Top: Peppermint, Blood Mandarin
Middle: Cinnamon, Rose Absolute
Base: Amberketal, Leather Accord
The reason im making this post is I find this fragrance to be misunderstood (atleast this is to my nose). I finally bought it a week ago, and tried it for 3 days straight, enough to get a decent grasp on the overall fragrance.
A common description is "extremely sweet, cloying, feminine, unisex".
To my nose, its actually none of the above! The first time i wore it, i got the sweet opening, but it immediately had a nearly repulsive bitter-ish note. It took me a second to realize i was smelling couch leather It stayed the entire time that wearing. My last 2 wearings had all that, but i picked up on the patchouli those times. I find the peppermint non-existant thus far, and the middle notes just merge as a gourmand feel to me (not a bad thing considering im a huge gourmand fan )
Overall it reminds me of John Varvatos pretty closely, however i find the leather to be more prominent and less blended in 1 Million (i can barely notice it in Varvatos due to the blending). The main differences i notice are vanilla in Varvatos (big plus to me), the patchouli of 1 Mil, and the overall longevity/ versatility. I find 1 Million much more wearable and longer lasting in terms of sillage, in fact I think its wearable all year, while Varvatos i find to be a colder weather, formal fragrance (suit and tie/tux event). Now back to 1 Million only...
What i immediately smell in 1 Million is...well, everything! The opening i find to be everything slammed into a sledgehammer, however the hammer has a point of the blood mandarin, and the rose/cinnamon combo (more so the mandarin however). The leather is a bit subdued in the top after you wear it more than once. The middle gives me basically just a strange gourmand, its kind of floral and spicey at once, but neither one or the other, somewhere in the middle of the two. The base has the middle notes remain throughout, but a patchouli note takes prominence for awhile (about 70/30) then the middle and patchouli fuse 50/50 until the fragrance burns out.
Now for the issue of unisex, feminine, and "fruity" smelling. It might be just me, but i find this very masculine, not feminine at all, and unisex is a damn far stretch. Perhaps its because i find it similar to Varvatos, a very masculine, mature fragrance to me. I have trouble finding fruit notes per say, aside from the mandarin, and even that is blended to the point where its not like "WOAAAAH WHO'S EATING A MANDARIN!?" (although i wish it was, thatd be a better opening imo).
I'm glad i live in the US as its very unique here, and it sure as hell smells good so its a win-win for me
The verdict: Masculine, with a sweet opening headed by mandarin, leather appears in the top and slowly increases in strength throughout, has a gourmandish middle, and a patchouli/gourmand base. It's not feminine by any means, hard to say unisex. It's extremely versatile, you could wear it all year, depending on spray number. Could easily be a signature fragrance (i'm assuming thats why its the #1 seller in Europe!).