Patchouli oil is extracted from the dried grass of the Pogostemon cablin plant by steam distillation. Patchouli is a bushy herb, belonging to the mint (Labiatae, syn. Lamiaceae) family. It can grow up to about 3 feet and has long stems with pink or white flowers.
Though it is native to Asia, it is now cultivated in Indonesia, China and the Philippines.
Patchouli has a very strong and smoky aroma and it was a popular insect repellent for exotic cloth trade, which made it more popular as a perfume ingredient.
In the 60s and 70s, patchouli oil was said to cover the smell of marijuana, so it became popular with the hippy movement.
Patchouli is widely used in perfumes today. It is mainly used for its distinctive aroma, but is also used by aromatherapists as relaxing and antiviral oil.
We use patchouli oil in our Blue Skies and Fluffy White Clouds Bubble Bar and Blue Skies liquid Bubble Bath for its relaxant properties.
Patchouli oil is a part of the innovative fragrance in our Karma range of products.
Our Aromaco deodorant has plenty of patchouli for fragrance and for its cooling, astringent properties on the skin.