After a not so enthusiastic experience with the masculine version of One Million, I didn’t have many expectations about this Lady Million by Paco Rabanne, but I have to say it smells pretty darn good.
It was created in 2010 by no less than three perfumers: Anne Filipo (Fleur Narcisse by Chloe, Acqua di Gioia, L’Homme by YSL), Béatrice Piquet (Bvlgari Rose Essentielle, various for David and Victoria Beckham) and Dominque Ropion (Amor Amor by Cacharel. Euphoria by Calvin Klein, Armani Code for women).
It starts fruity and floral, with dominant raspberry or similar red fruits. On the blotter, the level of sweetness is very controlled, even when, after five minutes, an intense floral gains more space and goes to the foreground. The fruits however, never leave completely, and make the fragrance sweeter. But then again, it’s all fairly gradual and never too much. As time passes, there seems to be a new re-balance of the notes, and fruits and florals are on the same level but results may vary. In the final phase, this Lady Million by Paco Rabanne has patchouli and honey, but still keeps the sweetness under control.
So there you have it, probably not the most original fragrance in the world, but originality is overrated, so who cares. Besides, it’s more pleasant than 212 and less potentially aggressive than Flowerbomb (the sweetness here is different from the one in Flowerbomb, less praline and more fruity and honey). So, if you are a girly girl who wants to smell good to other boys, then I would turn a blind eye on the tacky diamond-shaped bottle of this Paco Rabanne Perfume (still better than the gold bar of the masculine version though), and try it. You don’t have to be too old to wear this perfume Lady Million: as soon as you are, or look 25 (depending of what comes first), you’re good to spray.
Also, just like for Naughty Alice by Vivienne Westwood – but in a different way – this one is kinda sexy, allusive but not intrusive (provided you manage to find the right quantity on your skin) and knows what it wants. It’s the blonde who can get to be married instead of the brunette.