January 20, 2022

What Does Patchouli Smell Like? (8 Perfumes You Will Love)

What Does Patchouli Smell Like?

So what does patchouli smell like? The patchouli oil has an intense aroma and is mixed with other essential oils, such as Sandalwood, Jasmine, Rosel, Vanilla, and citrus oil to produce various fragrances.

The Pure Patchouli oil is extracted from the patchouli leaves, twigs, seeds, and flowers. Pure Patchouli oil mixes well with other essential oils to make various fragrances.

Perfumers wouldn’t be without patchouli essential oil for the richness that it gives to fragrances. Patchouli makes its way into many chypre and powdery fragrances, swirling exotically alongside lavender, sandalwood, labdanum and bergamot note, clove, clary sage, as well as vetiver. 

Perfumes and Colognes often use pure fragrant oil as a base note because it provides a long-lasting intense scent.

What does Patchouli smell like

Field of patchouli flowers

Best Patchouli Perfumes For Him and Her

Chypre Floral: Guilty Love pour Femme

Guilty Love Edition pour Femme, Gucci

Guilty Love Edition pour Femme

Guilty Love Pour Femme by Gucci debuted in 2020. This new fragrance is a chypre floral. The opening notes are breezy and slightly aquatic. Violet, raspberry, and flowery accords shine through to form a feminine scent. Amber and patchouli give depth to the ensemble. Sweet fruity notes and heady musk frame this perfume. 

Guilty Love is for daytime and most suitable in warmer weather. The longevity is moderate, and the sillage quite strong.

Top Notes: Bergamot, Grapefruit, Aquatic notes, Middle Notes: Narcissus, Raspberry, Violet, Jasmine sambac, Base Notes: Musk, Patchouli, Mineral amber.

Patchouli Pure - Black Orchid by Tom Ford

Patchouli smells like - Black Orchid Parfum, Tom Ford

Black Orchid

Black Orchid Perfume is a new unisex perfume by Tom Ford released in 2020. As with most Tom Ford perfumes, this fragrance is strong, memorable, opulent, and unmistakably unique.

Dark orchid is underscored with the spiciness of patchouli, as well as the pleasantness of ylang-ylang and plums.

Tom Ford's Black Orchid will complement your evening look. It is appropriate for seasons across the board. 

Top Notes: Black truffle, Black orchid, Truffle, Patchouli, Black plum, Plum, Crème blanche accord, Ylang-ylang, Rum absolute, Middle Notes: Ylang-ylang, Rum, Akigalawood, Black orchid, Base Note: Patchouli.

Classic Patchouli: Coco Mademoiselle Intense 

Coco Mademoiselle Intense Eau de Parfum

Mademoiselle Intense

Coco Mademoiselle Parfum by Chanel is a predominantly classic floral perfume. The fragrance begins with sweet citrus scents. Floral and woody fragrance ingredients accords add a powdery aspect. The initial patchouli scent is light, elegant, and luxurious as in many oriental fragrances.

The base is pure magic that combines patchouli, white musk, and hints of vanilla. Patchouli is discreetly present here, along with other lingering floral notes. You can’t go wrong with this romantic scent on a summer's day. It is very long-lasting, and the sillage is strong.

Top Notes: Bergamot, Mandarin orange, Orange, Orange blossom, Middle Notes: Jasmine, Mimosa, Rose, Ylang-ylang, Base Note: Opoponax, Patchouli, Tonka bean, Vanilla, Vetiver, White musk.

Aromatic Fougere For Him - Fusion d'Issey

Issey Miyake Fusion d'Issey Eau De Toilette

Fusion d'Issey

Fusion d'Issey is a new aromatic Fougere fragrance for men. It gently opens with citrus, herbal and exotic notes. It's fresh, slightly aquatic, and from the beginning, the scent is charmingly aromatic.

Fig nectar and coconut milk add some subtle nuances here in an unexpected way. During the scent’s development, they remain when soft floral and woody notes appear, merging with rosemary and cardamom, which continue to be present throughout the dry down. In the final stage, the patchouli smell and sandalwood turn into an intoxicating scent.

Fusion d'Issey can be worn all year round. The longevity is moderate, and the sillage quite strong.


Notes: Top Coconut milk, Fig nectar, Lemon, Middle Sandalwood, Rosemary, Geranium, Cardamom, Base Ambroxan, Woody notes, Patchouli oil.

The Parisian Fragrance  - Patchouli Homme

Reminiscence Patchouli Pour Homme Eau De Toilette

Patchouli Pour Homme

Reminiscence Patchouli is a woody, spicy fragrance for men. The opening is fresh, aromatic, well-balanced, and relatively brief.

