What the Heck is Patchouli?

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This is probably the question I get most often.

 

Isn’t it something hippies and druggies like?

 

Patchouli (Pogostemon Cablin) is a tropical herb of the mint family.  It’s used extensively in making incense, thus the association with the 1960s and 1970s.

I use it for several reasons:

It smells nice!  It’s got a combination floral/herbal scent that a lot of people like, even if they can’t put their finger on exactly what it is.

It blends beautifully!  It can blend with florals, herbals, citrus, spice…just about anything you can think of.  It can temper a particularly biting scent, or pick up a rather heavy one.

It’s a scent stabilizer, too!  Some essential oils are notorious for fading over time–any type of citrus comes to mind.  Adding a little patchouli will cause the scent to hold.

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