Date : 2008
Genre : Woody amber
Of gold, frankincense and myrrh it was gold that was offered by Melchior to Jesus as an offering of virtue. My choice of fragrance to represent gold is 1 Million by Paco Rabanne because of its bottle that looks like a gold ingot.
1 Million is a woody amber that was launched in 2008, 10 years after the genre’s archetype Allure by Chanel. Although it doesn’t break any molds and it doesn’t take any uncalculated risks, it’s actually very interesting and of excellent quality with great sillage… which surprised me because its feminine side, Lady Million, is such a tutti-frutti disaster that I figured this might be as loathsome… but it isn’t. If you know Allure, then 1 Million is quite similar but more complex and better.
1 Million’s opening gave me a cool blast of lavender and seemed to cruise through Bleu by Chanel territory. But while Bleu is a woody lavender-based fougère, 1 Million is a woody amber with a lavender topnote… they start out alike but quickly move in different directions.
1 Million’s woody heart has a cola subtext and a tobacco vein tickled my nose and I thought the whole thing was very well balanced. I don’t know that I’ll wear it often but if you like big, swagger-like manly fragrances… this is excellent. Granted, it ends on a sweet amber note but I didn’t find it unpleasant.
One of my girlfriends loved it and actually blushed when she approached me so, guys… the ladies love it!
My review for frankincense is forthcoming and I’ll be reviewing L’Artisan Parfumeur’s Passage d’Enfer – eau d’encens.
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