Really not that special, it smells a bit of old man. Also, very fleeting. Not worth the price tag. Have yet to find a Heeley perfume that really knocks my socks off
Oranges and lemons indeed, very tart, juicy and naturalistic, along with a spicy green neroli and sharp petitgrain, in a brisk and appetizing opening. Most of that edible citrus flesh drops out in ten minutes’ time, leaving the neroli/petitgrain accord and a savory herbal bouquet to head up a very light skin scent with a clean, musky base note. In other words, a very well-executed, though relatively conventional variant on the eau de Cologne formula. The herbal notes are well blended, but now and then unravel to reveal an olfactory glimpse of basil, thyme, or sage. Neither the tea nor the ylang-ylang in the pyramid register as individual notes, and the vetiver doesn’t seem to contribute all that much to this scent’s character. The whole composition whisks by in an hour or so, but the congenial top notes make me want to go right back and reapply it.
While it’s not terribly original and very short-lived, even for a citrus scent, Oranges and Lemons smells of quality. If you’re looking for a well-crafted, effervescent eau de Cologne analog and don’t mind its very limited endurance and projection, Heeley’s Oranges and Lemons might be a viable alternative to classics like Guerlain’s Eau de Fleurs de Cédrat, Acqua di Parma Colonia, or Chanel’s Eau de Cologne.
Nothing mind blowing here. It's opens with a very nice orange citrus smell which is refreshing on a warm day but it quickly fades to a skin scent. I'd expect the vetiver to hang around for a bit but alas no. You spray it on before sitting down to breakfast and its disappeared before you even leave the house. This stuff isn't cheap either, next.
The poem and children's game "Oranges and Lemons" is about being surrounded and captured. Bells everywhere, chiming away, and how their tolling influences everything. There's no escaping. And I have absolutely no idea how either the poem or children's game actually inspired this fragrance or even how this fragrance is reminiscent of either. Why? Because rather than being enveloping or encapsulating, Oranges and Lemons say the bells of St. Clement's is elusive and evasive. Spray after spray, it doesn't stay, it goes away, it's never there, it's just not fair. When I try really hard, I can smell green tea and bergamot and ylang ylang, but the oranges and lemons are rarely if not barely detectable.
A fairly standard traditional citrus eau de cologne. The oranges and lemons are technically there, but I mostly smell a rather old-fashioned fusty bergamot and green herbs. As is the custom, this leads to orange blossom (done very well here, with a pleasant honeyed acacia undertone) and eventually dries down to a rather leafy green petitgrain.
So what makes St. Cements special? Well, it seems more highly concentrated than most of this type of scent, so I'm getting decent longevity from it (the petitgrain, while not billowing out sillage, is still quite strong on my arm at the end of the day) and it does a good job keeping the rough edges of the petitgrain in check (petitgrain can smell awfully sharp and unpleasant if the perfumer isn't careful) in addition to that exceptional orange blossom heart. Is this worth the price when similar scents like Eau de Hadrien and Eau de Orange Verte are available for much less? I suppose that's up to you and your budget, but it's quite well done and deserves a thumbs up.