Oh, #Patchouli. Such an interesting oil with an interesting history! It's earthy, musky scent that can sometimes smell like fresh picked flowers from wet soil. Everyone agrees (from all I've read and from everyone that's spoken to me about Patchouli) that you either love the scent or hate it. It either pleases your senses immediately or causes a negative yucky reaction. It's hard to describe so I decided to use google and see how others have described the scent. I read "wet soil," "dark cold basement" and even "subtly sweet body odor." I think I can agree with these descriptions. Now, different strains of the patchouli plant (and this goes for every plant and EO's) will produce a slightly different fragrance. All lavender oils smell a little different, for example, and so differently patchouli oils will have a slightly different tone also. I only have one bottle of patchouli and besides getting whiff of patchouli once during a workshop, my bottle is the only patchouli I've ever really smelled and I don't mind it at all. Sometimes I blend it with #lavenderoil when I want an earthy yet sweet to diffuse. But I have enjoyed using pure patchouli scent for #aromatherapyand #meditationwithout blending it with other oils. The "nature-ey" scent is pleasant enough for me to enjoy by itself.
Patchouli is famously known as "the hippie oil" and it apparently became very popular between hippie folks in the late 60's. Many people say hippies used patchouli to cover up the smell of marijuana, but I read an interesting comment from a now 70yr old man who said patchouli wasn't used to cover the smell of marijuana and that was just a rumor started by non-hippies, or the "straight people" as the man referenced. Patchouli was a way for the young generation of that time to be different, a way to rebel. If you loved nature and didn't want to wear your dad & granddad's cologne, you wore patchouli and you were proud of your generation.
Today patchouli continues to be an important element in the fragrance industry, commonly used is many modern perfumes and colognes.
Other than it's hippie popularity, patchouli essential has its health benefits. (Continued in comments..)