The tonka bean provides a touch of sweetness. The fragrance’s heart is woody and floral with hints of spices in a velvety, dry, and clean patchouli background. The base is warm, balmy, and moderately sweet.

This beautifully warm, smooth, and relaxing fragrance is best for cold fall and winter days and evenings. Reminiscence Patchouli is very long-lasting with a moderate sillage.

Top Notes: Mandarin orange, Lime, Heart Notes: Patchouli, Cedar, Geranium,Base Notes: Benzoin, Tonka bean, French labdanum, Tolu balsam, Musk.

Unisex Patchouli Smelling Perfume - Tempo

Diptyque Tempo Eau de Parfum

Tempo is an aromatic spicy unisex scent. Tempo is a lovely earthy herbal patchouli and not too sweet. Superbly balanced! The mate note is very present together with the clary sage. 

The pink pepper and bergamot in the opening give it a sparkling feel. Patchouli and sage remain as the main notes in the dry down. The violet adds a bit of a powdery aspect that keeps the patchouli from being too earthy.

Very smooth and relaxing. You could wear this perfume anytime, any season, anywhere. This fragrance is very long-lasting, and the sillage is moderate.

Main Notes: Patchouli, Mate, Clary sage, Pink pepper, Violet leaf, Bergamot

Best Patchouli Fragrance For Men - Acqua Di Gio Absolu

Acqua Di Gio Absolu

Acqua Di Gio

Acqua Di Gio Absolu is a sensual and refined woody aromatic fragrance for men. It mixes fresh aquatics with warm woody vibes.
The fragrance opens with a moderate projection of sweet, fruity, citrusy, spicy, and woody notes. 

The sharp citrusy notes mix well with the pear and apple creating a bright, fruity note. The sea notes add a slightly salty, airy quality. Rosemary adds a noticeable but delicate aromatic, slightly minty touch. Acqua Di Gio Absolu is exceptionally long-lasting (more than 10 hours), and the sillage is moderate. 

Notes:  Top - Sea notes, Bergamot, Pear, Grapefruit, Apple, Lemon, Middle: Lavender, Rosemary, Geranium, Base: Woody notes, Tonka bean, Patchouli, Amberwood, Labdanum

Amber & Patchouli Fragrance For Men - Habit Rouge

Habit Rouge Eau de Parfum, one of the best patchouli perfumes for him

Habit Rouge

Habit Rouge is an amber woody fragrance for men. The patchouli heart is a lovely green scent. The spicy touches of cinnamon are charming, as are the oakmoss and the hint of vanilla.

Habit Rouge smells mysterious and dark, yet it maintains freshness and delicacy all at the same time. This fragrance is very long-lasting, and the sillage is moderate. Habit Rouge is easy to wear and could become your all-season signature scent. 

Top Notes: Lemon, Brazilian redwood, Orange, Bergamot, Lime, Tangerine, Basil, Middle Notes: Rose, Carnation, Sandalwood, Patchouli, Cedar, Cinnamon, Jasmine, Base Notes: Vanilla, Leather, Benzoin, Amber, Oakmoss, Labdanum

Frequently Asked Questions 

What Does Patchouli Smell Like?

Patchouli is today at the heart of the “chypre” family of fragrances that are most often described as warm, sweet, and mossy-woody, sometimes like wet soil.
Perfumers wouldn’t be without this precious essential oil for the richness that it gives to fragrances. Patchouli makes its way into many chypre and powdery fragrances, swirling exotically alongside lavender, sandalwood, labdanum and bergamot, clove, clary sage, as well as vetiver. Patchouli smells like wet soil or slightly overripe apple or a cork of wine. It is described as having a solid and sweet scent with a dark, musky-earthy aroma profile. Some wear patchouli oil as a single-note fragrance.

What Is Patchouli?

The patchouli plant (Pogostemon cablin) is an aromatic flowering plant with frilly green-leafed, purple flowers that belongs to the mint family . It is a member of the Lamiaceae family, or mint family (evergreen perennial herb native to Southeast Asia). The name is derived from the Tamil words “patchai” for green and “ellai” for leaf.

What Is The Origin Of Patchouli

The use of herbs in perfumes dates back thousands of years in Egyptian culture. The Chinese used it in medicine, and the Indians used it as an insect repellent. Patchouli was introduced into China for medicinal uses during AD 420–589.

The French perfume manufacturers at last discovered the secret smell of the Indian shawls was due to the association of the Pogostemon species.