Evernia prunastri L. (Oakmoss) absolute is produced via a solvent and alcohol process from lichen that grows predominately on oak trees. Oakmoss possesses a damp green earthy aroma that softens pointy herbaceous notes into a dusty hue that I find similar to petrichor. It is a terrific ingredient in natural perfumes as it works as a fixative and is a key ingredient in Fougère (French for 'fern') type perfumes especially with the addition of the sweet coumarin notes of tonka bean.
Oakmoss is not a substance used in Aromatherapy or in cosmetics, however, it has been used extensively by independent natural perfumers and in the commercial fragrance industry for over a hundred years.
Oakmoss contains a constituent known as 'atranol' which has been deemed a contact allergen. However, the Oakmoss used in our products contains a low percentage of atranol. According to The International Fragrance Association and the United States Federal Drug Administration the acceptable level of Oakmoss must not exceed 0.1% our products are in compliance as we do not use Oakmoss at levels greater than 0.04%. Eden Botanicals is a reputable supplier of Oakmoss.
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