Essential Oil Spotlight: Patchouli

I'll admit it, I was prejudiced against patchouli. It goes back to my college years. On campus and at concerts there would always be a group of happy, smiling, peaceful, bearded (even the women), 70s throw-back kids. And there would also be a stereotypical scent of patchouli hanging around them. To me it smelled like dirty B.O. perfume.

So I equated that smell with a way of life that was the opposite of me. I was a buttoned-up, type-A nerd. Definitely no patchouli for me.

And I've lived that way for 30 years. Until I met Whisper. Oh glorious Whisper. Soft, sweet, peaceful, delicious Whisper. It was like meeting an old friend. Let me introduce you:

Whisper is my hands-down-favorite-hoard-it-so-no-one-can-use-it essential oil. It is MINE. It's called the Blend for Women which is kind of weird, but honestly I don't care.

It smells. So. Good.

I fell in love with Whisper and wear it like perfume on my wrists, neck, anywhere close to my face so I could smell it. And one day I looked at the ingredients:

Bergamot Peel, Ylang Ylang Flower, Patchouli Leaf, Vanilla Bean Absolute, Jasmine Flower Absolute, Cinnamon Bark, Labdanum, Vetiver Root, Hawaiian Sandalwood, Cocoa Bean Absolute, Rose Flower essential oils in a base of Fractionated Coconut Oil.

PATCHOULI LEAF?? WTF??? How did those hippies get their bearded hands on my Whisper? How could Whisper betray me like this? She didn't smell like dirt or tree sap or beards or B.O.!

So I decided that perhaps my 20-year-old self MAY have been wrong. And then I read about doTERRA's Patchouli.

"Patchouli is a bushy herb from the mint family (ooh mint!) with stems reaching two or three feet in height and bearing small, pink-white flowers.

Easily recognized for its rich, musky-sweet fragrance (B.O. maybe?), Patchouli is regularly used in the perfume industry as well as in scented products such as laundry detergents and air fresheners (wow, okay).

Patchouli is beneficial to the skin in many ways. It is often used to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles (!!!), blemishes, and minor skin imperfections and to promote a smooth, glowing complexion (yes, please). The fragrance of Patchouli provides a grounding, balancing effect on emotions."

Well what do you know, it helps with my old-lady-skin AND my crazy emotions. BINGO! And with that, I purchased a bottle of Patchouli essential oil.

And guess what? It DOESN'T smell anything like the college-aged-hippy-patchouli of my youth.

It's lovely.

I have embraced the Patchouli and recommend it for anyone looking for something to help with feeling anxious or anxious feelings and stress. And of course, there's always my Whisper. *sigh*


  • Combine with Balance or Peppermint and apply to the forehead, temples, or back of the neck after a long day of work.

  • Apply one to two drops to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles, blemishes, or problem skin areas, or add to your favorite moisturizer. I promise you won't smell like B.O.

  • Combine with Vetiver and apply to the bottoms of feet to help calm emotions.

My fave: Combine with Serenity and diffuse at night when anxious.

Directions for Use

Diffusion: Use three to four drops in the diffuser of your choice. Internal use: Dilute one drop in 4 fl. oz. of liquid. Topical use: Apply one to two drops to desired area. Dilute with doTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil to minimize any skin sensitivity.

Hope you found this helpful! As always, feel free to message me with any questions you have, I'm happy to help!