Oakmoss is a type of light green to green-black fungal lichen that grows primarily on the trunk and branches of oak trees, hence its name. It also commonly found growing on the bark of other deciduous trees and conifers such as firs and pines. The essential oil extracted from this moss is used as a base note and fixative in perfumery.
Where It's Found
Oakmoss is found in many mountainous temperate forests throughout the Northern Hemisphere, including parts of France, Portugal, Spain, North America, and places in Central Europe.
What it Smells Like
Oakmoss has a strong, earthy-mossy aroma. It imparts a wet forest floor scent that is very true to nature, with dry, earthy, green, and bark-like qualities, and a leather-like undertone. Oakmoss is highly valued as a fixative agent in perfumery, for its ability to anchor more volative fragrance notes, and add a rich undertone and smoothness to all perfume types (oriental, floral, chypre, etc).
Other Uses of Oakmoss
Oakmoss absolute oil is generally reserved for perfumery. However, at less concentrated distillations, oakmoss extract is commonly found in soaps, cleaning solutions, and hair products.
Oakmoss Fragrances to Try
Some perfumes for women that feature oakmoss in their composition include Chloé, Bond No. 9 Eau de New York, Christian Dior Diorella, Elizabeth Arden Green Tea, Jil Sander Woman Pure, Ava Luxe Madame X, Chanel No. 19, Calvin Klein Obsession, Helene Cordier Proximo Woman, Rochas Femme, Space NK Woman, Sean John Unforgivable Woman, Elizabeth Taylor White Diamonds, and Elizabeth Arden White Shoulders.
Some perfumes for men starring oakmoss include Ralph Lauren Polo, Adidas Eau Fraîche, Adidas Moves, Bulgari pour Homme Extreme, Fred Hayman 273 for Men, Perry Ellis 360 Degrees Blue for Men, Aramis Gold, Giorgio Armani Armani, Armani Eau Pour Homme, Azzaro pour Homme, Calvin Klein Escape for Men, Bond No. 9 Bleecker Street, Antonio Banderas Blue Seduction for Men, Hugo Boss Number One, Burberry London for Men, Coach Leatherware, Davidoff Cool Water, Liz Claiborne Curve Kicks for Men, Cartier Déclaration, Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue pour Homme, Ocean Pacific Endless Ocean Pacific For Men, Ferrari Extreme, Versace Green Jeans, Kenzo pour Homme, and Lancôme Miracle Homme.