Patchouli (Pogostemon cablin) essential oil/India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka

Patchouli (Pogostemon cablin) essential oil/India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka

"Smell, like everything else in nature, is produced by vibrations. So is
sound, and light, and taste. Each odor has its particular rate of
vibration. They resemble very much the notes of a musical instrument,
and, as in music, odors can be harmonized, or they may be so mixed
together as to produce discord. Some perfumes, when used on the
handkerchief, and are about to fade away, have a sickly and disagreeable
odor. This is due to the admixture of the wrong or discordant tones.
Thus, heliotrope, vanilla, orange blossom and almond blend together;
citron, lemon, vervain and orange peel belong together, but they produce
a stronger impression on the sense of smell, and are of a higher octave;
and so with a still higher class, as patchouly, sandal-wood and
The Wonder Island Boys: Exploring the Island,
by Roger Thompson Finlay

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Patchoul essential oil displays a range of olfactory properties depending on method of distillaton, age of oil, location of harvest, technique of fermentation of the leaves etc.
Generally it it is a light amber to dark amber colored liquid displaying a rich, sweet, herbaceous, balsamic, precious woods bouquet with a minty, animalic, earthy undertone.
Some patchouli oils display a deeper, animalic note in the dryout phase, others a high ethereal sweet note, etc. Each is excellent and has special applications depending on the particular likes of the person using it

In natural perfumery it has wide application including Oriental bouquets, ayurvedic preparations, culinary perfumes, precious woods notes, fougere, chypre, resinous accords

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