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Metal Paco Rabanne for women

Metal Paco Rabanne for women
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female 25- 25+
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I have it: 113 I had it: 86 I want it: 60

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Metal was launched in 1979. This is a joyful and bright fragrance for young women who adore metal accessories. The fragrance of Metal is another sweet, girly accessory. Galbanum and bergamot are in the top notes. Ylang-ylang and peach are in the heart, and the base is made of white iris and rosewood. The nose behind this fragrance is Robert Gonnon.

Perfume Pyramid

Top Notes
Aldehydes Green Notes Basil Hiacynth Lemon

Middle Notes
Cyclamen Tuberose iris Jasmine Ylang-Ylang Lily-of-the-Valley Rose

Base Notes
Sandalwood Amber Musk Oakmoss Vetiver

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Chanel No 19 EDP
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Metal Fragrance Reviews

ChouliGaloria
ChouliGaloria

Metal is a perfect summer perfume whether or not you are into the chypre style of perfumes.
Sweet flowers mixed in with the tangy greens held together with amber and sandalwood. The oakmoss does it's thing by creating a fizziness and the aldehydes swirl everything around like a swizzle stick.
The whole composition results in what is similar to live electricity jumping off the skin.
You will feel clean and fresh and vivacious.
Metal comes alive in warm weather!

Jul
24
2014
fiouu
fiouu

Jasmine rose vetiver oakmoss Beautiful, Green, crisp and creamy (in a clean way). Lovely scent, very unique, I've been using this since I was like 10 years old, my vintage Full bottle is three quarters Full, a little goes a looooong way, excellent sillage, not overpowering but it certainly stands it's ground among modern, regular frutichoulis and "gourmands". Absolute LOVE!

Jul
23
2014
guest_
guest_

I would love to try this scent, only a vintage version. However, you mention that galbanum is included in the topnotes but it's not pictured. Odd?

Apr
23
2014
blacktaffeta
blacktaffeta

This is the one I reached for on a beautiful day in March, when spring had suddenly arrived.

A blast of green from the galbanum, then the lily of the valley and other flowers emerge.

There are many excellent reviews here so I won't go on except to say -

Spring in a bottle :)

Mar
09
2014
Blue_Lady_Jane
Blue_Lady_Jane

Along with Givenchy III, I do hope this doesn't become too impossible to obtain in the future. Very clean, confident, clear, dry and slightly masculine, definitely not girly.

Jan
29
2014
Soignee
Soignee

I had the original Metal.It opens with a burst of freshness--very green, bright, and summery. Then it turns into a smooth, chic floral.

Jun
07
2013
ojosverdes
ojosverdes

I won a sample from the giveaway from Conifer Lover. thanks again sweetie! I had heard good things about this scent. Now that I get to try it, I see that the reviews were being true to the scent. It's very green in the opening notes but then the green fades a little bit and move to the background and then the big florals become center stage specially the tuberose and the jasmine. The comparison to Chanel 19 are spot on, although this composition is more modern. This is a big floral aldehyde despite the green opening with a bit of powdery notes. It's quite strong when you first spray it but then mellow out and stays close to the skin. The quality is outstanding. It's got a bit of a vintage feel but is not old fashion. The bottle is so beautiful from the pictures so minimalistic and avant garde. If you like classic green floral aldehydes scent you should definitely try this one!

Jun
04
2013
KSBelle
KSBelle

In addition to my previous review I must add this; I agree with other reviewers that put
Metal in the same class as Gucci Envy, and Chanel No.19. They could easily be cousins. I have all three in my collection and can see the similarities. Each enjoyable for their differences as well.

Jul
07
2012
KSBelle
KSBelle

I wish I could find this in an edp! I have the edt (an older one that I found at a discount perfume boutique that has since closed down. To my dismay). It was so soft and lovely that I just can't imagine how amazing a stronger formulation would be! Sadly, the edt doesn't last more than an hour on me (at best).

