It’s not just for hippies! The history and lore of patchouli spans the centuries. Used for medicinal and practical purposes, it also became an element in many fragrances.
During the 18th and 19th century silk traders from China traveling to the Middle East packed their silk cloth with dried patchouli leaves to prevent moths from laying their eggs on the cloth. Many historians speculate that this association with opulent eastern goods is why patchouli was considered by Europeans of that era to be a luxurious scent. It is said that patchouli was used in the linen chests of Queen Victoria in this way.
Patchouli (Pogostemon cablin (Blanco) Benth; also patchouly or pachouli) is a species from the genus Pogostemon and a bushy herb of the mint family, with erect stems, reaching two or three feet (about 0.75 metre) in height and bearing small pale pink-white flowers. The plant is native to tropical regions of Asia and is now extensively cultivated in Caribbean countries, China, India, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mauritius, Philippines, West Africa and Vietnam.
One of our newer fragrance collections, Lime & Orange Blossoms, surrounds you with the beauty of night-blooming Sampaguita, Honeysuckle and Jasmine with a background of smokey Patchouli which gives it all a special umph!