Patchouli (Pogostemon cablin) is an aromatic flowering plant that grows in a bush up to one meter (three feet) high. It belongs to the mint family and has large, fragrant leaves with irregular tooth-shaped edges. Both the stems and leaves are covered in fine hairs. When the plant blooms, it produces small flowers in white or pale purple shades.
The plant originated in the tropical climes of South Asia, where it has been cultivated for centuries, thanks to its fragrant oil produced by the plant’s leaves.
Patchouli has a rich, sweet aroma that is musky and earthy in nature. It's frequently used as a base smell in candles and fragrances due to its powerful scent. (After the top and mid notes have faded away, the base aroma is what you sense.)
Patchouli is a versatile ingredient that can be used in a variety of goods. It also goes nicely with a variety of perfumes. Patchouli is frequently mixed with various smells like as vetiver, sandalwood, frankincense, bergamot, cedar wood, and myrrh. Patchouli goes well with lighter floral and citrus smells like rose, jasmine, and orange. Finally, patchouli is a great complement to sweet aromas like vanilla.