100% pure Patchouli essential oil steam distilled from leaves grown in Indonesia. This aged extra-fine variety has beautiful floral notes and a brighter, lighter overall aroma while the Dark has wonderful deep, musty notes. Patchouli gets gets better with age, and this wonderful, rich Patchouli oil has aged very nicely! Our Fine Patchouli Oil is available from sample size up to 1 kg or more.
ABOUT THE PLANT
A bushy, aromatic perennial herb in the mint family, Patchouli (also spelled Patchouly) is a native species to the tropical regions of southeastern Asia, specifically the islands of Sumatra and Java in Indonesia and the Philippines.
ABOUT THE OIL
The leaves are hand picked 2-3 times per year, bundled or baled, and allowed to partially dry in the shade and ferment for a few days before the oil is extracted. The fermentation process softens the plant's cell walls and eases oil extraction. This dark orange yellow Patchouli essential oil is steam distilled from the leaves of plants wild grown in Indonesia.
This particular Patchouli has a more predominant floral top note than the 'special dark' extraction, it carries similar notes of mint and deep, warm, well-aged woody undertones. It blends well with: Rose Absolute, Bergamot, Geranium, Lavender, Myrrh, Ginger, and Ylang-Ylang oil. This 'extra fine' extraction is enjoyed by people who have never before appreciated the aroma of Patchouli. It has a fantastic, deep aroma not often found in younger Patchouli oils (typically the aromatic compounds gain complexity with age). Patchouli oil is used as a base note and fixative in perfumery, and is a component in many famous perfumes. As a fixative, it slows the evaporation of other, more volatile oils so that their aroma may be released over a longer period of time.
The oil has been used in India for years for medicinal purposes, but chiefly as an aphrodisiac and to perfume cloth. The aroma of Patchouli in homespun cloth was so pervasive that garment makers importing their wares were obliged to scent their imitations for the local marketplace. Treatment of skin conditions (such as oily skin and acne) and stimulating the growth of healthy hair have been the two predominant medicinal uses of Patchouli oil.
Therapeutic Properties Described In The Aromatherapy Literature