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Fragrances are so hard to place; they are very personal, can turn on one person's skin and stay fresh and vibrant on another's.
I place Paco Rabanne's fragrance with a certain collection of those distinctive, unique fragrances. In that pile I would place 'Le Male' by Jean Paul Gaultier, the distinctive and far too publicised fragrance that is pumped through Hollister stores and Angel by Thierry Mugler. They are very distinct, very specific fragrances which I can pick out from any other, and One Million, for me, is one of those.
The container is a solid, gold bar. It has a slightly sloping lid and the back has a black bottle back. The gold fronting makes it look quite expensive and opulent, with a decorative front for the number 1 and a sophisticated swirl design pressed into the gold bar. The packaging is also simple and gold, with the design in black.
It is a rich fragrance; spicy and leathery. According to ThePerfumeShop.com, the breakdown goes as follows:
Heart notes : Spicy masculine flower, rose, musk
Top notes : Sparkling fresh fruits, blood mandarin, peppermint
Base notes : Sensual leather, amber
Scent : Woody oriental
Feel : Daring, irresistible, seductive
I am addicted to this fragrance; my partner wears it and I am obsessed. I can pick it out so distinctively when someone else is wearing it. It sounds ridiculous but I find it highly masculine and very sexy; it's not overwhelmingly spicy or heavy. It's the sort of scent which draws compliments and is refreshing. It is an evening fragrance as I think day-to-day it would be considered too heavy. What's great is it's also hardwearing - it doesn't wear off instantly or within the hour. Admittedly my partner douses herself in it (she's wears men's fragrances) but it really lasts!
I've only ever purchased the two different Eau de toilette's and usually on a special occasion. The 50ml retails between £35 -£45 and the 100ml between £52 - £65. At Christmas I ordered from Boots.com and the 100ml was £32.50 which is an absolute bargain. I went to a Perfume Shop store and got the 50ml for the same price, so it's a good idea to scope out the retailers around special occasions, as you can get the bigger bottle cheap sometimes!
A gorgeous fragrance, distinctive, sexy and worth spoiling yourself with!
Its a well advertised fragrance that is still seen on TV today, One Millon by Paco Rabanne. Its also pretty noticeable when on the shelf due to its gold appearance which gives you the impression that its a gold bullion bar.
I purchased this myself after trying a tester in the local boots. I however then purchased it online later at a slightly cheaper rate. But worth noting that this fragrance is rather expensive and very rarely, if any do you see this going at a discounted rate or in a sale. But then when a product like this sells very well, why would you put it in a sale?
So what does it smell like? Well it has top notes of grapefruit, blood orange and mint followed by rose, cinnamon and blond leather. Followed by a slight hint of amber and white woods.
Honestly, this is one that I generally save for going out, rather than a regular every day smell. Its that type where it does last and although not over powering, it really holds itself well with people (ladies) commenting on nice the smell is. It is a sophisticated smell that is far from tacky.
It will last you about 10+ hours which is plenty of time and no need for a top off. The spray pattern is exceptional good so there is no constant squirting to cover yourself.
As I say, its an evening kind of fragrance but be careful not to spray to much because you can really end up smelling like a.....well it would just be to over powering.
I probably would not pick it again. Don't get me wrong, its a great smell, but for the cost, its probably abit more than I would want to pay.
My wife and I have been married for 5 years, and we have found that we are now "used" to being around each other. I know her smell, she knows mine. This, of course, won't do. We needed to reintroduce some mystery into our lives!
So one sunny summer day I was given a gift from my other half: Paco Rabanne One Million. This stuff smells like the sweat of Gods. It has a relatively strong, sweet smell. Usually, I like my aroma to be manly. Something to remind me of chopping down trees or drinking beer. But this scent invites me to venture into my softer side.
My wife is in love with the aftershave. It has also garnered the attention of many a lady whilst out in public. . .
Though by no means the cheapest aftershave out there, Paco Rabanne is not for day-to-day use. It also hasn't got the easiest container to spray (expect your scent to go wherever it feels like), and as it is a designer brand, don't expect to be the only guy wearing it.
Overall, this comes highly recommended as a fun, popular, long lasting fragrance that is likely to garner a second purchase once it has run out!
