Patchouli

Photography and visual design by Lund x Mauviel
Olfactive Family: Woody

A bushy, evergreen perennial herb called “Pogostemon Cablin”, native to Southeast Asia, with lightly fragrant leaves, and white, violet-marked flowers. It grows wild in both Sumatra and Java at high elevations. The oil is extracted by steam distillation from the dried leaves of the plant. Patchouli is known for being the hippie scent-of-choice in the 1960s, but its traditional uses date back thousands of years. Egypt’s ​King Tut arranged to have ten gallons of patchouli oil buried with him in his tomb. The scent is dark, woody musky-earthy and reminiscent of wet soil and humid moss.