Aroma:dark, bitter, forest-green,rich and earthy
Oakmoss essence coming from the lichen that grows on the branches and trunks of oak trees in Europe (especially in Balkans). It may also be found on other deciduous trees and conifers. Oakmoss varies in color, being minty green or almost white when dry, or dark-olive green and even yellowish when wet. Oakmoss is one of the most commonly used raw materials in perfumes, especially in chypre and Fougère types of perfumes. Often used as a fixative, it improves the longevity of the composition Oakmoss absolutes and extracts are derived from the lichen and have a distinctively woody, sharp aroma. There is also a special type of oakmoss which grows on pine trees. It has a slightly different, turpentine-like smell, which makes it valuable material for perfume industry.