The meaning of intangible heritage refers to the wealth of knowledge and skills passed on from one generation to the next. It is usually a person's unique sense of family identity: the values, traditions, culture and even objects that have been passed down from previous generations. We pick up a sense of heritage throughout our lives by observing and experiencing the things that make our family or group unique. The most meaningful way to honour our group's heritage is to incorporate elements of it into our own lives.
The perfume house of Guerlain has always been a reference both for its heritage of high-quality fragrances and for its capacity for innovation. For Jean-Paul Guerlain, naming a perfume after Héritage must have been a coveted but difficult decision. By virtue of its name alone, Héritage carried a far greater responsibility than other perfumes did at the time of their birth. It was supposed to be a perfect or near-perfect fragrance and be considered the icing on the cake... And it really is an outstanding perfume. Héritage Eau de Toilette
stands for pure class and an outstanding patchouli scent. It is elegant but unpretentious! Strong, but delicate! Discreet, but noticeable! Stylish, but brilliant!
... And it lasts a long journey on your skin!
It's probably one of the best perfumes I've ever come across. But that's also true for other fragrances by Guerlain. L'Instant, Habit Rouge, Vetiver, Jicky, Shalimar, Mitsouko come to mind. This perfume is worth every penny (and every ml)!
In all phases, you get some strong accords that combine in perfect harmony. In the top notes, I detect lively lavender, light citrus and a hint of juniper; in the heart notes, fresh spices, pink pepper and geranium; in the base notes, intense, clean patchouli and sandalwood. Other notes of lesser intensity (at least to my nose) such as aldehydes, moss and amber add to the joyful complexity and beauty of this thoroughly masculine perfume.
What a wonderful blend! Launched more than 25 years ago, this fragrance remains a landmark that honours Guerlain's heritage. Guerlain is careful enough not to dilute its older fragrances by watering them down with new formulations. As for my nose, my current bottle of Heritage Juice smells just like the old bottle I bought 6 years ago.
Enough said! I'll probably get a replacement bottle as soon as possible, just to be safe.
How do I rate bottled tradition?
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- Opening: 10.0 (Stunning masculine lavender, hints of juniper and citrus, emerging patchouli).
- DryDown: 10.0 (Heavenly patchouli and sandalwood)
- Longevity: 8.0 (3 sprays last up to 8 hours)
- Sillage: 8.0 (up to 6 feet and 2 hours of projection with 3 sprays)
- Exclusivity: 9.0 (still unique after all these years; I notice some similarities with the much younger and expensive Danger pour Homme Eau de Parfum
- Wearability: 9.0 (you can use it in almost any weather; it's just a little less suitable for warm weather)
- Versatility: 8.5 (you can use it almost anywhere, but I recommend it as an evening fragrance that's good for going out or casual wear. Avoid the beach and gym).
- Praise: 8.5 (You'll get more compliments than average).
- Quality: 10.0 (Great in every way)
- Presentation: 8.0 (The latest all-round bottle from Guerlain)
- Price: 8.0 (I bought it for €30 - 100ml - from an internet retailer; its current usual price is over €50)
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Overall rating: 8.82 / 10.00
- between 7 and 8 = above average;
- between 8 and 9 = recommendable;
- greater than 9 = do not miss;
Opinion: Class, heritage and beauty in one perfume bottle. Try it, because you might like it a lot. Its versatility and ease of use might also convince you. I just don't recommend you to buy it blindly because of its current average price.
Music: Paul Simon - "Still Crazy After All These Years"