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The Best Patchouli Perfumes: Discovering Earthy and Exotic Scents

The Best Patchouli Perfumes: Discovering Earthy and Exotic Scents
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Patchouli’s deep, earthy aroma has long enticed scent enthusiasts around the world. In this fragrance guide, we’ll delve into the rich history behind patchouli perfume, find out what patchouli smells like and discover the perfect patchouli perfume for you.

What is patchouli?

Despite its reputation as a woody musk, patchouli is a leafy plant that is part of the mint family. Scientifically known as Pogostemon cablin, this tropical plant is native to Southeast Asia and is traditionally harvested in Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines.

The smokey and earthy patchouli aroma can be found in the oil-rich leaves of the plant, which once dried and fermented, develop the distinctive scent you might recognise from some of your favourite scents and can be made into patchouli oil perfume.

What does patchouli smell like?

Characterised by its warm, woody undertones, accented by hints of earthiness and musk, patchouli is part of the woody fragrance family. Whether it's used as a base note or as the star of the show in a fragrance formulation, patchouli perfumes are rich and enticing.

Best patchouli perfume for ladies

Patchouli is a scent for the sophisticated woman, so, unsurprisingly, many of the best-selling fragrances include this sensual scent as a musky base note.

Rabanne Lady Million Eau de Parfum is well-loved for the contrast of its floral, fruity top notes and (you guessed it!) patchouli base notes. The scent of this signature honey patchouli perfume is just as iconic as its bottle.

Another patchouli perfume for ladies is Yves Saint Laurent Opium Eau de Toilette Spray. This hedonistic fragrance opens with notes of carnation, cinnamon and pepper, before being rounded off by vanilla, patchouli and opoponax at the base. We recommend saving this one for date night!

For a lighter take on patchouli perfume that still honours the scent’s rich tones, Chloé Nomade Jasmin Naturel Intense Eau de Parfum is a sweet, feminine scent with notes of jasmine, date and pear accord, lightly complimented by a soft patchouli base.

Patchouli fragrances for men

Patchouli isn’t just a perfume for ladies. With its bold and masculine aroma, the rugged charm of patchouli works well in men’s fragrances and aftershaves too.

JOOP! Homme Eau de Toilette is an amber fougere fragrance that opens with fresh citrusy top notes, before moving into a spicy heart of cinnamon and a patchouli and Tonka bean base. This patchouli oil perfume is the perfect summer scent.

For men who prefer an aquatic-inspired scent, Armani’s Acqua Di Gio Homme Parfum captures the freshness of the ocean wave with bergamot and marine notes, offset by the warm depth of patchouli and incense base notes.

Looking for something with a little oomph? Armaf Club De Nuit Intense Man Eau de Parfum Spray is a sophisticated fragrance with a fresh head of lemon, bergamot, pineapple, apple and blackcurrant, a heart of birch, race and jasmine and a bold base of ambergris, musk, vanilla and patchouli. This men’s patchouli oil perfume is guaranteed to turn a few heads.

Patchouli home fragrances

The warm, intoxicating patchouli aroma makes it a relaxing scent to enjoy around the home too.

This Millefiori Milano Reed Diffuser is an opulent home scent with vibrant top notes of bergamot, pear and raspberry and a refined patchouli blend. Imagine how invigorated you’d feel walking through the door after a hard day’s work to this vibrant aroma.

Another great patchouli home fragrance is the Patchouli & Guaiac Wood scent from Bamboo. Available as a natural essential oil diffuser that will fill any room with its woody scent (or make an excellent gift) and as a room spray for easy spritzing, these home fragrances showcase the versatility of the patchouli scent.

Discover more scents here

Now you know what patchouli smells like and the origins of this popular scent, it’s time to explore our full fragrance collection here and find the patchouli perfume that works for you.

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