• Dan Naughton

Should Men Really Smell Like This? 1 Million Lucky by Paco Rabanne

Updated: May 5, 2018

Today I’m sampling 1 Million Lucky by Paco Rabanne.

This is the latest flanker to the hugely popular and commercially successful 1 Million - first released in 2008. As if that fragrance (which comes in a gold bar sprayer) wasn’t gaudy enough, this one has a gold and silver (platinum!?) bar and the addition of the word “LUCKY” just in case anyone had so far missed the attempt to associate this tacky line of scents with notions of success and wealth.

1 Million Lucky shares some similarities with Ferragamo Uomo (2016) with its very sweet scent profile. On spraying Lucky I am reminded of a lemon madeira cake. That is a very pleasant smell but it is not how I really want myself or other men to smell. There’s a hazelnut note (which I can’t really detect) and the bizarre threat of “a prune shot that bites” in the marketing blurb on the sample card.

These are the notes according to Fragrantica:

Top: Ozonic notes, Plum, Grapefruit

Mid: Hazelnut, Cedar, Cashmere Wood, Jasmine, Honey

Base: Patchouli, Oakmoss, Vetiver

Basenotes has this list: (Top, Mid and Base not specified)

Hazelnut Accord, Green Plum, Graperfruit, White Cedarwood, Patchouli, Amber

Confusing note listings aside, we can probably all agree that 1 Million Lucky has a sweet, fruity aroma with a dash of synthetic citrus/aquatic freshness to balance things out.

Overall this seems a more gourmand and less bubblegummy sibling of the original 1 Million. I don’t count bubblegum accords as gourmand as bubblegum isn’t food. You don’t swallow it. This is more like a cakey scent and there is really very little here that would be difficult to digest olfactively speaking. There is also very little to delight the senses or be excited about.

Performance seems fairly modest. The development of the scent is very simple. The opening dash of bright, modern, man cologne freshness dies away fairly quickly leaving a sweet, cake like, woody, semi fresh, mass appealing, middle of the road, unremarkable but not unpleasant scent.

One American YouTube reviewer said it was “hot like donut grease”. I think that meant he liked it. I didn’t share his enthusiasm, but he may have been onto something with the donut thing.

I can’t say I particularly enjoy this fragrance and will not be adding it to my collection. It is just about OK and not really my style but even in this category there are better options. Givenchy’s Pi (1999) and the aforementioned Ferragamo scent are both superior gourmands in my humble opinion.

100ml can be bought for £56.00 here in the UK and the fragrance will probably be finding its way into the birthday, Fathers Day and Christmas gift boxes of the sons, boyfriends and husbands of generous, well meaning but unimaginative women around the world in the next few months. Some men will even buy it for themselves.

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