Originally Posted by dirk
I can detect oakmoss if it is in the "absolute" form even into the topnotes because of the pungency of the substance. Rate of evaporation is one explaination for the topnotes/midnotes/basenotes separation, but in the actual construction of a scent, the basenotes are usually tackled first because ingredients do not remain in the category assigned to them, but lend of themselves to the entire blend. It is in the basenotes that oakmoss is most prominent and therefore we label it a "basenote" ingredient. However, in a simple construction of say, oakmoss + lavender + yuzu, you'd get the oakmoss penetrating to the topnotes due to the insufficient buffering between top and midnotes. In that example, i purposely chose light and thin ingredients to illustrate the point. The entire creation then becomes a chypre.
... well... it was just lying there...Originally Posted by renato