Even were it not for the fact that they are quite different, I’d favor a designation that would sidestep religious wars on Basenotes. Many of the new “not really chypres” would fit on the Edwards fragrance wheel as dry woods, woody orientals and even mossy woods (some do have a mossy feel, distinct from oakmoss, but mossy all the same). I like and wear several of these orphaned fragrances (31 Rue Cambon, NR for Her, SL Chypre Rouge Tom Ford’s Moss Breches), and would love name that was both accurate and respectful. Oakmoss is an odd and musty note, by no means the most approachable in a perfume palette, but worth revisiting from time to time if it doesn’t seem to speak to you at first. I doubt I would have liked it much in my twenties. (Maybe there was a still a touch in Ma Griffe then, but it didn’t stand out to me.) But today I wore both Quadrille and Mitsouko and there are mysteries there well worth the fathoming.
And in my never been humble opinion, if Moondeva will grace us with her wisdom, any font this side of dingbats is alright by me. In fact, lovely one, if you are reading this and have a pyramid for Quadrille, please do tell!
And many thanks to Squeezeweasel and Moondeva for mentioning Lush; they have a store near me that I’ve never noticed and I’ll go check out Go Green and Tramp later this week.