A mature and timeless fragrance: Powdery, stable, unashamed, and predictable from spritz to drydown.
Probably not for everyone...a test spritz would be helpful to see how suitable it is for one's chemistry, personality, and social responses. Many steps down from its outrageous cousin, Habit Rouge!
03rd December, 2016 (last edited: 07th December, 2016)
My comments relate to a 2009 edp, tall bottle, gold cap.
I've grown to appreciate many masculine orientals as special occasion fragrances (e.g. Tiffany for Men, Rochas Lui) and not really suited for office/every day wear. Heritage is one of those.
The overall vibe is one of a primed cedarwood humidor, sans cigars, itself encased in a subordinate powdery vanilla. There's an animalic accord (castoreum would be my guess) throughout, however (other than the arguable assault of an open) that bit is largely noticeable only upon close-up sniffs. Classy and sophisticated. Longevity is good, projection/sillage low.
I believe someone once commented that Heritage is perhaps one of the best uses of vanilla in men's perfumery. No argument here.
This is the fragrance that made me realize why this board loves Guerlain.
A great gentlemanly fragrance. The citrus, lavendar and the coriander in perfect unison. And then the guerlainy drydown.
It has similarities with Zino Davidoff vintage version.
I have tried various vintages and I think it went through weird reformulations and improved in mid 2010s. I would get the latest bottle or pre 2005. But if you love Moss go for pre 2009. The vintage had great Moss note that is missing in current version.
This can be had for under $50 online so perfect for blind buys.
04th October, 2016 (last edited: 06th November, 2016)
This is yet another beautiful fragrance from Guerlain, of which purecaramel was kind enough to send me a sample. Straight up I get lovely fresh lavender and tangy lemon. The coriander and pepper give this a nice bite, which is softened by the violet and geranium. After it dries down, the sandalwood and amber come through, as does the musk. It’s odd, even though there’s no chocolate in this, I keep getting the tiniest wafts of it. After a while, the rose peeks out, laced with the pink pepper and a lovely soft woody note. Although this is billed as a masculine fragrance, I am happily wearing this and thoroughly enjoying it – it’s one I could easily wear again and again. It’s a surprising bundle of fresh, herbal, spicy, floral, wood, musky – wonderful!
EDIT: Holy hot dang - this smells even better on my husband! It's absolutely gorgeous on him!
10th September, 2016 (last edited: 17th September, 2016)
Spicy, smooth, more of an oriental than a chypre as far as I can tell. Comparisons to Pour Monsieur EDP are appropriate but PM has the sparseness of its genre; Heritage is more opulent. Starts off a little too much for my taste, with feminine overtones, as do many Guerlains. Settles back nicely into a complex, abstract, and reassuring base. By far my favourite pre-Wasser masculine from the house. A superb choice to accompany properly formal attire.