10 мл 580 руб.
10 мл 580 руб.
Patchouli Essential Oil LIGHT
Adam Michael has this to say “Patchouli light essential oil is the result of using stainless steel vats to distill the plant material and the dark essential oil is the result of using cast iron vats which impart a heavier, more pungent aroma. Light patchouli is preferred by soap makers and is far easier to obtain now than the patchouli dark. However if you are working with patchouli to produce a finished product you may wish to look at patchouli molecular distilled.
Patchouli light essential oil is useful for treating dry, chapped skin and excellent at helping reduce scars. Patchouli is soothing and calming when used in in massage and also commonly known as ‘hippy-juice’ due to its popularity in the 1960’s. Patchouli, when stored properly, will also improve aromatically with age.”
Botanical Name: Pogostemon cablin
Our Patchouli – Light essential oil is similar in aroma to our Dark Patchouli oil, but for those who find Dark Patchouli a bit too intense, the clearer, lighter character and more ‘free-spirited’ version of this Patchouli is a welcome alternative. Traditional distillation of many plants in less developed regions is often done in units made with reactive metals such as iron; contact between the metal and the plant material prompts metallic ions to be released into the essential oil, causing it to retain a darker color.1 While Patchouli essential oil is often specifically distilled using metal stills to ensure the warm, dark color in the final product, the perfume industry considers this type of Patchouli undesirable because it has a disastrous effect on the stability of perfumes, causing discoloration of the end product2; instead the oil is treated to remove the iron coloring and is thereafter referred to as iron-free. For those who prefer it, our Patchouli – Light is distilled using non-reactive, stainless steel vessels and is free of iron coloration.
Patchouli is a regrettably misunderstood oil that has received an undeserved reputation in recent decades. Author Lizzie Ostrom comments in Perfume: A Century of Scents, "Patchouli oil was the perfume that pretended it wasn’t. Unlike those ‘stuffy’ Diors and Guerlains that were made from a long list of ingredients, this was a natural product, which meant untampered by humans (allegedly) and therefore authentic – straight from the Earth."3 She adds that Patchouli and other supposedly au naturel scents were part of the hippie backlash against the sanitized landscape of America, with its aromatically sterile towns and appliance-filled kitchens. The ‘love generation’ of the sixties was associated with all-embracing free love, non-violence, sexual liberation and …cannabis! The Patchouli oils of the day, most of questionable origins, were used to mask the odorous smoke and to deliver an earthy, rebellious and sexy appeal. Unfortunately, cultural associations linger and to this day still color the reaction of many to this richly-storied and complex oil.
An authentic and truly fine Patchouli oil has a rich and deeply mysterious fragrance that may not be appreciated by many who claim that they "do not like" its scent. Frankly, it is best to approach the aroma of Patchouli in diluted form, on a scent strip, or combined with other essential oils (especially florals), rather than at full strength or directly from the bottle. Keep in mind that when first distilled, Patchouli has a pungency that can be quite pronounced, however a good quality Patchouli oil mellows with age and, when properly stored for a prolonged period, deepens, becomes rich and alluring, developing long-lasting sultry effects – "that full, rich, and almost fruity note for which the best grades of patchouli oil are renowned and so highly esteemed by expert perfumers."4
For information regarding the aromatherapeutic attributes of Patchouli essential oil, please see:
For information regarding the use of Patchouli in natural perfumery, please see:
Aromatic Profile: Rich, earthy, sweet-herbaceous, but with a lighter and clearer aroma than our Dark Patchouli. Known as one of the finest fixatives with outstanding tenacity.
Appearance: Medium amber-colored, transparent, somewhat viscous mobile liquid.
Storage Suggestions: This oil will actually improve with age, that is, the aroma will become deeper, rounder and more refined over time when properly stored at a constant temperature below 65-70F degrees.
Use: Aromatherapy / Natural Perfumery / Incense.
Blending Suggestions: Dilute and add drop by drop to add a full-bodied base note to your blends.
Blends Well With: Amber Oil - Fossilized, Amyris, Bergamot, Black Pepper, Cardamom, Cassie, Cedarwood, Champaca, Cinnamon, Clary Sage, Clove, Cocoa, Frankincense, Geranium, Ginger, Jasmine, Labdanum, Lavender, Lemon, Lemongrass, Mandarin, Myrrh, Neroli, Oakmoss, Opopanax, Orange, Orris, Palmarosa, Rose, Sandalwood, Spikenard, Tangerine, Tonka Bean, Vetiver, Ylang Ylang. "A great fixative used in small doses in any blend or as a fundamental note in Orientals and heavy florals. Absolutely one of the most useful of all essential oils in perfumery. Goes with everything, including people who don’t like it."5
Safety Considerations: Drug interaction, may inhibit blood clotting; avoid use in the case of anticoagulant medication, major surgery, peptic ulcer, hemophilia, other bleeding disorders.6 Dilute before using. A patch test should be performed before use for those with sensitive skin.
1 Guenther, Ernest. The Essential Oils, Vol. I, 1948, p. 310.
2 Rhind, Jennifer Peace. Fragrance and Wellbeing – Plant Aromatics and Their Influence on the Psyche, 2014, p. 288.
3 Ostrom, Lizzie. Perfume: A Century of Scents, 2016, p. 230.
4 Guenther, Ernest. The Essential Oils, Vol. III, 1949, p. 563.
5 Lawless, Alec. Artisan Perfumery or Being Led by the Nose, 2009, p. 84.
6 Tisserand, Robert and Rodney Young. Essential Oil Safety, 2nd ed., 2014, p. 382.
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Dark patchouli essential oil is a more tenacious, deeper, and richer essential oil than light patchouli essential oil. As the name suggests, light patchouli essential oil is lighter than the dark variety, clearer in color, and, in my opinion, fades more quickly.1
Both dark and light patchouli essential oil are earthy, sweet, and have a somewhat herbacious/woody aroma. It is perhaps the only essential oil which improves with age. Some of the chemical components of patchouli essential oil include patchouli alcohol, patchoulene, and pogostol.2
Due to its tenacity, patchouli essential oil is often used as a fixative in perfumery blends. It has a reputation of being an overpowering oil and sometimes provokes an immediate negative response in some people. However, I think that it gained this reputation due to its popularity as an incense during the 1960s, and the oil itself can be more subtle and grounding, if used correctly. I have used patchouli essential oil to fix aromatic perfume blends that you wouldn’t know contained patchouli unless you read the ingredients.