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October 06, 2010

Paco Rabanne Lady Million : Fragrance Review

PacoRabanneLady Million

Rated 4.5 out of 5.0

Star rating: 5 stars--outstanding/potential classic, 4 stars--very good, 3 stars--adequate, 2 stars--disappointing, 1 star--poor.

I always think of Paco Rabanne as a rather avant-garde perfume house, with audacious fragrances like Calandre and Black XS making up its portfolio. In fact, it seemed surprising that it did not offer any commercial fruity-florals (Ultraviolet notwithstanding, since it is closer to the oriental family.) Well, Lady Million fits that gap for sure—it is a quintessentially commercial composition that hits all of the marks: a big fruity-berry note, a petally, white floral accord and a gourmand musky-woody base.

Lady Million will be not opening new vistas of olfactive experience as all its elements are familiar, tried-and-true combinations. The effervescent top note of a delightfully juicy orange is reminiscent of Cacharel Amor Amor, the combination of rose-peony with citrus and amber recalls Stella McCartney, the jasmine sambac allayed to a woody musk Cashmeran suggests Thierry Mugler Alien. Familiar and commercial though it may, Lady Million is quite well-made. Every facet of the composition blends into a complete whole, offering a very uplifting, brightly hued modern fruity-floral.

While the fruity accent is strong, the fragrance nonetheless does not take a teeny-bopper tone. The rich floral accord that runs through the composition—orange flower, jasmine, rose, peony—is surprisingly luscious and elegant. Moreover, a strong woody note in the base makes for a nice counterpoint to the sweetness of vanilla. Its lasting power is commendable, and its sillage is amazingly strong. Niche fragrance lovers will no doubt find Lady Million too clean and predictable, but if one enjoys the contemporary genre of fruity-florals, this is one of the better choices.

Lady Million includes notes of lemon, orange raspberry, neroli, orange flower, jasmine, gardenia, musk, patchouli and honey. It launches in Sephora this month.

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