Escentric Molecules' Escentric 03 is a tribute to vetiver's more familiar side: a dark, slightly exotic woodiness. The formula opens with a burst of freshness, where ginger root is joined by top notes of green peppercorn and Mexican lime peel. A soft, fragrant heart of orris is surrounded by Egyptian jasmine and soft tea notes, while a slightly bitter base sof vetiver is smoothed by rich, ambery tones of sandalwood, cedar, leather and musk. The overall impression is spicy but fresh with warm balsamic undertones, much like a traditional chypre. Perfumer Geza Schoen's penchant for sensuous fragrance without sweetness is particularly apparent here and, because he also excels at unexpected associations, a fugitive tang of ginger ale may also be detectable.