it's warm and rich effluvia are better appreciated in autumn and winter.

    I read here that there is a "new" version of this great classic which has not much to do with the original. If so, it is a pity.

    17th March, 2012

Loving perfume on the Internet since 2000