A Million Smells (Perfume Thoughts: 1 Million Parfum, Paco Rabanne)

The Mega Million lottery jackpot is rising and by chance I happened to come upon my sample of Paco Rabanne 1 Million Parfum, so I thought it was kind of ….fitting. I know this is a very popular Sephora commercial type of scent, so I wasn’t expecting much. But when I read up on it, I thought it had a nice back story from one of its noses, Quentin Busch:

“The original idea of this one comes from an accident: back from vacation I had two bottles broken in my leather bag… one was my sunscreen and the other a sample of cistus. The smell was absolutely divine! I captured it with one simple formula: a contrasted smell of salty monoï-tuberose blended with resinous leather…”

Suddenly it became a tad more interesting, and (drumroll) I liked this a lot. In the cold weather the coconut note felt kind of decadent, and it has that suntan lotion accord that i always like when I get to smell it. Sure, the tuberose here is a watery commercial kind, but it wasn’t offensively sweet. It skews more white floral than fruity, which is a good thing. I don’t know if I would buy it, to be honest, but I can see myself wearing it to work, for example. If I win the Meg Million jackpot, I would buy something else, though, haha.

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