Escentric Molecules

Escentric Molecules
Modern perfumery began with the synthesis of the first aroma-molecule in 1868. Ever since, it is the invention and isolation of new molecules that have pushed the boundaries of the art. Escentric Molecules embraces this modern heritage where art meets science. Taking a minimalist approach, it focuses on a series of exceptional aroma-molecules, some unknown in nature, others nature-identical, and offers two ways to explore the allure of each one.

Escentric fragrance – a formula
Molecule fragrance – a molecule

The Escentric fragrance in each pair focuses on an exceptional aroma-molecule. The other ingredients in the formula are chosen to enhance this aroma-molecule, amplifying its key qualities.

The Molecule fragrance in each pair takes a more radical approach, one that breaks all the rules of perfumery. It contains no fragrant ingredients other than the aroma-molecule, pure and singular. This is fragrance at its most minimal, its most purist.

The Escentric and Molecule fragrances in each series are sold separately.

Escentric Molecule fragrances are designed to be worn by men and women.


About Escentric Molecules – Unique Niche Fragrances

Escentric Molecules owes its existence to an aroma-molecule that does not exist in nature. Iso E Super was created in a laboratory at IFF in 1973. It remained unknown outside the world of perfumery until the launch of Escentric Molecules, though its elusive presence hovers at relatively low concentrations in the background of many fragrances for both men and women. Among perfumers, it is prized for its velvety, cocooning effect.

When perfumer Geza Schoen first smelt Iso E Super in isolation, something clicked. “I realised that the common denominator in all the fragrances I liked was that they contained a large dose of it. Iso E Super is highly unusual. You can never get enough of it. One sniff and you want the whole bottle. It’s like a drug.”

Schoen began to experiment, creating fragrances that contained Iso E Super in unheard-of proportions. One night he went further. Heading out for a drink with a friend, he suggested they spritz on nothing but the aroma-molecule itself.

The effect was immediate. No sooner had they sat down at a bar, than a woman came up to ask about their fragrance. As Schoen talked with her, it became clear that the connection between the fragrances she liked was also a large dose of Iso E Super. Schoen realised he was on to something.

His proposal was bold. He would create two fragrances in homage to this enigmatic attractant. One fragrance would contain an unprecedented 65% of the molecule. The rest of the formula would consist of ingredients designed to underscore its low-lit mood.

If this was a radical move, the second fragrance was totally non-conformist. It would contain only the molecule Iso E Super. “I thought, this one will appeal only to the artists, the freaks, the outsiders.”

He was wrong. From its launch in 2006, Escentric Molecules quickly grew to become a phenomenon. Schoen followed the first pair of fragrances, 01 with a second pair, 02 and a third pair 03. Each pair focuses on those rare aroma-molecules that have the radiance and depth of character to stand alone.

Escentric 02

Price ZAR2,750.00

Escentric 02 contains 13.5% Ambroxan* in a formula designed to amplify its mineral note with hedione (green jasmine bud), a ‘gin and tonic’ accord, “and a hint of the Austrian lemonade called almdudler”. Schoen describes the final effect as ‘super-longlasting freshness into the drydown, together with a subtle sensuality.’

Escentric 03

Price ZAR2,750.00

Escentric 03 focuses on Vetiveryl Acetate in a formula that pays tribute to the three roots used in perfumery: vetiver, ginger and orris, which is extracted from the roots of the Florentine iris. “I wanted Escentric 03 to bring out the scent impressions of these roots,” says Geza Schoen, “and show how they harmonise with each other.”

Escentric 04

Price ZAR2,750.00

04. Aroma-molecule: Javanol Escentric Molecules 04 celebrates the futuristic freshness of Javanol, a sheer sandalwood molecule, in two different fragrances.     Javanol is a sandalwood-type molecule that retains the radiance and endurance of natural sandalwood, but is sheer and transparent like no sandalwood in nature.

Molecule 04

Price ZAR2,750.00

04. Aroma-molecule: Javanol Escentric Molecules 04 celebrates the futuristic freshness of Javanol, a sheer sandalwood molecule, in two different fragrances.     Javanol is a sandalwood-type molecule that retains the radiance and endurance of natural sandalwood, but is sheer and transparent like no sandalwood in nature.

Body Wash - Escentric 01

Price ZAR800.00

Escentric 01 Body Wash consists of ‘Iso E Super’ in an unprecedented concentration (65%), together with other ingredients (including pink pepper, green lime and balsamic notes like benzoin, mastic and incense) in a new balance. Rather than the traditional top-to-bottom fragrance pyramid, Escentric 01 focuses on a long, lingering base note composed of warm...

Body Wash - Escentric 02

Price ZAR800.00

Escentric 02 Body Wash uses an unparalleled concentration of ambroxan, in combination with vetiver and muscone, a particularly gorgeous nature-identical musk. Orris, elderflower extract and hedione add to the instant effervescence of the topnote. Schoen free-associates: “Gin and tonic, a hint of the Austrian lemonade called Almdudler, the whiff that you...

Body Wash - Escentric 03

Price ZAR800.00

Escentric 03 Body Wash is a tribute to the more familiar side of vetiver: its darker, slightly exotic woodiness. It opens with a burst of freshness – top notes of ginger root, green peppercorn, Mexican lime. The heart of the fragrance is orris surrounded by Egyptian jasmine and soft tea notes. The slightly bitter notes of vetiver  at the base are smoothed...

30ml - Travel Escentric 01

Price ZAR1,520.00

Two years ago, when we launched 30ml sizes of Escentric Molecules’ bestselling 01 duo, we said we were bowing to popular demand for something purse(or pocket)-sized. But the mini’s were little beauties in their own right, especially in their anodized aluminium cases. Those cases were designed to be keepers. 30ml refills were available.