40 days and 40 Nights of Fragrance Notes: Oakmoss
Fragrance Note of the Day: Oakmoss
by Patti F
If there is any fragrance note that is a connecting thread among most of my perfumes, it's oakmoss. I know it immediately, as if recognizing
something familiar and welcome. Oakmoss appeared in my first grown-up perfumes when I was a teen, and oakmoss anchors the base of some
of my most beloved perfumes over the years, to this very day.
My parents took a trip to Monte Carlo when I was in college. Mom and the ladies took a day trip to the perfumeries of Grasse, while the menfolk hung out in the casinos. Mom brought back a set of five golden aluminum perfumers bottles for me. I had no idea what they were. She gave me a piece of yellow paper, on which her sales associate wrote down the names of the perfumes in those five bottles. The bottles had names, of course, but these were not the real names of what was inside. Five one-ounce bottles of pure parfum. I had perfume history in my hands. The lady had told my Mom that the perfumery store was not permitted to sell the perfumes by their real names, but she assured my Mom that these were the real thing. The names on that piece of paper are the names of the great legends of perfumery. Le Rendez-Vous was Miss Dior. It was my first chypre.
So much of my collection of perfumes have a base of oakmoss, and you probably know most of them, so I won't go on and on about the fabulousness of Mitsouko, or Paloma Picasso, or Cabochard, or Chanel #19. What I'd like to do is Show And Tell of some of the oakmoss fragrances that I have loved over the years, and still love, some unusual fragrances, chypres that have come and gone, some which remain.
Deneuve is a masterpiece, a balance of beauty and charm. Sparkling with a touch of aldehyde in the initial notes, the floral blend includes lily of the valley, iris, rose, jasmine, violet, and orris. In the base, oakmoss, sandalwood, musk, and some reviews say there's civet in here too. I've never loved a fragrance more than I love Deneuve. I still wear it on special occasions and it still takes my breath away.
Gianni Versace For Women is an intoxicating blend of florals and spices. I think I detect cinnamon and clove. This is another beautiful chypre that is no longer available but still very cherished by its fans. I recently was able to obtain a bottle for Ms. Blogdorf. I wanted to mark a very special birthday with a very special fragrance. She has loved it on me for years, and now she has her own bottle.
Do you love oakmoss in fragrances? Which one is your favorite? Tell us!
Reviewer: Patti F aka Cavewoman
Photos by Patti aka Cavewoman
Disclosure: All fragrances were either purchased by the author or given to her by her mother.
Graphic Credit: Melanie Parker