The genius behind Escentric Molecules’ formula of perfect simplicity is in just how well they select their featured ingredients, and for the 04 series, perfumer Geza Schoen selected Javanol, a cutting-edge synthetic with sandalwood qualities. But unlike the velvety sandalwood of Molecule 01’s Iso E Super, Javanol is intriguingly crisp, with a lively, almost psychedelic freshness beneath the smooth woodiness. Escentric 04 is a brilliant showcase of Schoen’s signature of turning heavy materials like woods into gauzy, air bound creations with the thoughtful use of modern synthetics. For Escentric 04, he focuses on Javanol – a powerfully radiant synthetic sandalwood, and Polysantol, which is sweeter and creamier. The result is a uniquely fresh interpretation of the sandalwood fragrance, the perfect summer scent for both, men and women. Schoen has woven a fizzing pink combination of grapefruit, rose, and pink pepper into the sandalwood, resulting in a light, creamy shimmer of woods that never overpowers. The marijuana note brings out the softer quality of the bitter yet crisp grapefruit pith. The heart is orris with a ‘fresh soft rose’ that Schoen composed from four different rose materials. Hedione and ambroxan add a fresh, salty “whiteness” that illuminates the woods from within. Nothing overdosed or harsh, just a perfect balance between sparkling fruit, roses, salt, flowers, creamy woods, and the spanking freshness of wet laundry. The dry down is balsamic and woody from the Javanol and Polysantol combination.