Paco Rabanne - One Million
When it comes to perfumes my scent antennae barely twitches - I suppose I could blame it on my childhood whereby my nasal passage got an overdose of a plethora of fragrant concoctions, while holidaying systematically on the French Riviera. Scents would invade my air-space, flirt with my nostrils, tease my erogenous zones and then scarper off to find some-one more worthy. Fragrances tend to have the same traits. Sometimes leaving you wanting more, but more often than not, they barely are noticeable. My frequent French perfumery excursions were indeed absorbing; probably too much so. I could always remember the summer air after several hours doing 'Tour de fragrance' - I would dart towards the 'exit' desperate for fresh air to inhale; as if I needed to breathe in the scent of petroleum fumes, cafes, and sticky road tar.
Paco Rabanne's One Million, evidently doesn't convey those scented characteristics from above; it is far too panache. It's far too French to be typecast as yet another fragrance 'pour homme' - and it's far too French to be ignored. One Million shouts at your nasal hairs as if it was an American tourist on a quiet country bus trip. Yet has the suave poise of a David Niven, sophistication of a Hercule Poirot, and has the full bodied essence of a Gerard Depardieu. Visually, 'One Million' belongs on the set of a Bond film - namely 'Goldfinger' to be precise. Modernised, updated to a faster lifestyle, helped by a catchy, vibrant TV advertisement emulating successful, young, male, addicted to the taste of the high-life. Chemically enhanced by the Chemical Brother's 'bubblegum' tune; in which portrays the product as a cheeky, flamboyant, playboy, - which in real life does make you stand-out, from the rest of the musks, swamping the airwaves. Colleagues of the female variety have swaggered up to me, eyes squinting, displaying flirty disparagement. "You've got that aftershave on again haven't you?" They then slip off without waiting for an answer, moving their derrieres in a more purposeful manner - albeit, I could be imagining it, due to being intoxicated by 'One Million'; over an eight hour period.
Tour de Scent
The disappointing part of One Million is: yes, you can easily over indulge. When I mean over indulge, do not spray more than twice, in the same area. The spicy intenseness is intoxicating and it'll live long on your shirt collar for days on end, even after washing. The makers indeed do pride themselves on the scent durability. This is evident in all of Paco Rabanne's 'apres rasages' - in other words paint-stripper, or anti-freeze. It certainly powerful enough and will cut through any body odours regardless of potency and filth. Paco Rabanne is great for a repugnant pair of trainers or rubbing into damp dog fur. The spices overrides the unwanted odours rather successfully and so there it is another reason to buy Paco Rabanne - that is if you prefer the scent of Detol and Old Spice combined on your dog, or on your socks. The difference with 'One Million' is that it conveys the same undertones as all of Paco Rabanne products except for the woody, leather, cinnamon, peppermint additions. If you like Jean Paul Gaultiere, One Million is on your wave-length. Thanks to the perfumers Christophe Raynaud, Olivier Pescheux and Michel Girard.
Tour de Design
Priced at 29.00 GBP for a 50 ml metallic styled ingot - it is not to be sneezed at. It does pay to have quality - and on this occasion Paco Rabanne has delivered. The only hang-up I have is where you press for the scent application, it can be rather stiff; plus, the key-hole styled nozzle is conceptually a master-stroke but practically it is marred by lack of functionality, so as a user be aware of leakages. Still, the cologne is highly recommended if you've deep pockets.
This unique smelling fragrance is one of the best i have ever had, it has a sweet, cinnamon scent about it. The only down side I can find about this awesome fragrance is the price, £44 for 100ml that is a lot! But do not let that put you down, give it a go. It has got a very summery feel about it and its also quite fruity. I purchased this mens fragrance from duty free when I was on my way back on holiday to save some £ £ £. To truly know if this is your fragrance go to a in store shop such as super drugs and test it out. I think the thing I love about this product the most is that the fragrance lasts sooooooo long, you can literally wear it in the morning and it will last around 12 hours meaning its quite strong. But a big disadvantage is that its way too common now, I have seen plenty of people wearing this fragrance which brings the excitement out of it. The scent can also be really strong, almost like a cologne, but after an hour or so the strong alcohol smell reduces. It has hints of mint and grapefruit scents within it and also the scent projects far to get you noticed by gals.
Although this is a mans aftershave, I love it. My boyfriend has been wearing this now for around 6 months - and sometimes I cannot help but use a little bit of it myself! I recently bought him a new bottle as a gift, for a 200ml bottle it cost me around £55.00 from Boots. The aftershave comes in a gold bottle, which basically looks like a gold bar. It has the Paco Rabanne logo on the from along with the name One Million.
