Reviews of Molecule 02 by Escentric Molecules

What I can't get around is just how MUCH like Molecule 01 this smells to me. I knew it would be "pheromone-like," as Molecule 01 is - meaning, it goes on very light, but as it blends with your natural body chemistry, projects off the skin. For most, it's a pleasant projection, and that's been my experience with Molecule 01, and now, 02. To be completely honest, and a pro-tip for those wanting to save a little (well, a lot of) cash - Amazon sells bottles of straight-up parfum elixirs of Iso-E-Super for around $20, $25 USD, and they project better and last longer than Molecule 01, while obviously retaining what makes the gentle, sugary cedar vibe of Iso-E-Super so special. You're welcome.

So I expected that, but slightly different, with Molecule 02. Ambroxan, after all, is the base for most 'blue' fragrances. But it turns out ambroxan, to my nose at least, is almost identical to Iso-E-Super. It's a light, sugary, cedar smell. So for me to have both in my collection would be redundant. For me, 01 is almost impossible to discern from 02.

That said, these 'molecules' absolutely deliver. They go on and then almost 'disappear' with their lightness into your skin. You may think you've just sprayed sugar water on yourself and it's dissipated and there's nothing to it. But then hours later, someone will compliment you on how delicious you smell. That's the magic of these molecules, and why they're so heavily-utilized in so many fragrances.

As with 01, 02 will also serve as a wonderful base for other fragrances, to give them a little 'oomph'. They will both react to your skin chemistry differently, hopefully in a pleasant way, and they will bring you attention even long after you've thought the mild scent had disappeared completely.

I have to go 'neutral' on this one, given just how incredibly close to 01 this smells and performs. If you have one, I'd argue you don't need the other. But you should have at least one of them in your collection, because I don't think anything comes closer to a pure pheromone 'love potion' as Iso-E-Super and/or ambroxan do.

One last thing I'll add: a previous reviewer may have hit it on the head, and has actually convinced me to shift my 'neutral' (because... redundant) to 'positive'. That reviewer says you really need to get ALL the Molecules from this house, and try them in order. They go from soft and light to more powerful as you go through sandalwood and eventually vetiver. That really helps me understand why 01 smells so much like 02 - the difference is vaguely a whisper. But given that this is an olfactory 'journey,' or as that reviewer said, a 'master class' in the art of fragrance-making - it totally makes sense to me now.
27th April 2022
Unlike 01, at least you can smell this one. Kind of reminds me a little of BR540 in the dry down but nowhere near as good.

17th September 2019

I have sprayed this a bunch of times over the last few months, trying to get a feel for it. It is not necessarily tap water, but it is close. With liberal sprays I can smell it, but I just feel this note is better when comprised in a package. Not good.
23rd March 2019
Light wood shaving almost minty.

Little depth to it. Almost a non event.

I am giving this a neutral until I test it some more and get opinions.
26th October 2018
I get light, sweet, woody notes with a little bit of tea in the opening. Also, there's a pepperiness or dirtiness to it that pulls it back to being acceptably masculine.

Feels like an all-weather scent that works for most occasions to me.

I get average projection and very good longevity, lasts all day.
22nd September 2018
I will post this under every EM product, so if you've seen this before stop reading but at least one time note the following: you should buy every Molecule 0X and Escentric 0X and I will tell you why.

The reason (I have found and the usual miles may differ) is that this series is an education in fragrance. Each archetypal component molecule is examined -- start from the Escentric 0 to the X, then go to the equivalent Molecule. You will soon discern the influence of major scent famiies like Sandalwood, Vetiver, Ambroxan, and ISO E Super. You will thereafter learn these very popular notes in other compositions. Graduate-level education in fragrance. You will also learn how these major chemicals interact with your personal skin chemistry.

Do all eight for a true Rosetta Stone of the universe of fragrance, but at least a pair or two, whatever interests you.
26th April 2018
This fragrance wowed me. Plus, I've never received so many compliments on anything in my life. Just buy it. Mark my words.
13th October 2017
Similar to Molecule 01, being sharp, medicinal and minimal. An even less impressive dry-down makes this quite forgettable.
30th October 2016
faint, fizzy woodsy scent, that is airy and on my skin comes and goes. At its best it is pleasant, but at times very difficult to appreciate at all. Overall a bit thin, undistinct but pleasant. Ambroxan at its best, warm but uninspiring and a tad boring.

