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Molecule 01 (2006)
by Escentric Molecules


Molecule 01 information

Year of Launch2006
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 221 votes)

People and companies

HouseEscentric Molecules
PerfumerGeza Schoen

About Molecule 01

Escentric Molecules say: 'Molecule 01 consists of one single ingredient, ‘Iso E Super’. On its own it is less of an aroma than an effect. The wearer may notice a pleasant, subtle velvety-woody note which will vanish, then re-surface after some time, but more than this, she or he will notice the impact it has on other people.'

Molecule 01 fragrance notes

Reviews of Molecule 01

Light and woody scent that come and goes throughout the day. Leans more sandalwood than cedar, but I get both.

Very versatile. As many have said, great for when you don't want to come off like cologne-guy but still gets you compliments.

Lasts all day but projection is tricky due to the nature of the ISO E Super.
17th November, 2017
Nice but wish it had a nicer sprayer.

4-6 hours

Deceptively large even though you may not think so. I will leave a room in the office sometimes and someone will walk in and say something smells wonderful. Women seem to pick up on it much more than men.

All except winter


Celebrity I imagine wearing this:
Love Schreiber

Not much to say. It is an addictive fuzzy cedar smell. Different on everyone's skin but I can smell it most of the time I am wearing it. Emerges more as skin warms up. Unisex. People really do seem to notice this one even if you do not.

30th September, 2017
I was really excited to try this fragrance out after seeing YouTube reviews. This is supposedly a fragrance for the days when you don't want to wear a fragrance, or when its super hot or if you are indoors in a close or work environment.

The note is simple, Iso E Super. Which smells like peppery, wet cedarwood. That's all you get. Start to finish. The initial projection is really good, and sillage is good, but it seems to be activated on heat and body movement to catch whiffs. The more heat and movement, the more you'll smell it. Nothing about this is offensive about this, so its very safe for work and close environments.

This basically smells like a boutique hotel room, or a new car without leather seats. It is a safe, background kind of smell. A natural smell. You will barely notice it, then you get whiffs of it and realize its there.

With just two sprays to the wrist under my long sleeve shirt at 9am in the morning, I was smelling this still on my skin and shirt when I was off work at 5p, so it definitely has some performance and lasting power.

But, when I applied a dozen sprays the following day (chest, shoulders, wrists and neck), my co-workers said it smelled good, but only if they buried their faces in my neck could they really smell it or notice it was a fragrance or smell coming from me. Huge disappointment.

To place this is a cologne perspective, this smells exactly like Salvatore Ferragamo's 'F Pour Homme', and somewhat similar to 'F Black'. However, this would be a toned down, less peppery and more watery version of those fragrances. You could buy two bottles of each of BOTH of the Ferragamo fragrances for the price of ONE bottle of this, and those fragrances perform way better than this.

For the extravagant price of this one note fragrance, I just can't understand why anybody would buy this. If it were maybe 1/3 or the price, I might buy a bottle. Some reviewers are buying it to layer with other fragrances.

Why purposely buy a fragrance just to use other fragrances on top of it? Just buy a better smelling and better performing fragrance. The main and ONLY ingredient in this is already used in dozens of better fragrances which you can just buy by themselves which actually cost much less than this.

The asking price for this, compared to the what you actually get with this, is absolute ridiculous. There is NOTHING, absolutely nothing 'niche' about this. The only 'niche' is the jokes the perfumers and the brand make about people who are spending over $100 for 100ml of a fragrance made up of ONE note.
23rd May, 2017
Bland and linear. A very artificial scent that may carry other fragrances well, but by itself is is one dimensional. Ordinary.
10th May, 2017
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United States
Magic!!! out of the majority of the fragrances out there, molecule 1 is a different breed. i agree that i cant smell it when its on me most of the time but it is noticed by others. my cousin comes by and wears it and i smell it on her throughout the day. just lingering in the air. it seems that the scent activates with body movement which creates body heat. the scent of forestry, or damp woods plus your own body chemistry. molecule 1 isn't a spray and wear, its an experience.
16th March, 2017
The Emperor's New Clothes...

Molecule 01 is an interesting one, on so many levels. The fact that this is only one note throughout is quite a slap in the face to modern perfumery, to an extent that this exposes one of the perfumers little secrets and makes it the star of the show.

Iso-E-Super is not a one-dimensional note. It fact it changes ans morphs over time. It has facets of cedarwood, sandalwood and even hints of pepper. I do like it, but I don't find it groundbreaking.

I think this summarises the case of "Emperors New Clothes Syndrome". In the sense that this fragrance is more important in how it makes people feel than how it makes others feel. If you know that the fragrance you are wearing makes you feel good about yourself, you will get compliments. End of story. With this fragrance, I feel that this is part of the appeal.

For me, ultimately I did not receive compliments even after a few days use. I do appreciate it very much, but that's where it ends for me. As a side note, you can buy Iso-E-Super direct and still have your magic ingredient (without the packaging and "concept art"). Not a bad fragrance by any means, but you need to play around with it a little to get results.
31st December, 2016

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