Few people are aware of the fact that the patchouli plant belongs to the mint family.

What people do know is that this plant is the source of an aromatic and strong essential oil. In today’s era, where the popularity of essential oils is at an all-time high, patchouli oil is one of the more popular ones. 

Patchouli essential oil is a crucial ingredient in perfume oils since it can be used for making fragrances very easily at home. Also, the process of making a patchouli oil perfume can be quite an enjoyable experience and is one of the best options for getting started in this field. 

We’ve brought you three of the most popular patchouli perfume recipes that you can try at home. These are easy to make and do not require any significant investment of time or resources. 

So, let’s get down to it!

Advantages Of Patchouli Oil

Before talking about the recipes, let us take a look at what makes the patchouli plant such a great ingredient in perfumes.

It is one of the members of the Labiatae plant family, along with mint, sage, and lavender. And has a deep, musky, or earthy aroma that is used for different purposes around the world. 

The patchouli essential oil is used for therapeutic purposes since it is highly beneficial to the nervous system, helping reduce anxiety, insomnia, tension, etc. Additionally, the rich and deep fragrance acts as an excellent aphrodisiac[1], treating headaches, colds, and upset stomachs while controlling appetite. 

In fact, if you frequently have to deal with oily hair or dandruff, this oil can help with such problems. Plus, the oil from the plant can be used to treat various skin conditions such as acne, eczema, inflammation, or cracked skin. 

Also, several anti-aging products contain patchouli oil since it can heal and reduce scars. Not to mention, patchouli does not irritate the skin, which is why it is one of the best ingredients for making perfumes. 

Use Of Patchouli Oil In The Perfume Industry

Since it is one of the safest essential oils, patchouli is a highly popular ingredient in the perfume industry. Commonly used for making up the base notes in perfumes, patchouli essential oil blends perfectly with other oils. 

Additionally, while other oils slowly oxidize over time, that is not the case with patchouli oil. This essential oil helps ground the scent, which is ideal for lifting the mood and maintaining emotional balance. 

Similar to mint and lavender, patchouli also produces a strong and uplifting aroma, which is great for creating powerful fragrances. Some scents that can be used with amazing results with patchouli oil include cedarwood, clove, rose, sandalwood, black pepper, jasmine, and more. As a result, the fragrance of this oil is one of the top options for unisex perfumes or for spiritual purposes. 

Sourcing The Ingredients

To create the most aromatic perfumes, it is always recommended to use the highest quality ingredients. This is especially true in the case of essential oils, where imitations can drastically affect the quality of the final product. 

But purchasing essential oils from the market can be quite tricky since there is no established standard for grading essential oils. However, buying from manufacturers that offer natural oils is generally a safer option, as their products do not contain too many artificial contaminants.  

Some of the factors that affect the quality of an essential oil include:

  • The quality of the plant might be affected by the weather or similar conditions.
  • The processing of the extract.
  • The packaging and storage of the oil. 

Reputed brands often provide information regarding some of these factors either on the product packaging or on their website. Such information can be very useful for determining whether products from that brand are worth purchasing or not. 

Advantages Of Making A Perfume By Yourself

Besides offering a fun and exciting experience, there are several other benefits of making an essential oil perfume by yourself. 

1. Cost-Effective

One of the biggest advantages of creating your own essential oil perfume is how economical the process is. Most of the ingredients that go into making the perfume are very affordable, and several of them can easily be found at home. 

Essential oil perfumes from most brands are quite costly, and blending one at home is the most economical way of getting your hands on one.

2. Highly Customizable

Another benefit that DIY perfumes have is that they are highly customizable. You can select the ingredients for a particular blend and add or remove them as required. Plus, different oils have varying aromas that are suitable for your changing moods and preferences and can be used accordingly.

3. Safe

The most significant problem with perfumes available on the market is that they contain several ingredients which might irritate your skin or cause other problems. With a self-created perfume, you have full control over the ingredients, ensuring greater safety and effectiveness.

4. Health Benefits 

Besides being safe to use, essential oil perfumes are generally better from a health perspective. For instance, patchouli can help boost the immune system, while lavender acts as an excellent stress buster. [2

In factory-made perfumes, the presence of other chemicals and compounds negates the benefits you get from plant extracts. 

5. No Strong Smells

Artificial perfumes often contain chemicals that smell strongly, and may not be suitable for all. At times such perfumes can become too overwhelming, especially for those with delicate senses. They can even be painful to the skin or irritate the nose, so they are not allowed in certain areas, such as schools and hospitals.

6. Keep Insects Away

It is common knowledge that certain natural plant extracts such as lemongrass and citronella oil are highly effective in keeping insects away. When used in the form of perfume, they can also keep away insects like mosquitoes and other critters. 

Other oils that work well as insect repellants include coconut oil and eucalyptus oil. 

Patchouli Oil Perfume Recipes

Here are some of the best essential oil perfumes that you can make easily at home using patchouli essential oil. 

