Botanical Name: pogostemon cablin
Shrub-like plant native to Asia with purple flowers. The oil is steam extracted from the leaves.
Used in soapmaking, as an insect repellent, and a deoderizer
Fragrance Family: Earthy and woodsy
Perfumery Note: Base
Patchouli is the signature fragrance of the social revolution of the 1960s and is a familiar fragrance to many people worldwide. The spicy earthy tones are often used as perfume on its own.
This oil is used as a fixative in oriental and earthy perfumes.
Patchouli is known as an uplifting fragrance, but is deeply sensual and comforting also. THe spicy earthiness of this oil promotes a warm, connected, contented feeling, which is why it is also considered an aphorodisiac.
Jen’s blending notes:
This oil really shines when used to augment a blend with earthy spice.
Patchouli will overpower less robust top notes.
Use caution with floral companion oils – if there are no herbal notes in the fragrance, patchouli will compete
Jen’s soapmaking notes:
A good dark patchouli will color soap. This can be lessened with Titanium Dioxide, but can also be used to advantage to add depth to yellow or make orange with red or pinks shades.