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Héritage Eau de Toilette (1992)
by Guerlain

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Héritage Eau de Toilette information

Year of Launch1992
GenderMasculine
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 687 votes)

People and companies

HouseGuerlain
PerfumerJean Paul Guerlain
PackagingRobert Granai
Parent CompanyLVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton
Parent Company at launchGuerlain

About Héritage Eau de Toilette

Héritage Eau de Toilette is a masculine fragrance by Guerlain. The scent was launched in 1992 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Jean Paul Guerlain. The bottle was designed by Robert Granai

Héritage Eau de Toilette fragrance notes

Reviews of Héritage Eau de Toilette

Heritage is quite simply a stunning masculine fragrance.

Comes on strong in the first 15 minutes but quickly settles down to a soft cedar/patchouli combo with a slight boozy feel. Coriander is also noticeable. Projection & longevity are probably below average. .

The vibe you will get from Heritage is that of an attractive & confident man. There is a certain cleanliness and hygienic aura. Most suited for work and formal occasions.

In conclusion I will say that Heritage is one of the finest fragrances I have ever worn. It ticks so many boxes and is rivaled by few. If the longevity & projection were improved upon then it would make it into my top ten.

9/10
01st December, 2018 (last edited: 15th January, 2019)
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Luxurious, charming, clean, woody and sweet (but not too sweet). A little boozy in a way. Parisian nights.
07th November, 2018
I blind bought this and.... how can I say it... NO.

Smells dated. Well blended as most of Guerlain's but this does smell dated, sorry.
08th October, 2018
I am not going to go on and on about the individual notes I smell. Heritage, is so well-blended, mixed, and executed, it makes me nearly cry. It is bright, lively, smooth, sensual, and hauntingly beautiful. I could wear this all day, every day. Period.

But then, I am wearing the 2003 version. What is it like nowadays???
18th July, 2018
Heritage is sweet oak moss done in the style of Patou Pour Homme.
01st July, 2018
Guerlain Héritage is an interesting notion in masculine perfumery: It was a firmly traditional affair created by Jean Paul Guerlain, the same nose who took over the reigns of the business when it was still family-driven, and revolutionized the house in the eyes of men with classics such as Vetiver (1961) and Habit Rouge (1965), neither which bowed to conventions of the day when made. He didn't stop there however, and made as hardcore traditional eau de cologne scent as could be asked for with Eau de Guerlain (1974), before taking everyone back to the 19th century barbershop with 1985's unicorn-status Derby, which is another famous flop sought after by collectors for it's very anachronistic nature. By the 1990's however, even Jean Paul was seeing the changing of the guard occurring, and I think most of us agree that there weren't enough people left in the mainstream interested in classic perfumery, especially with guys who often made fragrance play double duty as dating-bait, so they needed to be "in the now" for maximum relevance with whomever they are trying to catch. Héritage comes across as Jean Paul's ride off into the sunset as the head of, and nose behind their mainstream fragrances, since by 1994 Guerlain would become an arm of LVMH. He would have one more mainstream masculine in the form of Coriolan in 1998, but that never had the success of Héritage because nostalgia lightning rarely strikes twice in the same decade. The fragrance is also notable for being one of the first for Guerlain to admit using a combination house accord known as "Guerlinade" (named after a past perfume), which would be used by the company in modern times as a way of showing the distinction of their creations.

Héritage opens with a very, very classic lemon/bergamot/lavender trifecta found in many chypres and fougères of years past, but in a brighter, sweeter, eye-popping way that stands tall with the emerging ozonics and aquatics the new kids on the block were making. This bright "zing" achieved with otherwise old-world ingredients was Jean Paul's way of showing the kids how it's done, since everyone at the time was pushing for fresher, lighter, simpler smells. Héritage indeed doesn't have a kitchen sink of notes like some of his past works, but rather just melts down into coriander, the modern (and still popular) pink peppercorn typically found in ozonics, but then finishes classically in a warm near-oriental base. This fast transition from sweet and fresh citrus and pepper to that rich base of tonka, vanilla, cedar and patchouli rewards the more mature fans that might initially be put off by the scent's then-modern brightness. Batch variations due to the naturalness of ingredients can happen with this, but we're not talking Creed-levels of insanity needed to insure the best experience by tracking manufacturers codes, so any version will give you this same treatment. Older bottles with gold caps will have more oakmoss fixative (unlisted as a note), while silver cap newer bottles will have less, then post-2011 versions almost none, before the stuff goes into a wood cap version of the "Habit Rouge Bottle" and regains some of it's old plonk through a bit of wizardry from current house perfumer Thierry Wasser.

My batch used to review comes from a 2003 sample, so I'm having the "median" Heritage experience, which makes little difference to me in terms of it's beauty. There really is no -bad- version of the stuff, like most Guerlain, so no stress there. Heritage is a bit fleeting on skin regardless of what you have, as it's bright top fades into a soft, warm, subtle base that really reminds me of a tamed-down version of Pierre Cardin Pour Monsieur (1972) or Jovan Sex Appeal (1976) with it's patchouli-forward oriental skew. Other slightly newer scents tried this idea too, most notably the rawer Versace l'Homme (1984), but with Heritage, a better balance overall is struck, at the cost of strength. This fragrance keeps a foot in that old chypre/oriental world, but also one foot in the 90's era of "less is more" with a elegant simplicity that is not hard to recognize once smelled. It's still not going to be for the guy in love with tart aromachemicals or searing aldehydes, so those folks should stick to blue and orange bottles of napalm, but for a guy of any age that wants old-world romanticism without the fussiness associated with their dad's favorite colognes, this is a shoe-in. It's harmony of blending is where the oft-claimed gorgeousness of this fragrance lies, and Jean Paul gave everyone that stripped-down modernity they were looking for, but in that timeless Guerlain way, without compromise. I see mature guys still liking this just a tad more due to it's richness near the end, but really anyone can wear Héritage in the fall and spring, for romantic, casual, day or night use. It won't withstand harsh cold and isn't built for summers in my opinion, but it is built for making memories. Well done.
22nd February, 2018 (last edited: 12th April, 2018)

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