“Molecule is to perfume as Bauhaus is to Baroque.”
That is German perfumer Geza Schön’s description of his niche line Escentric Molecules. Starting in 2006, the line uniquely launches two scents at once: one a pure molecule (Iso E Super in Molecule 01) and the second a more complex creation centering on that one molecule (in the case of Iso E Super the second creation called Escentric 01 includes notes of pink pepper, lime-peel, orris and incense). The second and third pair are created around Ambroxan and Vetyveryl Acetate respectively.
Geza Schön has plenty of fish to fry though. He is the nose behind the Ormonde Jayne line, he did Paper Passion, a perfume that smells like a book, he created two of Biehl’s Parfumkunstwerke as well as two Clive Christian perfumes and several others. He has a big range, minimalism is obviously not his only mode of creating.
I am very honored that Geza agreed to do my very personal interview today. He seems to be a very laid-back and down-to-earth kind of guy with a streak of witty cynicism to me from our conversations and his questionnaire confirms that.
A good day starts with… a cup of tea and reading the news.
I’d never leave the house without… my keys.
I always feel good when… the sun is out.
My favorite thing in the world is… a lot of spare time.
The next thing I want to buy is… some milk actually
The place I always come back to is… my house, hence the keys !
My personal style is… quite classic with a little twist, I’d say.
My favorite perfume… can’t say just one. I love for example the original Jil Sander Man Pure for its spectacular leather note. Chanel N°19 for its floral woodiness. Feminité du Bois for its woody sensuality.
When I travel I always… close the door when I leave the house.
To relax I need… a vacation for a start.
When I have a bad day… I don’t feel good.
I like to gift people with… fabulous smells.
I find my inspiration… ideally when travelling (the further away, the better!).
Something I would never want to miss… friends and family and football!
My last mistake was… can I skip this?
In my fridge there is always… an old glass of pickled cucumbers which has expired.
On my nightstand I keep… we are definitely not going there…
The perfect weekend starts with… a Friday, ideally.
My role model is… not existent as in one person. Anyone who devotes time to help others would be one.
Something I always want to be asked in questionnaires like this is… not to be revealed here.
I love Geza’s favorite perfumes and a weekend starting on a Friday? Count me in!
Are you familiar with Geza’s work? What do you think about the Escentric molecules? What’s your favorite Ormonde Jayne perfume?