Molecule 01 – My Favourite Fragrance

escentric_molecules_molecule_01 I have been trawling through a whole load of fragrances, wondering what to suggest people buy for Christmas or put on their wish-lists, and I have realised that the main problem with fragrance – the biggest reason for it sometimes feeling like a bit of a ‘cop out’ present – is that it’s so mainstream. Most fragrances that we can pick up in Harrods beauty hall we can also find in Debenhams, John Lewis, our local Superdrug. If you scanned a whole load of people’s bathroom shelves, we’d probably all have a few bottles of scent in common, at least.

Take my (former) favourite, Chanel’s Coco Mademoiselle. Also the favourite perfume of: my Mum, two of my close friends, two of my Mum’s friends, one of the girls who works in Topshop Oxford Street. I smell it everywhere. The fact that it’s so popular tells you that it must be pretty appealing (and bloody well marketed!) but I’m not sure whether I’m a little over wearing the same scent as everyone else.

Which is why I am extremely hesitant to tell you all about my new-found fragrance love. And I’m being entirely serious about that – I really do want to keep it a secret! The last fragrance I fell for, I’m not even allowed to tell you about – makeup artist Alex Byrnes would only tell me what she was wearing if I promised not to write about it on here! So I can’t. Which is why I’m giving you this one – which is far more amazing at any rate. (Sorry Alex – but at least your secret is safe!)

Escentrics Molecule o1 is quite simply one of the very best scents that I have ever tried. If I had to stop searching for a fragrance, right this minute, then I’d stop the wheel on this one. It’s made up of just one molecule (hence the name) rather than the thousand that go into a regular perfume. Just one molecule! It’s actually the aroma-chemical that gets added to a perfume to create ‘allure’ – it’s quite deep and woody and so, so sexy. It reminds me of ‘fig’ based scents, a little, so perhaps this is what traditionally gets popped into those, but on its own the molecule just kind of blends in with your natural scent. After a few minutes you can’t really smell it on yourself – but my God can others! I have had a number of comments and so far declined to spill the beans…better to tell the whole world, obviously!

Right. I’ve told you my secret now you tell me yours!

Escentrics Molecule 01 is from Cult Beauty here: – or the 30ml special boxed version is just £38, which I find astonishing!

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  1. Kelly C.
    November 29, 2011 / 6:39 am

    I’m glad you love it! I have heard good things about it for sure.

    Two of my favorite favorite fragrance are Etat Libre d’Orange Tilda Swinton Like This (what a mouthful!) and L’Artisan Parfumer Tea for Two. And I feel very little concern that I will ever smell them on anyone around me : ) There is actually lot of amazing niche fragrances out there at prices comparable to department store faire… you just have to look : )

  2. Beccala
    November 29, 2011 / 6:54 am

    Oh, I love this one too. But I have never received any comments. :( Maybe I am just not using enough? How many sprays do you use? x Beccala

  3. November 29, 2011 / 8:25 am

    I tend to veer away from mainstream perfumes because I don’t want to smell like everybody else. This is the reason I either go for indie and niche perfumes. My secret perfume isn’t really a secret it’s just hard to get and costs around $450. You can only buy it at Colette in Paris for a limited time only, Le Labo Vanille 44 which is part of their City Exclusive line. I feel as if I’m bathed in a fragile halo of this sensual and warm scent. Vanille 44 is so austere and delicate. So beautiful and sexy!

  4. November 29, 2011 / 9:00 am

    Aah, you’ve spilled the beans! I’ve kept this fragrance a secret too – it’s so addictive. I’ve had people stop me in the streets asking about it. Apparently it’s not a ‘perfume’ exactly but works with your natural pheromones so does smell different on each individual.My favourite all time perfume.

    The doll on fashion

  5. Kristina
    November 29, 2011 / 9:14 am

    Hey Ruth I have been wearing this perfume for years now, I absolutely love it. It appears to smell differen on everyone, so you might not ealize, many people are also addicted ;-) One strange thing, it’s always women who love it on me even to the extent of chasing me down the street so they can ask what am I wearing. Very mysterious scent it reminds me of the smell of skin on the sun ;-) Just a little correction the brand is called Escentric Molecules and this one is Molecule 01.There is also an Escentric 01 and now we are up to 03 in the series.

  6. Jeyda
    November 29, 2011 / 10:11 am

    Paris hiltons Can Can : ) Shhhh..!!

