Oakmoss Absolute Oil is obtained from the lichens of the Evernia prunastri plant.
It grows in mountainous areas throughout much of the Northern Hemisphere. The pale greenish gray thallus, 3 to 8 cm (1.2 to 3 inches) long, is palmately branched, ending in pointed tips. The upper surface is green and warty with pale gray reproductive bodies (soredia). The undersurface is whitish with a faint netlike pattern. A less common species (E. furfuracea), having similar properties, is often included under the same common name, which is a translation of the French Mousse de Chêne.
Traditional Uses for Oakmoss Absolute Oil:-
Primarily used for perfumes and incense, this absolute is favoured for use in men’s products such as colognes and after shave.
The moss is commercially harvested in countries of South-Central Europe and usually exported to the Grasse region of France where its fragrant compounds are extracted as absolutes and other extracts. These raw materials are often used as perfume fixatives and form the base notes of many fragrances. They are also key components of Fougère and Chypre class perfumes.
Oakmoss Absolute Oil Blends Well With:-
The absolute blends very well with Patchouli, Clary Sage, Clove, Vetiver, Pine, Cypress, Galbanum, Cedar and Labdanum
History of Oakmoss:-
Oakmoss was used in perfumery as early as the 16th century. Baskets filled with it have been found in the ancient royal tombs of Egypt, but whether it was intended for perfume or for food is not known.