Name That Scent: This Cologne Smells Like ‘Grandpa’s Game Room’

Fragrance reviews are silly, but sometimes, fragrance marketing is even sillier. What do “playful pastimes” and “nostalgia” really smell like? So from now on, we’ll be crowdsourcing our own fragrance reviews. Read on to find out what our office thought about the latest sample to land on our desk. This week, we’re sniffing Paco Rabanne 1 Million.

Fragrance: 1 Million by Paco Rabanne, $56-95.

What Paco Rabanne thinks it smells like: “This high-impact fragrance creates a multi-facetted signature of masculinity. The freshness of grapefruit invites you into this audacious scent, combining in the top notes with mint and blood mandarin. Striking and assertive middle notes follow with a refined yet virile combination of rose, cinnamon, and spicy notes. The base notes evoke the ultimate velvety harmony of leather, white wood, amber and Indonesian patchouli essences. Once combined, the result is not merely one fragrance but an elegant, one-of-a kind intermingling of essences.”

What we think it smells like:

  • “A doorman at Chanel or Dior. Like a fancy-pants security guard, not that I go around smelling them or anything.”
  • “Minty, but musky.”
  • “Very different up close than from far away, but both very strong.”
  • “If I spilled my peppermint schnapps onto a really manly man at a bar. And then we fell in love.”
  • “An open-shirted Italian uncle. Very strong musk.”
  • “A car salesman.”
  • Karl Lagerfeld mixed with cherries.”
  • “Perfume on a spicy Italian meatball. I kinda like it.”
  • “Church.”
  • “Grandpa’s game room.”
  • “Clean, lemony-freshness.
  • “Sweet and floral.”
  • “An over-doused European man.”

Check out our previous Name That Scent stories.

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