This fragrance is sweet and metallic. A bouquet of flowers nestled into a modern metal vase, with moss covered rocks at its base. There is also a human quality to this scent. The natural metal fragrance of the skin. As well as the sweetness and warmth beneath it.

Growing up, my mother had thick metal bracelets that she got during the 70's. They were all made of different metals. Bronze, silver, gold. All different colors. She wore them with all of her other shiny metal bangles. She would spray on her lovely floral perfume with the sweet undertone of her body lotion whispering out from beneath it. I would bury my nose into her wrists when she kissed me goodnight trying to nestle the scent deep into my memory. With a smile she dissapeared with my father into our gold oldsmobile, for an evening of dancing. The metal scent left in my nose was softened by the scent of her warm skin, soft floral perfume, and sweet lotion. Metal by PR has all of this in one. Except for, of course, the gold Oldsmobile, and my mother. :)

Jul
07
2012
alfarom
alfarom

Metal to me smells like an extremely dry, green floral chypre. An old-fashioned, strongly aldehydic, floral (mainly hiacynth and muguet) with a remarkable dry quality. Fresh, bitter, easy to wear...anything but metallic. If you're into Temps D'Une Fete / Givenchy III / No.19 type of stuff, you'll dig this. Much underrated...

Rating: 8/10

Mar
10
2012
krmarich
krmarich

I was able to find a vintage bottle(thats all thats left) for a very reasonable price of this now forgotten wonder. Its well worth tracking down some. This was the herald of bright shiny springtime sunshine as the winter clouds move out.

The genius composition is shiny April florals that hold so much promise. Its flirty and womanly. It has a chypre(oakmoss-vetiver) character that soar into its own territory that few followed. Its drydown is that mysterious new class-Metal! Its contemporaries were Ivoire, Nahema and Anais Anais. They were larger than life and elevated modern perfumery to unmatched hights! I cannot say powerhouse, yet they set the course for the next decade, indeed!

I pick up a little of the damasceana rose in here. Nahema fans take note. Its rich, radiant and well composed, with notes intentionally peeking out here and there. This is fine art in fragrance. I mentioned that YSL Y is a diamond. Metal is pure gold. Both are very precious substances.

I could go on, yet fans(all of you are very wise) below have all agreed. Paco Rabanne stole my heart with this one...

Dec
29
2011
jtd
jtd

For all the specific floral notes I can make out in Metal (lily of the valley, hyacinth, narcissus?) this gorgeous fragrance doesn’t seem like a floral. Even with the connections to other green florals (Chamade, le Temps d’une Fete) and aldehydic florals (No 19) that I can detect, Metal stands in its own category. The only other scents truly akin to it are alike in their abstract construction, not in the similarity of their notes or categorization. Nahema comes to mind for the fact that its overall feel seems yards away from (and at a right angle to) its individual notes. But Metal doesn’t smell anything like Nahema. Qualities of oiliness, flintiness, astringency bend the floralcy in Metal totally out of shape. What we wind up with is not so much synergy as (pardon the metal analogy) amalgam.

I guess what I dig is that it doesn’t seem so much to bridge categories as create a new one. Flinty green metallics? Oily bittersweets? Venomous gourmand antagonists? However it comes about, Metal remains exciting to me each and every time I smell it, and whatever the fragrance family, this is one I would keep if (heaven forbid) I were obliged to keep only 5 scents.

Sep
30
2011
jasmasid
jasmasid

One of the greatest scents in the entire history of perfumery and, in its heyday, very reasonably priced. Predictably, it's now extremely hard to find. But, it seems it's all about profits -- the bottom line on the balance sheet. Perfume houses will happily chuck out a scent regardless of its long and faithful following. They're only after numbers, big numbers worldwide and that can only be possible with bland, plastic scents that smell like supermarket shower-gels and don't make too bold a statement.
R.I.P Metal. I will miss you very much.

Aug
13
2011
Klee
Klee

There's really no scent like it. It's green and somewhat sweet for a while. But very distinctive, sporty and elegant at the same time. While Calandre can be worn during the day or night. Metal is more a daytime fragrance but you could pull it off at night if needed. Very hard to describe its scent and notes. Just believe, try it if you're over 35 and you'll love it. Not sure if it'd appeal to younger generation.

