Paco Rabanne 1 Million & Omnia Granato ~ fragrance reviews

Paco Rabanne 1 Million

Paco Rabanne 1 Million cologne for men

Paco Rabanne 1 Million debuted last August in Europe, but it's never "officially" launched in the U.S. (though it can be purchased at online discounters here). 1 Million was developed by perfumers Christophe Raynaud, Olivier Pescheux and Michel Girard, and it contains grapefruit, blood orange, peppermint, rose, cinnamon, "spice," blond leather, white woods, amberketal (synthetic ambergris) and patchouli. It's difficult to review 1 Million because the fragrance is so well blended. Imagine painting precise squares of color (cool purple, faded pink, creamy green and sunny yellow) side by side onto a white canvas using acrylic pigments, then taking a wet brush and running it thru the middle of all the squares — blurring all the colors with one strong sweep of the brush. The resulting image of this rapid "mixing" is like 1 Million: gray (indistinct) in the center but with traces of residual color (individual notes) around the edges.

1 Million smells like "sugar and spice" with a touch of lavender-orange blossom  and vanillic amber. It also smells like an upscale (slightly retro) barbershop, and it reminds me of Jean Paul Gaultier Le Mâle, Joop! Homme and Givenchy Pi. 1 Million is nicely done, but it's a clone of many men's fragrances that have been on the market for decades so let's use precious American retail perfume space for more interesting fragrances — like Omnia Granato.

Omnia Granato

Granato perfume by Omnia Gioielli

Italian jewelry company Omnia has issued six fragrances named after gemstones. So far, Granato (garnet) is the only perfume from the Omnia line I've tried, and I've been enjoying it for weeks. Granato (perfumer unknown) contains hawthorn, jasmine, lilac, rose, gardenia, geranium, orange, nutmeg, cardamom, cinnamon, white thyme, anise, cedar, patchouli, sandalwood, vetiver, vanilla and white musk.

Granato starts off flowery, with 'abstract' non-indolic jasmine, a touch of rose, and a lingering — I can smell it into the dry-down — hawthorn note. (If you've never smelled hawthorn, now's the time to start looking for hawthorn trees to sniff; blossoming will begin shortly in most areas of North America and Europe.) Granato's floral notes turn slightly minty-menthol-y (geranium?) in mid-development, and as the perfume dries down, it becomes almost gourmand — with scents of tempered spices (nutmeg, cinnamon, anise) and toasted, not-too-sweet vanilla bean. Seemingly situated (and wafting) far away from the other notes is a "distant" patchouli-vetiver accord. Overall, Granato is a balmy, neo-gourmand scent (the floral-menthol notes keep it from becoming too "tasty") that can be worn by men or women in any season.

Other perfumes in the Omnia line are: Ambra (amber), Cristallo di Rocca (rock crystal), Acquamarina (aquamarine), Onice (onyx) and Peridoto (peridot); please comment if you've tried any of these.

Paco Rabanne 1 Million is available in 50 and 100 ml Eau de Toilette (£32/£63 in the U.K.; prices vary at online U.S. discounters).

Omnia Granato is available in 125 ml Eau de Parfum for $135. For buying information, see the listing for Omnia Gioielli under Perfume Houses.

Note: Image of hawthorn (Crataegus laevigata, Rosaceae) used for Omnia Granato is via Wikimedia Commons from the book Flora von Deutschland, Österreich und der Schweiz by Prof. Dr. Otto Wilhelm Thomé (1885).

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  1. violetnoir says:

    I have tried Granato and Onice. I did not like Onice. It smelled like celery on me. However, Granato was quite nice. I don’t think I would purchase a bottle, but it is definitely worth a sniff.

    There is another one in the line, too, Madera. It smells like a rich caramel and is very gourmand and sweet, but in a nice way. I don’t think Luckyscent carries the peridot, rock crystal or aquamarine ones. That’s too bad, because I would love to test those, too.

    • Kevin says:

      violetnoir: I’d like to try the amber one too (I think March at PP liked that one).

      • March says:

        Hey, my friend, I linked you today on the Posse! You were the inspiration of my recent shenanigans…

        gah, I gave my Omnia samples away, I think. They were nice but none of them was a must-have, and the gourmand one was waaaaaay too caramel sweet on me, I can really kick that sweet up on my skin. But I think a lot of people who like gourmands liked it.

        • Kevin says:

          Yes, I saw it…”mem’ries of hankies past!”

  2. Joe says:

    Kevin, both actually sound nice, but especially the Granato. I got confused about the line when you mentioned the gemstone theme — I remember the Madera one, which I really want to try (caramel sounded good). I’m not sure if that one refers to the Portuguese wine (madeira) or the Spanish word for wood.

    Granato sounds like it might be better in cool weather, but you’d say it’s seasonless? I might need a sample.

