1 Million (2008) Eau de Toilette

1 Million (Eau de Toilette) by Paco Rabanne
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1 Million (Eau de Toilette) is a perfume by Paco Rabanne for men and was released in 2008. The scent is sweet-spicy. Projection and longevity are above-average. It is being marketed by Puig.

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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesBlood mandarin, Peppermint
Heart Notes Heart NotesRose absolute, Cinnamon
Base Notes Base NotesLeather accord, Amberketal

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Scent

6.1 (888 Ratings)

Longevity

8.5 (614 Ratings)

Sillage

8.3 (597 Ratings)

Bottle

5.4 (611 Ratings)
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Bottle 8.0/10 Sillage 8.0/10 Longevity 8.0/10 Scent 6.5/10
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Helpful Review    10
A little too perfect
Made up, "styled" in New German, no little hair stands away, everything in its place.
The wardrobe (the outfit) meticulously selected, jacket, blouse / shirt, trouser / skirt fit perfectly.
The laptop/smartphone in the latest trend, everything seems to be perfect.
Now put on another scent....eye-catching-unobtrusive... "1Million" seems to be exactly the right one.
Perfectly matched, woods, blossoms and fruits seem to form a unity. Scent successful.
But where is the living, the unique, the individual?
What makes an individual? Your own note? May someone be "perfectly adapted" to the business habits . Someone may like to make a baby cuddle, appear particularly well-groomed and symbolize prosperity; a fragrance for all occasions. Flowery, citric, ambry-ledric, harmonious??
Exactly!!!! All attributes that are praiseworthy?!?
But also here the exaggeration is the death of independence. Too perfect, without corners and edges...
For individualists like me, the wrong scent....
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Bottle 5.0/10 Sillage 6.0/10 Longevity 6.0/10 Scent 7.0/10
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Yuppies 3.0
Do you remember the rich Eighties, the men in career and the "yuppies"? Always busy, always in a hurry, always accompanied by good looking and flashy women . Well, this is what I imagined looking at the quite "kitsch" total golden bottle of One Million, very similar to a gold bar.
Anyway, a scent has to be judged not only by the packaging, but by its composition and I must confess that I liked so much its accord. I tested this scent not only on the mouillette, as I usually do for many masculine scents, but on my skin too because a friend told me that it was sweet, so I was too curious to discover how could it be the result on myself.
The mandarin opening note is quite noticeable, while I didn't smell at all the peppermint I see right now at the top of the pyramid. The note I mainly smelled was the cinnamon: warm, spicy, involving, exotic and intoxicating. Very pleasant to my nose which adores oriental scents. The touch of rose at the heart is very light , giving something "gentler " to this scent .At the base, the leather accord is strong and longlasting and it surprisingly harmonises with my feminine skin . Pleasant the amberketal note, not at all medicinal and quite warm and round, although a little bit synthetic.The result is a quite strong sillage, round and not too heavy .
It's a typical fall-winter or night fragrance and I don't recommend it for the office, it could result "too much" , but if you moderately spray it in the coldest days maybe you can dare it.
Luxurious (although very commercial, inflated and very imitated) and flashy, this scent is only for people who like leave the trail . The new yuppies 3.0 came back , although the world and the economy aren't the same of the glorious Eighties!
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Bottle 6.0/10 Sillage 8.0/10 Longevity 8.0/10 Scent 7.0/10
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You bring back beautiful memories...
Yes, I wore it when it was fresh on the market, bought it spontaneously on the flight from Miami in 2008. It was loud, sweet-spicy, different. My environment only said: "He is very strong, don't spray so much of it". I sprayed 4 times and went on the ramble through the clubs at 21. I was approached positively. At that time he was unknown and extraordinary. I just sprayed it as a 2008 vintage and the blood mandarin paired with leather, roses and cinnamon awakened beautiful memories of that time. I agree with the previous speaker that it is a pity what happened to the fragrance. It is not so bad in itself, has only got a very bad image through wrong carriers
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Bottle 7.0/10 Sillage 8.0/10 Longevity 9.0/10 Scent 8.0/10
Helpful Review    2
Sweet Gold Bullion
I do not love it and I do not hate it !
It's a good fragrance, but not outstanding as far as I am concerned!
I kind of enjoy to smell it on other people; Whenever I wear it, I never apply the spray in my chest or my neck because I find it a bit cloying.
It is a good choice for a night out due to the powerful combination of cinnamon, leather, amber and rose in the heart and bottom notes.
Very good for clubbing? - YES
Everyone else will be wearing it? - YES (or at least using one of its many flankers or clones)

