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Oakmoss Absolute

Oakmoss Absolute

Botanical Name

Evernia prunastri

Common Method of Extraction

Solvent Extracted
What is an Absolute?

Plant Part Typically Used

Moss/Lichen

Color

Dark Brown

Consistency

Medium - Thin

Perfumery Note

Base

Strength of Initial Aroma

Medium

Aromatic Description

Rich, earthy, woody.

Oakmoss Absolute Uses

Used in perfumery for its earthy aroma and its properties as a fragrance fixative.

Major Constituents

Methyl B-orcinolcarboxylate
Ethyl everninate
Ethyl hematonmate
Ethyl chlorohematommate

[Y. Terajima, H. Ichikawa, K. Tokua, et al. Quantitative Analysis of Oakmoss. (In: B.M. Lawrence, B.D. Mookherjee, J.B. Willis (Eds.) Flavors & Fragrances: A World Perspective. Amsterdam: Elsevier, 1988), 685-695. D. Joulain, R. Tabbacchi. Lichen Extracts as Raw Materials in Perfumery. Part 2: Treemoss. (Flavour & Fragrance Journal 24, 2009), 105-116. Sources cited in Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 368.]

Safety Information

Tisserand and Young warn that there is a high risk of skin sensitization associated with Oakmoss Absolute and that it should be avoided by those with hypersensitive/diseased/damaged skin and in children 2 and under. They recommend a dermal maximum of 0.1%. Reading Tisserand and Young's full profile is recommended. [Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 368.]

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