L'Âme d'un Héros 2008

L'Âme d'un Héros by Guerlain
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L'Âme d'un Héros is a popular perfume by Guerlain for men and was released in 2008. The scent is spicy-green. It was last marketed by LVMH. Pronunciation
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Main accords

Spicy
Green
Woody
Floral
Citrus

Fragrance Pyramid

Top Notes Top Notes NeroliNeroli BergamotBergamot Lemon blossomLemon blossom SageSage
Heart Notes Heart Notes Juniper berryJuniper berry AbsinthAbsinth PepperPepper Ylang-ylangYlang-ylang
Base Notes Base Notes VetiverVetiver BenzoinBenzoin Everlasting flowerEverlasting flower PatchouliPatchouli

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Ratings
Scent
7.956 Ratings
Longevity
6.846 Ratings
Sillage
6.148 Ratings
Bottle
7.856 Ratings
Submitted by Kankuro, last update on 29.07.2021.
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Bottle
7
Sillage
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Longevity
8.5
Scent
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Top Review 11  
Monologue with an old friend
What a pleasure to see you again!
How long has it been? But I'm sure it's 18 years. I didn't recognize you right away either. You didn't just change your name, you changed your appearance. Let's have a closer look at you!
I like the slender appearance very much, the simple brown robe suits you and fits very well to your being.
Tell me, how have you been?
...

What? You were forced to change your appearance?
You weren't popular in that shape, and they disobeyed you and left you out in the cold? And then they took you out of circulation? I'm really sorry about that. But why is that?

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Oh, yeah, you were always a little more introverted than your colleagues. You always had something melancholic, introverted, foggy, blurry about you. Getting involved with you wasn't that easy.
I remember the time I met you. It was on my birthday, the 28th it was.
You appeared quite surprisingly as a guest and I immediately felt attracted to you.
Something special surrounded you.
You weren't a liquorice rabbit, and you never threw flowers around you, you were a bit harsh, not loud and bold, but reserved, thoughtful, with a restrained sentimentality. And I remember that you were most comfortable on cool, cloudy days. Bright light and heat were never to you.
That was very appealing to me.

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Yes, you've been a faithful companion for a long time. Then I lost track of you. You couldn't be found anymore.
I have been looking for you again and again and after so many years we met again.
And I realize you haven't changed your inner being. You do not immediately reveal your innermost self, you must be given the time to understand yourself and to get involved with yourself. But then the true qualities reveal themselves.
You won't find yourself on lush flowering meadows, but rather in shady and cool climes. Despite your restraint, you radiate a presence that not everyone immediately recognizes.
I like your unobtrusive nature very much. You have the ability to cool hot minds, you have a balancing effect and you have something, I would like to say something familiar about you, that somehow makes you feel comfortable. Nevertheless, it is not so far-fetched that some people did not get along with you. But do not grieve for those who cannot cope with you, rejoice in those who rejoice in you!

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That's what I wanted to tell you once! I'm glad you're back with me!
Since I am also more of a man of quiet tones, more of an introvert and sometimes thoughtful person, and feel more comfortable in the cool season than in the warm, and L'Âme d'un Héros/Coriolan cool restraint perfectly embodied and completely unsweet and not exaggerated flowery, he is a wonderful companion for the cool grey autumn days when he comes into his own. It has something sentimental and melancholic about it. But sometimes it takes that to get back to the ground of facts.

In my opinion, so wrongly reviled. But for some fragrances it is simply the wrong time
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Longevity
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Helpful Review 6  
L'âme du père et du fils
It’s no secret that L'Âme d'un Héros is a re-issue/reformulation of Coriolan. Even Guerlain was upfront about the change calling L'Âme d'un Héros the “re-edited” version of Coriolan. Furthermore, Guerlain has remained true enough to the original formula that in reviews of side by side wearings of L'Âme d'un Héros and Coriolan the consensus seems to be they are nearly identical. In a general sense this may be true. However the fragrances do differ in many ways, not least of which is that Coriolan has been discontinued for many years (though still available) and L'Âme d'un Héros carries a significant price tag 2-3 times that of its predecessor.

L'Âme d'un Héros and Coriolan open with top notes easily identified as being common to both fragrances. Coriolan’s opening of green herbs and bronzed citrus is, however, more assertive and has greater contrast than L'Âme d'un Héros which presents a blended, balanced and graceful version of the notes. Now, that’s not a slight against either fragrance but I prefer Coriolan’s more dramatic opening. It’s a saber rattling statement of strength and resolve which personifies the historical and theatrical character of Coriolanus.

It’s in the midst of development where, for a time, the two really part ways. It’s also where Coriolan shows some weakness. It lacks the continuity necessary to create an arc from opening to base. While both fragrances share a starchy, papery vetiver note it shows up earlier and is more prominent in Coriolan. The vetiver holds its ground for so long that the development stalls before leather and patchouli finally bring Coriolan back together at its base. Coriolan’s base is dry and leathery compared to L'Âme d'un Héros. Surprisingly, the base is where the fragrances, once again, share their common heritage.

L'Âme d'un Héros also takes time to develop but it does so while maintaining the balance and grace of its opening. Floral notes start peeking through adding contrast to and filling in the gaps left by the receding top notes. It gives the development a sense of direction. When L'Âme d'un Héros reaches its base the florals, spices, patchouli and vetiver come together and manage to be reminiscent of Coriolan’s leather base. But L'Âme d'un Héros has a broader, deeper texture with a touch of floral notes. I must say, aside from the opening, I prefer L'Âme d'un Héros overall. But it’s a close call. That’s where price becomes a factor.

Even though Coriolan has been discontinued for many years it’s still easy to find factory sealed stock, as new, from online retailers. A 30 ml or 50 ml bottle of Coriolan costs $35-$40 and 100 ml costs $80-$150. On the other hand, 100 ml of L'Âme d'un Héros costs 180€/$250. Both are great fragrances and neither will disappoint.
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