    • Kevin says:

      Joe: madera is a type of citrine (honey-orange-red in color). I don’t think that scent is listed on Omnia’s website any longer. I’d certainly wear Granato in summer…it’s “breezy.”

  3. krokodilgena says:

    I’ve mentioned 1 Million a few times in the past week, did you post that Matt Gordon picture just for me??
    jk jk jk

    1Million sounds ok… but not very interesting
    Maybe I’ll just keep watching the commercial instead of actually smelling it.

    • Kevin says:

      krok: if you haven’t already, go to the 1 Million website and watch your crush move about in the film spots!

      • krokodilgena says:

        omg screen saver coming soon.
        a while ago someone said the guy in my gravatar and Matt Gordon were seen ~*together*~ and that is extremely improbable but I like to pretend that they are now bffs. (don’t ask why someone would make that up, TH fans are crazy)

        so it says a fresh spicy leather fragrance. I should stick to Cuir Ottoman for my leather, right?
        doesn’t opoponax have a sweet, kind of barbershoppy smell? I’ve never been to a barbershop and I’m not 100% sure I know what opoponax smells like, so I could be way off.
        They could have used opoponax and leather and like cinnamon or something. Maybe. idk.

        • Kevin says:

          K: I don’t find1 Million leathery AT ALL. Go elsewhere for leather. Opoponax can smell “barbershop-y” — herbal or evergreen…resinous. Cuir Ottoman is very nice.

          • krokodilgena says:

            ja ja ja
            what I thought was opoponax in Opium, Eau Lente, Or Des Indes, and Imperial Opoponax probably really is opoponax.

    • cherry says:

      hi there, ive actually smelt 1 million coz my friend uses it and blive me its worth the hype. to me it kind of smells a tad bit like a cross btwn intense (issey miyaki) and ultraviolet man. and the best part is u can wash your sweatshirt like twice n the scent will still be ther. but if u dnt like strong scents i guess u might not like it much coz when u wearin it and u just enter the room er1 will probably know.

  4. prism says:

    when i first read “Omnia” i thought “what, Bulgari is releasing YET another one????” lol

    • Kevin says:

      prism…NO….please, NO! HA!

  5. eminere says:

    I really wanted to like 1 Million but the peppermint and rose (I suspect) turns screeching on my skin.

    • Kevin says:

      Eminere: a disappointment for me too..

  6. RossM says:

    My wife purchased this for me as a gift and I have to say unfortunately it is one of the least appealing scents I’ve had (1 Million). To me it’s incredibly synthetic smelling, grating and headache inducing. I don’t know what it is with me and Paco Rabanne scents but I find them all so ‘fake’ smelling – like really really cheap deoderant.
    Seeing that it was a gift however, I’ve got 50ml’s of hell to get through…somebody kill me. LOL

    • Daisy says:

      If I bought a fragrance for my hubby and he hated it, I’d sure want him to tell me. Then I’d put it up for sale at scentsplits. I don’t know how your wife is, but I’d rather find out sooner than later.

      • Daisy says:

        then I’d make him try a bunch of samples…oh wait, I already do that!

        • RossM says:

          Daisy, that is very mature, sensible and sound advice. Unfortunately, seeing that I’m none of those things I will most probably use Kevin’s idea and just spray willy nilly – my son’s stinky nappy, our cat’s kitty litter tray and whenever I walk past the bathroom and decide to spray nothing in particular. Of course the danger there is she might think, “he’s used that quick he must like it I should buy him another one!”

        • RossM says:

          Sorry Kevin, I didn’t mean to infer that you weren’t mature, sensible and sound! LOL

          • Kevin says:

            Ross: childlike, off my rocker, prone to rash decisions…c’est moi!

    • Kevin says:

      Rossm: for every spray that hits your body make sure three go into the “air”…maybe your wife will end up being annoyed by a 1 Million-smelling bathroom or bedroom? HA!

      • Daisy says:

        Gah! that’s just mean! lol

        and you’d have to get the carpets cleaned!

    • cherry says:

      id like to buy cologn for my boyfriend , he likes sweet scents i suppose i would have originally bot him 1 millio but ive changed my mind ;-) his favorite scent i guess is allure (channel). so what else apart from that do u think he’d like?? i think i trust your taste :-)

      • Kevin says:

        Cherry: you know, I don’t wear many, any?, really sweet fragrances. You might want to check out the Serge Lutens line…there’s Alamut from LV (reviewed on this site by Angela). Maybe some others will pop in wit suggestions.

  7. Giustino says:

    1 Million is nothing special. I’d hoped for allot better one..

    • Kevin says:

      Giustino: the NAME itself leads us to believe it’s special…but so many names do, don’t they?

      • Giustino says:

        That’s definently true.. The bottled looks pretty unique.. like a goldbar.. though, the juice wasn’t anything of the quality gold has.

