Molecule 01 by Escentric Molecules
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Ranked 73 in Unisex Perfume
7.6 / 10 2009 Ratings
Molecule 01 is a popular perfume by Escentric Molecules for women and men and was released in 2006. The scent is woody-synthetic. It is still in production.
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Main accords

Woody
Synthetic
Fresh
Spicy
Sweet

Fragrance Notes

ISO-E-SuperISO-E-Super

Perfumer

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7.62009 Ratings
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7.41819 Ratings
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6.61798 Ratings
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6.21741 Ratings
Value for money
6.71012 Ratings
Submitted by DonVanVliet, last update on 22.04.2024.
Interesting Facts
Commercially available qualities of Iso-E-Super consist of at least three substances. Apparently, "Molecule 01" contains only one of these substances, Iso-gamma-Super (source: Scent and Chemistry - The Molecular World of Odors).

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Montague

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Montague
Montague
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The Molecule01 Code
Hello, dear Parfumos.

I know you probably can't hear all the comments and statements about Molecule01 anymore, or you read them out of interest just because this scent is so contradictory and mysterious.

In the following I will speak of Molecule01 as a fragrance and not as a perfume. Here, too, opinions differ. Not that he didn't deserve the name perfume. It's good enough, it can keep up with perfumes in terms of longevity. But for me personally it is difficult to describe a single fragrance as perfume. But even with the word scent I find it difficult. For me it is mainly a fragrance booster
with its own fragrance restaurant.

It's not quite new anymore, and to be honest I only discovered it some time ago, but then I intensively occupied myself with it and finally decided to write down my impressions and insights here.

First of all, the fragrance. As has already been stated, this fragrance also has a woody, fresh and synthetic aura for me. I wouldn't say that this fragrance changes over time, it smells the same from beginning to end. Only the intensity decreases with time, it becomes more subtle, less frequently and clearly perceived by the wearer and his environment and works more from the background, but still lasts on the skin for many hours. Whereby some humans cannot perceive this smell at all.

Now again a very important, worth mentioning insight for me, which I would like to share.

Applied to the skin, it enhances the natural odour of the skin and any substances applied to the skin, i.e. shower gel, creams, perfumes, etc. That's why it's so often used for layering or mixed with perfumes to increase their durability and sillage.

If, for example, the wearer has not taken a fresh shower before applying Molecule01, or has a subjectively less pleasant smell on the skin area due to environmental factors, everyday life or work and other contact, it is actually an olfactory suicide to apply or have applied Molecule01 on or near this area. Because in this respect, the fragrance is not a perfume. It does not really change one's own scent, but only strengthens it. The own, subliminal fragrance cannot clear this up. Here I would say goes the effect of amplification on the own note of the fragrance.

That's how it looks with clothes. For example, if I wear sweaty clothes, and they rarely smell pleasant, Molecule01 will make the whole thing worse on the clothes. With perfumes one can perhaps conceal bad smells, the nobles did that in the Middle Ages already.
But with Molecule01 you should definitely not try.
The same applies to other smells. If my clothes have contact with less pleasant smells, and absorb this smell, it is not advisable to use Molecule01 here Because the strengthening aura that Molecule01 has, the Sillage, reinforces every scent in its immediate environment.
I have to repeat myself here because I am sure that at least some bad user ratings are due to these factors. Either the skin chemistry is not right, with freshly washed or not washed skin with the smell, or it the factors mentioned by me, which lead to the fact that the smell is not felt as pleasant. The same applies of course also to clothes.

Conclusion and own recommendation, if you use Molecule01, do so on freshly washed skin and clothes to avoid a strengthening of subjectively unpleasant smelling places In my opinion, it is also not recommended for professions and activities where there is a lot of perspiration.
It also doesn't make sense if you wear this fragrance in environments that are odorlessly unpleasant.

I don't want to specify this further in order not to offend anyone, you can probably imagine yourself well in which areas you are exposed to bad smells professionally or privately.

To my own impressions about Molecule01.
As I am in direct contact with people professionally, Molecule01 has become very interesting for me for the first time, because it is so subtle and can hardly be detected and recognized as a scent
I wear it of course only on freshly showered skin, I spray it on my neck and chest where my skin does not come into contact with clothing. Not on my clothes at all.

I don't know if it's the psychological effect the fragrance has on me, or if it really has a magical, hard to explain, pheromone-like effect. My impression is that my colleagues are more close to me and nicer to me when I wear it.

Since I can't present any empirical evidence here, for me I can only say it doesn't matter in the end,
whether it is the scent itself or its legend and the resulting psychological effect.
The fragrance has an effect that is difficult to explain. However, I myself am convinced of this.

