Earthy essential oils are wonderful base notes in perfumery. Patchouli is the most well known. Others are vetiver, spikenard and oakmoss absolute.
Patchouli essential oil seems to attract people to the polarities – they either love it or they hate it. But everybody knows it!
Patchouli is a warm relaxing oil. Its earthy fragrance is grounding and stabilising for those who have a tendency to over think and over analyse. Conversely, it is also gently stimulating and inspiring and can help awaken the mind of those who are in a creative rut.
Patchouli is a thick, dark coloured oil often with a greeny tinge. As a base note it is an excellent fixative in perfumery and absolutely does NOT have to be the dominant note in all compositions. Used sparingly you can achieve a barely there hint of earthy warmth whilst contributing significantly to the longevity of your natural perfume oil.
On other occasions, its aroma is to be celebrated in its own right. The warm, damp earthy character of Patchouli is sensuous and appealing to many, and as such it is a valuable consideration in natural perfumes for both men and women.
In natural perfumery patchouli essential oil blends well with:
rose, frankincense, sweet orange, bergamot, myrrh, liquidambar, black pepper, lavender, peppermint, neroli, labdanum, vetiver, frankincense,