This review is for the EDT:
It took a while for Bal a Versailles to grow on me, but that's only because my nose had become so acclimated to the more polite fragrances of our time. The fact is that the initial impression of Bal a Versailles is hay in a horse's stable and a woman's dirty hair. There are bits of violet and other, spicier flowers rubbed into her hair, perhaps a bit of mace, and she smells like she just - well - had a roll in the hay, and crushed the garland of wildflowers that she wore in the process.
I don't get much of the incense or ancient, churchy notes that others smell in this, but it is highly evocative to me of the same sort of pre-industrial French pastoral setting, with wildflowers, horses and seldom washed young heads of hair. It's the smell of innocent and youthful femininity, not sanitized of its sex and bodily smells by our modern fear olfactory intimacy.
The conventional wisdom of sexy fragrances as of late, is that a fragrance must be edible in some way - sweet, spicy, deliciously resinous, or what have you - but Bal a Versailles is sexy because it's a woman's unashamed afterglow. All those perfume ads on TV that feature naked women writhing around in bed would be better suited to a fragrance like this one or another animalic fragrances of the past, than the cleaner, more artificial fragrances of today. It's a fragrance that powerfully and beautifully enhances the smell of a woman, instead of replacing it with another scent altogether.
I must add that this fragrance is so inexpensive that it's hard to justify not trying it if you're a true connoisseur of classic, animalic, or unusual fragrances. It comes in a beautiful bottle, and a little goes a long way. The lasting power is average - about 4 hours on my skin.