And even if you don't believe in its "magical" effect, Molecule01 is the best you can use to layer and enhance scents.

I hope very much that my comment was helpful, I worked very long on my comment and am pleased likewise about comments of you.

Love,

Montague
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FrauHolle

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FrauHolle
FrauHolle
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Absolutely LAYERN!!
With hello 01 "Eau de Waschsalon"!

Yes, read correctly, because Iso-gamma-Super, the only substance that contains this scent, therefore also Molecule 1(!), can only really unfold its power and react when three-legged iso-molecule-compounds, e.g. H01, meet and dock with each other
The reaction behaves the same, or at least similar, as if you put a conventional toilet cleaner, say 00 with chlorine (base) and a citrus cleaner (acid) together. First you think, hey, acid and base cancel each other out, but far from it! Ammonia can be produced and chlorine gases will evaporate, so that it just bangs. And ants explode internally like popcorn when they serve you a baking powder/sugar mixture for dinner, but that's really a completely different subject now.

Anyway, I probably won't need to tell you long and wide: 3 substances smell more than 1.
And with my layering tip, you'd have four substances!!!!! Think about it!!!!

H01.
Now again in the well sorted trade, or order directly with me.
Friendliest,
Your Count Number
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Rejuco

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Rejuco
Top Review 39  
Black/blue or white/gold?
Most people will remember the Internet phenomenon of February 2015: A very poorly exposed photo of a dress was posted on Tumblr and the Internet could not agree on the colour combination of this dress. A good 60% were firmly convinced that the dress was white/gold. The other 40% swore it was black/blue. Some even - myself included - saw the dress on the exact same photo with the same brightness and contrast sometimes so and then again so, without having any influence on it. The brain did its own thing.

This phenomenon seems to be repeating itself. In the main role: Molecule 01, more precisely the ISO E Super contained therein. And the debate about colours is the debate about whether this fragrance exists at all, whether it literally "smells" or is less than a hint of nothing. Some commentators here feel betrayed, as if they are spraying bare water onto the skin. They are sure that this is just a placebo, globules, a fantasy, esoteric fuss and imagination. The dress was white/gold and anyone who claimed otherwise was obviously thrown into the air three times as a child, but only caught twice. "The Emperor's New Clothes" can be heard in this context, often with a mischievous "gg" or "lol", with the message: You're all so stupid, running around naked out there and thinking in your vanity, others would see (smell) something that isn't there at all. Only I am so k-l-u-k and see through the game of this cheater Geza Schön immediately. Give me the medal, you wizards!

But why (roughly overturned) half here perceive the scent and the other half not, has been tried below several times to explain (including further links). For my part I had to get myself a bottle of this fragrance (thanks to Kitho!), what I read here seemed much too interesting. Those who can smell the ISO E Super report here in a very differentiated way: For some, it is the most beautiful fragrance they have ever perceived. Some of them don't smell it at all, but they get lots of compliments from their environment - while others don't get them. Many report that this fragrance "comes and goes", is absolutely unpredictable and that this is the beauty of it. Some believe that the scent enhances the smell of their own skin, others say the smell of the environment. Still others smell the scent, but are disappointed.

Now the scent arrived a few days ago and I sprayed it immediately on my wrist, without any expectation. I knew I wouldn't smell anything with a 50% probability (at least after the alcoholic second start reported here). Nevertheless, I wanted to show it to other people to see how they would react to it.

And the result was, I smelled him. Clearly and unambiguously. And that for hours! I cannot speak of a "coming and going" as many here describe it. The scent is there from minute 1 and remains for several hours. Every time I smell my wrist, it's there. However, the durability is not as long with me as with others. After about 6-7 hours it is gone. On my skin average. Also the Sillage is not particularly, whereby many report, one cannot (more) perceive it oneself, for others however it is room-filling. I won't be able to judge that until I have the time.

The scent itself is very pleasant and clearly smells of cedar wood, albeit slightly synthetic. In any case, I cannot share the view that the scent would intensify the scent of one's own skin or perform other "miracles". It smells the same on skin as on handkerchief as on clothes. On the latter, by the way, I noticed him wearing the T-shirt today, although I sprayed it on there two days ago (and haven't worn the T-shirt since). I had even forgotten that he was on there until I had him in my nose when I dressed him. Hence the impulse for this review. While I was still undecided on day 1, whether I like it or not, I like it better from day to day (currently day 3) and have the best prospects for signature scent status. The girlfriend I met on the said (first) day didn't smell anything at all. Not on my skin and not on the T-shirt. The latter simply smelled "like freshly washed", saying that at the place where the scent was not sprayed on (no wonder, the shirt came out of the closet). Her mother in turn, who showed her the scent on a handkerchief in the evening, smelled it. So a pluralistic picture, just like here in the comments.

