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 available to purchase. Pronunciation
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Perfumer

James Heeley

Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesOrangeOrange
LemonLemon
BergamotBergamot
Mandarin orangeMandarin orange
Heart Notes Heart NotesNeroliNeroli
PetitgrainPetitgrain
Earl Grey teaEarl Grey tea
Base Notes Base NotesYlang-ylangYlang-ylang
VetiverVetiver

Ratings

Scent

7.1111 Ratings

Longevity

4.985 Ratings

Sillage

4.880 Ratings

Bottle

7.168 Ratings

Value for money

5.414 Ratings
Submitted by Hermessenz, last update on 04.11.2021.
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7.5
Scent
6
Longevity
6
Sillage
Kurai

111 Reviews
Kurai
Kurai
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A cologne with flashbacks
I can't say that I enjoy every perfume that Heeley releases, but I like how he does his own thing. Modern independent minimalism. 'Oranges and Lemons' is a refreshing cologne done in this typical Heeley way.

The citrus in the opening isn't the most beautiful or natural feeling. In fact, I find it an unpleasant burst of lemon that vaguely reminds me of mosquito repellent candles. Thankfully that sorts itself out in a minute or so. And then it gets interesting.

After that citronella shock, the focus is on the neroli and petitgrain. The flavour is unsweet-floral-citrus and bitter-herbaceous without going old-school or over-the-top masculine. It will stay like this for a good 4-5 hours. I consider that a decent performance for a citrus scent. Sillage is modest.

For me personally the scent triggers numerous associations with summer vacations in my adolescence. Mediterranean beach, resort swimming pool, speedo, inflatable dolphins etcetera. At first I couldn't quite put my finger on why exactly. Until I read a comment about 70's/80's suntan milk. Ah yes, that rings a bell (haha!)

'Oranges and Lemons' does not only refresh and play with the senses, it also triggers emotions and memories. At least in my case it does. So in that sense I find this a rather successful cologne.
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7
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6
Sillage
9
Bottle
Schello
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Schello
Schello
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Scent of childhood
First impression, but it smells like discount lemons... Probably the next disappointment concerning this brand. But half an hour later I'm in the 80s in an outdoor swimming pool or on Italian beaches, where they only used this sun cream because it smelled so good. Meanwhile the bottle is in the cupboard and has become my absolute favourite. First refreshing, then holiday revival... unfortunately after 4 hours it vanished.
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6
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7
Bottle
Taurus1967

3 Reviews
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Taurus1967
Taurus1967
Top Review    11  
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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5.5
Scent
3
Longevity
6
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8
Bottle
Diehippe
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Diehippe
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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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aoe

24 Reviews
aoe
aoe
Helpful Review    4  
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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0
Longevity
2.5
Sillage
7.5
Bottle
Drseid

802 Reviews
Drseid
Drseid
Helpful Review    4  
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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KingPinKingPin 4 months ago
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That certainly is a long title that could quite easily be just “Neroli”.
BoBoChampBoBoChamp 4 months ago
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Initially uplifting and citric-fruity, a fresh and clean citric-floral Summer fragrance, balanced by a gentle and warm earthy-woody base.

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