  7. November 29, 2011 / 10:42 am

    Hi! I bought this fragrance fm Cult Beauty last year, without having tried it, just bcs i was curious of the concept. I have to say it is amazing! I get asked all the time what fragrance i am wearing!

  8. November 29, 2011 / 2:04 pm

    I’ve heard such interesting things about this perfume, I love the fig reference, very appealing to me.

    My two standards are Penhaligon’s Bluebell – I wear it pretty much every day – and Guerlain L’Heure Bleue for anything a little more formal/sexy. There’s clearly a blue theme:)

  9. November 29, 2011 / 2:52 pm

    Wow, thank you for sharing your secret!! This scent sounds really interesting. I don’t think that I have heard of it before, might have to google some reviews!

  10. Shelley
    November 29, 2011 / 3:36 pm

    I wear Chanel Mademoiselle lol! I love it but smell it everywhere I go which I don’t like coz I like to smell a bit more unique :-)

    Thanks for sharing, I’ve never heard of this perfume

    Hope u enjoyed your birthday yesterday xx

  11. Sue
    November 29, 2011 / 8:45 pm

    Happy Kittyday, hope you’re having lots of fun cuddling your new baby. Mmmm, I’ve got to try this! Intriguing! xxx

  12. flick
    November 29, 2011 / 10:17 pm

    am a bit worried that it smells different on everyone – as my main characteristic is “stressed” I might just smell of adrenalin and fear! Seriously I wonder if samples are available or where I could try it in real life … I’ve been stuck for a new perfume for months and this could be it.

    • August 12, 2012 / 3:11 pm

      You can get a sample of this at

      I was just checking it out 5 mins ago…
      its $5 + relevant shipping.

      Tossing up between getting a sample or just getting a 100ml from CultBeauty

  13. annaimwunderland
    November 29, 2011 / 10:30 pm

    Thank you so much! I’ve fallen in love with Versace Versense, but it is on the citrusy-summery side, so I’ll give this a try!

  14. sarah
    November 29, 2011 / 11:10 pm

    I’m a little addicted to – reviews not a perfume. Great ideas for and descriptions of old and new perfumes;she’s funny with a great turn of phrase and I learned all sorts of new fancy perfume stuff.

  15. Lola
    November 29, 2011 / 11:16 pm

    Hi Ruth, a bit of a random question but do you drive?

    • Ruth
      November 30, 2011 / 1:10 am

      @Lola yes I do, I have been driving for 13 years now! x

  16. November 30, 2011 / 12:18 am

    I hope you enjoyed a lovely birthday, Ruth – and now, of course, a Ted-day!

    He’s beautiful and I can’t wait to hear more about the little ball of fluff.

    Give him a cuddle from me…

    Sarah x

  17. sugarcoated
    November 30, 2011 / 9:12 am

    I use Calamity J by Juliette has a gun at the moment. It’s lovely. In summers I use Aria di Mare by Il Provmo. I like perfumes that not everybody else has, must give this one a try!

    So…. How’s Ted? :D

  18. LilyM
    November 30, 2011 / 12:17 pm

    This one is a firm favourite of mine- its the only perfume I have ever repurchased!

  19. fozi
    November 30, 2011 / 7:39 pm

    do you think this scent can be layered with another and still have quite an individual alluring scent? I like the idea of a scent which has has others wondering ‘what is that beautiful scent?’ but I also like to be able to smell it myself

  20. November 30, 2011 / 8:42 pm

    This is my fave too! I love how it reappears during the day and you get a waft and then it vanishes again. Mix it with everything!!

  21. flick
    November 30, 2011 / 11:50 pm

    @LilyM what does it smell like on you? (if you don’t mind me asking?) I’ve currently got it in my shopping basket but have commitment phobia.

  22. Daphne
    December 1, 2011 / 3:52 am

    Haha! Loved Flick’s comment! “Adrenaline and fear” lol xx.

  23. Natasha
    December 1, 2011 / 9:47 pm

    Omg Ruth, I went to Liberty and tried this solely on your recommendation because you pretty much sold it to me!. I was with a friend, and at first I couldnt smell anything so I kept spraying it on. After about 20 mins my friend was like ‘you smell really strong!’. The problem is, I cant smell it at all on me but everyone else can! I would say its quite a masculine scent though, very woody. Im on the fence about this one,it does smell a bit too ‘manly’ on me. But I sprayed it on my friend and it smelt deep and musky on her so it must smell differently on different people! Thanks for telling us about it Ruth xxx

    • Ruth
      December 2, 2011 / 1:11 am

      Hahaha!! Howmuch did you spray?!!!!!! x

  24. December 1, 2011 / 11:42 pm


    I hope you don’t mind my joining your conversation.

