Fragrance Friday: Bal à Versailles Vs Revlon’s Ajee

Hey glam fam! Well I think I found a good dupe for you today frag heads who read my blog.

It is Revlon’s Ajee.

This is described as a fresh oriental. It came out in 1994 and the ad said it is the essence of Africa.

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“I got the power!” Remember that song by Snap? You do, admit it. You jammed to it.

So anyway, I disliked this fragrance intensely the first time I tried it and it basically spilled all over me and my olfactory went into shock and I thought I was going to gag.

So you can understand my confusion when I trotted on over to Fragrantica and saw the reviews. People love this juice. Seriously, go over there and read for yourself.


Sooooo, I had to try it again of coarse because what was I missing? I waited for a cooler night and out just the tiniest amount on because let’s face it, my first impression of this one was not good. Let’s just say we got off on the wrong foot.

I let it dry down and noticed almost immediately that it smelled familiar.

Bam! Bal á Versailles.

Are the notes similar? Let’s see.

Ajee’s notes are bergamot, tangerine, ylang-ylang, orange blossom, spices, lily of the valley, geranium, iris, jasmine, rosewood, woods, musk, vanilla and amber.

Wow, that’s a lot.

Now for Jean Deprez’s Bal á Versailles:

rosemary, orange blossom, mandarin orange, cassia, jasmine, rose, neroli, bergamot, lemon, sandalwood, patchouli, orris, lilac, vetiver, ylang-ylang, leather, lily of the valley, tolu balsam, amber, musk, benzoin, civet, vanilla, ceder woods and resins.

Well, that was even more that the Ajee.

The main difference I smell, is that the Bal á Versailles has that civet and leather scent, with a tiny touch of lemon, which the Ajee does not have. Bal smells more expensive and complex than Ajee, but they are similar.

Bal á Versailles is the famous fragrance launched in 1962 that was worn by the likes of Jackie Kennedy, Elizabeth Taylor, Princess Diana, Michael Jackson, Joan Collins and Susan Sarandon. Pretty impressive.

So if you want to try Bal á Versailles and don’t want to pay the price, Revlon’s Ajee would be a good choice for a blind buy to give you an idea what Bal á Versailles smells like.

Maybe not a total dupe, but they are in the same ballpark, put it that way.

My full review on YouTube:

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