When a product gets too much hype in the beauty community I generally find it unworthy to speak of it.
While there’s certainly a need to cover new fragrances, and while it’s also interesting to read about oldies-but-goldies, how many times can you sit through the same thing? I believe I have a unique voice, but there’s only so many angles to approach a story!
I’ve had many opportunities to smell 1 Million (the original), but I never found the temptation to do so. The presentation looked intimidating to me (a bar of gold? *steps away quickly*) and the endless reviews I’ve ignored somehow made me turn in the other direction – I’m not proud of it. My friend Cameron won’t (see: can’t) stop raving about it; he calls it ‘the fragrance he’s been searching for’ – hmmm.
This is one of 1 Million‘s flankers, 1 Million Intense. I think this was a gift-with-purchase, but who knows with these things. Now that it’s finally in front of me, and since this is NOT the original composition, I’ve giving it a try. With this fragrance I’m doing things differently. I will wear this all day before writing about it, so I can give you an idea of longevity and dry-down as well as the opening. Just in case, I’ll be carrying a vial of some trusty fluid – who knows whether I’ll need to wash this off!
Some background on Paco Rabanne: Francisco Rabaneda Cuervo started by designing jewellery for high-fashion houses, and started his own label in 1966. His first fragrance, Calandre, launched him into the industry, and he has created 52 scents since then.
The 1.5 mL carded sample comes in a clear glass vial with a black cap, with solid black font.
A 2013 release, the creators of the original 1 Million are Christophe Raynaud (Karleidoscope, Karl Lagerfeld), Olivier Pescheux (the controversial Eau Mo Pour Gay, Perfumes Hedoné), and Olivier Pescheux (Legend, Mont Blanc). I scribbled a few notes throughout my fragrance test-driving day, so here they are:
- intoxicating, boozy spicy; a spice market (in regards to top notes)
- sweaty hot man skin (good!)
- doesn’t last very long (solid weak-medium projection for about an hour)
- dries down to entirely unremarkable.
When I look at the notes breakdown now, I can see that my so-called spice market is attributed to cinnamon, saffron, black pepper, and cardamom. The sweaty hot man skin? Perhaps that was just a fantasy.
Collective thoughts about what I’ve sniffed today: maybe it works as a night scent (clubbing, going out, etc.), but not so much for an all-day powerhouse. I might consider purchasing this. but it’s not a priority.
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