It’s exactly two years since Escentric 01 and Molecule 01 were launched on an unsuspecting world. Their creator Geza Schoen envisaged them as an intriguing new proposition in the world of fragrance: two scents introduced simultaneously as an homage to a single scent ingredient, or aroma-chemical. He was also keen to offer a clear-eyed riposte to the myths and flimflam of the fragrance industry. But Schoen – and his London-based collaborators ThisCompany and MeCompany – had no idea that his creations would instead weave their own intangible mystique, to the point where they have inspired an impassioned tribe of global devotees, from San Francisco to Sydney, Moscow to Manchester.
And now the second chapter…Escentric 02 and Molecule 02 share the same relationship as their predecessors, Escentric the blend and Molecule the single aroma-chemical extracted from it.
Molecule 02 is based on ambroxan, a nature-identical aroma-molecule. Real ambroxan is found in ambergris, but the stratospheric cost of its extraction makes it prohibitive for use in fragrances. Ambergris itself is one of the few natural animalic fragrance ingredients that has no connotations of cruelty because it is produced and excreted by the sperm whale. It can float on the ocean for years evolving under the influence of sun and salt water. Then it is collected when it washes up on shore, by which stage its distinctive nutty, warm scent is a symphony of boronal, ambrinol, dihydro ionone gamma – and its best-smelling aromatic part, ambroxan. Wear Molecule 02 and you will notice a fresh, almost mineral smoothness which subtly expands to envelop you.
Escentric 02 uses an unparalleled concentration of ambroxan, in combination with vetiver and muscone, a particularly gorgeous nature-identical musk. Orris, elderflower extract and hedione lead into the instant effervescence of the topnote, again, a fresh “mineral” effect. Schoen free-associates: “Gin and tonic, a hint of an Austrian lemonade called almdudler, the whiff that you get when you first open a brand-new Apple laptop…” It’s a clear, clean scent, but it dries down to something warm, sexy and elusive. If the Escentric Molecules repertoire has a hint of paradox at its heart, you might say, in this case, that Escentric 02 has a haunting sparkle.
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