Fragrance sample review | Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent, and Paco Rabanne

If you know me, you’ll know that I love free samples. I don’t care if it’s carpet cleaner, or polish for bald heads, if it’s free I’ll want it. A while back I managed to bag myself a couple of fragrance samples, so what better topic for today’s blog post than a little review of them?

I have three: Chanel No 5 L’eau, Black Opium by Yves Saint Laurent, and 1 Million Privé by Paco Rabanne. All very well known brands, and all worth the couple of minutes it took to enter my details and apply to receive some of these bad boys.

Firstly, the items themselves. All three come in standard sample bottles, though there is some difference in quality.

Black Opium is the smallest, at 1.2ml, and comes in a plastic bottle. The fragrance itself is a lovely pale pink.

1 Million Privé is slightly larger, at 1.5ml, and has a glass bottle with black nozzle. It’s a simple change, but one that makes it seem just a little more expensive.

Chanel No 5 L’eau is by far the largest, 2 ml and, like 1 Million, comes in a glass bottle with black nozzle. There isn’t much of a difference between the plastic and glass, and it is, after all, just a sample. But the rounded bottom of the glass, and the reflective nature of the text around the glass bottle, gives the bottles a sense of quality.

yves saint laurent black opium

Black Opium has a very nice fragrance, and in no way is it overpowering. There is more than a hint of sweetness about it, and there is also an unmistakable smell of orange, and fresh flowers. It’s perfect to wear around the office, or even on a night out to dinner, and even as I’m writing this I find myself going back for another sniff.

paco rabanne 1 million prive

1 Million Privé is definitely a darker, more intimate fragrance. The card that it comes with when delivered describes it as woody and smoky, and this couldn’t be more true. It’s something that makes me think of nightclubs, and dark corners of bars. Women in expensive, glittery dresses and men in shirts that they only dig out for the best nights on the town. I definitely find it more alluring than Black Opium, though I think it may be too strong to wear for everyday activities. This is something best reserved for those nights to remember.

chanel no 5 leau

Chanel No 5 L’eau is a lot lighter, and finer, than either 1 Million or Black Opium. It’s fruity, and paradoxically, it has a subtle vibrancy. This is definitely a fragrance that you can wear around the office. Though, given the price, I don’t think anybody would want to use this so sparingly. There is a strong sense of citrus throughout the perfume, reminding you of bright summer days and lazing around on the grass. It’s fresh, it’s clean, and it’s very addictive.

If you’re after any of these fragrances, it’s best to know that 1 Million Privé seems to be the cheapest (£51 for 50ml at Debenhams), while Black Opium (£71 for 50ml at Debenhams) and Chanel (£74 for 50ml at Debenhams) are around the same price mark.

These are expensive fragrances, but they all have seductive qualities to them that make you want to come back for more. Chanel is the most seductive, in my mind, though 1 Million definitely triggers your imagination the most.

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