Patchouli oil, Pogostemon cablin
The fragrance of Pogostemon cablin
or "Patchouli" became popular in the U.S. during the counter culture era of the 1960's, and for many people of that period the aroma has strong associations for better or worse. Unfortunately the aroma associated with that time was often a product of synthetic formulations or poor distillations and has sometimes given the actual aroma of a well-distilled oil a poor name. The fragrance may deserve "re-exploration" by those who have negative associations of the oil for one reason or another.
Freshly distilled oil has a somewhat "green" and harsh note which changes considerably with time. Aging of the oil for a prolonged period will develop that full, rich and almost fruity note for which the best grades of patchouly are renowned and so highly esteemed by expert perfumers.
The uses to which patchouli oil is put to include cosmetics, perfumes of all kinds, toiletries (with soaps being a major consumer of this oil), breath refreshners especially in the East (40 metric tons of patchouli are used by India's pan and tobacco chewing industry, incense, etc.).
Patchouli oil is reputed to to have antimicrobial and insecticidal properties so it finds its way into some therapeutic preparations and with the rise of aromatherapy, many uses are being found for the oil on the physical, emotional and mental levels.
Patchouli blends beautifully with labdanum, vetiver, sandalwood, cedarwood derivatives, oakmoss, geranium, clove oils, lavender, rose, bergamot, neroli, orris... cassia, myrrh, opoponax, sage clary absolute, borneol, pine needle oils.Price:
1 ounce (30ml): $24.50
Cobalt blue glass bottle w/poly seal cap + separate dropper included.See also our Fresh Organic Patchouly Oil from Indiaand our dried Patchouli