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Patchouli is a reminder that beauty becomes richer with age.


While most essential oils devolve as time goes by, this botanical evolves into a sublime treasure. In the heart of Indonesia, artisan farmers harvested and distilled Patchouli just for us. There are some unique green notes to appreciate as a symbol of the fresh distillation. Patchouli is a botanical whose world travels are as rich and complex as its aroma. We invite you to explore the story below.


  • Botanical Name: Pogostemon cablin
  • Plant Part: Leaves & Stems
  • Quality: Wild Harvested
  • Method of Extraction: Steam Distilled
  • Origin: Indonesia
  • Source: Directly from the Producer
  • Aroma Note: Base
  • Aroma Nuances: Earthy, rich, with hints of fresh soil balanced by slightly green notes, due to its recent distillation. The drydown is warm and sultry. A unique opportunity awaits to set aside this newly distilled oil to age over time.


Patchouli is a botanical whose world travels are as rich and complex as its aroma. Visions of dancers swirling their shawls at Woodstock come to mind upon the first whiff of this unmistakable aroma, yet exotic, Patchouli-scented shawls made their debut a century earlier. Patchouli has been embedded in the fabric of Indian Cashmere (Kashmir) shawls since the 1800's when Frenchmen like Napoleon first brought them back to their beloveds. Romantic stories of Napoleon and Josephine abound, and Patchouli-scented shawls were ever present within those tales. Patchouli and Cashmere shawls were two important signatures of India, and they became synonymous with exotic elegance by the French who brought them back. Ironically, Patchouli was widely used in India during this time to repel moths from destroying their fine fabrics, yet it became a statement of enchanted faraway lands. It became such a fascination among European nobility that French merchants began to scent inauthentic versions of the shawls with Patchouli to cash in on the craze, as one of Carole's mentors, the legendary Mandy Aftel, describes in her inspirational book, Essence and Alchemy: A Natural History of Perfume.


Integrity and quality are at the heart of our mission at Nomad Botanicals. We source our single origin essential oils and absolutes directly from trusted ethical sources and directly from the producer as often as possible. We also distill essential oils ourselves, from time to time. With more than 25 years of experience in the aromatherapy field, we feel honored and humbled to share our life's work with you, so you can enjoy the awe-inspiring benefits of botanicals.


  • For external use only. Avoid contact with eyes. Keep out of reach of children.
  • Drug interaction, may inhibit blood clotting; avoid use in the case of anticoagulant medication, major surgery, peptic ulcer, hemophilia, other bleeding disorders (Tisserand, Robert and Rodney Young. Essential Oil Safety, 2nd ed., 2014)
  • If essential oils come into unwanted contact with skin or mucous membranes, a traditional method for mitigating this is to douse the area in a fatty/carrier oil. Common kitchen oils like olive oil are effective. Essential oils are lipophilic, meaning they love oils and fats. This is why they are drawn to the fatty/carrier oil. They are also hydrophobic, meaning they hate water. For this reason, putting water on the skin will push the essential oil further into the skin.
  • The FDA has not evaluated information on our website. The information is based on traditional uses and does not come with any claims on diagnosing, treating, healing, curing, or preventing any diseases or conditions.
  • Extra precautions or avoidance of essential oils are recommended for people who are: children, elderly, pregnant or nursing, or have medical conditions.