Oakmoss Absolute (Evernia prunastri)


Oakmoss Absolute may also be referred to as oakmoss lichen or staghorn lichen. It is typically processed using solvent extracted as a method for extracting oil from the moss/lichen.


Aromatically, Oakmoss Absolute is a base note that possesses a very deep, earthy aroma. Its primary benefit lies within its use as a natural fixative within perfumery and natural fragrancing applications. Within the scope of natural fragrancing, a fixative is an ingredient that helps to stabilize and prolongue the aroma.

Essential Facts

  • Aroma Description:

    Earthy Rich Woody

  • Common Name(s): oakmoss lichen or staghorn lichen
  • Botanical Family: Parmeliaceae
  • Botanical Genus: Evernia
  • Major Compounds: Methyl B-orcinolcarboxylate, Ethyl Everninate, Ethyl Hematonmate, Ethyl Chlorohematommate
  • Perfumery Note: Base
  • Consistency: Medium - Thin
  • Strength of Initial Aroma: Medium
  • Color: Dark Brown
  • Processing Methods: Solvent Extracted
  • Part Typically Used: Moss/Lichen
  • Vegan Vegan

Essential Details

Cautions & Safety

Safety Precautions for Oakmoss Absolute:

Do not take any oils internally and do not apply undiluted essential oils, absolutes, CO2s or other concentrated essences onto the skin without advanced essential oil knowledge or consultation from a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. If you are pregnant, epileptic, have liver damage, have cancer, or have any other medical problem, use oils only under the proper guidance of a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. Use extreme caution when using oils with children and be sure to first read the recommended dilution ratios for children. Consult a qualified aromatherapy practitioner before using oils with children, the elderly, if you have medical issues or are taking medications. For in-depth information on oil safety issues, readEssential Oil Safety by Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young.


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