Product Type: Paco Rabanne fragrances
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Paco Rabanne One Million
Member Name: 1st2thebar
Paco Rabanne One Million
Date: 05/03/12, updated on 06/03/12 (108 review reads)
Advantages: Gets you noticed.
Disadvantages: Nozzle's lack of functionality
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.
Summary: Fancy One Million?