The Heeley line is a sleeper for me. I keep finding a lot to love there at a reasonable price point – or they were reasonable, but I never put them at the top of my list, despite my admiration for many of their scents. I remembered them being under $100 a bottle, so how did they get up over 100? Is my faulty aging memory to blame? Anyway, the newest entry they have is Ophelia, with notes of Italian orange, green flower stems, jasmine, ylang ylang, tuberose, moss, white musc. It’s $178 for 100 mls, where the rest of the line is $148. It’s still not as high as some, but I’m just going to block out this new information and keep remembering them as being less than $100, it helps me sleep at night.
They don’t list Lily of the Valley in the notes, but I suspect that’s in the green flower stems catch-all. It’s defintely LotV smelling for me on the open – am I wrong? It feels very much like Diorissimo, which is one of my all-time favorites. Ophelia is luminous, it seems to glow from the inside. The tuberose and ylang give it a nice roundness and depth as that greenish note fade quite a bit in about 20 minutes. This is a seriously beautiful perfume, it just radiates white lush without smothering or choking you like some white florals do. I’m thinking poor man’s Shalini, though it doesn’t have quite that trilling sillage that Shalini has. It’s all white flower. If you aren’t a fan of the white flower, well, you know what to do.
Speaking of Diorissimo, I have a question, did Dior and Hermes both tighten up their distribution? You used to be able to get all of the Diors and Hermes fragrances for cheap on discounters, but lately, like the Guerlains, they are impossible to find at a discount. You get used to paying $50 for a bottle of Hiris, ya know? Anyone heard anything there?