Patchouli, the ultimate “love it or hate it” scent! People often say they can’t stand the patchouli scent, and they are surprised to learn it is a part of a perfume they really love. Even a scent as intense and recognizable as patchouli can be tamed into subtlety in the right blend.
Patchouli Essential Oil
- Source – Pogostemon cablin from tropical Asia such as India, Philippines, Indonesia
- Plant parts used – leaves
- Aromatic extract– Steam distilled essential oil
Patchouli is a bushy herb that grows up to 3 feet tall and has large leaves. The leaves and stems are distilled to create patchouli essential oil. Patchouli oil is very earthy with woody and mossy notes. It is a dark brown liquid with a very strong scent that lasts for many hours, and is sometimes used as a deodorant to mask body odor. It is also great for helping many skin conditions.
It has been used for centuries in the east, and when imported to the west was associated with exotic luxury. Silks from China were stuffed with patchloui leaves in an effort to ward off insects that might damage the silk. Patchouli oil was made especially famous in the 1960s and 70s when it became a favorite for the hippie generation. Many people today still associate patchouli with that era and with hippies.
Patchouli is also a common ingredient in incense and many people find it to be a great calming and grounding fragrance.
You can sample patchouli essential oil as part of the five oils in my Earth & Spirit Essential oil set.