Métal by Paco Rabanne
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Métal is a popular perfume by Paco Rabanne for women and was released in 1979. The scent is flowery-chypre. It was last marketed by Puig.

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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesAldehydes, Basil, Green notes, Hyacinth, Lemon
Heart Notes Heart NotesCyclamen, Iris, Jasmine, Lily-of-the-valley, Rose, Tuberose, Ylang-ylang
Base Notes Base NotesAmbergris, Oakmoss, Musk, Sandalwood, Vetiver



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Sillage 10.0/10 Longevity 10.0/10 Scent 10.0/10
Signature Business Scent
When I was out there swinging for the fences in the business world, often the only female in a room of males, I wore this fresh but seductively modern scent. Having since discovered the broader world of perfume, I still adore it. Metal to me is the kind of femininity that doesn't try to imitate men to be powerful. Why would it? If you can look at a misbehaving man with the stare his mother gives him, if you can chummy up over beers as if he were your brother, if you can flirt the guy across the table out of his personal agenda, why in the world would you want to act like a man? Of course, for longevity of success, it helps to also have a brain or two yourself. If you do, and you want to make waves instead of ripples, wear Metal. All's fair.
this is what something called alien should smell like
For all the specific floral notes I can make out in Metal (lily of the valley, hyacinth, narcissus?) this gorgeous fragrance doesn’t seem like a floral. Even with the connections to other green florals (Chamade, le Temps d’une Fete) and aldehydic florals (No 19) that I can detect, Metal stands in its own category. The only other scents truly akin to it are alike in their abstract construction, not in the similarity of their notes or categorization. Nahema comes to mind for the fact that its overall feel seems yards away from (and at a right angle to) its individual notes. But Metal doesn’t smell anything like Nahema. Qualities of oiliness, flintiness, astringency bend the floralcy in Metal totally out of shape. What we wind up with is not so much synergy as (pardon the metal analogy) amalgam.

I guess what I dig is that it doesn’t seem so much to bridge categories as create a new one. Flinty green metallics? Oily bittersweets? Venomous gourmand antagonists? However it comes about, Metal remains exciting to me each and every time I smell it, and whatever the fragrance family, this is one I would keep if (heaven forbid) I were obliged to keep only 5 scents.
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Bottle 10.0/10 Sillage 5.0/10 Longevity 5.0/10 Scent 2.0/10
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Cold Blade
P.R Metal is like a cold blade glading across flesh
almost give a sense of vircera Secerations Magnifiques
without the blood and iodine, There is nothing soft
about this, Clean and Antiseptic lines make you think
of a monochrome colored room free of clutter there is
nothing execpt a large screen white chair staring at
a man controling your emotions thoughts like Big Brother a clinical utopia a Minimalistic Aestheticism in a bottle, Bladerunner's Femme Fatale and replicant Rachael must have worn this when trying to seduce
Deckard only the most iciest femme fatales can pull
this off there's no cozy Ambers no spices or warm
resins an unique scent that does'nt follow any rules a class of it's self.

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