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    Chypres have always been my favorite category of fragrance, even before I knew they were called chypres. Unfortunately, almost all of my favorite oakmoss-heavy fragrances have been discontinued ...thank goodness for carefully stored new-old-stock!

    Among my favorites that I still wear and love are the classic chypres Gucci No3, La Perla, vntg Miss Dior, Givenchy III, classic Balmain Ivoire, Aromatics Elixir, Azurée, Knowing, Molyneux Quartz, Jean Louis Scherrer, Aliage, Private Collection, Ungaro Diva, Sisley Eau du Soir, Cartier So Pretty, Miss Balmain, Jean-Marc Sinan and Halston ...some of these are actually still available, but given proper storage, vintage will *always* be better, of course.

    Although not specifically chypres, I also have several favorite floral greens, floral-aldehydes and a couple of florientals with chypre-y, oakmoss-rich bases, such as Chanel No19, Deneuve, Vent Vert, Gucci No1, the original Calvin Klein, Royal Copenhagen Flora Danica, K de Krizia, VCA FIrst, Capucci Yendi, Ralph Lauren Lauren, Safari and Tuxedo, Guerlain Parure, Rive Gauche, Caron Pour Une Femme, Ysatis, Rochas Mystère and Versace.

    Others I've enjoyed in the past (and would gladly welcome again to my wardrobe should I come across well-kept stock) include Cuir de Lancôme, Magie Noire and Paloma Picasso. And although not my personal favorites, YSL Y and Carven Ma Griffe are worth a mention as both contain a hefty dose of oakmoss ...that is, *once* contained a hefty dose of oakmoss.
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    I'm still impressed with Chypre Mousse...
    We want a niche forum.

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    Thanks for that exhaustive list, Evangeline. I especially love Azureé. Vintage MaGriffe is fantastic!

    Brian, I'll look into who makes Chypre Mousse. It sounds familiar.
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    I obtained an oakmoss absolute sample and it smells exactly like what I'd expect if I found an oak tree with moss growing on it and stuck my nose in the moss -- a deeply musky/mossy, yet slightly sharp green scent. An analogy? Think mushrooms growing in rich, black earth. The note is clear in vintage Coty Chypre and vintage Mitsouko. In others as well, I'm sure, as I hope to discover when I resume the Learning Chypre thread.

    Wow, you can practically smell it from kumquat's photo:

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    ​Still available. Now this is some great oak moss, baby!
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    It's totally amazing when bits of our old oak tree with oakmoss (Evernia prunastri) attached drop off after a storm - sniffing it just embodies vintage scent to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lpp View Post
    It's totally amazing when bits of our old oak tree with oakmoss (Evernia prunastri) attached drop off after a storm - sniffing it just embodies vintage scent to me.
    Mind how you go there. That's dangerous stuff!

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    I definitely miss it in good ole Z14

    Thank goodness i was able to buy some oakmoss bottles

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    Quote Originally Posted by saminlondon View Post
    Mind how you go there. That's dangerous stuff!

    Climbing the tree to remove some would certainly be a little dangerous, but the tree is protected so we have to buy the stuff

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    Oakmoss? YES, PLEASE and THANK YOU!

    Vintage Trussardi, Paloma Picasso and Mitsouko for me. All full of mossy goodness and worth hoarding while the going is good.
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    Cool, IPP, that's the real thing! I never thought about looking it up to see what it looked like.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lpp View Post
    It's totally amazing when bits of our old oak tree with oakmoss (Evernia prunastri) attached drop off after a storm - sniffing it just embodies vintage scent to me.

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    Very interesting, Ipp. This is what oakmoss looks like, dried?

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    I believe that's it, in situ. ​Growing on an oak tree.
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    Scentfan, that is live Oakmoss. Dried would be........well, shrunken and less green I would venture. This stuff, or something similar grows all over the forests here in the States too. Probably not the exact same one, but next time I go to a forest, I'm going to be sniffing those that are there to see what I smell.

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    I'd venture to say that it doesn't have a very strong odor. The essence required for perfume is distilled and intensified. (Experts required for the correct terminology)!
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    Quote Originally Posted by kumquat View Post
    I believe that's it, in situ. ​Growing on an oak tree.
    Yup - it's alive, well & happy on an oak tree in that pic.!

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