When I think about how Patchouli leaves have to be soaked and fermented before distillation, it reminds me that Patchouli represents the breakdown of the past life of nature. This makes it a perfect new generation scent, which is why I think it was adopted in the 1960’s.
My first essential oil—because my brother used it—was Patchouli. To this day, it makes me think of him—my Irish twin and our younger days together. I love it so much that I added it to the signature scent I made in the 1970’s, which I still wear to this day. And when I made my special blend called 2AH (for Two Aging Hippies), which I gave away when I did a talk called “Restart Me Up” at the 2013 Alliance Conference in St. Petersburg, FL, I used Patchouli. A few ounces of that blend remain, and one day, it will become part of another special blend.
Because of the many associations people have with Patchouli, some people love it and some people hate it. Once, when I went shopping and stopped into a store, the clerks said, “Did the bug man come today?” Others recognize it immediately and say, “I love that smell!”
Hopefully this will give you some ideas on how to enrich your blends, make some fabulous diffusion blends, or make some personal perfumes!
When we use this leafy oil, we like to blend it with roots or woods and a touch of herbs or flowers. This combination can take us through the whole spectrum of life cycles. Then we have a complete plant perfume! What medicine can you make from these notes? We like to say, “Your perfume becomes your medicine … ”
Patchouli with ROOTS:
With Vetiver grounding Patchouli’s wild side, these two go together well. Both being bold and strong, it only takes a tiny amount to create their synergistic effect.
Vetiver and Patchouli Blend
Blend equal parts Patchouli and Vetiver. Start slow; let it mellow out and adjust. A tiny bit is very long-lasting. These two together can be used as a base for blends or even as a perfume on their own.
1 part Patchouli
1 part Vetiver
Patchouli with WOODS:
Cedarwood also has a grounding effect on Patchouli. In combination, they make a soothing anti-inflammatory for the skin.
Patchouli and Cedarwood Blend
Blend equal parts Atlas and Texas/Virginian (Juniperus spp.) Cedarwood for an earthy, masculine scent and grounding blend. You can use one Cedarwood in place of both … We just love them together.
1 part Atlas Cedarwood
1 part Virginian Cedarwood
2 parts Patchouli
Patchouli with HERBS:
With Geranium, Patchouli takes a whirl being a more feminine scent, exposing a different side of the oil. Here we have even more possibilities of actions, using the well-known balancing action and the slight, rosy floral of Rose Geranium, alongside the relaxing richness of Patchouli.
Patchouli and Rose Geranium Blend
5 drops of Patchouli
3 drops of Geranium
Patchouli with FLOWERS:
Jasmine is one of the most luscious flowers, and paired with the exotic, earthy Patchouli, this blend is good for dancing in the moonlight or lolling on the beach. Patchouli brings some spice to Jasmine and keeps it down on this plane! Pairing these needs practice and patience.
Patchouli and Jasmine Blend
3 drops of Patchouli
1 drop of Jasmine
Want to get really creative? Blend the Patchouli/Geranium, the Vetiver/Patchouli, or both—then play with some Jasmine. One drop at a time!
Tell us about your blending adventures with Patchouli. Leave a comment below.
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