Heliotrope 1989Eau de Toilette

Heliotrope (Eau de Toilette) by Etro
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Heliotrope (Eau de Toilette) is a perfume by Etro for women and men and was released in 1989. The scent is sweet-gourmand. It is still in production.
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Perfumer

Robertet

Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesBergamot, Petitgrain, Almond
Heart Notes Heart NotesIris, Jasmine, Rose, Ylang-ylang
Base Notes Base NotesMusk, Peru balsam, Tolu balm, Tonka bean, Vanilla

Ratings

Scent

7.1 (314 Ratings)

Longevity

7.6 (237 Ratings)

Sillage

6.5 (208 Ratings)

Bottle

7.5 (206 Ratings)
Submitted by Kankuro, last update on 17.10.2020.
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10
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8
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7
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RedVanilla
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Helpful Review    7  
Almond Dream in Flacon!
Rarely have you smelled such a delicious almond dessert in perfume form. The almond immediately takes over without detours and other ingredients like bergamot and petitgrain I don't even notice. But they are probably responsible for the fact that the almond has to be given the reins and that you don't immediately start to get scared and run away. The smell of almonds here is more like freshly roasted almonds, but I personally find the sweetness still within the range and very pleasant for my nose. Here it is surely also helpful that it is only an eau de toilette. If one had decided to use a higher concentration of scent in this case, the sweetness would be hard to bear and would have sent the wearer into a fragrant coma without any detours.

1 to 2 hours the almond is now the absolute star and then disappears slowly into the fragrant sky and just when you want to ask yourself: Was that all there was to it? Comes unexpectedly and quickly the tonka bean around the corner and wants to be on the first place. This succeeds also quite room-filling and who is not a fan of this scent nuance, will consider at the latest now whether this is still bearable. As a dessert fan, I'm still in the game when it comes to perfume and I'm thrilled. The tonka bean envelops the wearer for about 4 - 5 hours and then slowly weakens to allow the queen vanilla to make its appearance. Because vanilla never leaves the fragrance of a perfume unasked. But compared to the fragrance components almond and tonka, vanilla is only the supporting actress in this performance and disappears after another 1 hour gently into the sunset.

Conclusion: An extremely delicious dessert to spray, but you have to be aware that all the other fragrance components mentioned in the course are only the foundation to prepare the almond and tonka bean the stage for the big performance. Flower lovers will not enjoy this fragrance, as they are almost imperceptible. For all other almond and dessert fans, this fragrance is a dream.
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10
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10
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9
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2020Antiope
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Explosion in the pastry shop
Whew, I have to escape into the open air and catch my breath first, so... Heliotrope is a candy-confectionery praline bomb and I'm not sure if I should wait to see how the scent develops or immediately switch to water and soap to remove this massive assault of candy from my skin. After a few calm and deeper breaths I decided to wait; my trust in Etro is not easily shaken otherwise. Well, I have to say that the scent has something that I cannot classify for me; in its sweetness it is still playful, not just a buffet of a hundred sweets. But as a "non-sweetie" you need patience to make friends with it and, in order to attract two-legged bees and drones, you should actually put the dabbing (don't spray, you won't survive as a non-sweetie!) behind the ear and into the back of your knees, so as not to be killed by the intensity of the almond marzipan bomb yourself.
A "can opener" to use the not very flattering attribute; but it should do justice to the description of the fragrance
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8
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9
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Carina1984
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Very helpful Review    10  
A marzipan vanilla dream
In search of a Christmas present for my equally fragrant son, we ended up in an exceptionally great perfumery, with extremely competent staff!

So I described what my son liked and she sprayed me with some scents - I thought they were all great ...but somehow too "feminine" so I followed her advice and moved on to the partner branch, because they also had "Montale" and she was sure ...I would find something there!
Yes - "Chocolate Greedy" was bought :)

Satisfied at home I got all the great scent strips out of my bag again and ooooohhhh my goodness ...I was suddenly in love with Heliotrop!
In business he was already great ... but with time he had developed so incredibly warm and cuddly !
A real marzipan vanilla dream ... and I knew that after all this Christmas stress I would treat myself to it
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jtd

484 Reviews
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Top Review    7  
fantasy
Heliotrope might as well be a fictional plant for all I know. I don’t know what it looks like and I’ve never smelled it but I’m drawn to scents known for prominent heliotrope notes. I may not know the scent of the plant but I know the infamous notes: marzipan, cherry pie, spiced vanilla meringue, coconut-almond custard. The same specific set of descriptors are repeated so consistently that I imagine the plant’s scent must be very specific.

