I don’t know what took us so long to write aboutMolecule 01.It’s the most cultish of all cult fragrances, it’s unisex, and it’s amazing. You can really nerd out on this fragrance if you’re a scent buff, but if you aren’t just trust - it’s one of the most magical experiences you’ll ever wear. Like so many cult things, the beauty is in the simplicity and timelessness of it.
Most perfumers utilize aroma molecules, basically breaking down the chemical structure of natural odors into building blocks which are generally more olfactively “pure” and controllable than essential oil. Molecule 01 pays homage to Iso E Super, which is a sandalwood/cedar smell - but the trick is that this is all that’s in there. The scent doesn’t evolve quite like a normal fragrance, in fact it’s hard to even smell it all sometimes. My husband described it as smelling like a high school art room (i.e. pencil shavings). But once you have it on your body, it becomes the sexiest thing - very personal and close, very mysterious. If you love Le Labo Rose 31, to me it’s a little bit like the whisper version of that (which for me is way too big of a fragrance for everyday). Trust me that your man will steal this - or, you can get it for him for Valentine’s Day and steal it yourself.