Latin name Evernia prunastri – Family species Usneaceae
Oakmoss, also known as Pseudovernia prunastri, Mousse de ChÃªne and Treemoss, is primarily used as a fixative. There is an absolute, an absolute oil, a concrete, and resin. The solvent extracted absolute is the most important and it and the absolute oil are used in perfumery (the absolute oil being used more in high class perfumes). The other products are primarily used in soaps, hair products, and lower cost products.
Oil Selection Guide
Color – Dark green or brown (absolute), pale yellow to olive (absolute oil)
Viscosity – Viscous (both)
Scent – earthly, mossy, green (absolute oil is bark-like and dry)
Perfume Aroma – Top, middle, base note
Oil Source Information
Plant Type – Lichen
Countries of Origin – France, Hungary, Greece, Morocco, Algeria, Yugoslavia (former)
Extraction Method – Solvent extraction
Known Chemical Constituents
Evernic acid, d-usnic acid, atranorine, chloratronorine
Uses of Oakmoss
Primarily used as a fixative.
Oakmoss blends well with
Most all oils.
Use is recommended to be very well diluted.
May cause irritation to sensitive skin.
Watch out for adulterated oils.
* See Safety and Usage.
References and Resources
See References and Resources page.
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