White Linen, Baie Rose, Black Pepper
Labdanum, Frankincense, Myrrh
Vetiver, Ambergris, Patchouli
We tend to associate incense with dark, gloomy fragrances, or perhaps with the smokily sensual ones, but in the case of “Cardinal” neither variant holds true. What we have here is a bright, sunny and clean interpretation of the incense theme, with loads of sparkle and lift provided by pepper, some silky, soapy aldehydes and a very pronounced citric facet.
Again like all Heeley fragrances, “Cardinal” smells natural and almost minimalist, but with a lot of subtle, fascinating nuances and it reminds us best of a small, country church, not very grand at all but with a particularly pretty stained glass window through which, on luminous summer days, the light floods the little church with mirific colorful patterns. Today is one of those days, and the young, freckle-faced priest can’t help whistling a harmless, secular tune while he gathers his white robes and kneels down to wax the old, creaky wooden floors.
“Cardinal” is purity and mysticism done the lighthearted way.
As a designer influenced by nature it was quite logical that James Heeley should be fascinated by the world of scent. It was in France, through his design work that the young Englishman discovered how scents are ‘designed’ and made.
One of his first scents, Menthe Fraîche (2006) is remarkable as a contemporary, elegant and highly wearable scent created from such a simple yet difficult ingredient: mint. With time his beautifully constructed, natural, light scents evolved into more complex creations such as Cardinal, Esprit du Tigre, Cuir Pleine Fleur and his recent collection of ‘Extrait de Parfum’.
As an autodidact, his continually evolving work now contains a varied collection of unique scents, each made according to the art of traditional French perfumery. Every detail, from the creation of the scent to the recyclable packaging is designed ‘in house’. Today, Heeley is one of the few owner-founder, and independent luxury perfume houses in Europe. It is this independence that allows the creative freedom to create individual scents that are simply unique.
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