Latin name Evernia prunastri – Family species Usneaceae

Oakmoss, also known as Pseudovernia prunastri, Mousse de Chêne 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.

Special Precautions*

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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