Oakmoss Absolute

Evernia prunastri L.

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Our very fine Oakmoss Absolute has dry, earthy, bark and pine-like top notes over smooth, rich notes of moss, wood, decaying leaf, fungus, lichen, and damp earth notes. The aroma is deep, mysterious, and evocative. As one customer review states, our Oakmoss Absolute conveys the aroma of a faerie wood –

Size

Selected size SKU:675-015 - Oakmoss Absolute 15 grams

2 grams ( 1/14 oz )
$12.75
5 grams ( 3/17 oz )
$24.00
15 grams ( 1/2 oz. )
$57.00
50 grams ( 1 3/4 oz )
$151.00
100 grams ( 3 8/17 oz )
$269.75
200 grams ( 7.055 oz )
$483.25
500 grams ( 17.63 oz )
$1,061.50
$12.75
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Product Overview

Our very fine Oakmoss Absolute has dry, earthy, bark and pine-like top notes over smooth, rich notes of moss, wood, decaying leaf, fungus, lichen, and damp earth notes. The aroma is deep, mysterious, and evocative. As one customer review states, our Oakmoss Absolute conveys the aroma of a faerie wood – an apt phrase to describe the mysterious menagerie of notes that lend body, naturalness and tenacious fixative value to almost all types of base note accords in perfumery.

Until recently, Oakmoss Absolutes have contained potential allergens with a high risk of skin sensitization; ours is extracted in France, contains a low percentage of atranol (a known contact allergen) and meets international standards. Most Oakmoss extracts are now currently restricted for use by the IFRA – the International Fragrance Association – but ours is IFRA-compliant; see IFRA conformity certificate in the Documentation section above. The absolute is solvent and alcohol extracted from Evernia prunastri, a lichen that grows on mostly oak trees.[1]

1 Rhind, Jennifer Peace. Fragrance and Wellbeing, 2014, p. 273.

2 Industry communication.

3 Arctander, Steffen. Perfume and Flavor Materials of Natural Origin, 1960, p. 448.

4 Tisserand, Robert and Rodney Young. Essential Oil Safety, 2nd ed., 2014, p. 368.

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Customer Reviews

Indispensable!

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Of all the EB offerings I have diluted into drams for blind "nose" practice, this is the one that has most often made me pause and go, "Now what IS that?" After about ten seconds: "Ah, yes. Oakmoss." Easily recognizable in a blend it but on its own it throws me in a sly way, and all I can think is, "This is not a flower. This is not a wood. This is its own thing." Disarmingly classic in that sense. So glad I understand now how fundamental this little lichen has been to so much of perfumery, and while I have not smelled other oakmoss absolutes I trust that EB's offering is true to their beautifully high standards. This is a deep, dark, stately fixative and oh so evocative of a "faerie wood" when in a blend with Agarwood CO2. I have ordered more so I can focus on learning the craft of that universally appealing chypre. :)

Review by Rebecca 8/26/2016

Oakmoss Politics

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I've been doing some reading about the brouhaha about the restrictions on the use of oakmoss in European fragrances. A wonderful parfumier in Switzerland has opined about the ill-advisedness of such prohibitions when climate change, tobacco and alcohol and gasoline overuse get a free pass. (I don't remember ever hearing about anyone dying from wearing Joy, for instance.). It seems like the Northern European commerce people are trying to restrict the olfactory power and finances of the lush, creative, temperate Southern Europeans. Figures. Another reason to break up the EU! It used to be if one was allergic to an ingredient, he stayed away from it. Such discretionary products such as fragrances with oakmoss should not be restricted as if they were non-discretionary (like core foods such as meat, eggs, milk, vegetable quality). This pandering to the lowest common denominator is killing creativity, quality, and joy -- much as it has in politics, environmentalism, and education. Just my two cents'.

Review by HighAndDry 6/7/2015

Excellent aroma - Caution still needed

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I have been using this reduced atranol Oakmoss absolute for some time now and I enjoy the aroma a great deal. Despite being "IFRA-compliant" it is important to know that the absolute still contains atranol and chloroatranol (jsut at lower levels), both of which are skin-sensitizing. Safety requires that one continue to adhere to recommended safe levels in formula (0.1% of finished product) to avoid skin-sensitization.

Review by KPCNose 4/22/2015

The fine green!

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This on its own is an AMAZING oil. Rich, powdery, earthy to the marine level. Very nice for aquatic accords, oceanic recreations, fine woods and even leathery styles. Aromaticly a pleasure to blend with it slap on and wear by itself. I TOTALLY sense the oak/bourbon effect. It's base notes are lovely as well! Aromatherapy wise, I felt grounded and peaceful. so I guess meditation, stress releif and what ever physical effects. Either way ill be looking to buy more!

Review by MD 1/22/2015

Sexy, Masculine - Swoon

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This is a masculine sexiness in a bottle. Earthy, rich, sensual. Using it in my masculine blends (not much more than this needed), and it is absolutely divine. Nothing else smells like it. My favorite from Eden Botanicals (and I have almost all of them).

Review by Toi Lynn 11/18/2014

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