  8. I really think the commercial for 1 Million is a sexistic one and I really really dislike it! I would not touch the perfume just because of that.
    So there is more than one reason to keep away from it (considering boring, synthetic etc.).

    • krokodilgena says:

      the part with the woman really annoys me. Like her dress falls down when he snaps his fingers?
      But I like the rest of the commercial.

    • Kevin says:

      mybeautyblog: yeah, the ad doesn’t do much for me…snapping fingers and all!

  9. Daisy says:

    Omnia Granato sounds lovely to me….it certainly lists all the right notes to make me seek it out. I ‘m very curious about that hawthorn note….I have a lovely Crimson Hawthorn tree right next to my house and I’ve never noticed it having any scent at all! It is leafing out nicely and is covered with buds—in a week or so I’ll be out there sniffing it like mad! This may be a non-fragrant variety, I can’t imagine that it has “scent” and I’ve completely missed it for the last 9 years!

    • Kevin says:

      Daisy: if you have a scented hawthorn you would SMELL it and HOW. It’s a love-it-or-hate-it aroma. As a child I thought ithe flowers smelled like ammonia (you know the implication!) but now I like the smell…punchy, a bit powdery….

      • Daisy says:

        I haven’t checked the nursery website yet, but I suspect that it must be a non fragrant variety….I sniff anything with a flower on it, how could I possibly have missed it? I had picked it for it’s clusters of gorgeous red and white blossoms, no thorns, and the fact that it only grows to about 25-30 ft. I wasn’t putting a 50 ft tree right next to my house in an area where we have ice storms and lots of wind. (gotta watch out for the skylights, you know?)
        Ammonia? well that doesn’t sound promising…but who is to say how my nose will interpret it? After all , your nose changed it’s opinion too.

  10. Reve says:

    i live in the netherlands, already know this fragrance, and rly, you need to try this fragrance. I actually think this is one of the best latest fragrances for men! I would say, it’s a mixture of Dior Homme and Joop GO!. I just fell in love with the smell of leather x3.

  11. mikeperez23 says:

    Where was I when Granato was released? Those notes sound great and it’s not in one of those godawful twisty, metallic-esque plastic, cartridge bottles like the others…the bottle’s actually cute.

    I will definitely seek this one out to try. Will it work in hot / humid Miami weather Kevin?

    • mikeperez23 says:

      Duh…I just realized that I was thinking of Bvlgari, when I saw Omnia. My bad.

      I never even heard of this line. Yet another expensive luxury lemming! (sigh)

      • Kevin says:

        Mike: I think it will work fine in Miami…and the price for 100 ml ain’t bad considering it’s from Italy, the new home of exorbitantly priced niche lines!

  12. APassionateJourney says:

    Where on earth can you find this? I live in California and I’ve even written to the people at Paco Rabanne, but I still haven’t gotten a response. Where can I find this, Kevin? I live near san francisco

    • Kevin says:

      APassionateJourney: I doubt you’ll find it in a store…I believe amazon.com has it…Scentiments.com. You can probably get it at other discounters online…. DO buy a sample first if you’ve not smelled it! Ya hear?

      • promiseevans says:

        I got a free sample of 1 Million in an order from beautyencounter.com. It’s still unopened… TPG(Luca and Tania) said it smells like sweet apple and only gave it a rating of 2…I guess that is why I haven’t bothered opening it. I’ll gladly mail it to whomever wants it… just let me know. :-)

        And I also have a sample of the Ambra by Omnia I got from luckyscent.com…and let me tell you…. it was a SCRUBBER for me! I gave it 45 minutes and couldn’t take it anymore. At first it was a screeching christmas-y thing like I was choking on a gingerbread house. Then it turned into a cinnamon, nutmeg, flea shampoo/powder thing I just couldn’t tolerate. My boyfriend could smell it across the entire flat from another room! I only used a touch too! I still have the remaining sample if you want to try it, Kevin, I can mail it to ya! Gladly!!!

  13. newtothis26 says:

    WHAT????? I CANNOT believe how bad these reviews are….my hubby bypassed all of the other scents to find this one….and let me say, I find it a turn on! Very sexy and manly lol. I love that cologne and I can only hope that her wears it more than he does. I don’t know if I can say that it smells cheap, but I do think that it does kinda smell like a really strong deodorant lol which I don’t mind because I love that scent on him…

  14. Notesial says:

    I have this fragrance, I spray it on my pillow and sheets sometimes :) it is a strong scent, and good. heavy and still fine.

  15. Mrs.Scents says:

    I love 1 Million and what really drives it for me is the lovely mint note – an ingredient that was novel in men’s fine fragrances when this scent first launched (and has been much copied since!!). It is currently the #2 selling masculine fragrance in the world (after Acqua di Gio Pour Homme)!

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