This is a thoughtful composition of mainly citruses, neroli, and the creative combination of ylang ylang and vetiver at the base. The opening is a fresh lemon blast made a little sharp by the petitgrain.
I start noticing the vetiver about 5 minutes later, with the neroli and ylang ylang making it almost feel like a spice. This vetiver is a clean, lifeless one almost borrowed from Etro's Vetiver.
Therefore, the resulting dry down to me is literally Etro's Vetiver plus neroli. This is not a bad thing. In fact, it is quite innovative and unique. The problem for me is that this dry down is not a welcoming one. It feels desolate and lonely like an old memory of being lost as a child.
Try it. You may love it. If not, you just might appreciate it.
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.