About 1 Million
Launched in 2008, 1 Million was created by Michel Girard, Olivier Pescheux, and Christophe Raynaud. The house of Paco Rabanne colognes is famous for creating fragrances with many notes blended together to create scents that men and women can wear as their signature.
1 Million was created as “a scent of the charming seducer.” The manufacturer describes it as an “intoxication of the senses” and “irresistible. You can find more information directly from the website by clicking on this link.
Upon its release, the “One Million” perfume, designed by Paco Rabanne in collaboration with three other famous “noses” from the eau de toilette and cologne industry, a lot of funds went to its promoting on the TV and on the Internet. It was clear from the beginning that Paco Rabanne wanted to let the world know that they launched it. This came at a cost however, because thanks to the popularity, people recognize it quite easily and this means that it doesn’t have such an impact on those around you anymore.
“One Million” has been named the best smelling cologne of the year multiple times by many people all around the world, men and women likewise. The sweet fragrance and the exotic fruits used in the mix to create the smell are enough to drive any woman crazy when they smell it. It has been designed for sensual and attractive men that want to draw attention to themselves each time. The fragrance is a very powerful one that is meant to draw attention to the man that is wearing it and make him stand out in the crowd. Reviews also state that thanks to the sweet fragrance, the women find it very attractive and will mostly like turn their heads after you.
The bottom line is that although “One Million”, the fragrance created by Paco Rabanne is one of the most popular men’s colognes ever. Thanks to the sweet fragrance and the many exotic fruits that have been used to create it, reviewers state that the popularity is well deserved because this particular cologne smells amazing and is definitely going to make you stand out in the crowd.
The first thing you’ll likely notice about the cologne itself is the unique bottle! Shaped (and made to look) like a bar of gold, some might find it a little tacky, while others believe that it gives character to the brand. The sprayer works very well though, which is activated by pressing a button along the top of the bottle.
As said above, the place that this cologne for men really shines is on a big night in town, at the club, or on a date. The projection is excellent, which is good because the scent definitely signals to those around you that you’re fun, outgoing, and willing to be social.
This is perfect for younger guys in nightlife situations, as women tend to find the scent irresistible in my experiences with it.
Longevity is rated at about 8.464/10 from approximately 1500 people that have worn it.
What does it smell like?
The description of “intoxication of the senses” is correct with 1 Million. The cologne is advanced in nature and can be considered offensive which is why it is not recommended for daytime use.
The cologne is warm and spicy with the most noticeable note to surface is cinnamon. When I smell it, I certainly get a leathery scent along with a strong amber taste to it.
This cologne I repeat is not simple like other citrus colognes. It has a feeling of several distinct powerful notes all at once. This is definitely considered a situational colognes and might not be liked by all people.
Here are the notes that most people smell;
What does it smell like to a normal person?
Normal people off the street describe Paco Rabanne’s 1 million as;
“This fragrance makes me smell like a cinnamon covered grapefruit, which is amazing! I get loads of positive feedback from both sexes and more importantly I love the smell of it!” – Adam
“Bubblegum, Bubblegum, Bubblegum….. mixed with cough syrup, honey, spices & leather Its good, but eventually it gets cloying. Excellent projection & longevity” – mhiregoudar
“It’s a little too strong. But I enjoy the ambery sweetness and to me almost like bubblegum and cinnamon, which some people would hate but I really like. I love cinnamon in fragrances and it does stand out here a little bit. I can’t wear too much of it because it can be overpowering. Two sprays, that’s it. Yes there is a ‘synthetic’ quality but for me, the warmth and sweetness are appealing.” – mypeppep
Who should buy this cologne?
Season: Fall, Winter
Time of Day: Night
Top Notes: Grapefruit, Mint, Blood orange
Middle Notes: Rose, Cinnamon, Spice notes, Blond leather
Base Notes: White woods, Amber, Patchouli
Strength – As one of the best men’s cologne brands for nightlife, its strength and projection is certainly part of the reason behind it! More so than many other brands of men’s cologne, 1 Million by Paco Rabanne is strong and extremely far reaching. This is good if you understand how and where the best cologne application spots are, but also means that you can very easily apply too much! 1 Million can become far too sickly sweet if not careful!
Longevity – If it wasn’t enough that this was one of the best men’s cologne for nightlife due to its strength, it should last you a LONG time too! Where the majority of even the best cologne for men brands might die out on you after 4 – 6 hours, 1 Million should still be going strong for at least 6 – 8 hours!
Occasion – 1 Million by Paco Rabanne, while one of the best men’s cologne that you’ll find for going out, I would not necessarily use it as an everyday cologne. Although there are few that would say it’s inappropriate for such an occasion, there are simply better and more subtle options for these different times and places.
Popularity is not such a good thing
Thanks to the amazing smell, “One Million” has become quite popular and usually, every man that wants to draw attention on himself will buy it. However, this is not always a good thing. According to some reviewers, they refused at first to buy this particular fragrance specifically because of its popularity, because that meant that they wouldn’t stand out in the crowd anymore, since probably everybody in the crowd already knew the smell. This is one of the downsides of this fragrance by Paco Rabanne.
Bottle: very elegant, and as Paco Rabanne himself stated, “gold because everybody loves gold”.
The time it stays on: according to the reviews, “One Million” can stay up to a full day on the body and some even reported that they could still smell it even after a long hot shower.
Ingredients used to create the fragrance: blood orange, grapefruit, cinnamon, mint, rose, spices, light weather, white wood, patchouli and amber.
Long story short, “One Million” has been voted by many people all around the world as the best smelling cologne of the year. Its popularity is amazing but despite of this, there are certain people that avoid this fragrance especially due to this. The blood orange, mint, spices and the other ingredient create a very sweet fragrance that is enjoyed by all the people that buy it, especially by the women. This cologne is one of the best money can buy.
Only buy Paco Rabanne if you’re looking for a cologne that will get you noticed. 1 Million is one of the most loved/hated colognes on the market today, but yet it is still hugely popular. You will find this cologne getting abused by high schoolers but oddly enough, you can also find the older generation of 30-40s using this cologne in various situations.
Don’t use this cologne for work if you’re around people all day.
Don’t wear this cologne to school unless your girlfriend loves it and you don’t sit too close to other people.
Please feel free to leave some additional comments down below on what you think of this cologne. Also, give it a rating so you can see how it stacks up against all the other colognes out there.
Safe for school/work
How long does it last?
Paco Rabanne 1 Million Review
This is a great musk! Smells like a Greek god! It’s not too sweet or too strong. I feel like it’s perfect. My personal opinion is it’s not just a night cologne and can be used professionally.
- Lasts a long time
- Could be your signature scent
- Awesome looking bottle!
- There are the same amount of Lovers vs. Haters
- Currently popular in high-schools
- Not typically work/school safe