Perfume, Oakmoss and Treemoss (Evernia furfuracea)

Oakmoss (Evernia prunastri) and Treemoss are closely related, and both are common and grow in the US.  Most of the Oakmoss/Treemoss harvested for the perfume industry comes from France and Eastern Europe.  The photograph looked like a moss growing on my Pinyon pines, so off I went uphill looking for samples.  Found one, but got distracted by that Pandora Pinemoth caterpillar jumping me!  I took a couple photos and did a bit more research.

Treemoss (Evernia furfuracea)

Treemoss (Evernia furfuracea)

As it turns out, Treemoss grows on Pines, including my Pinyon Pines.  There do seem to be a few issues with Oakmoss products, because the two are frequently mixed together and sold as Oakmoss.

I own the adulterant.  Alrighty then.  It is still considered an essential oil, perfume base note and fixative.  Not sure how much I have, but enough to try alcohol extraction.

Treemoss has some medicinal uses as well; however, it will be reserved for perfume in my food forest.  Oakmoss/Treemoss is used in some of my favorite perfumes, and used extensively by Guerlain in their product line.

Unfortunately, the French government has put restrictions on Oakmoss/Treemoss use because some people are allergic to it.  In fact, people are allergic to many essential oils, including rose.  I am not sure why they are pushing on this ingredient, and the perfume industry is not reconciled to the decision.

However it goes, I have two important fixatives that are also base notes.  I will add several plants new to this garden, but that I have grown elsewhere, to expand my scent repertoire.

Treemoss is available now, so if I find enough on my property, I may have sample perfumes before summer is out.  I ordered tiny bottles for essential oils today.

My food forest is showing signs of feeding me and I can take a peek at other benefits possible from a circular economy, like deer bedding, honey, textiles, winemaking, medicinals, and Treemoss for perfumes.


About rebeccatreeseed

I am a naturalist raised by naturalists. Treeseed is my earned name, while Rebecca is my birth name. I am of Northern European descent, with a quarter Irish.quarter thrown in. I suspect I was a product of northern invaders into Ireland into Ireland. but hard to say since DNA disproved the family story about Apache blood! I have found some odd ancestors to replace them. Last year I bought 5 acres of pinyon-juniper forest on the side of a mountain in Santa Fe County, New Mexico. I am fulfilling a lifetime dream of a cabin in the mountains and a food forest that will feed me and local wildlife. I want to share this new phase of my life with others that might be interested.
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