    On me, this fragrance smells masculine, velvety and woody. It is not floral. The scent waxes and wanes during the day – it is mostly impossible to discern – and is, at turns, warm and sexy, then redolent of ‘Alpine Fresh’ toilet cleaner!

    Ruth, I forgot to ask… how much do you wear?

    My fiancé has never been able to smell this on me and it makes me wonder whether I apply too little.

    • Ruth
      December 2, 2011 / 1:10 am

      I wear three spritzes of it! xxx

  25. December 2, 2011 / 12:08 am

    This sounds just like my favourite perfume, Narciso Rodriguez Eau De Parfum Intense. It’s amazing, it smells like warm sunkissed skin mixed with cashmere when I wear it (if that makes any sense at all?!)
    I’m so tempted to blindly order this on Cult Beauty now as I’ve never seen Escentric fragrances in stores before. Fingers crossed it works on my skin!
    Your blog is very bad for my bank balance ;) xx

  26. flick
    December 2, 2011 / 3:49 am

    @style souk thanks! hmmm, am wondering if I’ll smell like a Magic Tree air freshener. Looking at the reviews there seems to be a consensus that there’s a weird peekaboo quality to this fragrance!
    Perhaps your fiance can’t smell this particular molecule, apparently some people can’t smell it (the molecule is quite large apparently?).

  27. flick
    December 5, 2011 / 12:57 am

    quick update, not that I’m obsessed … much … I got a sample off ebay (some kind soul decanting their own perfumes into 1ml samples). Anyway, I’ve been wearing molecule 01 all day and it is more of an experience than a fragrance. I am used to wearing light citrus clean fragrances, so this is very different to me and I’m not sure if this is too masculine on me. I do get waves of powder, incense and then pine, but I don’t know how others will perceive it on me.

    I like this idea of layering it … perhaps with a fig fragrance?

    • Ruth
      December 5, 2011 / 10:56 am

      @Flick oooh! What a good idea from the eBayer! Yes, an experience, that is quite a good description. I think that because it IS just one molecule instead of the thousands that make up a usual fragrance, it’s even more black&white as to whether or not you love it.. Interesting! Let me know how it layers with fig – essentially, as it’s a chemical ‘note’, it should layer with anything. No? Let me know! xx

  28. johanna
    December 5, 2011 / 6:13 pm

    @flick- you said something about fig.perhaps like Diptoque – Philosykos? it has a strong fig scent but it also smells very fresh to me. like fresh green fig tree branches. some say its on the sweet side. anyways, that is my secret scent, not many people wear it. not i am hoping to find Molecule 01 here in Romania

  29. flick
    December 5, 2011 / 8:45 pm

    Exactly, it’s so weird that it smells so different from moment to moment when it’s just the one molecule (I’m in day 2 of the “experience”). I have diptyque philosykos which is very figgy, so I’ll see how that layers when I get home tonight. That’s quite an earthy version of a fruity scent, but I don’t think molecule 01 would layer with super ozoney or fresh scents …

    • Ruth
      December 6, 2011 / 11:45 am

      Flick do let me know how the experiment goes! I have put a jumper on this morning and it carries trace of the scent, I think it’s just amazing! LOVE IT!

  30. flick
    December 11, 2011 / 2:56 am

    OK well, the sample is still going strong, I layered it with philosykos and it really added depth to it. I’ve decided I do like the clean incense smell of molecule 01 but as I can’t smell it all the time the figgy scent of philosykos is really nice as it remains with me, but doesn’t clash with the smell of molecule 01 (when I do smell it). I agree that molecule 01 does linger on clothing more!

    • Ruth
      December 11, 2011 / 2:29 pm

      Thanks Flick! I am enjoying this little olfactory experiment! xx

  31. Julia
    July 18, 2012 / 10:14 pm

    i Love silver rain from la prairie x

  32. René
    July 23, 2012 / 8:09 pm

    LIES! Not you, Ruth, I meant the lady in the shop. She was trying to explain what this smelt like, going on and on, and all the while, I was thinking, “No, that’s not how this one works. Ms. Crilly has already sold me on it.” Didn’t want to be rude, so I just went along with it and bought it. Thanks for the review, though, and I can’t wait to use it to pump up the ALLURE (as defined by Miranda Hart).

