Bal a Versailles EDT

 Created By

Jean Desprez


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As a tribute to the elegant American and French debutantes, the newborn belles of the ball, Jean Desprez created Debutante de Versailles, a limited edition perfume exclusively created for Daggett & Ramsdell. This opulent composition made up of over 300 ingredients was to become the infamous Bal a Versailles perfume in 1962, when it was offered to the public for the first time. The crystal bottles for Bal a Versailles featured an image of the Fragonard painting, Bal a Versailles on the label. This current re-formulation has notably improved the perfume, making it more pungent and animalic. 

Fragrance Facts

Head notes: Rosemary, Orange blossom, Jasmine, Rose, Mandarin orange, Cassia, Neroli, Bergamot, Bulgarian rose, Lemon
Heart notes: Vetiver, Patchouli, Ylang-Ylang, Lilac, Sandalwood, Orris root, Lily of the valley
Base notes: Amber, Musk, Benzoin, Tolu Balsam, Civet, Vanilla, Cedar, Resins

Perfumer: Jean Desprez
 Paris, France
Year of Release: 1962

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Born into a perfume heritage, Jean Desprez had as his grandfather Felix Millot, founder of Parfums Millot. Whilst working for the company he created his first perfume "Crepe de Chine" in 1925. He then decided to part with the company and established his own company at Rue de la Paix in Paris.
To package his creations he enlisted the expertise of Paul Mergier and to design the bottles he partnered with Leon Leyritz.

The company was then taken over by his son Denis Desprez who took the position of managing director whilst his sister Marie-Celine Grenier worked as the perfumer.

Jean Desprez

Article by James Craven