Patchouli is one of the very popular ingredients in perfumes. It is found both in fragrances intended for women and for men. Therefore, it is worth learning more about it - what it is, where it comes from, what it smells like, what properties it has and in which fragrance compositions it can be found.
What is patchouli?
Patchouli, also known as patchouli or patchouli fragrance, is a plant native to South Asia. It belongs to the light family. Some people refer to it as patchouli, and it is this form that is most similar to the name from the Tamil language- paććai ilai, which means green leaf.
A pinch of history
The term green leaf is most appropriate, since it is the leaves of this plant that are extremely aromatic and from them a fragrant oil is produced, the history of which dates back to ancient times. It is said to have been brought to Europe by Napoleon, bringing scarves soaked in it - but not to give them a beautiful fragrance, but to repel moles.
Patchouli was popularized in the 1960s by hippies, who liked to use it because of the scent that brought to mind faraway lands.
What does patchouli smell like?
Its fragrance cannot be clearly defined. It resembles camphor or musk with a hint of damp earth. It is original and intriguing, and thus evokes different impressions. Some people love it, others dislike it, but one thing is certain: perfumes with patchouli are constantly popular.
It is most easily found in oriental and chypre perfumes due to its spicy aroma. However, it also appears in other types of perfumes. It goes well with such ingredients as sandalwood, cedarwood, myrrh, vetiver, rose, bergamot or jasmine, and even citrus. Patchouli fragrance often appears in base notes, and for good reason, as it has scent fixing properties. What's more, it also makes other notes more noticeable. It can also add freshness and complement the composition beautifully.