Well, what remains to be said in conclusion: both camps are right. I absolutely believe those who do not perceive the scent or the ISO E Super. Just as I believe those who say that the scent would "come and go" with them, even though I can't tell the same thing about myself. For my part, I seem to have an absolute "ISO E Super" nose. Since I usually classify my nose as inferior to the other noses here (since I'm not that good at sniffing out individual scents of a complex perfume), I don't think it has anything to do with sensitivity or even practice (I read here or elsewhere that it's just something for "highly trained"/"sensitized" noses). I think it's simply a coincidence, as some people write with their left or right hand or some people don't perceive the smell of asparagus a second time (in a different form) after some time (I don't need details, but should be clear). The photo of the dress, which in reality was black-blue by the way, simply allowed both possibilities due to the miserable exposure and associated processes in the brain, without one could describe one side as "absurd" or "quite obviously incorrect". So I would wish it for myself also from some here: the acceptance that the smell - only because one does not smell it oneself - does not testify under any circumstances to imagination or are simply "new clothes of the emperor". Many of those here, by the way, who cannot perceive it, deliberately do without an evaluation. I think that's absolutely fair. Because it shouldn't be about the general existence of the fragrance itself (which exists), but about the quality/pleasure of it - for which one has to perceive it. For me, this fragrance will find its way into the collection simply because it is such a mystery, such a "gamble", as far as perception by third parties is concerned, and thus quite different in nature from anything I have known before.

PS: Those who can't perceive it, by the way, are comforted by the fact that it is intended for them to perceive/experience other scents (much) better than many an ISO E Super nose - without being presented in the clarity as with ISO E Super. Each nose is unique and sometimes perceives scents quite differently than the person to the left or right of you. I am sure that the "ISO E Super Deficit" will be compensated elsewhere. So pet your nose and continue to enjoy your own subjective world in all its fragrant and stinking facets! :-)
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MTT

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MTT
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Saturday, 13 April 2019, 2:17 a.m.

Part 1: Fascination

"Feel anything yet?"
"It's coming slow, yeah"

Again and again the bass presses in my belly. This week I wrote the last exam of my studies and I thought it would be a good idea to celebrate. In Berlin. Technoclub.
So I dance there with my girlfriend, freshly in love, shortly after I discovered my passion for perfumes.

"I think it's happening"

We were a little over an hour at the club when I got caught. An unknown cloud hits my face and my nose. Wow. Wow. I've never smelled anything like it. Kind of woody, interesting, incredibly attractive. Where does it come from? As if in a trance, I go in circles and try to find more of them. But I can't find anything. Completely gone. Ah stop, there it is again! This distinctive fragrance, which is really unique.
A woman about 20 years older with a hat walks past me. This is also unique here. I'll follow her to the bar. I want to talk to her.

"Wow! What perfume is that?"

She shakes her head.

"Your perfume, can you please tell me what it is?"

She turns around and leaves. Fuck! Did I do something wrong?

Two hours fly by, my question is still unanswered. My girlfriend taps me, she needs a break from dancing. We'll go to the edge of the dance floor and sit down. And there it is again. Whoa!
The stranger with the hat is sitting right next to me talking to someone. In German. I touch her, she turns to me.

"Sorry, I asked you earlier, I'd like to know what perfume you're wearing, it's incredible!"

And then she finally had to smile a bit.

"Try to read it."

Huh? Reading? I smell her neck, but I just don't know that.

"What is it?"
"I was recently recommended in a perfumery Molecule 01."

What? That's Molecule 01? I had read a lot about this fragrance, but I had never smelled it before. The enthusiasm was great.

"You did? I've wanted to test this for so long! It looks wonderful on you." (It really suited her wonderfully)

Then she pulled something out of her purse. Tada, a bottle of Molecule 01. she gave it to me to test and I sprayed a bit on my wrist.
(I was so fascinated that I took a picture of it, so I know it was exactly at 05:04 am)
I had a little chat with the lady and we said goodbye. That was her, my first encounter with this fragrance. I was immediately a fan of it.

Part 2: Does this have to be?

But the story goes even further. I had the scent on my arm now, and I wanted to know. I had read that this scent has different effects on people. My girlfriend, for example, just didn't smell anything at that spot. What a shame! But I wanted to test it more.

So I walked through this club, completely exhausted, asking strangers again and again if they would smell something (except for my girlfriend everybody smelled something). Most of the time the reactions were very good.
But then there was this one woman. I also asked her if she would smell anything here and pointed to my wrist.

"Yeah, smells like perfume."
"Yes! But some people simply can't perceive anything!"
"A perfume that smells like nothing? Yeah, sure, I can screw myself, thanks."

