Guerlain L'Âme d'Un Héros (2008) {New Perfume} {Men's Cologne}

In the collection of Guerlain re-editions called Les Parisiennes, the new addition is called L'Âme d'Un Héros (The Soul of a Hero) in reference to "the legendary Roman general Coriolanus, who inspired Shakespeare and Beethoven, as well as Plutarch." It is a re-take on a former fragrance by Guerlain, Coriolan; as can be expected it will be probably inspired significantly by it but modified somewhat too and made more upscale thanks to more luxurious ingredients (see Mayotte and Mahora)........

It is described in the press release as,

"An invigorating, woody fragrance, composed by J ean-Paul Guerlain in 1998 as an ol actory rendition of the Coriolanus epic , is being reissued in the Les Parisiennes collection with a symboli c name: L’ Âme d’ un Héros...

At first, nearing the shore , one is met by a bright burst of citrus, fresh bergamot and lemon. Upon firmer ground, the wafting scent of neroli tempered by sage is pure delight to the senses. The effect is fresh, transparent and sumptuously green, like a landscape in the sun warmed by heart notes of ylang-ylang from the Comoros and an aromatic har mony: absinthe , basil and cypress go wild beneath the sultry spicy notes of juniper berry. Drifting sensuously along the skin, a note of ever lasti ng flower sets the pace and beckons to a finale of rich woody and amber notes. The heroi c spirit is expressed by elegant vetiver for stature and patchouli and basalmic notes for mystery."

L'Ame d'un Heros: $205, 125 ml

It is available at all four La Maison Guerlain locations:  at
Bergdorf Goodman New York, Neiman Marcus San Francisco, The Breakers Palm Beach, and the French Pavilion at Epcot."

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  1. Do you know why it was renamed?
    With this very nice name, the perfume has also an "ennemi" - AntiHéros from Etat Libre d'Orange.

    Octavian Coifan
  2. Ive always been a fan of Coriolan, I thought it was a great mens scent - shame it was discontinued.

    With Heros, however - I hope that Im pleasantly surprised and its an even greater interpretation of Coriolan, b/c that would realy make me consider getting it. And a big bonus is that stunning bottle.

    Mark David
  3. Octavian,

    Last time I asked for Mahora/Mayotte, they told me it was because Mahora had not been registered.

    Yes, I thought about Etat Libre d'Orange too. I noticed also that the gardenia with the tear of blood is very close to the illustration for Charogne. Reminds me also of the bloody rose in Rossy de Palma.

  4. MarkDavid,

    I would personally feel hopeful because I think that Mayotte, for example, was an improvement over Mahora.

    Agree that the bottle alone might help sway all hesitations aside.

    It's good when a packaging is not a sham but signals to you that people have chosen a more luxurious packaging to befit more luxurious contents.


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