A herb of the mint family which grows in India and Indonesia, it produces an essential oil which smells woody, earthy, herbal, rich, balsamic, and blends well with many ingredients. An excellent insect repellent, patchouli leaves were tucked between cashmere and silk from the East and traveled West along the trade routes. In the 60s and 70s patchouli, though highly adulterated, was very popular with the hippies and this association may have led to a negative association. Patchouli finds itself in most fragrances, IFF master perfumer Anne Flipo likes to use patchouli as a modifier to adjust her fragrances.
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Angel (Thierry Mugler)
Flowerbomb (Viktor & Rolf)
Portrait of a Lady (EDP Frédéric Malle)
Coco Mademoiselle (Chanel)
Terre d'Hermès (Hermès)
Amber & Patchouli (Jo Malone London)
Patchouli 24 (Le Labo)