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1 Million Parfum (2020)
by Paco Rabanne


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Year of Launch2020
AvailabilityIn Production
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HousePaco Rabanne
Parent CompanyPuig Beauty & Fashion Group > Puig Prestige Beauty Brands

About 1 Million Parfum

1 Million Parfum is a masculine fragrance by Paco Rabanne. The scent was launched in 2020

1 Million Parfum fragrance notes

Reviews of 1 Million Parfum

Nobody saw this coming, and I mean nobody. Not niche aficionados on forum boards and Facebook nor compliment junkies on YouTube and Instagram, and certainly not the general public vaguely aware that the original Paco Rabanne 1 Million (2008) even comes in so many flavors as it does because the original is just that strong in sales. Yet here we have 1 Million Parfum (2020), an altogether different beast from either 1 Million Absolutely Gold (2012) and 1 Million Intense (2013), both now discontinued leading up to the launching of this. What's more surprising than Paco Rabanne rebooting an intense version of their star clubber for the second time (making the third iteration), is the fact that it smells the least like the pillar release among the three. What's more surprising than that is how it actually smells. Perfumers Quentin Bisch and Christophe Reynaud composed this (with Reynaud returning from the original yet again), and most of the reason this smells the way it does can be attributed to a vacation bag accident when broken bottles of sunscreen mixed with a labdanum sample Bisch had received. The rest is obviously aromachemical magic but what gets me is how much of a polar opposite this is from the one that started it all. Considering everything previously had at least a drop of 1 Million DNA somewhere in it, this parfum seems a bit like a gamble for the line. Hmmm....

In any case, I've held you in suspense long enough. 1 Million Parfum is primarily a woody amber, but what makes it special is tuberose. You heard me right, this is a men's fragrance with tuberose in the core. The note is often found in sunscreens (which don't have gender assigned typically), and Bisch merged it with some bright aldehydes and the essence of manoï oil, a special perfume made of Tahitian gardenias soaked in coconut oil. The tuberose isn't going to gobsmack you like in an old 80's perfume for women, but like Richard James Saville Row (2003), it's detectable. Bisch sure was busy replicating his vacation here in 1 Million Parfum, and it doesn't stop into the base (the perfume has no heart). A salty beachy ambergris note (achieved with a compound containing some form of ambroxan/ambroxide obviously), is mixed with vanilla, amber, cashmeran, labdanum, and that popular suede leather molecule everyone from Coach to Tom Ford is using now. I get some banana vibes here too but that's just me, and keep in mind 1 Million Parfum is still very much a sweet creamy fragrance like the original. If the OG is your nightlife scent, this could be your daytime getaway scent, with the pair of them being your best friends on a trip to Tahiti. Send Quentin my regards. Wear time is long at 10 hours and sillage is dense but not overly projecting. This is a parfum so it behaves that way, sitting close after the first hour. Suggested use is going to be the beach or a warm dry summer day, but with some serious caveats.

1 Million Parfum is not aquatic nor conventionally fresh, so if you're looking for that, stick with something blue. Considering Absolutely Gold was sold in the Middle East and 1 Million Intense was made a unicorn in short order after it's run was stopped, I'd not give high hopes to 1 Million Parfum staying available for long, especially with it being tuberose, sunscreen, beach sand, and a suede handbag in a bottle. Fans of stuff like Jil Sander Sun (2002) may see this as a throwback to when beachy masculines were common, and Dolce & Gabanna also tried something like this recently with Light Blue Sun for Men (2019), but not with same conviction. 1 Million Parfum is a fragrance that feels like its made either for or to channel the aesthetic of a rich playboy who can still afford extravagant vacations to Ibiza or the Polynesians in 2020, which admittedly feels a bit too socially-oblvious even for a gaudy designer like Paco Rabanne, but folks in this industry aren't known to be aware of the Human condition, or their 2020 perfume releases would all smell of turmoil, climate change, pandemics, police brutality and a political slide into authoritarianism. If you need something to help you forget all that, maybe 1 Million Parfum is just the kind of medicine you need. I think the stuff is interesting and fun to wear but I'm not sure 1 Million Parfum is going to sway anyone not already on board with bottles shaped like gold bars to the line, depsite it's niche-like conceptual construction. Thumbs up.
24th August, 2020
I like this better than the original and Prive, both of which I own. Hmm, might have to add this one too.

Beachy, white floral opening with a warm, amber base. Smells like something my wife would love to wear. Easy compliment bait as she really liked it and I received a compliment from another female on first wearing.

Other than both scents being sweet, this seems to be something quite different from the original. Not as loud as the original but it does project during the first few hours very nicely. It's also the more smooth and rounded scent. The beach+florals scent is what really sets this apart from the original. Lasts for 2-3 hours and then you get a soft, amber-vanilla that lasts for many more hours but much closer to skin. It's very unisex to me.
08th August, 2020

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