Aug
11
2011
Iluvsmellies
Iluvsmellies

"The composition starts with green notes with a cool metal note that freezes the senses. Gradually the scent warms up due to woody notes and musk. This metal accord surrounded by a floral bouquet became very popular during the 90’s. The notes are Hyacinthus, lily of the valley, rose, jasmine, green notes, magnolia, iris, woods and musk."

This is the blurb for....Gucci Envy. Apart from the magnolia note, could as easily be for Metal.

I have Metal on one wrist and Envy on the other. I often do this comparison between scents I consider similar, to help me identify notes and try to learn about what I am smelling. There are differences that distinguish them, they have their own character, but these two are like mother and daughter, 70s and 90s. A classic, green, yellow and white spring / summer daytime fragrance that won't overpower but has interest and a cool, aloof beauty.

May
14
2011
gypsy parfumista
gypsy parfumista

When I asked for this in a swap, I expected something very "metallic", futuristic or "shiny"...what I got was a pleasant surprise indeed!

Aldehydes and galbanum greeted me with an airy and green embrace. Basil keeps it fresh, as opposed to just the resiny scent of the galbanum. Just enough citrus and fresh hyacinth keep this airy and crisp, with a hint of innocent sensuality. The heart of flowers is very well-blended, with the tender ones (muguet, jasmine and cyclamen) keeping the "power" flowers from taking over (rose, tuberose, ylang) while a cool steely iris provides the perfect fulcrum for this springlike see-saw. This was released in 1979, huh? This has all of the class of a vintage, without the "volume" of most fragrances from that era. PR Metal is a truly elegant floral perfume that lasts, without becoming cloying or tiresome. The drydown: slightly soapy with REAL oakmoss and vetiver...powdery and rife with green loveliness. Amber and musk? Musk, perhaps...white, but nice. Amber, maybe a hint of real ambergris-I find nothing overly oriental here. Just a beautiful clean finish to a lovely opening and beautiful bouquet-like heart.

Sillage: good
Longevity: very good
Overall: 3.75/5

As far as the Press Release on this scent goes: Joyful and bright...Yeah! Girly and sweet...not so much. I am a man and wear this scent. If you like fresh (NOT aquatic) green tinted scents with flowers and a nice clean dry finish; then this is for you, regardless of whether you wear pants or a dress. I do, however like metallic accessories, maybe THAT is why PRM and I get on so well!

Apr
03
2011
Gillie
Gillie

Metal opens with fresh galbanum green--a refined green, though, not as sharp and acidic as Silences. The basil is there adding a herb freshness. This is very early Spring, when bits of unmelted snow still linger in the shaded parts of the garden.

True hyacinth scent follows the green, and then the lily of the valley unfolds with the jasmine. The heart is a beautifully balanced floral, with the Iris adding depth.

The drydown retains a brightness mellowed by amber and woods, and of course oakmoss.

This is a delightful fragrance, chic and complex--definitely bottle-worthy.

Mar
16
2011
Sissi
Sissi

P.R Metal is like a cold blade glading across flesh
almost give a sense of vircera Secerations Magnifiques
without the blood and iodine, There is nothing soft
about this, Clean and Antiseptic lines make you think
of a monochrome colored room free of clutter there is
nothing execpt a large screen white chair staring at
a man controling your emotions thoughts like Big Brother a clinical utopia a Minimalistic Aestheticism in a bottle, Bladerunner's Femme Fatale and replicant Rachael must have worn this when trying to seduce
Deckard only the most iciest femme fatales can pull
this off there's no cozy Ambers no spices or warm
resins an unique scent that does'nt follow any rules a class of it's self.

Feb
13
2011
tessture
tessture

Light weight girly floral with peachy sweetness. Too young, too simple and too thin on me. I sure wish I got the fresh basil and lemon Black Bacarra talks about. On me, this is just too plain and unexciting.

