Hey Yall, another of my favorite essential oils is Patchouli…specifically East Indian Patchouli. Now, don’t turn your nose up when I mention Patchouli…at least not just yet…let me finish before you do…I might just change your mind, lol.
Patchouli is one of those scents you either love it or hate it…there seems to be no in between that I have seen. I have to be honest, when I first started making products and had to use Patchouli essential oil, I would hold my nose…I was one of those that just didn’t like it…but it was needed to anchor some of my most popular scents…so I used it. Well as luck would have it, I had misplaced a bottle of Patchouli essential oil in the back of my oil supply cabinet. I say luck, cause if you know me, I’m so OCD that all my oils are in alphabetical order, so there is no way for things to get lost…it just doesn’t happen…but I digress. So I’m looking for an essential oil and I come across this “old” bottle of Patchouli…and I know it’s old…cause I date everything…OCD I tell ya. Anyway, it was about 4 years old, so I opened it to check and see if it was still good to use for personal use. Can you say OMGawd!!!! This stuff was the most amazing smelling Patchouli I had EVER smelled…and from then on I have been a lover of Patchouli.
After doing some research, I have found that Patchouli essential oil is like a fine wine…the more it ages the better it gets. This will also enhance any blend that the aged Patchouli has been added to…gives it more depth. Sorta hard to explain, but yall know how good my soaps and other products with Patchouli smell…nuff said!
Patchouli has typically been associated with the 60’s and the hippie movement. Maybe I’m just an old hippie born in the wrong decade…but I have to tell you about this sweet little girl that buys soaps from me, well her Mama buys the soaps. This sweet child is all of 11 and as you might have guessed she loves my Patchouli soap…her Mama has tried to steer her to some of the Lavenders or other girlie scents…and she stands her ground and tells her Mama she wants the Patchouli…oh my a girl after my own heart. Gotta love it!
Patchouli also has some health benefits such as antidepressant, anit-inflammatory, antiseptic, astringent, diuretic, deodorant, insecticide and sedative. As with any essential oil, always use caution. Always add to a carrier oil such as olive or coconut oil. This information is based on historic use of Patchouli, for general reference, and our own personal experiences with Patchouli. In no way do we claim to cure, treat or prevent any disease.
Check out our Patchouli soap. Geaux ahead…I dare ya!
Until next time, Blessings and Bubbles,