I never thought I’d say this but I love the scent of patchouli.
In the past it never seemed to interest me but now that I know SO much more about the plant and the benefits of its essence, I have a new-found love. It all started with a bar of pure patchouli soap that I had left over from a custom order. I started using it at the kitchen sink so it got a lot of mileage. The interesting thing I observed was how soft my hands felt after using it. All the soaps we make are gentle but this was different.
The patchouli plant, native to Asia, is a bushy plant with soft furry leaves; its name “stems” from a Tamil word, paccilai, meaning “green leaf”. Along with its popularity with perfume makers and its use as an external treatment for anxiety and other stress-related conditions, research indicates that its skin benefits are many. The essential oil is said to promote the regeneration of skin cells, which makes it useful in fading scars, tightening and toning skin and in the treatment of healing wounds. Patchouli is also known for its anti-inflammatory properties, it can calm skin problems such as sunburn, acne, eczema and other forms of dermatitis. It also regulates sebum production (skin oil) and helps treat acne and dandruff. It soothes and smoothes cracked skin and is said to be beneficial for helping brittle and weak nails.
These incredible benefits inspired me to make our own regenerative soap – Patchouli Citrus. It is part patchouli, part pettigrain with a splash of sweet orange. The soap has all the benefits of patchouli along with the sweetness of citrus. It’s a lovely bar with a creamy lather and your skin will thank you.
It’s not just for hippies anymore!