    As for my secrets, you’re already familiar with Tom Ford’s Neroli Portofino. Can’t get enough of this one! Using the body oil for a light scent all over, the parfum if I want more. Once in a while, though, I think it smells like my SPF. No, I love it. Also in love with Tom Ford’s Lavender Palm, more for the evening. And then there’s Penhaligon’s Blenheim Bouquet. Must visit Floris the next time I’m in London!

    Sorry, I’ve written a novel.

    • Ruth
      July 23, 2012 / 11:48 pm

      LOL! I love it, novel away! x

      • René
        November 10, 2012 / 4:03 pm

        Now a daily wearer of Molecule 01. It’s a subtle, “are you wearing something or do you just naturally smell good” fragrance. People have commented, but only women and straight men. /sigh

    • November 18, 2012 / 11:48 am

      which shop? is it in london?

  33. July 25, 2012 / 6:46 pm

    Definitely trying out Molecule 01, thanks! I currently wear Jennifer Aniston (the perfume) which I LOVE. It’s not too strong with base of jasmine and smells incredible, just so light. It is one of those that smell different on every one. I also wear Stella McCartney, lots of compliments on that one. I also use Korres Japanese Rose shower gel and lotion. :)

    • Ruth
      July 26, 2012 / 9:05 am

      Yes, must get involved with some Korres! xx

  34. sue
    October 25, 2012 / 8:54 pm

    well i smelt this on someone and it was gorgeous so i sent for some, cannot smell a thing neither could my daughter or friend but i went out in it and people commented , my dressing gown smells lovely, i just cant accept not being able to smell it myself

  35. lada
    November 8, 2012 / 1:08 pm

    molecules 01 has been my favorite scent 4 or 5 years now. i have 03 also but 01 is the best!

  36. Adriana Tužinská
    May 16, 2013 / 10:09 am

    Hi Ruth, I ordered a sample of this on Luckyscent, literally from the other side of the world… :) It came on Friday, I sniffed it and I felt sheer joy. On Saturday I thought “so controversial”. On Sunday I felt “nothing so special”. On Monday: “mhmm, it’s so clean, pure and deep”. On Tuesday -“that’s SEXY!” On Wednesday – “something holy, sacred”
    Today is Thursday and I know already, that I have never smelled something like it before and never met a girl or woman wearing even similar fragrance. By now I have become addicted to it… :) It’s still the same fragrance, very simple, but evokes so many feelings!
    I thank you Ruth, for sharing this information. In my country, Slovakia, the Escentric Molecules brand is totally unknown. And as I have read all the information about Escentric Molecules fragrances, I am going to try the other samples, too. I feel I will like them.
    Greetings from Middle Europe :)

  37. Venessa Wai
    March 14, 2014 / 9:19 am

    My boyfriend wear molecule 01 & boy…its the main reason he has become my boyfriend. the first time i met him, i swear i try to get nearer to him so i can get a sniff. :D
    the scent is woody, sexy & too fresh on him, like he jz step outta shower and it feels like home. Hope he’ll never stop wearing it!! <3

  38. Olivia
    January 7, 2018 / 1:27 am

    Hello everyone,

    I simply adore Elizabeth Arden’s, ‘Red Door’ edt. My mother discovered this scent when we were shopping together in the Isle of Man and we both fell in love with it.

    When it is so fresh (therefore store it carefully) with plenty of sillage, so many people pay me lovely compliments. One lady even left her child in the pushchair (and it was late evening and very dark) to run after me to ask what scent I was wearing. I’ve had ‘gentlemen’ shouting out from a distance, ‘Gorgeous fragrance’. It appeals to both ladies and gentlemen. Men have asked me to show me the bottle so that they could buy the perfume for their girlfriends; one man claimed to be very shy but was desperate to know what perfume I was wearing.

    Even my floristry tutor wanted to know what it was as she loved the fragrance so much. Former boyfriends have described it as ‘so yummy’. I live in London but I have received compliments about it in New York too.

    In my view, it is an exceptionally beautiful and exquisite fragrance.

    I have always loved perfume; I received a gorgeously scented ‘Miss Piggy’ soap as a gift in the seventies when I was about three years old and I still wish this could be made into a perfume. If I smell certain sophisticated floral perfumes with a similar fragrance, it evokes fond memories of the time I used that soap. Even though the soap was created for small children, it still had a sophisticated fragrance.

    I wish you all a very Happy New Year!

    Best wishes,

    Olivia, xxx.

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