Molecule 03

Eau de Toilette

by Escentric Molecules

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The Scoop

As with the first two pairs, launched in 2006 and 2008, Schoen has designed two new scents as homages to a single scent ingredient, or aroma-chemical. What Molecule 01 did for ISO E Super and Molecule 02 did for Ambroxan, Molecule 03 does for vetiveryle acetate.

Ultimate is an overused word. Some bandy it about, announcing that something or other is the ultimate sports car, the ultimate cabernet, the ultimate restaurant. However, we can with confidence write that Molecule 03 is the ultimate vetiver. The aroma-chemical in Molecule 03 is vetiveryle acetate, a stark, clinical name for a vetiver note which is celebrated in its purest form in this fragrance. Amazingly, this single note runs the gamut of all aspects of vetiver.

Molecule 03 opens with a heady, sparkling brightness that develops into a rooty earthiness. As it melts into your skin, it contrasts with the slightly sweet and very green heart that is a hallmark of this perennial grass native to India. It has that yin and yang of cold and hot; it's a skin scent with a sly sillage. Were it jewelry it would be a single, flawless emerald in a simple platinum setting, a thing of beauty and perhaps the most perfect vetiver you've ever experienced. Vetiver lovers: your ship has come in.

Molecule 03  Notes

Vetiveryle acetate

Molecule 03 Sizes Available
100ml $145
0.7ml spray
0.7ml spray Sample $5
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Here's what other people are saying about Molecule 03...
I'm usually very verbose, with an inability to summarize anything. However, as much as I try to think of something more to write, there is simply one phrase that sums this up for me: an edgier version of Annick Goutal, Hadrien Absolu. The end. PS I don't get vetiver; I get sultry, green Tuscany lemons. Mmmm.
By   - Stuff from London on 7/7/2016
This slowly grew into one of my favorites. This is strictly just for personal pleasure. None as commented neither negative or positive but it gives me so much confidence smelling of this wonderful vetiver. I have gone almost a month straight wearing this and nothing else. Im addicted to this stuff!!
By   - sales manager from Los Angeles on 1/31/2016
I admire Schoen's daringness in deciding to bottle and sell dilutions of single aroma chemicals. It runs against everything you expect a nose and a perfume brand to do, and yet, if the chemicals are well chosen, it yields fascinating results. Molecules 03 is a case in point. Vetiveryl acetate has a fascinating smell: dry and damp, rooty and airy, warm and cold. It's complex, and yet very transparent. Now, diluting your own vetiveryl acetate in alcohol is so cheap and easy that there is really only one reason to buy Molecule 03: the pretty bottle. As far as I'm concerned a $2 winchester bottle is satisfying enough.
By   - from NY on 6/19/2013
Like being whacked on the nose by a giant stick of celery wrapped around an iron bar. This absolutely hideous, very strong & does not develop at all. Nothing like any vetiver l've smelled before, & l never want to smell it again.
By   - from southampton uk on 6/15/2012
This scent is dry, woody, and one of the most unusual smells I have ever experienced.
By   - from London on 4/5/2011
Glad i bought a sample instead of the whole bottle. 2 sprays on body and one on t-shirt reveals the following to me: 1. sweet edged, 2 definite grapefruit/pomelo-skin sourness mixed in with raw, reedy woodiness. 3. my nose blocked up (perhaps the chemicals).
By  on 12/18/2010
An exceedingly transparent, dry, and very pleasant citrus-tinged vetiver scent, which does indeed "run the gamut of all aspects of vetiver" - and smells to me almost exactly like Comme des Garcon's Vettiveru, which costs about half the price for twice as much.
By   - Arts on 11/14/2010
Not too impress with this one. it has more of a grapefruit scent on my skin. The E03 is so much better than the M03
By   - from Jersey City on 11/12/2010
By   - from Jersey City on 11/12/2010
a reason to buy another vetiver.. unlike any others I have tried...heavy, earthy and NOT a skin scent...
By   - journalist from nyc on 11/4/2010
Subtle Oud, dry, woody. Very plain and flat, Its a skin scent. No stealth aura as with the other Escentric Molcules. Its similar to M01 though more subtle. Disappointing, I had hoped the new line would be something special that would have some life to them.
By  on 11/2/2010
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