Patchouli is an oil that is essential in many ways in the composition of natural perfumes.
It is obtained from the dried leaves of the Patchouli bush, which are macerated in water before being distilled.
Its aroma is of deep undergrowth and of forest lichens. It is camphoric and moldy and tastes of damp bushland.
It is an intimate, sensual, invasive, aphrodisiac, and provocative smell.
These latter adjectives strangely also describe human pheromones. Patchouli could be a substitute or enhancer for our production of pheromones. These very pheromones that we obsessively wash away every day with aggressive soaps and deodorants.
This pheromonal dimension of Patchouli essence is probably the reason why it has always exerted an enthusiastic appeal from young people, and it is also probably the reason why it was never liked by their parents, who have in life a specific role and a social image to undertake and conform to.
When a boy full of patchouli gets on the metro or on the bus, a negative reaction is often red on the faces of passengers. It is because the perfume of Patchouli activates the pituitary gland of who smells it, causing endorphin, the love hormone, to be released into their bloodstream. Endorphin is certainly out of place in the morning of the commuters train. Therefore, the reproaching faces.
If someone tries to give you an injection of endorphins in the morning while going to work on the bus, you would certainly take it as a physical aggression. This is exactly what the boy does with his perfume of patchouli, without a syringe.
Patchouli is the favorite perfume of the rebels. Who does not like patchouli is not a real rebel, however much he thinks to be.
Rebels, idealists, experimenters of mental and psychic experiences, researchers of new waysâ€¦ Patchouli is your perfume. It will support you as long as you remain such, whatever your age.
Patchouli perfumeÂ in natural perfumery
Patchouli confers density and body to the flowery essences in natural perfumes and is often the magical ingredient that makes commercial synthetic perfumes smell good. It is capable of giving them a status of sophistication without which these commercial fragrances would remain in the olfactory realm of anti-mosquitoes sprays.
The perfume of Patchouli is an olfactory archetype that represents the mystical adventure of India, the rebellion of youth against the established order, the provocative sensuality of adolescence, and the refuge of deep forests.
Its scent helps us organize our ideas and stimulates in us the desire to overcome the limits set by society and by our physical nature, in order to find new ways of thinking and of understanding.
Patchouli helps us reconnect with the base chakra, with our physicality, when we tend too much towards intellectuality or idealism.
In natural perfumery, this essence is inevitable, indispensable, and irreplaceable.
In natural perfumes, it combines harmoniously with everything but in particular with the essences of ylang-ylang, rose, tuberose, jasmine, tonka, cinnamon, incense, myrrh, and opoponax.
Patchouli perfume in aromatherapy
In aromatherapy, it is used against water retention in massages, against mycoses in topical use, and against intestinal infections, in internal use.