Following on in the Escentric Molecules’ tradition of focusing on one or more modern synthetics for the “meat” of a fragrance, Molecule 04 focuses entirely on Javanol, a powerful Givaudan sandalwood synthetic that replaces natural sandalwood oil. In the hands of anyone else other than Geza Schoen, this could have been a disaster – Javanol is so potent that even a touch too much is, well, too much.
But this is a triumph. Schoen has deployed his natural deftness of touch to ensure that the rosy, creamy, and steamy, tropical facets of Javanol are brought forward, and all its heaviness is left behind. It feels light, almost fresh, with a green “stripped bark” note that brings in an element of the great outdoors. “What I love about Javanol is its almost psychedelic freshness, ” says Geza Schoen. “It smells as if liquid metal grapefruit peel were poured over a bed of velvety cream colored roses.” We agree, adding only that this is a fragrance whose subtle power and radiance can be best perceived in the sillage rather than directly on the skin, giving you your own personal invisible cloak of gorgeousness.
- Key notes: Javanol.
- Eau de Toilette: Women, Men.
- Apply as desired, to pulse points behind your ear, at the bottom of your throat, on your wrist, inside your elbow and/or behind your knee.
Alcohol Denat, Aqua (Water), Parfum (Fragrance).
Please be aware that ingredient lists may change or vary from time to time. Please refer to the ingredient list on the product package you receive for the most up to date list of ingredients.
Born in Germany and trained at Haarmann & Riemer (now Symrise), Geza’s iconoclastic disdain for the average and willingness to work with big ideas and cutting-edge synthetic ingredients has placed him at the center of some of the 21st century’s most dynamic fragrances, from cult favorites like Boudicca Wode and Paper Passion, to the breathtaking opulence of the Clive Christian line, to the international sensation that is his bestselling Escentric Molecules brand. Never one to set boundaries, Geza’s passions often find him collaborating with artists across the creative spectrum to create madcap wonders like the Smeller (built with German artist Wolfgang Georgsdorf), a piano-like scent instrument that allows the user to play their own “aromascapes.” Sometimes outrageous, always outspoken, and truly unique, Geza Schoen is living proof that the future of niche perfume is bright.
Born out of its founder Geza Schoen’s love for Iso E Super, a strange, cedar-ish and sometimes velvety aroma-molecule that doesn’t exist in nature, Escentric Molecules has pursued a unique and rebellious vision of fragrance since it released its first pair of soon-to-be-cult-favourite Iso E-intense perfumes in 2006. Escentric Molecules’ fragrances are neither classical nor straightforwardly pretty. Instead, the molecules at their hearts (chiefly Iso but others, like Javanol, too) are designed to meld, in the peculiar way of synthetic notes, with the wearer’s natural pheromones.