Escentric Molecules: Escentric 02 Eau de Toilette 100ml
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Escentric 02 - celebrating the fresh and sensual resonance of nature-identical Ambroxan in two different fragrances. Fresh AND sensual? Count us in. But what we really want to say here is: we're really happy to have been one of the early-years-adopters of Escentric Molecules. Their more recent offerings are improving their reputation even further, we think. The genie of true subtlety in a bottle.
Molecule 02 – a molecule
Escentric 02 – a formula
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.’
*13.5% is the maximum percentage of Ambroxan that can be dissolved in a fragrance compound. Any more, and the Ambroxan begins to crystallize out of the solution.
Ambroxan has a subtle sensual quality with a radiant, long-lasting drydown.
It is a crystal with a chemical structure identical to the ambrox derived from ambergris. For centuries ambergris was perhaps the most prized ingredient in perfumery. It is a somewhat mysterious substance expelled by the cachalot or sperm whale which only attains its fine scent after a long maturation floating in the ocean. Ambergris is rarely found these days, and the ‘amber’ in a modern fragrance will be a lab-created equivalent of some of the aroma-molecules that make up its scent. By far the finest of these is the nature-identical molecule, Ambroxan.
Ambergris was always valued for its refinement as well as its sensuality. This quality persists in Ambroxan. “It has a fresh almost mineral quality,” says perfumer, Geza Schoen, “that lingers into the drydown.”
Ambroxan was isolated from plant sources in 1950.
“I wanted to create something unconventional, not too perfumistic, something for my friends who said they didn’t like fragrance.”
- Geza Schoen