Héritage (1992)Eau de Toilette

Héritage (Eau de Toilette) by Guerlain
Bottle Design Robert Granai
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Héritage (Eau de Toilette) is a popular perfume by Guerlain for men and was released in 1992. The scent is spicy-woody. The longevity is above-average. It is being marketed by LVMH.

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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesLemon, Bergamot, Lavender
Heart Notes Heart NotesCoriander, Pink pepper
Base Notes Base NotesPatchouli, Tonka bean, Vanilla

Ratings

Scent

8.4 (423 Ratings)

Longevity

8.1 (307 Ratings)

Sillage

7.1 (303 Ratings)

Bottle

7.3 (295 Ratings)
Submitted by Kankuro, last update on 04.08.2020.

Interesting Facts

Héritage was the first men's fragrance by Guerlain, that was released too in the higher Eau de Parfum concentration in addition to the usual Eau de Toilette.
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Sailor2
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Sailor2
Sailor2
Top Review    14  
A classic men's fragrance
Let me ask you first: What do Guerlain, Givenchy, Acqua di Parma, Bvlgari, Maison Francis Kurkdjian, Louis Vouitton, Loewe, Kenzo, Dior and Jean Patou have in common? .-3
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Answer: All these brands/companies are owned by the luxury group LVMH (there are many more). LV stands in the name for Louis Vuitton, MH for Moët Hennessy (spirits producer). Last year LVMH also bought Tiffany & Co. LVMH was founded in 1987 and the acquisition of Guerlain was already in 1994. At the moment you can find over 400 Guerlain fragrances in databases.

Looking back on Guerlain's rich history with Jicky (1889), Mitsuko (1919) and Shalimar (1925) (the last two created by Jacques Guerlain), Héritage (1992) is one of the more recent creations, although almost thirty years have passed since its appearance.

Héritage is still a fragrance from the pre-LVMH era. The nose behind the two versions (EdT and EdP) is Jean-Paul Guerlain (he is also the creator of Habit Rouge, Samsara, Guerlain Vetiver, among others). By the way, Jean-Paul Guerlain is the grandson of Jacques Guerlain. He retired from the company in 2002 - the end of the family tradition. The Héritage flacon design is by Robert Granai. Regarding the question whether Héritage is produced in Orphin/France, I could not find any confirmation.

In our short-lived world with planned obsolescence and a veritable flood of new fragrances every year, Héritage embodies something enduring. A classic fragrance in the best sense of the word, without grandpa notes or the negative oldschool effect. A younger woman with a friend in her late forties has described the impression this fragrance makes as "confident, warm, mature, confident and sensual". Some people have read that Héritage is supposed to be a kind of spiritual successor to Shalimar; others think that when it was released, Héritage was practically "Samsara for Men".

There are differences between the EdT and EdP versions, with the EdP version appearing slightly warmer, from the notes a little deeper. The slightly sweetish spiciness paired with sandalwood in the drydown is delicious in any case. The EdT, on the other hand, seems a touch lighter and more modern to me.
I was able to test the vintage version, one from 2012 and the current one. There are some differences, but I would have difficulties to distinguish these scents in a blind test.
Only the sweet opening of the older versions seems a bit "retro" to me, but a great masculine composition quickly emerges.

Because of its slight sweetness, the fragrance is sometimes called oriental, but I think it is not characteristic of herritage. Rather the development of the slightly spicy-woody base, which after a while moves towards the guerlain-typical slightly vanilla - here also masculine woody - with a touch of powdery. Timelessly beautiful, elegant, a fragrance with class - as said before, a classic men's fragrance.

Héritage is best suited to a man of a certain age. In any case, I would wear it only rarely (in cool weather) or not yet so often. However, this fragrance could look good on someone in their late 20s, for example, as a suit scent. In the Champs Elysee Radio magazine there was an interview with Jean-Paul Guerlain in 1992 and he said his intention was that Héritage would be to the younger audience at that time the fragrance would be to him what Vetiver and Habit Rouge were to him as a young man.

The fragrance has a good shelf life and a matching silage. It is present, but not too loud. I had the longer durability with the current EdT version. Because of the family tradition I would like to mention Patricia de Nicolaï: she is the nephew of Jean Paul Guerlain. New-York (1989) and Patchouli Intense (2009) by Parfums de Nicolaï could please Héritage fans.

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Muotarek

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Muotarek
Muotarek
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A pioneer in masculine perfumery!!
smooth Patchouli, a touch of rose, hint of sandalwood & dose of lavender when the latter gives the scent a barbershop vibe. I really started to dig this stuff, it is amazing and outstanding. As usual Guerlain doesn't miss when it produces any perfume so far! Absolutely great quality and very complex scent yet easy to wear! that is the hard equation in the perfumery industry.

It has a lot of character, dark, ultra masculine & stays close to the skin on me. Héritage does not force itself into the place; it seductively whiffs your surroundings to come closer.
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Pepdal

172 Reviews
Pepdal
Pepdal
Helpful Review    4  
Heritage Eat Review
It took me a while to get around to reviewing a Guerlain, so I thought i would start with one of their very well known masculine releases. Heritage edt.


