Heeley Eau Sacree is the latest release from this line. It’s going to the top of my list for underrated perfume house. I’m never sure why some lines seem to not get the attention they should – is it the name? Original launch got lost? I know I love Sel Marin and Cardinal, thought Bubblegum chic was a very cool take on jasmine.
Heeley Eau Sacree has notes of Aldehydes, clove, nutmeg, pepper, incense, amber, cedar, musk, opoponax, sandalwood. It is everything you want in an incense fragrance – peppery, slightly spiced, resinous, smokey. It opens with a punch of pepper, and the aldehydes push it while all that lovely incense unfolds behind it.
I took these pictures in 2008 when I took my sons to Europe for the first time. My youngest son had just graduated from high school, I’d separated from my husband a couple of months earlier. We had the best time there, but it was overlaid with this patina of grief. We went into a lot of churches, but it was this church, St. Denis in Amboise, that we all fell in love with. Churches have a feeling when you walk in them – some are chilly, some are reverent, some are a little scary. We walked around this one, and it was warm, it almost hugged you, and floating in the air was chanting from far away – I kept thinking heaven, but pretty sure it was some way down lower level of St. Denis. Listen, my sons would barely put up with my church crawling, and I’d sometimes get them to stay for a few minutes – St. Peter’s in Rome was one we managed for about 20 minutes. St. Denis was different. None of us wanted to leave. That‘s my oldest son sitting before the altar.
While we were in there, though, you could smell the incense that permeated every last mossy brick for centuries. Which brings me to the point of this meandering – Heeley Eau Sacree. Not sure it’s exactly right, but it’s close or it is in my head. It’s not just the incense they swing during Mass, it has age in it as well. The aldehydes bring a texture to it that make this incense fragrance unique while keeping all the beauty of my favorite incense fragrances.
Utterly charming. It is an extrait, so it’s about $230 for a 50 ml bottle.
Winners of the Zoologist entire line samples – tiarali and amateur dilettante. Just click on Drop Us a Note at the top, send me an e-mail, remind me of what you won and get me your mailing address. I’ll send you a quick e-mail to let you know I got your e-mail and it didn’t land in a spam filter and then get it on the way to you. I only check Posse e-mail like once a week, so it can take a few days sometimes to respond there.
So of course we will do a Heeley Eau Sacree sample drawing. Just comment with whether you’ve tried the line or your favorite in the comments to be entered. I’ll draw for three winners.