1 Million by Paco Rabanne vs Le Male by Jean Paul Gaultier

In this installment of my cologne comparison series, I’m going to take a look at two mega selling fragrances with very distinct bottle shapes. The gold ingot of 1 Million by Paco Rabanne versus the Blue torso of Le Male by Jean Paul Gaultier. These are two extremely popular and great smelling colognes for men. However, I want to break it down further and find out which is the better performer, the better smelling, and the most versatile of the pair. Which of these scents for guys is the better buy?

 

1 Million Cologne Tale of the Tape

Notes include: Mint, Grapefruit, Rose, Patchouli, Amber, Cinnamon, White woods, Blond leather, Blood orange, Spice notes

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My original review

Buy here: Paco Rabanne 1 Million By Paco Rabanne For Men Edt Spray, 3.4 Ounce

 

Le Male by JPG Tale of the Tape

Notes include:  orange blossom, mint, lavender, woods, vanilla, tonka bean, cinnamon, and more

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My JPG Review

Buy here: Jean Paul Gaultier Le Male By Jean Paul Gaultier For Men. Eau De Toilette Spray 4.2 Oz.

 

Opening

Upfront, I have to say that both of these colognes are on the sweet side of things, so if that isn’t your type of fragrance you might want to look elsewhere. You’ll notice that they do share some common notes: mint and cinnamon. Neither of which is the main draw but do support the overall structure of the colognes. Le Male is more of a vanilla/tonka blend with a warm spiciness. Meanwhile, 1 Million is like a candy grape at first with a smooth rose/leather undertone to it. I actually prefer 1 Million from the start, as it just has a more interesting profile in my opinion.

Edge: 1 Million

 

Projection

1 Million is a monster. It is loud and projects extremely well. Le Male is good in this regard but isn’t touching 1 Million.

Edge: 1 Million

 

Longevity

Again, both last well. The Paco Rabanne lasts very well. Seriously, 1 Million will go on and on with very little use, it can become annoying. Jean Paul Gaultier is pretty solid, I usually get about 6 hours from it, which isn’t great but it is certainly serviceable.

Edge: 1 Million

 

Versatility

Le Male would be better for close quarter situations such as work or school. 1 Million would be better for nightlife, though, a small dab may not overpower the room and thus could be used elsewhere. I think both are better suited for cool weather and JPG especially becomes a mess in the heat.

Edge: Push (maybe slightly Le Male)

 

Overall Scent

I like both of these colognes. Like I said, they are both sweet and they do get on my nerves at times because of that. However, I like wearing 1 Million better than Le Male. It is just more interesting to me and less cloying than JPG. Le Male is nice but it can feel pretty synthetic and I don’t find myself wanting to wear it as often. Plus, I think there are plenty of other options that accomplish the same sort of vibe as Le Male. In the winter, I might also go with Kouros Body or Eros or even Burberry. 1 Million is limited sometimes in its uses and I cannot bear to wear it everyday but when I’m in the mood, it fits the bill.

Winner: 1 Million