This perfume is an art project complete and innovative.
Many fundamental questions of craftsmanship versus mass production are always related to niche perfumery! The relationship of usefulness and beauty, the practical purpose of formal beauty in a commonplace object could become a real discussion.
When I read that some perfumers create fine perfumes because focused on the value of the liquid, I think that the niche has become a sort of meeting place for provincial people who do not know the value of an idea. Reducing a simple concept to the craftsmanship of a perfume (defined as liquid) is nonsense. As it is equally foolish to talk about quality of the raw materials. Do you want jasmine? Use jasmine, although it will cost you a fortune and it would be a trivial version of the “idea about jasmine”! Even the packaging is an integral part of the artistic value of a fragrance.
About Molecule 01, when they decided to remove the cap in this standard bottle, they told a choice! The exact same choice to create a single-themed scent! This is art, this is an idea! This is a symbol: how to create a perfume anti-snob! The entire project is brilliant!
But who cares farmer's jasmin! I do not hear my favorite music because it has better sounds (but simple !!!) and I do not fall in love with a painting because blue is very nice and the author chose an economic framework. This means to be radical-chich. This attitude often is identified with a certain conviction of cultural superiority, as well as the persistent manifestation of this "high" culture, or cured sloppiness in dress and, sometimes, to the refinement in gastronomy and tourism; loving also certain artists and it counters that, reduced to mere appearance, lose any substance which indicates the label snobbish.
Art is the beauty of a concept, is a promise and it is also a lot of words spoken or unspoken! Perfume is the art of seeing what is invisible to others. Let them be stupid, they need time to see!
This reviewer may have conflicts of interest
The world of perfumery has become so multifarious and balkanized that we now have an offering pitched exclusively to those --
(a) who in their youth, purchased pet rocks as well as those stiffened dog leashes that made it look like you were walking an invisible dog, and
(b) who in adulthood, invested with Bernie Madoff.
I'm sure Escentric Molecule will work out just fine for them.
It is not the case that I believe that Molecule simply is not there on me, though that is the experience of many. I agree that this scent comes and goes, and does so for an extended period. That's a somewhat rare but not unique characteristic. The problematic issue is what is smells like when it is present. I think at some point I saw some official ad copy touting that it smelled like taking a new laptop computer out of its packaging. For argument's sake, I am willing to concede that it meets that lofty aspiration.
23rd April, 2015 (last edited: 18th May, 2015)
I do not enjoy this scent as I cannot smell what other people smell when I am wearing it. It angers me… Molecules 01 smells to me like sharp bitter lemon and dry herbs drowned in alcohol – longevity - zero. People surrounding me smell something that suppose to be extremely strong and fresh, something they absolutely love but unfortunately cannot describe. Never before recieved so many compliments.
Opens up on the skin with an air of nothingness. This is apologetic for being what it is, and one has to be apologetic about wearing a fragrance before considering this one.
One might as well bath in Evian and wear freshly laundered clothes to get the same effect.
Supremely synthetic aromachemicals centered well made experiment. A futuristic, minimalistic, distant and "molecular" cold/elusive liquid for us. On my skin Molecule 01 smells about fresh mountain air, laboratory experiment, molecular dustiness (like a volatile light simil-frankincense....Iso E Driven incense), pencil shaving woods (mostly synthetic cedarwood...Iso E Super), black pepper, russian pure transparent vodka, light floral notes (like lotus, peony, geranium) and synthetic musk. I detect vaguely the "Comme des Garcons/Andrea Maack-like" muffled-hyperbaric atmosphere or a "Terre d'Hermes/Gucci Pour Homme and partially LesNez Let me Play the Lion" type of dusty-aerial vibe but in this case the Iso E Super impersonal woody muskiness is prevailing over. A nice experiment if you like the new "impersonal distant fluidy synthetism" of the new avant-garde brands. Not for me anyway.