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Oak Moss (30% absolute/70% ethanol) / Powdery, Earthy, Mossy, Dried Bark, Oceanic / $40 oz Evernia spp. in 50% perfumer's alcohol

  • Product # 1264
  • Part Distilled lichen
  • Growth Method wild harvest
  • Origin Croatia

Though lichens are not parasitic, the idea that they owed something of their quality to the substratum was firmly held by the old herbalists. It appears again and again in the descriptions of medicinal lichens, and still persists in this matter of perfumes. Hue4 states in some notes to a larger work, that French perfumers extract an excellent perfume from Evernia prunastri (Fig. 59) known as "Mousse des Chenes" (Oak moss), and it appears that the plants which grow on oak contain more perfume than those which live on other trees. The collectors often gather along with Evernia prunastri other species such as Ramalina calicaris and R. fraxinea, but these possess little if any scent.
Lichens By Annie Lorrain Smith


Oakmoss absolute (30% absolute in 70% perfumes alcohol) is a dark green liquid  displaying  a powdery, earthy, mossy, rooty, dried bark odor with a mild, punguent phenolic/tarlike, oceanic undertone. The tenacity of the absolute is excellent.

In natural perfumery used in forest notes, amber bases, leather notes, chypre, fougere, new mown hay, oriental bases, colognes, historical perfumes

Blends well with agarwood eo and co2; allspice eo and abs; amber melange; ambergris melange; anise eed eo; anise star  eo and co2; ambrette seed eo, co2 and abs; angelica root abs and eo; basil eo and abs; beeswax abs; benzoin eo and abs; bay leaf eo; birch tar eo; buddhawood eo and co2; cedarwood eo and abs; cinnamon bark eo, co2 and abs; carrot seed eo and abs; caraway eo; cassia eo and co2; choya nakh; choya ral; choya loban; cade eo;  cocoa co2 and abs; clove bud eo, co2 and abs; copal bark co2; cypress eo and abs; costus root eo and co2; clary sage eo and abs; coriander eo and co2; cistus eo and abs; davana eo and co2; elemi eo and abs; fir balsam abs; fir silver eo; fir balsam eo; fir siberian eo; flouve eo and abs; frankincense eo, co2 and abs; galbanum eo, co2 and abs; geranium eo and abs;  henna co2; kapur kachari eo; labdanum abs and eo; lavander eo, co2 and abs; helichrysum eo and abs; lapsong souchong co2;  lavandin eo and abs; mastic eo and abs; nutmeg eo, co2 and abs; mushroom abs; myrrh eo, co2 and abs; opoponax eo and abs;  orange blossom abs; patchouli eo, co2 and abs; orris root eo, co2 and abs; poplar bud eo and abs;  sandalwood eo, co2 and abs; seaweed abs; spruce eo and abs;  tonka bean abs; vanilla co2 and abs; vetiver eo, co2 and abs;  violet leaf abs; ylang eo and abs; zdravetz eo and abs

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