James Heeley presented his new fragrance "Oranges & Lemons say the bells of St. Clement's", but unfortunately I was unable to try it, so I wrote nothing about it. But in these last few days I finally got to wear it and I could appreciate it, so here I am.
This is essentially a citrus fragrance, featuring orange, lemon, bergamot, mandarin, neroli, petitgrain, "Earl Grey" tea, ylang ylang and vetiver.
The fragrance is built on two alternating sensations: the dominant is green, rough, dry, almost bitter (lemon, petitgrain, tea, vetiver), the other one is fresh, fruity and bright, slightly "zesty" (orange, mandarin, bergamot). Behind these two sensations you feel a slightly flowery breeze blowing on the composition (neroli, ylang ylang).
During the summer, "Oranges & Lemons" might be a very satisfactory choice for the intensely fresh feel, but I feel that its best season is winter, because the green and dry accents, so powerfully energetic and vital are capable of rinvigorate the soul from the cold and give it new strength.
What strikes me most, however, is that "Orange & Lemons" is an EDP, not a Cologne. This means that citrus (highly volatile, short-living top notes) in this scent last hours. Few hours but hours, nevertheless. Which is uncommon and ... well, great! James the Magician must have found the right formula for the longevity spell.
"Oranges & Lemons say the bells of St. Clement's" is the start of a popular nursery rhyme which must be sung imitating the tone of the bells of several churches in London. You can listen to it here: