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(Plants) a type of lichen, or the essence produced from it, that is commonly found growing on oak trees and from which can be produced an essence that is used in the manufacture of perfumes
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(ˈoʊkˌmɔs, -ˌmɒs)

a lichen, Evernia pranastri, growing on oak and other trees, yielding a resin used in the manufacture of perfumes.
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With notes of grapefruit and jasmine to start, the cologne develops with a fuller scent of patchouli, oak moss and ambergris, making for a hit of smooth and delicate perfume.
I wear a scent derived from oak moss, veriver, Neroli (bitter oranges) and black pepper.
- Gifting perfume on Valentine's Day is pretty cliche, but I wouldn't be mad if someone gave me a bottle of Detaille 1905, which is described as a green and fresh fragrance with touches of violet and blackcurrant bud, blossoming into a fragrant legend of rose, jasmine and ylang ylang on a background of sandalwood, vetiver and oak moss. That sounds absolutely romantic.
Classic base notes of musk, amber, myrrh and vetiver provide staying power, and oak moss adds a creamy-soft hint of chypre.
There is an understated blend of American musk wood, incense and oak moss that together gently establish this signature, sensual scent and finished off with an air of innate sexiness.
A smooth blend of dark oak moss and sage coupled with marine notes and masculine spices.
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Or walking into the woods with alcohol and sample bottles to make tinctures that can much later be combined in a sweet or savory dish based on the principles of perfumers--an interest of Reade, who read about the oak moss and peach base of one of the 20th century's most enduring fragrances, Mitsuoko, and sprayed nebulized spruce tincture over a granita of peach juice, crystallized peach skins, and sheep's-milk frozen yogurt, accompanied by crispy oak moss, to make what he calls a "magical, ethereal dessert."
The top note of the fraA[degrees]grance is led by bergamot, melon, pineapA[degrees]ple, plums, pear, pepper, black pepper, lime and lemon, which cascades down to Lily of the Valley, freesia and jasmine, with a bottom note of leather, oak moss, cedar wood, patchouli, ambergris and white musk.
Bottega Veneta creative director Tomas Maier explains: "I wanted something completely new, a creation that combines the sensuality of the original BottegaVeneta fragrance with the clarity and freshness of water." The heart of the fragrance radiates through what's described as a unique floral accord, now animated by delicate gardenia, with a trail of musk and oak moss. The Bottega Veneta Eau Legere bottle mirrors the soft curves and clean lines of the eau de parfum in a lighter, more luminous shade of pale.
Meanwhile, forager John Wright seeks wild mushrooms and oak moss to form the basis of a seasonal starter, and chefs Tim Maddams and Gill Meller demonstrate how to prepare more conventional Christmas fare.
Meanwhile, John Wright heads to the woods to forage for wild mushrooms and oak moss.