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    Oranges and Lemons say the bells of St Clement's by Heeley

    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.

    07 February, 2012 (Last Edited: 01st June, 2012)