In the last blog, we explored the scents of the forests and how they can contribute to wellbeing. However, there are other ‘plants’ present in the woods that yield unique fragrances – oakmoss and tree moss. These are not true plants, and are thus unusual sources of aromatic materials, and the whole story of oakmoss as a fragrance spans centuries.
Oakmoss and tree moss are lichens that grow on the bark of trees, particularly oaks and conifers. Lichen is a symbiotic organism, an association of an alga and a fungus growing together as one – dependent on one another for survival – although the fungal partner is dominant. Lichen produces a flattened structure called a thallus – this can be seen draping and trailing over the lower branches and twigs, and covering the bark of deciduous trees, particularly oaks. It has a moss-like appearance, hence the misnomer. In perfumery, Evernia prunastri is the most common species that yields oakmoss. Tree moss, however is obtained from Continue reading