So based on the strength of a few positive comments, I had a buddy bring back the 50 ml (small) bottle from...you guessed it....Frankfurt International Airport.
The bottle is far from cheap looking or feeling. It's heavy, squat, with its in-your-face gold lingot facing. The spray mechanism is hidden away on the top of the lingot, and the actually nozzle is in the middle of it. Very nice, they got the design right. Not tacky at all, just lots of gold. Sits nicely on a counter top.
The fragrance: The initial spritz definitely has a Mont Blanc Individuel vibe to it. That same richness. Close up, you want to bite into the blood orange, it's so real. From a bit further away, the impression is one of taffy or butterscotch. A bit sweet, but not overally so. No more so than lots of others out there today (and yesterday).
Then the fun starts. A heavy, tobacco-ey note mixed with cinnamon and rose takes over and intensifies, turning dry and bitter - a 180º turnaround from that gorgeous fruity opening. Very masculine, and yet.....
And then, from then on, it oscillates between dry spice and that fruity opening. The finish has a noticeable patchouly base which I also enjoyed.
Overall, it's rich, I daresay opulent, very much what you'd expect from Paco Rabanne in 2008, and reflects its name nicely, 1 millioin. Maybe not for everybody, definitely not for hotter weather and if so, a modicum of it will do.
It's quite amazing what they can do with molecules. Oh, and it lasts and lasts and lasts......You'll certainly get your 1 million worth!
My score: 8.75, maybe up to 9.25 out of 10. A few more wearings will confirm which side of 9 I want to lean to.
Note to self: I have a feeling the cooler weather will bring out the richer and more faceted aspects of this...well....beauty.