Oakmoss is a lichen that grows on oak trees, but may also be found on fir and pine trees.
- Botanical Family: Parmeliaceae
- Part of Plant Used: Moss
- Method of Extraction: Solvent Extraction
- Variations: None
- Chemistry: Oakmoss is comprised of esters (methyl B-orcinolcarboxylate, ethyl everninate, ethyl hematonmate, ethyl chlorohematommate).
- Perfumery: Used for its fragrance and fixative properties perfumery. It is not recommended for therapeutic purposes in aromatherapy.
- Scent Profile: Base note with a dry earthy mossy aroma
- Longevity: The aroma of Oakmoss can last up to 400 hours.
- Fragrance Classification: Mossy & Marine, Chypre, Fougere
- Blends well with: Amber, Angelica Root, Anise, Bergamot, Cedarwood, Cinnamon Bark, Cistus, Clove, Clary Sage, Fragonia, Frankincense, Galbanum, Geranium, Ginger, Greenland Moss, Jasmine, Labdanum, Lavender, Laurel, Leather, lime, Musk, Nag Champa, Palmarosa, Patchouli, Rose, Sandalwood, Sweet Orange, Tea Tree, Vetiver, Ylang Ylang
- According to Tisserand & Young: Oakmoss presents a high risk of skin sensitization as should be avoided on sensitive or damaged skin and with children under 2 years old. Maximum dermal limit is 0.1%
Products Using Oakmoss Absolute
- Arctander, Steffen. Perfume and Flavor Materials of Natural Origin. A Pathfinder Book Reprint Edition, 2017.
- “Flavor, Fragrance, Food and Cosmetics Ingredients Information.” The Good Scents Company, The Good Scents Company (TGSC), 2019, www.thegoodscentscompany.com/.
- Shutes, Jade and New York Institute of Aromatic Studies. "Foundations of Aromatherapy" and "Aromatic Scholars" Aromatherapy Certification Programs and Course Materials. 2017-2019.
- Tisserand, Robert, et al. Essential Oil Safety: a Guide for Health Care Professionals. 2nd ed., Churchill Livingstone/Elsevier, 2014.