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Incense Journal

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New SUNOL incense blend with Oakmoss

Mike Pare



Oakmoss is one of my favorite natural incense ingredients. It is a lichen, Evernia Prunastri, and it grows on oak trees in many parts of the world. It has historically been used in perfumery for hundreds of years, and was mixed with talc to fragrance powdered wigs. Ha. While not technically a moss, it's a trade name, (and fragrance note) that has stuck around for centuries.  It is a key ingredient in traditional french chypre and fougère perfumes.  Further complicating matters,  synthetic "Oakmoss" fragrance has grown in popularity to the point where today the majority of products labeled "oakmoss" are made in a lab.

I like oakmoss as an incense ingredient because it evokes campfire smells, rolling hills, and peaceful feelings. Its a fragrance that stays around for a while after burning. To me it is an immediately recognizable fragrance, and a welcoming one! 

I named this blend Sunol (pronounced sun-OL), after a local village near where I grew up in Northern California.  For a time in the 1980s and 90s, a black lab rottweiler mix named Bosco was the Mayor. 

Oakmoss and Eucalyptus collected in Winter

Oakmoss and Eucalyptus collected in Winter

Oakmoss (and eucalyptus in the background) - Gilroy, California

Oakmoss (and eucalyptus in the background) - Gilroy, California

Sunol is a fantastic new seasonal blend with it's own unique character:

Base: Oakmoss

Middle note: Lavender

Top notes: Bay / Citrus


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