I think it's sickingly sweet and cloying.
Thread: basenoters hating on 1 million
1 million is one of my top 10 designer scents, no question. it's one of my few perfect scores in the designer industry. i like it a lot, for many reasons.
i know a lot of people on basenotes don't like it, but i've noticed an overall change of attitude in the past few years. i'm not calling out specific people, but just observing a demographic (fragrance collectors).
in 2008-09, 1 million was praised at niche-status since it didn't sell in the US yet. then as it did, the hype train went to a screeching halt and now many people have been opposing 1 million in the most pretentious manner possible, associating it to frat-houses and wanting to be above it.
nobody likes to be alone, and some would rather flip-flop to accomodate the majority than to be alone. i've largely learned to avoid doing this, but sometimes i'm not perfect either. and i bet you've done something like that recently before. yes, yes i know you say you never do it. but you did.
if you dislike 1 million genuinely, i wholeheartedly respect your opinion. it's not for everybody. but i've just seen so much hypocrisy. i know i've been critical of him, but robes08 did dedicate an entire video to this topic and i agreed with most of what he said.
my biggest complaint is the one about perceptions of versatility. at first, basenoters and youtubers were proclaiming this as a fragrance you could wear anywhere. but then as more and more comments started coming in, describing this as a club fragrance and seeing this as a club-only fragrance, the frag comm (like the zombies they can be sometimes) changed its attitude under pressure.
1 million had a one word association to it that just stuck "club-scent". people assert this claim so dogmatically, yet it was not god-given nor inherent in the universe, but invented by people. i, PERSONALLY (but not objectively), feel that 1 million is suitable for daily wear. i just see the citrus and the heavier and spicer accords as a perfect duality between youth and maturity, smoothed out by cinnamon.
I agree that it's a powerhouse (you have to be very careful) but 1 full spray in the winter and 1 light spray in warmer weather is perfect. yes, you will be noticed, but you won't choke anybody if you keep it to 1 spray max (unless your skin doesn't project very well). it took me time to understand that it is the application that matters, but it does. while it isn't as versatile as ysl l'homme or millesime imperial, it is something that can be safe and pleasant if you are careful with the trigger.
it is a modern scent, so after it rides out its popularity wave (when that will be, i dont know) , maybe people will appreciate it again, for it's exclusivity.
I think it's sickingly sweet and cloying.
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My one sampling of this one had be scrubbing within 30 minutes.
being new here my opinion most likely counts for very little (I stalked on basenotes for ages and learned alot but only recently joined to participate in a split)
When I first tried 1 Million in store on a test strip I really wasn't very impressed and pretty much just blew past it without a second thought, But I had heard good things so one night after work as I was about to head home I stopped in a decided to give it a try on my skin and it became a completely different beast once on my skin and I instantly changed my tune. The next day I went out and bought a bottle and have been enjoying it ever since.
Whilst I agree it works well as a club scent because a couple of sprays definitely has the ability to project and cut through the other competing smells in a club it is also able to be worn on other occasions, I wore it to work just the other day. We've had a lot of bush fires here in Aus recently and I woke the other day to the overwhelming smell of smoke in the air and it was just the right amount of sweetness to offset the smoke. I agree though for everyday where you need to go easy on the trigger otherwise it can become cloying.
I only like its drydown. Also, its parfum version (Absolutely Gold) is much better blended.
I personally have always been OK with it.
yea 1 million has the same amount of projection as aventus, more or less
while i agree aventus is slightly a little more safer (as its less sweet), both matter in the application.
noirdrakkar - shouldn't you be stoked that less people wear it?
Sure, it's still one of the best-selling mens scents, doubtless worn by many, but even if 400 BN members dislike it (regardless of their motivations for disliking it) that's 400 less people wearing, and possibly over-applying* a scent you really like.
Now I know that wanting a fragrance to be 'less popular' is viewed as kinda pretentious, and fragrance should primarily be worn for yourself, but there remains the possibility of being written off as 'generic' if you're wearing the same frag that every other person in town is.
Besides, it's not like 1Million needs extra sales to save it from being discontinued, and do you really mind if people on a forum who you've never met think a little less of you for liking a fragrance?
*Not that I'd accuse a BaseNoter of overapplying
I think 1 million smells pretty good but I don't intend on getting a bottle. My sister loves the scent so I find it a little weird to wear.
I didn't like it at all, way too sweet and fruity and odd for me.
People's opinions may have changed based on the people they know who wear 1 million... Rather than the scent itself.
If you see a lot of people that you dislike... Wearing a certain scent... You might have a negative view of it after that. That's just how most people are.
i did like it back in the fall. i take that back. i REALLY liked it in the fall. but since starting to work at macys at the suit section, ive had to measure many people who way overapplied 1 million over the past six months. this killed it for me. not the scent or anything about the fragrance itself, just the amount of people who overused it and who i have gotten into close proximity. your liking, and finding something you consider so great, i applaud. but i cannot like it myself anymore.