My rates for PR 1 Million:
Scent opening: 7.5 (innovative when it has been launched; a bit cloying and common nowadays)
Scent Dry Down: 8.5 (it gets better with the bottom notes and during the dry down)
Longevity: 9.0 (Yes it does last more than 12 hours)
Sillage: 8.5 (It does project a lot, more that 6 feet at the sillage peak; Don't overspray or it will become cloying)
Uniqueness: 4.0 (probably the most cloned original fragrance in the market; some of the clones are as good or better than the original; Paco Rabanne also launched many similar flankers; This fragrance is not really one in a million)
Wearability: 8.5 (Avoid hot weather ==> avoid Summer and Spring Days)
Versatility: 7.0 (Some people will complaint about its cloying sweetness; Avoid small spaces, Gym and Beach)
Quality: 9.0 (Good quality ingredients and good blending)
Compliments: 9.0 (It's a compliment grabber. I also don't deslike to feel this scent on other people skin; I just do not enjoy to have it on my skin)
Presentation: 7.5 (Imaginative bottle but a bit tacky; Some people love it and some others hate it. Personally I am not really a lover of the gold bar design)
Price: 7.0 - Around € 60.00 for a non tester 100ml. A bit on the expensive side, and promoting the sales of its good clones); I suppose that 1 Million sales have declined although is still considered a "safe gift buy" in any airport Duty Free Shop.

Overall rating: 7.77/10.00
between 7 and 8 => above average;
between 8 and 9 => recommended;
equal or bigger than 9 => don't miss it;

This fragrance was offered to me some 6 years ago. I never took the initiative of buying a 1 Million flask or any of its flankers. Now that my flask is finished after a sparse use for 5 years, will I ever buy it again ?
I don't think so.
But I support tottaly any 1 Million lover. So if you like the scent I can only advise you to go ahead.
Very helpful Review    4
You know what...
1 Million is a contemporary, synthetic, cheap and conventional “trendy leather scent”, quite plastic and light too, which is anyway overall honestly better than I expected by reading the reviews. It’s basically a sort of “all-rounder” scent which tries – and actually manages – to smell good for everything: fresh enough for the gym, safe enough for the office, trendy enough for the club, generic enough for the Post Office, and so on. Most of all, nice enough for the target it’s clearly aimed at – which is surely not the most refined gentlemen on Earth. The composition is quite simple: citrus head notes, a suederal base recreating a light, mellow suedeish note – clean and generically “modern” like in dozens of other contemporary leather scents – some canonical floral counterparts (violet, or rose), woods and patchouli to enhance the “darker” and drier side of leather, spices. As I said, all smelling quite dull, trendy and plain, with the texture and the quality of a car freshener. Still... well, I can’t really hate this. Mostly because it’s clearly, openly, and *honestly* aimed at a precise target, which *likes* and wants this kind of scents – a type of audience which basically wants a decent-smelling thing good for any situation, and possibly generic enough to look cool and à-la-page (which for some people, means “conform to and like what other people like”).
With so much pretentious niche that smells like this and costs three times this, pretending to be “luxury” or “sophisticated” ... you know what? That is what I hate – the pretentiousness, the fraud. While as much crap it may be, 1 Million’s fine for me, because at least it does not look pretentious (I mean, look at that hideous bottle... it’s so kitsch I want to hug it!). I always try to consider scents both “per se” and in perspective relating them to pretenses, price, target and so on. And while per se 1 Million is undoubtedly far below good (although – crucify me – it smells nice to me) if we relate to its actual raison d’etre, this is a respectable product which is aimed at the right targets – people whom you wouldn’t suggest to wear Monsieur de Givenchy or Guerlain’s Derby to. As much as you wouldn’t suggest a bespoke Corneliani suit to people which wear Topman sweaters (and you surely don’t blame Topman for not being so quality and class as Corneliani). For me, the problem of perfumery is not Rabanne or other hundreds of crap scents which, in a way, clearly “look” crap even from the bottle – the problem is the intolerable pretentiousness of brands pretending to look better than they are, and people feeding them by paying ridiculous amount of money for this same quality of Rabanne. 1 Million is so openly, unambiguously, honestly tacky I can’t really blame it for nothing (plus, as I said – crucify me again – it smells better than expected). And I’m fine with that (not that anyone should care).

6/10
Bottle 7.5/10 Sillage 7.5/10 Longevity 10.0/10 Scent 10.0/10
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unique scent
Perhaps the title of masterpiece for this Cologne is suitable.The expression of every man's fantasies.An addictive fresh spicy leather fragrance.top notes excellent and Professional balance of fruit and leather and Spicy Masculine aromas.
Cinnamon,Leather and Amber very well blended.
very sweet fragrance that Should be use on special occasions.Sillage and projection good.
Bottle 2.5/10 Sillage 10.0/10 Longevity 10.0/10 Scent 4.0/10
Helpful Review    4
A scent of authority...
It could perfectly replace flash/stun grenades in the hands of riot police! Imagine a bottle of this shattering in the middle of a bunch of tight packed people... All of them flashed/stunned and above all marked for the next 12 hours therefore sooo easy to be identified and arrested! Need more proof that this WTF brew CANNOT be used for any good?
Helpful Review    3
1 Million
Many people think that this cologne is overrated. I am not one of those people. I believe it lives up to it's hype. Yes, a lot of men use it but that doesn't stop me from using it as well. I love it's warmth, soft sweetness and comforting manner. I really enjoy wearing it, especially on a nice, crisp autumn day. This scent really shines during the cooler seasons. I was lucky enough to find a 100 ml. bottle of this on clearance for 30 dollars just because the corner of it's box was smashed in. The bottle inside was perfect and I was thrilled to buy it at such a bargain price. I believe it's one of the best men's scents around. Better than most of the other designer fare offered these days for men. It's popular for a reason!
Bottle 10.0/10 Sillage 10.0/10 Longevity 10.0/10 Scent 6.0/10
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Sweetness around!
Everyone has it. In every club you can smell it. It has already been ripped off. But it smells great! I dont care about others using it, i just find it great.

