Bal à Versailles by Jean Desprez is one of the world’s most iconic and sought after fragrances. As popular today as it was from its inception in 1962, Bal à Versailles continues to be worn by a vast array of actors, movie stars and royalty. With exquisite packaging that calls to mind the decadent aesthetic ideals of la belle époque, this is an exquisite scent that exemplifies Desprez’s motto: “perfume is a work of art!” Said to be composed of over 300 unique ingredients, the fragrance itself is incredibly rich and multi faceted, as opulent as the Hall of Mirrors itself. Considered by many to be the apex of classic French floral oriental scents, Roullier White is thrilled to once again stock this outstanding perfume after two years out of production.
Top: Rosemary, Orange Blossom, Mandarin Orange, Cassia, Jasmine, Rose, Neroli, Bergamot, Bulgarian Rose, Lemon
Middle: Sandalwood, Patchouli, Lilac, Orris Root, Vetiver, Ylang-Ylang, Lily-of-the-Valley, Leather
Base: Tolu Balsam, Amber, Musk, Benzoin, Civet, Vanilla, Cedar, Resins
Jean Desprez was born into a dynasty of French perfume; being the great grand-son of Felix Millot he apprenticed with some of the most talented perfumers of the time, including the legendary Givaudan Marius and Reboul of Charadan. In 1922, aged 24, he became the chief perfumer of the company Felix Millot. In 1928 Desprez opned his own perfumery at 17 Rue de la Paix in Paris. He employed artists such as the painter Paul Mergier who he put in charge of packaging and sculptor Léon Leyritz who designed the bottles. True success is a long time coming, it is not until 1962 that the Jean Deprez creation Bal à Versailles takes the world by storm.