With the air filled with the sweet sounds of instruments and the chatter of merchants. Imagine bustling tea houses brimming with people and the aromatic scent of dried herbs wafting through the air. And as you walk, the dust kicks up beneath your feet and your senses come alive all at once. This is exactly what Patchouli is!
With its unique and exotic aroma, this controversial scent has both a rich history and a rich smell. But the main question is, what does patchouli really smell like?
Made using the leaves of the patchouli plant, a tropical herb that grows in Southeast Asia. The oil extracted from these leaves has a deep, complex fragrance that is both spicy, woody, and earthy with rich ambery and some medicinal tones.
This scent is mysterious yet expressive at the same time. A patchouli scent will remind you of wet soil, or a forest during the fall season.
And why is this scent controversial, you ask? It’s because of its association with the 1960s counterculture movement. It was during this time that patchouli actually became a popular scent amongst hippies and was associated with rebellion and non-conformity. As a result, some people view patchouli as a symbol of anti-establishment and reject it on those grounds.
However, patchouli has stood the test of time and has now become a staple in the world of perfumery for a good reason, all because of 2 successive revolutions - Angel by Thierry Mugler and Coco Mademoiselle by Chanel.
Angel by Thierry Mugler, a scent with an overdose of Patchouli blended with some gourmand notes.
Meanwhile, Coco Mademoiselle by Chanel has a more subtle approach. And now, Patchouli is one of the most loved scents all around the world, making it a must-have ingredient for perfumers and enthusiasts alike!