Here is another example of a perfume that replaces another perfume with a different name and is given yet another new name. (Here’s VoiceOver Man with “Previously on IScentYouADay”) You may recall Dior changed Miss Dior into Miss Dior Originale and introduced Miss Dior Cherie as the new Miss Dior, discontinuing Miss Dior Cherie? It’s like replacing Joan Collins with Sir Ian Mckellan and still calling the character Alexis Carrington. Its confusing isn’t it? Does it makes you want to run away? I tell you what: it doesn’t half give bloggers a headache when they do this.
According to Fragrantica, Eau My Gold has been launched by Paco Rabanne with the intention that it will replace the current Lady Million EDT. The thing is they smell different and Lady Million EDT is a very big seller, so I’m scratching my head over this one. Whenever I am in a perfume shop or at a counter I always ask “What’s your bestseller?” and they always tell me it’s Lady Million. From House of Fraser to the Perfume Shop to Superdrug.
However, I have at my disposal a sample of Eau My Gold, and despite it ticking many boxes of things I don’t normally go for, I ended up liking it, even with melon!. Alongside it I tried Lady Million and had forgotten how floral it was: white flowers mainly. I disliked Lady Million initially but I find that when you put a perfume away for a while and bring it back out again, you can often view it differently. (Can I just confess that despite loathing Thierry Mugler Angel I sometimes sniff it incessantly when I am home alone? I may turn yet)
Lady Million EDT has many of my favourite notes on paper but loses my loyalty when it goes a bit synthetic: lily of the valley, neroli, patchouli, hyacnith and gardenia. On paper, it should be a sure-fire hit with me, but the ingredients seem to be made from plastic flowers rather than real ones. However, it’s by no means as bad as I remember it.
Eau My Gold has top notes of very noticeable melon, mango, mandarin and grapefruit. This is thirst quenching in a sort of J20 way. You know those orange and passion fruit drinks you can get in UK pubs?
Imagine one of those over ice.
Not bad. The fruit cocktail is followed by violet, amber, musk and orange blossom, which don’t really go with the fruit if I’m honest. It’s refreshing and pleasant, but beds down into a fruity cocktail mish mash. The top notes are lovely though. If I had to pick between the two, I’d go for Lady Million EDT.
Which begs the question: why change it so much? It’s not like it wasn’t selling. Conclusion: Eau my Gold will sell, but Lady Million EDT should be kept on in its own right as it is dazzlingly different from the new incumbent. If Fragrantica is correct, and they usually are, Lady Million EDT fans need to get busy buying!