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Héritage – For women too - April 8, 2016

Today, Friday, started kind of gray and unseasonably cold, and marked the end of a gruelling week at work. Getting ready to hit the deck again with a smile on my face was a chore, involving extra make-up time and careful wardrobe choice. I figured if I look good, I’ll feel good. It usually works, so I pulled on my favourite skinny jeans and black cashmere V-neck, looped a vintage Hermès scarf around my neck and started my day.

The black/multi-colour silk scarf which my mother bought in Paris must be over fifty years old and worn by her a thousand times because she loved it so much, yet it still looks chic. Twice today I got spontaneous comments about my “nice” scarf, and the sensation of silk on my skin made me feel good all day, which led me to muse on the importance of design and quality in the things that fill up our world. Inspired creative design and superb quality create beauty that is enduring and timeless in things as simple as a silk scarf, as well as less visible accessories, like perfumes. Hermès scarves, Guerlain perfumes, can’t go wrong with either.

Guerlain has been making great perfumes since the 19th century. Jicky 1889, L’Heure Bleue 1912, Shalimar 1925, Vol de Nuit 1933, Vetiver 1959, Habit Rouge1965, Héritage 1992, all of them an olfactory masterpiece with the unmistakable “Guerlainade” accord created by Jacques Guerlain, and all still sold around the world today. Héritage , a woody Oriental for men, was created by Jean-Paul Guerlain, and marked the first time that the term "Guerlinade" was used in their advertising, finally acknowledging the importance of this unique proprietary imprint which is in all Guerlain fragrances, even today.

The Guerlain website describes Heritage EdT as a “Spicy Oriental. Refined, warm, authentic, designed for a man who is at once a trustee for tradition and a herald of a new spirit.” Well, that quaint hyperbole was likely written for the launch in 1992 but tastes and perfume rules have changed since then. Corporate grey flannel suits have morphed into jeans, tees, and cool sweaters, and IFRA regulations have stripped some of the weight out of older scents, but in the case of Héritage EdT, no damage done – the good bones are still there, a little leaner and less muscled but still refined, warm and authentic.

Héritage is bright and fresh at the opening with bergamot and a lavender note stoked with tonka bean so that it’s smooth and creamy. Herbal and green notes make it more aromatic for a few minutes, then patchouli and tonka mix in the lavender accord, giving it the Guerlinade effect in a non-sweet way. Pepper and coriander add a spicy polish to the heart and then Héritage settles into a long golden Oriental dry-down of cedar and sandalwood, rich amber, patchouli, musk, and vanilla woven through with the lavender notes. Softly aromatic with a smooth rich warmth, Heritage wears like a second skin, with effortless radiance and classic refinement.

Habit Rouge was created by Guerlain as the first Oriental fragrance for men, and Héritage takes that concept even further, into Shalimar territory. The scent can’t be described as sweet but there is a vanilla vibe, and the lavender is non-gendered, even more subdued than in the perfume world’s very first unisex fragrance, Guerlain’s Jicky. The woods and spices are deep and rich but so perfectly controlled that,  even though Héritage EdT is composed from the distinctive olfactory heritage of Guerlain and was designed for men, it emerges as a truly modern, one-hundred percent genderless scent. Male or female, if Shalimar is too sweet for you, or Jicky is too aromatic, try Héritage to experience the wonderful “Guerlinade” effect in a scent that will make you feel great anytime you wear it.

I agree with Guerlain. Héritage is refined, warm, and authentic, but their customer isn't only men. Today, it was just what I needed, along with an old scarf.

Héritage is listed in our Decant Store. Decants are $5.00 for 1 ml.