I smell mostly vanilla, amber and cinnamon, all these notes very well blended.

Sillage, projection and lasting power are dangerous - be careful.

Updated January 2014
Bottle 5.0/10 Sillage 7.5/10 Longevity 7.5/10 Scent 5.0/10
Very helpful Review    4
A tad too sweet...
1 Million falls into that sweet, masculine gourmand category with heavy accords of vanilla, amber, candied orange and cinnamon. In small doses and for a short amount of time, 1 Million is seductive and captivating, yet the more I'm subjected to the smell, the less I enjoy its cloying sweetness.

I can understand the craze surrounding this rather popular scent, but for me personally, I prefer much smoother and more subdued masculines to this one. I don't think I'd like to fall asleep in the arms of my loved one while he was wearing this, for fear of being suffocated.

While the top notes are pleasing to my nose, I find the heart too syrupy and the drydown far too reminiscent of a bag of stale sweets. The scent also borders on unisex, having a certain spicy softness that would wear well on a woman.

I'm afraid I'm one of those women that like rough and herbaceous masculines on her men. My current boyfriend likes fragrances on the sweeter side, a little off the beaten track to what I'm usually used to, but even he doesn't really like 1 Million.

On a more positive note, 1 Million lasts incredibly well and projects itself with monster sillage. In that retrospect, please apply sparingly and with caution as this can be rather potent. Girls may love the scent, but please don't knock them out.
Bottle 10.0/10 Sillage 10.0/10 Longevity 10.0/10 Scent 10.0/10
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One Millon
Best Perfume for sweet lovers. The projection is extremely very good. It has fruity & bubble gummy smell & sweet. I Love it. People will notice you in the crowed. I got many compliments. The bottle looks like a gold brick, very style 7 rich. One must have it in their collection, if they likes sweet smell. I give 10 out 10. Very Good
Sillage 7.5/10 Longevity 7.5/10 Scent 6.0/10
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Spicy Geranium Unisex Scent
I decided to take up the samples of 1 MILLION languishing in my queue, having at last given Paco Rabanne LADY MILLION a sniff. How does this couple fare? Well, 1 MILLION is certainly a million times better than his not-so-fair LADY, but that, in and of itself, is fairly faint praise (a million times zero is still zero...).

I understand why the marketers put only .03oz in their sample spray vials: this perfume is strong and could easily overwhelm the wearer and those around him. But I do think that it at least has an identity, unlike LADY MILLION, which smells like someone wore the same cardigan over the course of the winter, changing her perfumes each day, and waiting until the end of the season before setting out for the dry cleaners. Kind of a mingling of many different stale perfumes was for me the take away.

The sample of 1 MILLION I tested yesterday opened with a markedly minty freshness, which many reviewers have described as bubble gum-like. It is the same note which is found in the opening of Vivienne Westwood BOUDOIR and several other perfumes intended for women. So the first point is: this composition does seem at least unisex to me, and I'm not surprised that some guys do not like its feminine side.

Interestingly enough, today's sample was nearly devoid of that "bubblegum" note, leading me to believe that there may be batch issues with this fragrance, which could help to explain the radically disparate receptions among reviewers. Both samples, however, did eventually offer a slightly spicy leather drydown with excellent longevity. The composition also smacks a bit in fleeting waves of certain geranium-nutmeg perfumes. Overall, it is much better than LADY MILLION, and offers another example (cf. Lalique ENCRE NOIRE vs. ENCRE NOIRE POUR ELLE) of the creation of a flanker-quality perfume for women as an afterthought to a successful launch for men. (the Adam's rib trope plays out once again...)

Apparently, this fragrance has been very popular in clubs, but I do not recall having smelled it on anyone in my circles before. Since I have not been jaded by overexposure, I would actually consider wearing 1 MILLION now and then, if I happened to have a bottle around. But I'm not going to make any effort to acquire one at this point. I do think, however, that this is a decent perfume, well worth sniffing by guys and gals alike.

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Jazzy76 134 days ago
A scent for new "yuppies": warm and pleasantly spicy, it's true, but contained in a too kitsch bottle! Average sillage. Not a masterpiece
Bottle 5.0
Sillage 6.0
Longevity 6.0
Scent 7.0

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