Autumn means new perfume launches, tying in with Christmas shopping and the change in temperature. Usually the weather plummets from O de Lancome to Oh My Toes Are Cold and the spices and patchouli come out to play around now-ish.
In the case of bestseller Paco Rabanne Lady Million Privé it’s safe to assume the launch ties in with Christmas Party season. If you’re anything like me, you’ll be thinking about your scent more than your outfit.
The original Lady Million was an instant bestseller and shows little sign of waning despite fierce competition. This flanker, Lady Million Privé still has the muscles and the strong white flower oomph, but something else is giving it its power this time. Privé opens with woody notes and the orange blossom that was a major player in the original. However, the gourmand comes out to play almost straight away. There’s chocolate in spades here, reminding me of Agent Provocateur Fatale, but with bigger patchouli. The raspberry and vanilla is definitely noticeable: this is sweet and rich. Add the honey and you’ve nearly got enough sweet stuff for a cake.
Not much happens after the chocolate and vanilla show up, although the patchouli tries to makes its presence felt and and makes a fair fist of it. In fact, if it weren’t for the traces of white flowers and patchouli, this would be standard cupcake fare.
Longevity was disappointing on me,. I tried the EDP today and after three hours it was close to skin and barely there.
Sadly, this won’t be making it onto my embarrassingly long and greedy Wish List, but I predict strong sales will ensure a bright future.