The scent of this after shave is gorgeous! As first I think that is smells quite woody, but one the strong 'first spray' has worn off the after shave becomes a little bit spicy, and once you use some of this, the smell seems to last all day. I find it tend to stay better on clothing rather than directly on skin - it lasts longer.
Overall I have nothing bad to say about this aftershave, it is a little pricey, however no more expensive than any other Paco Rabanne perfumes or aftershaves. I think that it is well worth the money and I love the smell of it on both me and my boyfriend. So if you have not given this a go yet, I recommend it.
Now I'm not the type of person who likes to invest heavily in fragrances because I feel that aftershaves are overpriced I tend to get bottles for my birthday and for Christmas and they usually last until the next birthday or Christmas.
However every year I am faced with the same decision which of the millions of fragrances should I make my own scent, the one by the fame and money hungry latest big brother winner or a one I seen on TV the night before with the model with a perfect body surrounded by millions of beautiful girls? Decisions
Every year I tend to change and last year was no different; I walked into Debenhams with my mind focused that I would walk out having decided on a brand only to have my wrists and nose assaulted by overly forceful perfume pushers.
I resisted their efforts and began smelling samples and much like Goldilocks some of them were too strong others were too weak but I found one that was just right. It gleamed with its Shiny gold bottle said to mimic a bar of gold in shape and colour and when I sprayed it on my wrist I and my friend agreed that it was brilliant
The scent itself is rather on strong side, strong enough to be smelt by people as u walk past relatively closely but not so strong that people will smell you from other side of the room and think you're making too much effort for a day at work. It's a rather sweet smell but amazingly pleasant.
At the time of buying, it was a relatively new product and a lot of people who I answered the question "what aftershave you wearing?" Didn't have a clue who Paco Rabane was or million for that matter. However lately I have seen adverts on TV popping up between Coronation Street, Full page spreads in men's magazines and even the occasional billboard, and it would appear that this fragrance has taken off and captured the nose of other consumers too and rightly so.
It is priced very similarly to all other leading brands from the likes of Hugo Boss and Calvin Klein and my large bottle set my mother back £30 in Debenhams at the time though I'm sure if you shop around or get the smaller bottles it can be a bit cheaper.
Overall though finding a fragrance this good really is One in a Million
I bought this as a gift for my son at Christmas, as he was telling me everyone was talking about it. I think its strange why people spend so much money on fragrances, for what, a few heads to turn in the street.
He likes it, so thats all that matters to me. When we were going on holiday there, he bought a couple of bottles in the duty free because he likes it so much.
The scent is over-powering, but it is nice, and you can recognise it when you smell it.
The brand seems so popular, I bought the lady million for myself which I do not like at all and wish I could return it.
Some people like it, some don't. Face it, you cannot please everyone, so go for what you like, not to be a sheep and follow the crowds. I will contine buying this until, it starts to get bad or he gets fed up with the smell.
Thanks for reading! I hope this has been of interest to you and has helps assist you in your decision.
Having recently started to really care about my smell outside of the standard cheap lynx deodrant and cheap superdrug aftershave, I have started experimenting with aftershaves. The first more expensive aftershave I got was Hugoboss traditional which was more of an impulse buy, I then followed this up with the hugely popular Acqua Di Gio. Following this I bought the tacky sounding Blue Seduction from Antonio Banderas. Now finally a few weeks ago I wanted a slightly more expensive aftershave and after reading many positive reviews, some on Dooyoo I settled for Paco Rabanne's one million.
The first thing I noticed once I received this, as the bottle, I guess what with the name being one million, it is apt that it is shaped like a gold bar, and there is a cool faint one million logo just below the spray point. Of course the colour is a gold colour, however I feel that pictures make it look better than it actually is, as in real life it looks and feels a little tacky, but no real complaints here, as I bought this for the substance rather than the packaging.
It has quite a strange scent to it, and one that seems to change as the day goes along, and I really cant say it is one specific scent, but more of a mixture of a spicy, fruity and woody scent. I guess this is an achievement rather than being less daring and just choosing one scent and sticking with it, but this can be looked at both ways.