I can spot the descriptors. In monster perfumes like Loulou and Datura Noir but also in more delicate compositions like Ellena's l'Eau d'Hiver for Frédéric Malle and Kiss Me Tender. I totally dig Jour de Fete and l'Heure Bleue makes me weep. Also, I'm American, so I suppose both cherry pie and a tendency to self-deception are part of my psyche. All this to say, over the years, in my head I’ve come to believe that I know what heliotrope smells like when in fact, I don’t. It’s a false memory.

Actually, it’s not heliotrope that I have in my mind’s nose so much as heliotropin, the material used to create those gorgeous vintage orientals like Coty l'Origan and Guerlain Vol de Nuit  and classic carnations like Caron Bellodgia. The first time I tried Etro Heliotrope it felt familiar, but just out of reach, like a misfiled memory. The recognition was instantaneous but understanding lagged with a drawn out, tip-of-my-tongue dissatisfaction. It was only when I re-spritzed a couple of hours later that I made the association between the perfume under my nose and the fantasy in my head. Is this the Proustian madeleine for this particular point in the 21st century? No transcendent moment, just a simple, satisfying connection? An itch scratched?

I suppose it’s a bit small for Proust and it’s not so much memory as a recognition of things imagined. Still it was informative to be confronted with the realization of what amounts to an olfactory hallucination. A little glimpse into how I make sense, or fiction, out of scent.

As for the perfume, it's all there---the pie, the meringue, the marzipan. But it has an unexpected confluence of textures and tones. It’s expansive and heady at the same time that it seems a little remote, like the scent is coming from further away than my wrist. The spiciness creates a bubbly quality as if the scent were carbonated but at the same time, there is a hint of play-doh and paste that creates a matte finish and an introverted impression.

I don’t think of Etro as a line that veers too far into experiments in abstraction but Heliotrope is actually sort of wild. It’s built from a bizarre combination of scents. It balances the high-pitched insecticide sting of cyanide almonds and the scent of stones in dried clay soil. Like eating marzipan pastries in a musty basement or root cellar.

Avant garde, vanguard, avant courier? Ground-breaking, rule-bending? Listen up, groovy indie brands. This dandy fashion house has stolen your lunch with simple creativity.
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PBullFriend

301 Reviews
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Helpful Review    6  
a beautiful mystery
I'm surprised that I even tried Etro Heliotrope. I generally don't like powdery scents that much, and I really dislike orange blossom in most scents.

But this is SO beautiful. It's a gentle vanilla-almond-floral that has just enough powder to bring to mind dusting powder WITHOUT making me think that it should be worn only by babies or elderly women. It has some similarity to Guerlain's Iris Ganache but without its penetrating sweetness.

It's suiting me just perfectly today, as I get ready to enjoy the last tomatoes of summer and welcome the cool breezes of fall. Wish I had bought a bottle when it was cheap and plentiful.
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Sherapop

1239 Reviews
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Helpful Review    4  
Suspiciously Green Marzipan...
I like almonds, and I like heliotrope, but I'm not sure that I like them mixed together. I base this bold conjecture on Etro HELIOTROPE, which does just that. My feeling is that the flowers smell sort of sweet and marzipany, but the marzipan smells sort of green and weird, as though there might be mold implicated in the dessert. I definitely do not think that HELIOTROPE smells gross, but on the other hand, it's not that appealing on me.

Other reviewers appear to swoon over this composition, which is fine with me--I won't be depleting the supply of these bottles currently in existence, so everyone wins! When in doubt, I'm always happy to write perfumic failure off to skin chemistry. (-:
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Awesomeness

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Powdery Almond
I have a small decant of Heliotrope that is not contemporary but otherwise of unknown vintage. Given the creation date of this fragrance, it could be over 20 years old. And given the uneven reviews for Heliotrope, it seems that vintage & formulation just might have a lot to do with how this fragrance develops on skin.

I adore this powdery almond & vanilla scent, which is more almond & vanilla than heliotrope. It does not show a green character with any force that I can recognize. Quite lovely and just what it says it is -- Heliotrope supported by vanilla and several other accords to round out the wear.

The scent is perfect for sweater weather - Fall & Winter - and for bedtime after a warm bath. Unfortunately, the longevity is dismal ... a few hours tops. Otherwise, Etro Heliotrope would be full bottle worthy for me. Pity.

UPDATE: Don't know what took me so long to sample Dior Hypnotic Poison, but it's an Etro Heliotrope smell-alike, although a wee bit syntethic by comparison. I used up my decant of Etro Heliotrope & replaced it with Dior Hypnotic Poison but would have preferred to get the Etro had I been able to find it at a good price.

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