Jan
13
2011
RobbieX
RobbieX

Absolutely gorgeous smell - clean, soapy, one of the best fragrances in the world in my opinion...I mean it..and the bottle is beautifully designed

Aug
26
2010
guest_Steve
guest_Steve

I'm a guy and I wear Metal. I wear it lightly. It's very nice for summer. Smells so green, soapy and clean.

Mar
18
2010
rithacha
rithacha

Metal is a green-floral-lover's floral. It reminds me of firm healthy stems sharply snipped by a precise hands. Metal is the combination of green sap mixing with the rich dirt on the gardener's glove.

The opening is dominated by green notes, very ozonic and invigorating. Smoothly, though, Metal sweetens and thickens into plush luminous flower petals. The most dominant flower to me is lily. But imagine an immaculately dressed professional woman, middle-aged peering out of her spectacles at the report on her desk. She has a lover, but none of the office knows that. Well, one day a flower is delivered to her at work. It scents the entire floor. There's talk, scandal, but she chooses to be tastefully cryptic about it. A grown-up love story.

The closest perfume I would compare Metal to is YSL 'Y'. The green notes and florals in both are similar to my nose. The key difference, though, is that Y has a dry mossy feel to it whereas Metal is plush ripe and humid. I vaguely understand what Chat means with the 'oily' character in the heart. It doesn't remind me of meat persay, but it's moist. The texture . . . oozes . . . into your head when you smell it. Y, on the other hand, is dry, dry, and abrasive. The moss fairly hums in dry vibration at the bottom on the green florals. If Metal has a rounded and smooth-talking tongue, Y would be dry sarcasm.

I toyed with the notion of buying a bottle, but in the end decided I prefer Y. It was a close call, though.

Jan
16
2010
kastehelmi
kastehelmi

Chat Lunatique described it well....
I like it-and I'm a vegetarian.

It's bright, green, and it speaks on the skin. Not a meek one, not a seductive one, and not a piece of metal from the bandwagon. This is a leader's type of fragrance.

Jan
12
2010
NebraskaLovesScent
NebraskaLovesScent

Metal is very unique for a floral. I don't have anything else that smells quite like it in my collection. On my skin, it's more of a dry, woody floral than "metallic." No sweetness at all. It's even a bit sour. I get a lot of iris and rosewood, and the drydown has one of the prettiest musks I've encountered in awhile. Very lovely fragrance and full-bottle worthy!

Jul
22
2009
Aalia
Aalia

Exquisite fragrance ! Metal is intense, dry, vivid, cutting, clear, dewy, lofty, refined, and -a touch herbacous. This is an extremely "modern" scent, and simultaneously, such a natural, true, classic, pure floral! The written description of notes here in the database varies greatly from the pictures of notes shown. I must agree more with the photo description of notes. The Aldehydes are a magnificent but small touch; not heavy or prominent, as in other perfumes; yet adding so much enjoyment and pleasure. There is a whisper of Galbanum mixing in with blooming fresh white flowers. The Cyclamen, and Iris, add a sense of playfulness to the white flower notes. The Ylang Ylang, Amber, Sandalwood, Musk, and Oak Moss give the perfume depth and weight so that it just does not disappear. One can enjoy all the flowers from a far with good sillage, and appreciate the excellent base when moving in close to the skin.

May
06
2009
Leesee
Leesee

Metal is a bitter green floral with silvery overtones, like the shiny hood ornament on a sleek European car. It smells expensive, chic, and utterly heartless. I love it.

Dec
24
2008
black bacarra
black bacarra

This was the very first perfume i fell in love with. I was nine years old when it launched and smelled like white flowers with fresh basil and lemon. Wow! Still wear it to put me in a romantic mood.

Dec
24
2008
Aiona
Aiona

This one is spelled wrong. It's not Metall. But that aside, this perfume is a very green-y floral, that reminds me very closely of Cristalle EdT. It has the same sharp bergamot opening and a lovely green-y floral drydown. A bright chypre that puts me in a sunny disposition.

Oct
02
2008

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