In terms of durability with how long it lasts, I really can not judge, and I don't know how others can. Literally within seconds of spraying something, my nose becomes accustomed to the smell and hence I cant smell it anymore. Going from what others have said, around 8 hours seems a suitable figure but personally I am sorry but I cant give you an answer on this.
In comparison with my other colognes, I would say this is decent value for money, and again I hate referring to other persons reviews, but the prices they are being quoted, well they must have been getting ripped off. A simple price comparison online will find you the best price, and I purchased a 200ml bottle for £54, so £27 for 100mil, and this compares to the Banderas, Hugo Boss and Acqua Di Gio in terms of prices. Just in case anyone is interested my purchase was from MenshopUk and delivery took a few days so decent service indeed.
Paco Robanne: One Million, is an aftershave which is now one of my favorite, the only way to discribe the smell would be fruity, it has a smell which for obvious reason after smelling it makes the women love it, it has a very summer feel about, with it also being such a robust aftershave, it says with you all day and continues to keep you smelling fresh and feeling like "da man"
Price and Availability
The main place to get this from with and with any aftershave/perfume would be from boots in my opinion, but there are other places such as superdrug and your super markets if there a big enough store, for a decent price of around 30 pounds you can find this pretty easily, you know its a popular aftershave due to when you go on nights out and you have that guy who stands in the bathroom saying to you that if you dont accept some you wont get any attention from the ladies.
I took this mans advice and my word he was right, man of wisdom right there for you. This is the reason i went out and bought this. Its easy to see up on the shelf as the box and bottle itself is a bright shiny gold colour which draws your attention towards it and makes you want to pick it up. Theirs no mistaking it for any other aftershave.
Here are some of the best prices i was able to find when looking around the internet to try help you guys out when selecting.
John Lewis 30.83
House of Fraser 35.00
Appearance and Design.
The box that this aftershave comes in is a very shiny and clean box, with it being all gold and the very simple and recognizable design placed on the front, The large number one is placed above the simple San Serif front which says "Million" then a very fancy swirl placed below all of this, this combination of the image, to type all flows to each other very simply and does it with class and style especially with it being embossed into the bottle, this for me is a very nice touch but maybe that's only because im a graphic designer. Although the box and the look of it does look rather cheesy and abit trashy, it still carries some class due to it being brought out by a high recognizable company and having such a nice smell helps this aswell. I think the main focus for them was to make it stand out from the crowd.
The spray mechanism is a nice little touch cause then you know how much you need to put on and you aint overdosing everyone around you with the likes of the 100ml bottle, this one is very hard to estimate how much you need to put on cause its a tip and pour style bottle. The best thing about the spray is a simple spray on the neck on each side then rub onto the cheek area then one on the wrists and rub together, some people say that's a very camp way of applying aftershave but isnt the purpose of it to be able to smell it when you walk past people and those are the heat points on the body. makes sense right?
This is a nice aftershave that if you can find for less than 30 pounds is worth spending the money on, test it on your own skin before you purchase though as it can have a different smell on different peoples bodies as it will mix with your own scent at the same time.
Try it out and see whats it like for you. Very nice and i would recommend to any that i dont know as i dont want to be going out with my mates smelling the same, thats just creepy!
You see these, more often than not in Night Club toilets. You pay a quid for a dash of One Million and it's off into the darkness again. It's a preventative of smelling like BO for the night Ie. It's far too overpowering.
It's the smell that all the girls for! Oh how I wish this was actually the case. Never have I had to smell such a repugnant smell before, until my nostrils experienced the whiff of this sleazy product.
Sure, the packaging is great & sells really well. Be careful however as the spray seems to go miles! It's not like most sprays, where it sprays an equal amount around - one spray travels across the face - trust me, I tried on at House of Fraser. Got into my eyes.
The gold packaging makes it look more sleazier and I don't look for this in a cologne.
Everyone seems to know the distinct smell, but that's not what you should go for when looking into cologne. You need a defining scent, so everyone knows that it's you who's turning around the corner. One Million is worse by too many and there is a lack of originality. I often compared this to Abercrombie Fierce, which has the same effect.
The smell is very powerful & lasts for ages. It is VERY dangerous if you spray more than two sprays, because you will start smelling like a skunk. It isn't very pleasant on the nose and I often compare it to lighter fluid. There is no sensitivity in wearing this. It's far too Alpha for my liking.
