|Botanical Name||Evernia furfuracea|
|Common Name||Oakmoss Absolute, Oak Moss Oil, Oakmoss Absolute oil, Evernia Prunastri.|
|Country of Origin||China,Yugoslavia|
|Solubility||Insoluble in water|
|Specific Gravity||0.900 - 1.150|
|Bland With||Blend with virtually all other oi ls.|
|Flash Point||90 °C|
|Extraction Method||Solvent extract|
Oakmass Oil is solvent extracted from light green lichen that is found growing primarily on oak trees as well as on other plant species. Extracted through refined steam distillation process, the oil is well recognized for its antiseptic, demulcent, expectorant and fixative properties. It also lends body & rich natural undertones to all perfume types. Oakmoss (Evernia prunastri) is one such aromatic treasure. Derived from a unique type of lichen that graces the branches of oak trees, Oakmoss essential oil is a coveted ingredient in the world of scents. Its rich, earthy aroma adds depth, character, and longevity to perfumes, making it a cherished secret among master perfumers.
Oakmoss is the 'Green Man' of essential oils, it embodies the spirit of an ancient forest. Its deep green, earthy, musky scent is raw and primal, yet conveys the gentle side of the male aspect of nature. These ancient organisms are the guardians of the forest and very sensitive to environmental pollution. Where Oakmoss and other lichens grow prolifically one can be sure the air is clean - sadly such places are becoming rare, and so is Oakmoss. Lichens are complex compound organisms that can only exist in symbiosis. They are like the nervous system of the forest that conveys even the subtlest changes of environmental conditions to all parts of the forest. They have no showy flowers, no yummy fruits or nourishing roots, yet they are immensely important to the integrity of the ecosystem and the first indicators of imbalance. Their growth cycle is so slow as to be almost timeless and they are among the oldest living things on the planet. When they are gone the forest and all the life it supports will disappear as well. American Indians have long used various lichens for food, medicine and as natural dyes. In high class perfumery Oakmoss is used as a fixative
Color : Dark green to brown viscous liquid with characteristic earthy, musky, leathery aroma.,
Aroma : Dry-earthy and bark-like
It is used as a fixative and primarily in soaps. The absolute is most versatile and used in all perfume types. Further, the extracted resin & resinoids that have poor solubility are used in hair preparations, soaps, industrial perfumes & other low cost products.