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Héritage Eau de Toilette (1992)
by Guerlain


Héritage Eau de Toilette information

Year of Launch1992
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 668 votes)

People and companies

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

Guerlain Heritage 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. Heritage 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 Heritage. 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.

Heritage 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. Heritage 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. 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 Heritage 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
Starts out with a stern abrupt "can I have your attention please ladies and gentleman" then drops off into a gentle speech about all the good things in life and a final disney style fairy tale ending. In fact I could imagine this being worn by Walt Disney. The fragrance as a whole is like a production split into 4 parts. The first is serious lavender with bergamot..then comes the peppery spikey character building spices..then there is a lost and lonely woodland vibe with bags of organic smelling cedar ...finally the curtains come down with a reassuring and comforting vanilla. This is Guerlain's most intelligent fragrance for me, the way it is constructed and formulated is more like art than fragrance. To summerise, this is a serious masculine oriental type with a soft under belly..superb balance and creativity, the way you smell at the start of your evening is not how you will smell at then end.
16th November, 2017 (last edited: 23rd November, 2017)
A fragrance with a foot in the old world and yet at the same time, modern masculinity in a bottle.
It opens with that fresh combination of bergamot and green notes, which is a whole fragrance in itself, but a few minutes later this morphs into masculine florals dominated by jasmine and rose. This has a true heart and that heart is soft and spicy at the same time. The fragrance itself plays like a symphony on the skin where you ride out all the dynamics of citrusy, spicy, floral, amber, powdery and finally, woody.

Again the spices work to sharpen any of the pillowy powder this might turn into, but it doesn't end there. On my skin, just as I think i have reached the lovely settled base notes, a strong cedar and sandalwood combination shows itself.
For an edt i get great performance (8hrs), which is good for a Guerlain on my skin.

It has soft projection perfect for day or night in cooler months and shines as an office scent.
This one truly billows of the skin and displays all its wares.
05th September, 2017
Vintage version.
It's a fantastic smell .
14th August, 2017
Disgustingly beautiful Guerlain. As Jennifer Patterson says when dipping her finger into golden treacle, "Childhood, childhood". James Fox, Hugh Grant, Jeremy Northam...
07th June, 2017
Zowiee Show all reviews
United States
Ah, Spaceblues I wish I would have listened. I purchased a FB of the perfume strength. I cannot believe how wonderful the scent, but how short-lived it is. Fame is fleeting...all too fast.
17th April, 2017 (last edited: 28th April, 2017)

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