September Oil of the Month: Green Patchouli Absolute

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September Oil of the Month: Green Patchouli Absolute

green patchouli essential oil

So, you think you know Patchouli?

Well, you may find yourself surprised with this Oil of the Month!

We are pleased to introduce you to Green Patchouli Absolute Pogostemon cablin.

And, this is a wonderful opportunity to meet a newer version of an old standby.

While sharing some of the same sensibilities as the essential oil, Green Patchouli Absolute differs in scent. Due to a different extraction process, the essential oil-laden leaves of the patchouli plant produce a fresh new aroma.

Green Patchouli Absolute captures more of the fruity top notes of the botanical while still retaining its woody-herbaceous profile. And, while familiar in scent, this patchouli presents more of a clean earthiness than its essential oil counterpart.

So, let’s take a look and learn a little more about the rich history of the patchouli plant, how this absolute is extracted, and how to go about using this form of the aromatic essence.

 

Background

bright scarves

Patchouli grows as perennial bush native to Asia and Indonesia. It produces large, dark green leaves rich in a fruity fragrance. The patchouli used to make this absolute is harvested from the steep hillsides of Sulawesi, Sumatra, and Java in Indonesia.

Some may still associate patchouli as the signature scent for the1970’s hippie counter-culture. Yet, patchouli’s story precedes that notable period. Historically, the ancient Greek, Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine systems have employed the patchouli herb to prevent the spread of disease and strengthen the immune system. [1], [2]

Later, patchouli as perfume attained the height of popularity in Victorian England. The British became familiar with its beautiful fragrance upon opening crates shipped from India containing cashmere pashminas and silk scarves customarily packed with dried patchouli leaves as a protection against pests. [3]

How it’s made:

The creation of Green Patchouli Absolute differs than that of its essential oil counterpart. While essential oils are produced primarily through steam distillation, absolutes are created through solvent extraction.

To produce an absolute, the aromatic plant parts are placed in a solvent. Once the solution evaporates, it leaves behind a thick, waxy substance called a concrete.

This concrete contains not the only a high yield of the aromatic molecules from the plant, but also additional components from the plant itself such as waxes and colorants that would not cross over in steam distillation. Alcohol is then used to extract these constituents from the concrete creating the absolute as a highly aromatic, concentrated essence with a thick, sticky viscosity.

This extraction process provides an alternative for delicate plant materials that cannot withstand the heat of distillation. Common absolutes include Rose, Jasmine, and Boronia. Absolutes are often preferred in perfumery providing stronger aromas closer to the signature scent of the actual plant. [4] [5]

In the case of Green Patchouli Absolute, this extraction process provides a different aroma profile than Patchouli Essential Oil allowing the fruity top notes to shine, while still presenting  a clean sense of earthiness. 

 

green patchouli absolute essential oil

Benefits

While absolutes are highly valued in perfumery and personal product formulation, they also have their place in aromatherapy.

They are particularly beneficial in applications for mental and emotional concerns, as well as supporting the spirit. While they do require the use of solvents for extraction, Tisserand states that any residual trace amounts remaining do not present a risk of toxicity. [6]

In aromatherapy, Green Patchouli Absolute shares the benefits of its essential oil counterpart while offering the bonus of a different scent option.

For the mind and emotions, Green Patchouli Absolute can be particularly beneficial for: 

  • Promoting Relaxation
  • Relieving Nervous Tension
  • Soothing Worry
  • Soothing Anxiousness
  • Slowing Overthinking
  • Lifting Your Mood
  • Supporting Meditation

Green Patchouli Absolute also offers some powerful options for supporting the spirit.. As with the essential oil, you can reach for Green Patchouli Absolute to: [7],[8],[9]

  • Promote Intuition and Insight
  • Encourage Inner Peace
  • Restore a Scattered Spirit
  • Support the Need for Grounding and Centering
  • Provide a Sense of Strength and Stability
  • Enhance the Connection to Our Physical Needs

Blending

The rich, sweet, fruity and woodsy aroma of Green Patchouli Absolute provides an array of blending options adding both brightness and depth to a synergy.

