From Frangrantica: " Bal a Versailles by Jean Desprez is a oriental fragrance for women. Bal a Versailles was launched in 1962. Top notes are rosemary, orange blossom, mandarin orange, cassia, jasmine, rose, neroli, bergamot, bulgarian rose and lemon; middle notes are sandalwood, patchouli, lilac, orris root, vetiver, ylang-ylang and lily-of-the-valley; base notes are tolu balsam, amber, musk, benzoin, civet, vanilla, cedar and resins"
I believe that my "Aunt" Mary used to wear this. She was a friend of the family that would come visit with perfume gushing, and armloads of Avon lipstick samples for us girls.
Because of the time frame, this scent not only reminds me of her, but of the place my father used to work - the Cleveland Playhouse Club. He was a cook and later chef there and on some weekends he would bring some of us kids along (probably to check orders, or to show us off - we're were quite well-behaved and cute). I think at some point there was red-flocked wallpaper on the walls.
I purchased my sample of vintage BaV from the Perfumed Court. I adore it - it's over the top, powdery yet tart, slightly glam and a bit shrill and annoying, but for certain days it will be just perfect. Just like "Aunt" Mary!
photo courtesy of Special Collections, Cleveland State University Library (1960?)