I bought, it rocked it for a bit, got rid of it, decided to give it another whirl and bought another bottle, wore it for awhile and haven't worn it much since. It's not that I don't like, but I find it to be kind of attention-whorish, as in it demands attention and has little to no subtlety about it, which I suppose is potentially desirable in certain scenarios and why I keep it around.
First time I was able to try it was this past summer. I loved it and immediately ordered a bottle. And while some might not like it from the start, I wouldn't find it odd if others developed an aversion to it over time. I once enjoyed Acqua di Gio, yet I can't stand it today.
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I dont mind to smell its sillage from far but when I tried to wear it, even few dabs were so ****** cloying, synthetic and bubble gum sweet that I had to wash it away after 1 hour.
+when I smell fragrance on some males (rare occassion) in 4 of 5 occasions, its 1 million. 1 million in my country is probably what Acqua Di Gio is in USA. Absolutely overplayed.
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2. Dior Homme
3. Eau Des Baux
First time I smelled it (not that long ago), it blew my mind. Bought a bottle instantly. I love it, but rarely wear it because it is so young and loud.
If 1 Million were a Frederic Malle creation, and no high school kid ever heard of it, it would probably get plenty of love here.
If you like it, wear it. I personally don't and won't. I consider it a bubblegum headache machine. I don't like hotdogs either, but don't sweat that many do (though I can't figure out for the life of me why ).
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Noir , there are 100's of better cologne's than this .. Will you be getting it again when your bottle runs dry ?
I first test smelled this fragrance a couple weeks ago. I think it's legit to call out our tendency to give more respect to artisanal houses and offbeat fragrances over mainstream and popular ones. I found 1 Million to be pleasant enough but rather unexciting and nondescript. I can't see myself ever seeking to wear it, but if I were stranded on an island and there was just one of those gold colored bottles there, I would probably use it. Some of the appeal of a fragrance is its originality and variance from what is commonplace. This appeal is, by definition, lost when a fragrance becomes popular. There is relativity, sensibility and taste are not absolutes.
I don't think it's hated, but rather in that Joop! Homme category. The niche crowd won't deal with the ingredient quality and those who like the rich, natural, complex, balanced scents will have little or no use for it. Those who wear such scents as 1 Mil regularly are much more likely to be out partying rather than typing up posts for fragrance forums. LOL.
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I do not agree with it not being niche quality, so it gets no love.
When I started into fragrance this was one of the many hyped up smell that I never heard of and pretty much told I needed to get my hands on this, which I did then Bam! I could not figure out How in the hell is this considered great Great? It smells rancid!
Nice post noirdrakkar. This is a great example of how snobbish some of us have become here on BN. The quality of a fragrance should not be determined by its popularity. Luckily for me, I rarely smell fragrances on other guys, unless they apply them heavily. I happen to love the smell of 1 million, and it is my girlfriend's favorite, so it's an easy decision for me. Sure, it will become cloying and obnoxious as it screams, "attention whore" with over-application, but every fragrance does that; apart from the select few which cannot possible be over applied (gucci pour homme II, D&G The One). As with everything in life, all things in moderation. As with 1 million, it is easy to fill a 2ml splash vial every now and then and apply it manually with the desired amout. A little of this stuff goes a long way and when you apply a small amout to the neck, it will be difficult for anyone besides you to smell it unless they were very close to you. The popularity of a fragrance shouldnt deter you from enjoying it for yourself, or skew your perceptions of its quality based on the few who abuse its power. If YOU like the smell, then wear it proudly as often as you want. If YOU dont like the smell, then pass on it without looking back.
At my age, It feels like I'm committing a felony wearing it.
Your nostrils, which will dilate immesurably in unspeakable contentment, in motionless ecstasy, will ask nothing better for space, for they will be full of fragrance, as if perfumes and incense; for they will be glutted with complete happiness, like angels who dwell in the peace and magnificence of pleasent heaven.
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one million is a great scent... haters that's just another matter...it's not beautiful what is beautiful is beautiful what you like!
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I found it to be absolute toilet way before I joined BN, so my opinion was not dictated by the Basenotes hivemind
I think it could have been a good frag with the notes listed, but it seems so distorted by poor balancing of the notes or low quality of ingredients. Perhaps it is because each of the three perfumers it took to create it, wanted to tweak it to their own liking or put their mark on it.
Or maybe all the money went to marketing and designing that shiny tacky trinket, instead of quality ingredients and wages for the perfumers
This of course being me subjective opinion and feelings towards the scent.
I actually really enjoy it, but hate that every guy in my area wears this.
The sense of smell, like a faithful counsellor, foretells its character.