Oranges and Lemons, say the Bells of St. Clement's (2010)

Oranges and Lemons, say the Bells of St. Clement's by Heeley
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Oranges and Lemons, say the Bells of St. Clement's is a perfume by Heeley for women and men and was released in 2010. The scent is citrusy-fresh. It is still in production.

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James Heeley

Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesOrange, Lemon, Bergamot, Mandarin
Heart Notes Heart NotesNeroli, Petitgrain, Earl Grey tea
Base Notes Base NotesYlang-ylang, Vetiver



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Greetings to the Glockengasse
I also associate the English children's song "Oranges and Lemons, say the Bells of St. Clements" with the dystopian novel and film "1984". It would now be quite speculative to consider what the perfumer's intention was in quoting the name and content - there would simply be too much room for interpretation.

But the fact is that St. Clement´s from Heeley is a highly refreshing and
-pleasant cologne with a bright top note, consisting of said orange and lemon. In addition there is a good portion of bergamot and lots and lots of neroli.

This is not only reminiscent of the well-known 4711 from Cologne's Glockengasse, the mother of all colognes, but also reflects this olfactorily with its short shelf life. Just softer, nobler and more modern. The differences are subtle, but crucial. Compared to the original, St. Clement´s comes across with a few subtle nuances of vetiver and less sharpness and has a soft finish.

Otherwise there is not much to say, except for the interesting fact that both Kinderlied and 4711 are from the 18th century. Mister Heeley must have been thinking something about that ...
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4711 similar and then....
...after the first 4711 flash (very unpleasant in the nose) has weakened, the artificially lemony scent gradually disappears. What remains can be summed up in a few words: Anyone who used DELIAL sun milk as a child in the 70s now knows how the fragrance "smells". Even after two hours

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Lemons and Laurel Drown Out the Beach
The first impression is an Eau de Parfum version of 4711 or one of the other Eaux de Cologne, but the citrusy notes diffuse with record speed. I can relate to the citrus lovers' laments on the scent's lack of longevity, although I believe they are mistaken, but see below. After trying Pell Wall's hilariously hesperidic "Fruit Wood" earlier today the contrast appears all the starker.

Since I don't belong to the citrus faction I don't care much about the temporary loss of lemony lusciousness and bask in the strong contrast between the laurel-and-lime head notes and the dirty animalic heart instead.

This is the part that really does it for me: with the last whiff of lemon gone musk and ambergris unite over bay leaves to form the perfect scent image of sunscreen on hot skin, bathing attire and parasols, sand and the sea ... a motif I would sooner have expected in Heeley's "Sel Marin", which however is much cleaner if memory serves me right.

After a short while the bathing season is over once, and in the wake of a small storm I'm astonished to detect citrus notes again. I wouldn't call it Earl Grey though, both because I'm not sure its bergamot and because I can't really detect any tea leaves worth their name. Bay leaves are gatherin in strength proportionally and beginning to get on my nerves (ostensibly there is no right translation for Heinrich Boell's prose collection "Der Lorbeer ist immer noch bitter", which loosely translates as "bay leaves will be bitter").

I can't completely fit in all the notes - there is something akin to a grain or rice note and more spices.

In the heart of the perfume I'm tempted to cry out "stay, thou art -"... or at least demand more marine goodness. However, altogether laurel is too prominent for me.

I'm quite thankful to Rose1976 for this refreshing sample (among others)!
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Buy Discontinued Crown Imperial For Better Performance At 1/5 The Price...
The opening of Oranges and Lemons is just that. A very natural slightly sour orange and lemon combo that is almost an exact clone of the sadly discontinued Crown Imperial from the defunct Crown Perfumery. The two scents go completely in separate ways there on out, however, as Oranges and Lemons turns down the citrus and moves to a very subtle tea skin scent after the first 30 minutes to the point of being almost undetectable. Crown Imperial keeps the natural orange and Lemon top notes throughout, mixing with powder. That one is a powerhouse in every sense of the word that lasts and lasts. At the end of the day, I can't smell Oranges and Lemons after a couple hours, making it one of the shortest lived scents on my skin to date.

If Crown Imperial were completely unobtainable, I would recommend Oranges and Lemons at its relatively lofty $150 price tag just for the chance to smell those opening notes as they, like Crown Imperial, are incredible. That said, Crown Imperial can still readily be had on eBay for under $30 for a 50 ml bottle, and it is much longer lasting and a far better value, IMO. I recommend Oranges and Lemons for the smell, but can't recommend a purchase due to its longevity problems and its cost. 3.5 stars out of 5.
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