Given its aromatic potency and tenacity, only a bit is required to build a beautiful base for your blend. And, due to its viscosity as an absolute, it is more easily dispensed after a brief, gentle warming process.

With this in mind, we want to provide you an option to have your Green Patchouli Absolute (or any absolute) readily available for use by creating a master stock blend in a carrier oil at a 10% dilution. At 10% you can easily divide your dilution further according to safe standards and the scent strength you are seeking.

We suggest a one-ounce portion so you do not need to repeat the process too often. And, due to the long shelf life of the Green Patchouli Absolute, we recommend a carrier oil such as the Organic Fractioned Coconut Carrier Oil which very shelf stable as well as being unscented. Another good option might be Organic Jojoba Carrier Oil for the same reasons. But, you may choose whichever carrier suits your purposes.

Some helpful, but not required, tools include a small graduated beaker measured in milliliters to avoid counting large numbers of drops, and an eyeglass dropper or pipette to quickly transfer the absolute to the carrier oil blend.

Before we start, a few notes about Green Patchouli Absolute:

  • KidSafe: Yes
  • Cautions: None known
  • Shelf Life – 6-8 years

Green Patchouli Absolute Carrier Oil Master Stock Blend

10% Dilution

What you’ll need:

Note: We suggest FCO due to its long, stable shelf life and lack of scent. Jojoba is another good option. You may use another carrier oil of your choice.

What you’ll do:

  1. Pour FCO into 30 ml amber bottle to just below the shoulder. Replace cap, but leave slightly loose.
  2. Twist open the Green Patchouli Absolute bottle top, leaving lid on but slightly loose.
  3. Pour warm water into the heatproof glass dishes. You may need two different sizes for the different sized bottles to sit up to their shoulders.
  4. Place bottles of Patchouli and FCO upright in the glass dishes ensuring that no water gets into either bottle
  5. Replace the water as needed to maintain warm temperature for both, ensuring both remain at same temperature.
  6. Wait about 15 minutes for the Green Patchouli Absolute to liquefy.
  7. Using the pipette or eyedropper, quickly add the warmed absolute to the warmed FCO, cap and shake vigorously to mix.
  8. Label bottle and store away from heat and light
  9. Use as a 10% dilution master stock blend to mix into recipes.

Note: Due to the presence of carrier oil, this blend is not appropriate for diffusers.

KidSafe®: Yes, at appropriate dilutions.

Cautions: None Known.

 

Soothing Scented Sachets

These lovely, easily hand crafted sachets provide an updated option on the historical use of patchouli packed among your garments. You might place them among your lingerie, your linens, a closet, or things packed away for another season.

The scent of this synergy will greet you with a softly bright fruity bouquet featuring just a hint of patchouli’s signature perfume to provide a gently uplifting, soothing and calming experience for the senses.

What you’ll need:

* Diluted to 10% in a carrier oil. See directions for creating a master blend with an absolute and carrier oil.

What you’ll do:

  1. Measure Epsom salt into a medium bowl
  2. Add essential oils and mix well.
  3. Add rice and stir again.
  4. Spoon about 2 TBSP of the mix into each linen bag
  5. Store in an airtight container until ready to use.

KidSafe®: Yes.

Cautions: None Known.

 


Sources:

[1] Lawless encyclopedia

[2] Shutes dymanics of blending

[3] Worwood

[4] “Absolute (Perfumery).” Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, 7 Mar. 2018, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Absolute_(perfumery).

[5] Purchon, Nerys, and Lora Cantele. The Complete Aromatherapy & Essential Oils Handbook for Everyday Wellness. Robert Rose Inc., 2014. Cantele

[6] Tisserand, Robert, and Rodney Young. Essential Oil Safety: a Guide for Health Care Professionals. Churchill Livingstone/Elsevier, 2014.

[7] Zeck, Robbi. The Blossoming Heart: Aromatherapy for Healing and Transformation. Aroma Tours, 2004.

[8] Keim, Joni, and Ruah Bull. Aromatherapy & Subtle Energy Techniques: Compassionate Healing with Essential Oils. CreateSpace, 2015.

[9] Mojay, Gabriel. Aromatherapy for Healing the Spirit: a Guide to Restoring Emotional and Mental Balance through Essential Oils. Gaia, 2005.

