Category: James Heeley

Heeley Cuir Pleine Fleur

(Image, New York Times. 10th St. Russian-Turkish Baths) I wore Heeley Cuir Pleine Fleur today. I used to wear it quite a bit, but haven’t lately. The cool, violet-leaf birch tea scent of it always reminded me of rolling in heaps of New England autumn leaves. Dried fallen leaves (maple, oak, sycamore) soaked by rain have a cool aromatic quality…

Heeley Cuir Pleine Fleur, 2006

Pefumer James Heeley. Cuir Pleine Fleur is a dry floral-leather. The high-pitched hiss of a violet leaf note combines with birch, suggesting fresh cut wood more than smokey birch tar.  Cuir Pleine Fleur can be seen as both a woody-floral and a floral-leather, having the formality of the former and the austere luxury of the latter.  It is in the same…

Heeley Ophelia, 2009

Perfumer James Heeley Ophelia captures a very particular time of year, the cusp of spring and summer.  It’s green like spring, so fresh it’s a bit bitter.  But it’s also lush and distracting the way a summer flower should be.  The initial notes of muguet and jasmine are underlined by the watery crispness these early flowers of the season have. …