The launch of the third pair of scents from Escentric Molecules takes the runaway success story of the niche fragrance world back to its roots – literally. The aroma-chemical this time is vetiveryl acetate, a refined vetiver note which is celebrated for its earthy-smoky facets. A tribute to the more familiar side of vetiver: its dark, slightly exotic woodiness, Escentric 3 is sensuous and modern. The fragrance opens with a burst of freshness – ginger root is joined by top notes of green peppercorn and Mexican lime. The scent deepens at the heart with orris surrounded by Egyptian jasmine and soft tea notes. Then, at the base of the fragrance, the slightly bitter notes of vetiver are smoothed by rich amber shades of sandalwood, cedar, leather and musk. Like a traditional chypre, the overall impression is spicy but fresh with warm balsamic undertones. It’s sensuous without being sweet, which is a signature by perfumer Geza Schoen. And, because he also excels at unexpected associations, you may even detect a tang of ginger ale.