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MasterLi

371 Reviews
MasterLi
MasterLi
Helpful Review    4  
Refinement personified...
Guerlain's Heritage is a fragrance for those who appreciate the good things in life. It has a character unto it's own, as if taking all the best parts of the Guerlain classics and putting them into one sumptuous fragrance. It's like a perfect tailored suit, and reminds me of the smell of wool, amber, pipe tobacco and vanilla. Very refined.

I get lavender, sandalwood, vanilla, tobacco, patchouli and a hint of pink pepper. I have heard that this was supposed to be the male version of Samsara. I think this is definitely more conservative and certainly more masculine. It is dominated by the sandalwood note... which is rich, creamy and backed up by lavender and spices. When you first apply it gives a wonderful feeling... like relaxing into a well worn, warm leather armchair by the fire. Absolutely amazing.

If you are looking for something luxurious and refined, and full of character, and for a great price... then look no further. This is the one for you. An absolute gem! Versatile, grown up, and so utterly refined. Beautiful gorgeous stuff!
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Drseid

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Drseid
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Solid Sandalwood...
*This is a review of vintage (original formula) Heritage EdT.

Heritage EdT (vintage) opens with a gorgeous bergamot and lavender starring tandem with hints of underlying sandalwood appearing early. As the composition moves to its early heart the bergamot remains sans lavender, now in support of the creamy moderately sweet sandalwood that takes the fore, additionally supported by faint traces of natural smelling lemon and somewhat clay-like coriander spice. During the late dry-down the sandalwood recedes, as a prominent patchouli driven base is revealed, supported by powdery oakmoss and slightly sweet amber through the finish. Projection is average to above average and longevity very good at 10-11 hours on skin.

When first applied on skin, vintage Heritage EdT immediately impresses with its amazing smelling bergamot open with the sandalwood adding just the right level of sweetness and depth. During the mid-section as the relatively sweet sandalwood gains in intensity it can get just a touch cloying at times but never to the degree that one wouldn't want to continue on. Indeed, it pays to continue as the patchouli driven base is brilliantly implemented and even better smelling. While this reviewer is only a modest sandalwood fan, Heritage has enough going on outside the sandalwood to solidify its success regardless (sandalwood included). The bottom line is the approximately $2 per ml on the aftermarket vintage Heritage EdT is a successful sandalwood composition with a twist, earning it an "excellent" rating of 4 stars out of 5 and a solid recommendation to all.
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Miaw2

339 Reviews
Miaw2
Miaw2
Very helpful Review    4  
Classic and timeless!
Heritage smells mostly sandalwood, patchouli and pepper.

One of the best releases of all the times, Heritage is a must have for any collector.

Classic and heavy oriental, it's far heavier than other sandalwood based fragrances like Bois des Iles.

It smells like Chanel Egoiste but in my opinion Heritage is deeper and a bit more complex.

Sillage, lasting power and projection are strong.
jtd

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jtd
jtd
Very helpful Review    4  
Shalimar's Great-Grandson
Heritage is one of those perfumes where we focus so closely on the iteration and version. EDP, EDT? Recent formulation? Vintage? Which bottle? What year? For what it's worth, I have the EDP, likely from 2006-2008.

Woody amber? Chypre? Floriental? I'll take any/all of the above. But most of all, it's the spiritual successor to its great-aunt, Shalimar. It has Shalimar's citrus/amber opening, skips its animalic, rather noir tones and then rides out that glorious radiant vanilla, tonka, amber, sandalwood parade-float of a heart and basenotes quite similarly to Shalimar. The difference is that Shalimar's harmonies revolve around a purr and a growl. Heritage's harmony is on a far larger scale. It has fewer low-decibel notes than Shalimar, hence no snarl, and actually doesn't quite hit some of Shalimar's high sweet notes either. But, oh, that large middle range. It is so full, so overlapped on itself. It's so densely composed that it feels as if there is a redundant set of harmonics built-in.

This is a bit of a stretch, but I find the closest analogy that captures the experience of Heritage is a song by George Harrison called, "What is Love?" It was from his first solo work post Beatles and you can just hear the exhilaration at being out from under all the Beatles' drama and infighting. But structurally the song, produced by Phil Spector, was the height of the Wall of Sound recording and production method. Dozens of overlapped horn, guitar and vocal tracks create a sound that has as much a quality of physical force as sound. This captures Heritage as well: exuberance and an almost palpable wall of harmonious aroma.

If Heritage is a spiritual heir to Shalimar, and shows a genetic similarity, it is not retro by any means. A 1992 fragrance might look dated, or at least era-specific from the perspective of 2011, but it was also groundbreaking at its release. Large, unabashedly pretty, neither soft-spoken nor cool/fresh like the bulk of the releases of the early 90s, Heritage was out and proud. It falls in line with that anthem of the era among my people: "We're here. We're queer. Get used to it."

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RahulESJRahulESJ 7 months ago
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Another beautiful coriander scent perfect for this time of the year! A beautiful burst of Patchouli, Sandalwood and Lavender is fantastic!
KimJongKimJong 8 months ago
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Combed hair with pomade. Gray tweed jacket and vest. Vintage felt hat. Brown wing tip shoes. And wearing heritage.
Jazzy76Jazzy76 12 months ago
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A true masterpiece: a spicy delight for the gentlemen of all ages. Good sillage and longevity and simple but very refined bottle. I love it!

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