This is a useful scent for blending, although even then a bit unexciting. I get poor sillage, limited projection but overall four hours of longevity; longer on my clothes. 2.5/5
5th August 2015
Very Pleasant, This fragrance is so airy, light, and subtle but don't underestimate it, it's (molecular) structure allows the fragrance to stick around for hours if not days. Its sweet, warm, seductive, and as already mentioned in the description VERY PLEASANT. This scent can be worn literally throughout the entire year. I used this in conjunction with M01 and E03 and enjoy all three blended together. Do not just spray this once or twice, load yourself up anywhere between 4-10 sprays and you will enjoy this fragrance until your next shower. There is something in this fragrance that is extremely attractive and I just cannot put my finger on it. To be completely honest, I find all of the Escentric Molecules to be warm and inviting. I would be confident to say that I don't understand how anyone could be offended by this fragrance. If you are confused and undecided and do not know which EM fragrances to purchase, I highly recommend 1. Molecule 01 2. Molecule 02 3. Escentric 03 (The rest are good but do not cause excited delirium like the aforementioned.)Pros: King of Ambroxan!Cons: Hard to smell, confusing"
14th July 2013
I get a very astringent non-natural smell...perhaps a little wood...
26th January 2013
If you think you're unable to smell this perfume - don't despair. Spray aplenty on a piece of paper and let it dry, then put it in your pocket or wallet or bag for a few minutes (it seems to smell even stronger when in contact with textile). Then you'll hopefully perceive the scent: A salty aura that's literally mouthwatering. I can't really find any other words to describe it than "salty". The sillage is superb. As strange as it may sound; this scent smells just as strong/strongly when you're one meter away as it does when you're ten centimeters away.

When I wore this the first time I was well aware of that difficult-to-describe-salty scent. Now my nose seem to have adjusted and I only perceive the faintest hint of wood/woods when I sniff my wrists, and it's so soft it's barely a skin scent. That is unfortunate (and sad!) since that salty-like scent is extraordinary. The good thing is - as xiikzodz has mentioned - that this sticks for days to the clothes you wore along with the perfume.

To me this smells like sex - not true to nature-sex and not in a dirty way. Just, well; sexy. VERY sexy.
11th November 2012
I've put off writing this review in the hope of acquiring a clearer understanding of this fragrance. Unfortunately after repeated attempts I didn't get that much further. MOLECULE 02 has a quiet albeit fizzy cedar-tinged start and settles down into a warm mildly woodsy skin scent. I don't really smell anything in the sillage even when I flail my wrists about in the air. If I have to describe it in one word it will be: ELUSIVE. Sometimes I appreciate its artistry and enjoy the warm glow it imparts on my skin. At other times, I'm just left frustrated with its somewhat shy and retiring nature. I think I'll pass.
25th May 2010
If you hang your washing out in some, to me indefinite, tree grove, on a hot day and wait till the evening it will eventually smell the way M02 smells to me. Now imagine that the scent lingers for days on everything it had contact with. If you are unfortunate enough to dislike the scent you will hate it because it just wouldn't go. To me it's a delight.
7th April 2010
Tested this again today and I'm still gutted.This is said to be pretty much pure Iso Super E and about 50 percent of people can barely smell it at all, to the other 50 % its amazing, overwhelming and everpresent. I'm in the first group, my brother told me he smelled it distinctively from a few metres distance and he was more than fond of it.To me its a skinscent, a little sandalwood, a little syntheticness and a little sweetness but overall nothing spectacular.I'l give it a neutral because of its effect on others and because its definitely not bad but I'm missing the show.
3rd February 2010
Couldn't smell anything at first but an hour later it smelled almost exactly like sandalwood on my skin. Delivers very little for its price. You'll like it if you want a woody scent that stays very close to your skin.
22nd March 2009
At first I could barely smell Molecule 02, but by the third time I sampled it, it came across quite clearly: what is present is a discreet skin scent that I can't really categorize except that it is rather like an gentle but excellent, slightly aromatic wood background note: It smells most like walnut or possibly a tamed rosewood. It has excellent longevity. It's quite beautiful and I truly enjoy it for what it is, but I wouldn't buy it because it is overpriced for what it delivers.
26th December 2008
This is a hard scent to review. Molecule 02 is so subtle that it almost disappears into the background, but doesn't. This smells like clean, sun-kissed skin mixed with ocean breeze, that stays very close to the skin.
11th July 2008