Paco robannes one million is without a doubt an attention seeker designed for the club scene. Its loud and energetic tones in turn with its unique signature gold bar bottle have become a huge hit with the need to be noticed males but unfortunately its popularity for me is its only downfall. Its release in 2008 made this the must have fragrance due to its unique bottle and portrail of a high energy gentleman out for a good time.
I picked this cologne up early 2009 after recommendations from friends and I wasnt disappointed. The bottle is gold and shaped like a gold bar with the the words 1 million in the centre the sprayer is built into the top of the bottle and is also labelled with the 1 million graphic. I have heard alot of people saying that the bottle to them seems tacky but i disagree, Its a very well made unique bottle and on my shelf stands out a mile especially when caught by the light.
- Top Notes ... Grapefruit, mint, blood orange
- Middle Notes ... Rose, Cinnamon, Spice notes, Blond leather
- Base Notes ... White woods, Amber, Patchouli.
On the first enitioal spray you are met with the overpowering sweetness of the grapefruit and blood orange but after around 15 minutes it begans to settle and the woodyness starts to come through along with the patchouli. I believe these are all natural ingredients apart from the blond leather which is rather pleasant. Please be carefull not to overspray this cologne i personally use 2 sprays one of the chest and another on the back of the neck underneath clothing i found spraying on top of clothing was very overpowering.
As far as longevity goes I get a good 8 hours out of this and will certainly last you through a high energy night. Without a doubt this cologne is evening wear and most definitely fits right in on the club scene. I personally dont wear in anymore when going out due to its popularity but when i did i recieved numorous comliments.
My misses loves this fragrance and have found her in the past spraying it on pillows and as a air freshener to my disbelief. All in all this is a must try fragrance and great value for money, I still own the same 100ml bottle as I first bought due to its strength you need very little and would certainly buy it again in the future.
50ml - £31.50
100ml - £41.50
A lady friend of mine bought me this for christmas and it has been a massive hit!
The alluring packing really adds a sophisticated and stylish look to overall product. It's strong lines echo designs from the Bauhaus movement; a suitably "macho" look for any man's bathroom. If you are considering buying this as a present, the striking gold colour certainly adds a touch of class that will be much appreciated.
The spicy yet masculine scent is perfect for today's "modern man" without being too overpowering.
Infact it is subtle enough to wear on any occasion from a business meeting to a night out. However the fragrance is perhaps not as long lasting as it's competitors such as Joop and Hugo Boss, and after 3-4 hours it can be found to wear thin.
Despite the fact it doesn't last that long, for the price, it really is a great product which is fantastic value for money. In my opinion one of the best male fragrances on the market.
My initial attraction to this product was based on a belief that Paco Rabanne is mad and despised within fashion; therefore he is acceptable to me. I knew he had published a strange conspiracy theory book about the Anti-Christ living in London and his claim a Russian space station was about to crash into Paris. The man is a maverick and so is his fragrance 1 Million. When I first gazed upon it within the airport in Paris, I was drawn towards it. The shape and colour was beautiful and obscene. The gold brick was an affront to the poor of the world; to the suffering around us. I knew immediately I had to own this.
When my suitcase was being checked by the security guard as I prepared to board the plane, he gazed upon the gold box. He knew although I was about to be squeezed into an Easyjet flight to Glasgow, I was now part of an elite, proud to own the fragrance of a mad man. I certainly smelled different. Despite the vulgarity of the product, the aroma was surprisingly subtle and not overly obtrusive. It was distinctive, but on the right side of gaudy. It is a smell women admire for its masculine flair, which evokes - for me - the coinage profile of Augustus or Hadrian. A Roman patrician would have loved this aroma. Cesare Borgia would have worn it. It is more Italian than Franco-Spanish. Having said that, it is more Venetian than Florentine Republic and more Papal States than Naples. It is regal and flamboyant, not anarchic, despite Paco's reputation which lies more or less in tatters following his strange 'cosmic' period. He was the laughing stock of Paris, but 1 Million is his saving grace.
In terms of price, 30 pounds sterling for 50ml is about the going rate - a fair price for decadence. It is available in all manner of stores and malls. This off course means mingling with the hoi polloi, but a dose of this fragrance will soon take the smell away.
Ideally an artist or poet, or even a gangster or a young man on the make with a sharp tie, would suit this. Bank managers and social workers probably less so. Also footballers from the lower leagues may wish to give it a go.