As I've said here many times before, I'm a summer person. I do not like cold, and as long as the weather is warm enough to wear shorts, I have no real complaints. Still, even I am willing to admit that the heat is a bit oppressive here at the moment: the temperature is expected to hit 99° F today, and it probably already has. I had been planning to review the new Fancy Nights by Jessica Simpson, but I can promise you that Fancy Nights is not something you will want to be wearing when it is 99° F.
So: Heeley Oranges And Lemons Say The Bells of St. Clement's. It is named for the nursery rhyme, and it's just the sort of thing you can wear when it's too hot to wear most anything else. The notes are oranges, lemons, bergamot, mandarin, neroli, petitgrain, Earl Grey tea, ylang ylang and vetiver, and it's just what it sounds like: a classic cologne with citrus and woody notes, light and crisp and refreshing, heavy on the orange blossom. It's slightly herbal-green in the opening, gets woodier as it dries down, and the tea is quite subtle. If it were up to me — and it so rarely is — I would have amped up the tea notes to give it a bit more zing in the dry down, but as it is it's a perfectly enjoyable fragrance.
Oranges And Lemons Say The Bells of St. Clement's lasts a couple hours, which is about what you can expect from a classic cologne. The major drawback from my point of view is the price: it's $148 for 100 ml. If I was planning to blow a wad of cash on a cologne, I'd buy the 200 ml vat of Chanel's Eau de Cologne ($210), but of course you can also find many wonderful (and similar) things for less: Diptyque's L'Eau de Neroli (not my favorite of their colognes, but the closest in smell to the Heeley) is $98 for 100 ml, Guerlain's Eau de Guerlain is $96 for 100 ml. Comme des Garçons Citrico is $52 for 125 ml, and you can generally find Eau de Rochas for less than $50 for 50 ml. And of course, that is just to name a few: do tell us your favorite classic-style cologne in the comments!
For information on where to buy Heeley Oranges And Lemons Say The Bells of St. Clement's, see the listing for Heeley under Perfume Houses.