I was totally disappointed and thought to myself, stupid cow.
But it wasn't until the next morning that I noticed what I was actually doing. I walked through a techno club and wanted to make it clear to people that there is a perfume that sometimes smells like nothing. Yeah, I'm sure they'll buy it from me in that condition!
I was a little ashamed, but I had to laugh about my behaviour. For me that's the fascination behind it!

Three days later, I bought Molecule 01.
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Benedikt2019

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Benedikt2019
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01: (M)a qualitative study
Oh yes, what has been written about this fragrance?
He seems to divide the spirits and I would like to add my mustard, because after more than two years of testing I can say: He is my strongest horse in the stable!

I can make this statement because he fulfils the following criteria with me:

- It lasts longer than all fragrances in my collection (Check)
- He has an incredibly sophisticated scent projection (check)
- He actually got me the most compliments (Check)
- He got the most requests from FREMEN, what scent I wear (Check)
- It fulfills exactly what I am looking for: woody, slightly synthy. Freshness that does not seem too artificial (Check)
- It is one of the fragrances I NEVER sold (Check)

BUT!
Like the previous speakers, I have also completed a journey with 01, which ranged from I AM Nothing to OH MAN IS THE STRONG. In between I was depressed again and again that I could not influence this process. On some days I had the feeling that I had been soaked in water...very stupid! But then there was always the feedback of other people, who said: "Man, you can be smelled all over the room" and this on those very WATER DAYS!

Start of my study:
So I went on the lookout and every time I wore it, I asked if people noticed it. In fact, this was always answered with YES. Funnily enough, I haven't had the problem of not being able to smell him since then. On the contrary, it is always present and becomes more present the more often I wear it. Maybe the nose has to get used to it first?
Anyway, the feedback was always positive, this pleasantly unique freshness, this quiet elegance seems to please most noses. 01 smells:
- herb/ masculine
- fresh (very)
- synthetic (light) = as from the laboratory
- woody (light)
- clean (very)
These observations were also shared by my guinea pigs and can therefore be considered verified!

Compliments:
Case study no. 1:
I was at Edeka's, standing in line and a young woman two people behind me asked me which scent I would wear when I left the shop. She apologized for the clumsy way I spoke, but her lecturer at the university would always wear that scent and she never dared to speak to him about it. I wore 01 that day already for 7 hours and hardly smelled it myself!

Case study no. 2:
I was visiting my parents and my mother was standing in the garden. I went to her, stood about 8m away and the first thing she said was: "Gee, that smell smells good". This testifies to the monstersillage that 01 is capable of emitting.

Sillage/durability:
ENORM. It almost lasts one day. It must be noted that he likes to disappear and reappear after hours (I love that!). It also gets stuck in the room, which means that I sometimes sit in the study, leave it for an hour and when I re-enter it, I notice that everything smells like 01. I don't even have to talk about clothes, they still smell like 01 for days after washing, but the sillage is not exhausting, you have to imagine it like a fine veil of scent that settles around you and appears and disappears. Actually it is like a ghostly scent, a delicate veil that cannot be controlled and leads its own life. What it can do, none of my other fragrances can, so I would actually dare to describe it as my strongest fragrance in the categories durability and silage.

TIP:
I think from my study, which is emphatically qualitative, I can deduce the following 5 tips for all those who are frustrated or do not dare to test it:

1. Test several times, preferably for a week in a row!
2. Every day of the test, ask a person from the surrounding area whether there is something to smell!
3. Smell the clothes at the end of the wearing day and get used to the scent!
4. Spray the scent on a scarf and hang it in the hallway, then you can see how the Sillage can affect others.
5. Observe how the scent disappears and comes back. This works especially well if you wear it during physically strenuous activities such as sports, this will recharge it.

Finally, I would like to mention that I find such a beautiful fragrance too good to lay it down or to test it quickly just once. This one needs time, patience and getting used to.

End of study!
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ValentinTValentinT 2 years ago
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The most misunderstood fragrance in existence. #1 layering agent and #1 compliment getter. Secret weapon during summer. Must-have.
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FarouhaFarouha 8 years ago
Terrible scent. Totally masculine and very low projection and longevity. Waste of money.
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Criss7Criss7 8 months ago
The best compliment getter is from a perfume that I can't smell! Great for layering too, it really boosts the performance.
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CymCym 7 years ago
Dusty wood and plastic - like an old desktop computer that has been sitting in a closet for several years gathering dust.
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AcantheaAcanthea 3 months ago
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If it reminds pencil shavings, then including the graphite and coating. Plain chemical by itself but great enhancer of any weak perfume.
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