We never thought we’d say this but we love the scent of patchouli.
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 it has skin benefits as well. 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 us to make our own regenerative soap – Patchouli May Chang. It is part patchouli, part May Chang from the verbena family, also known as Litsea. The soap has all the benefits of patchouli along with the sweetness of a citrus-like scent. It’s a lovely bar with a creamy velvety lather and your skin will thank you.
It’s not just for hippies anymore!