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, where the young Englishman learned the art of perfumery.
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’, and ‘Sel Marin’ now recognised as contemporary classics.
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 graphic design and packaging is designed ‘in house’. Today, Heeley is one of the few owner-founder-creator, independent luxury perfume houses in Europe. It is this independence that allows the creative freedom to create individual scents that are simply unique.
Born in Yorkshire, England, James Heeley studied Philosophy and Aesthetics at King’s College, London University and is a qualified Barrister at Law. He lives and works in Paris.
Scent from the GodsAccording to ancient Greek mythology, the first fig tree was created when the rebellious Sykeus was turned into the same by his mother, Gaia, Goddess of the Earth, saving him from the wrath of Zeus.‘Athenean’ is a reworking of ‘Fig..
Incense enrobed in folds of fresh, white linenA timeless scent built around the traditional notes of frankincense, labdanum and ciste. An air of lightness and purity is portrayed by a note of fresh, clean linen. The association of grey ambe..
The seductive, delicate scent of Iris AbsoluteIris absolute is one of the most noble ingredients in traditional perfumery. The warm, sensual, delicate scent is extracted not from the flower, but from its root. Here, Iris absolute is layered with note..
A portrait of SpringAlmond trees filter the morning sun. As if in a dream, the dew ladened grass stretches out as far as the eye can see, a multitude of wild flowers are in simultaneous bloom.*100ml EDP..
Simply fresh, like garden mintA contemporary, ultra-fresh, natural scent. Crushed mint leaves, interwoven with just a hint of Sicilian bergamot, green tea and white cedar. A perfectly light, easy to wear fragrance. An olfactive interlude.*100ml EDP..
An irresistible, eclectic mixNote de Yuzu contains the energy and zest of Japanese yuzu layered over aquatic, marine notes. It’s immediate fruity freshness will soften to reveal a sensual saltiness on the skin, reminiscent of a traditional Japanese y..
Sun, sand and sea airSun, warm sand and a gentle breeze of fresh sea air. A refreshing and striking note of lemon fades to reveal an aquatic green, algue note, while vetiver and drift woods of cedar and birch dry slowly in the sand and salty, sea air..
Ripened by a long summer's sun, whispers of golden grass conceal an unexpected surpriseWith a natural air of grace, the lasting scent of Vetiver Veritas is guaranteed by a composition containing over 90% Haitian Vetiver of exceptional quality. Charac..