1. Romantic Patchouli Perfume

If you’re looking for an essential oil perfume with a floral and romantic scent, this is the best option. This recipe can create a perfume to lift your spirits and improve your mood. Moreover, it is ideal for use on romantic occasions and can be worn throughout the day. 

Ingredients List

  • 50 ml glass bottle preferably dark-colored (a roll-on or spray bottle would be ideal)
  • Two tablespoons vodka
  • One tablespoon distilled water
  • Sweet orange essential oil – 20 drops 
  • Lavender essential oil – 5 drops
  • Patchouli essential oil – 10 drops
  • Cedarwood essential oil – 10 drops
  • Ylang-ylang essential oil – 5 drops
  • Bergamot essential oil – 5 drops

Preparation Method 

While preparing an essential oil perfume is not very difficult, it will require a bit of patience on your part. First, you need to mix the distilled water and alcohol into the glass bottle. Then, add a single drop of the essential oil and mix the solution well.

Make sure to add each essential oil drop by drop while stirring the solution to ensure proper mixing. This is also the same technique that professionals use while making perfumes. 

Moreover, it would be best to use 100 proof vodka, which will ensure proper blending of the oils.

2. Solid Tangerine And Patchouli Perfume

Solid perfumes are those that essentially contain three ingredients and in the case of this tangerine patchouli solid perfume, the main ingredients include a carrier oil, beeswax, and essential oils. These combine to give you a grounding yet uplifting fragrance. 

Ingredients List

  • 40 drops tangerine essential oil – 40 drops
  • 50 drops patchouli essential oil – 50 drops
  • Beeswax – five grams
  • Jojoba oil – 15 ml
  • Half ounce container

Preparation Method

The first step is to measure the jojoba oil using a tiny shot glass, followed by adding the essential oils to it and mixing the solution well. If you want, you can test it by applying a small drop to your skin to determine if more essential oils are required.   

Then, carefully measure the beeswax and put it in a tiny glass. Use a water bath to heat the glass containing the beeswax until the wax melts, and keep the wax in its molten state by placing the glass in hot water. 

Add the mixture of essential oils to the melted wax and quickly pour this mixture of wax and oils into a container, before letting it sit for half an hour. After the said period is over, the perfume is ready for use.

3. Vodka Based Spicy Perfume

If you’re looking to create a unisex perfume blend, then this vodka-based recipe is one of the options you can go with. While it may contain more ingredients than the previous two recipes, creating it is incredibly simple. Indeed, this alluring and enticing fragrance makes a perfect Valentine’s gift for a special someone.

Ingredients List 

  • Half cup high proof vodka
  • 22 drops of mandarin essential oil
  • 15 drops of patchouli essential oil
  • 5 drops of oakmoss absolute
  • 3 drops of ginger or black pepper essential oil
  • (Optional) one or two drops of neroli essential oil 
  • Small clean container with a lid
  • Dropper
  • Spray bottle

Preparation Method

Pour the vodka into the container, then, add the essential oils one drop at a time to it using the dropper. After adding the oils, close the container and shake it thoroughly, before leaving the mixture to rest for up to seven days.

Make sure to shake the container at least once a day to prevent the mixture from settling. And after ten days, you can pour the completed perfume into the spray bottle. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Q1. Are there any side effects that can occur when using patchouli oil perfume?

Patchouli essential oil is one of the safest oils that you can use for different purposes as it usually does not cause any skin irritation or allergic reactions. However, since patchouli affects blood clotting and can act as a blood thinner, it can cause adverse effects in people taking blood-thinning medication or those with bleeding disorders. 

Q2. What are some of the precautions you should take when using a patchouli oil perfume?

There are certain precautions that you should follow when using a patchouli oil perfume. First, make sure to use a perfume made with high-quality oils, and do not apply it in sensitive areas, such as the eyes, nose, and mouth. Also, stop using the perfume instantly if you experience any discomfort. 

Q3. Can you use a carrier oil instead of vodka when making a patchouli perfume?

Yes, you can use a carrier oil in place of vodka when making your own patchouli perfume. However, in this case, the proportion of essential oils in the mixture will have to be reduced. Common carrier oils that you can use include jojoba oil, coconut oil, apricot kernel oil, and almond oil. 

Q4. What is the best carrier oil to use for making an essential oil perfume?

The best carrier oil that you can use for making perfume at home is jojoba oil. What makes this oil so great for perfumes is that it does not get spoiled quickly and has no odor of its own. Additionally, it is absorbed by the skin easily, helping moisturize it. [3] 

Final Words

We hope you found this guide informative and enjoyable to read. These were some of the easiest recipes that you can use to make your own perfume with patchouli essential oil. 

All of these recipes provide an excellent alternative to purchasing costly patchouli perfumes that may contain harmful ingredients. Just make sure to follow the preparation methods carefully, keeping in mind the various precautions we’ve mentioned to get the desired results. 


1. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32607090/

2. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/31851445/

3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5796020/

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