 

52 thoughts on “September Oil of the Month: Green Patchouli Absolute”

  1. I adore this oil and am thankful for taking the time to dilute it first. Now it is very easy to mix up with other blends. I’m loving the combo of greenn patchouli with Jasmine, frankincense infused jojoba and bergamot

  2. I got green patchouli as a trade just this week.

    I am so intrigued by this oil. I’ve never seen one with the viscouscity it has. So I HAD to figure it out and I think I just did. The first time I dropped it in my diffuser, it just globbed up. When I ran the diffuser, it broke the globs up a little but not very much. So I made another blend in a separate bottle, shook it really good, then put that in the diffuser. (I wish I had taken pics.) It is working great! Here’s to doing a little research! I’m loving my new oil now!

  3. If you thought vetiver was viscous, this is like tar. But it smells amazing and I was thrilled to find there was a little left for sale. Call customer service to order one for yourself. Especially if you tried it and liked it!

  4. I am super bummed when I went to grab this from my collection, we had moved and it some how leaked every lick out of the bottle. This smells like something that I would gladly use to meditate. I see that it is not available for order at this time so again, I am bummed about that. The scent reminds me of the great outdoors and like I said, I would gladly have used it to assist in my mediation process.

    1. Oh no! That’s awful, Jennifer, I’m so sorry to hear about that. Green Patchouli is great. You are always welcome to reach out to our awesome Customer Service Team at [email protected] and maybe they’ll be able to help you out. No guarantees of course, but sometimes we have leftovers stored away for emergencies 🙂

  5. This absolute is “absolutely” amazing! I have always loved the scent of patchouli essential oil. The earthiness and staying power in fragrances is second to none. However, I may love this Green Patchouli absolute even more. My only fear is that I run out of it, and Plant Therapy doesn’t add it to their regular line-up of great products (please, please, please, I’m begging you!). As others have said, a **little** bit goes a LONG way. I have been using it in a roll-on with 1 drop of Green Patchouli, 3 drops of Lavender, and 15 ml of FCO. I apply to my temples at bed time, and its earthy (but green), relaxing, and stunning scent whisks me off to sleep in no time. I truly adore it!

  6. I used Green Patchouli in a soap I just made. While I like the scent, I so wish I remembered what I read in the blog about the master blend dilution before use. I did not dilute before adding to my other EO’s for the soap and it overpowered everything. I am hoping some will fade out during cure time. I need to pay better attention! I highly suggest the blend and start small. Lesson learned, I hope. 🙂

  7. Thank you so much for this information and recipes! Yet another thing I am adding to my gift to do list! I can’t wait to finish them and then wait for the reviews! (I always make 1 or everything I do for me too! I’m sure I’ll love it!)

  8. Patchouli is my absolute favorite oil, I hate that I missed out on a chance to try it out. Hope it becomes available to purchase soon!

    1. Gina, we do still have some in stock. However, you will need to call to place that order. If you are an OOTM member, it is $15, otherwise it is $20

  9. I’m looking forward to getting my hands on this oil. Those scented sachets sound amazing. I love your regular Patchouli, so I imagine this one is just as nice.

  10. The first oil that I hate. Patchouli has always smelled horrid to me; this one has a pleasant top note, but the after effect just reminds me of stale laundry. I have always hated both patchouli and musk, so it’s personal and no reflection on the quality of this oil.

    1. Tina, i’m very sorry to hear that you are not happy with that oil. You can contact our customer service team over chat, phone or email if you would like to return that product 🙂

  11. Please make this available for purchase!! I’ve been using it mixed with argan oil on my face at night after using PT Oil Cleanser for normal/dry. I will soon be 65, & it blasts the hard red post-menopausal acne I have been struggling with.

  12. I’m curious of other ways to use this one. I want to love it, though in not a huge fan of regular patchouli either. I’m just not sure what to do with it.

    1. The Green Patchouli can be used in similar ways as the regular Patchouli. It’s an excellent oil for calming and relaxing oneself, commonly used in meditation. It’s an excellent choice for reducing wrinkles, scars and blemishes in the skin. Many love this scent as a perfume/cologne.

  13. Wow! After reading this I am truly sorry I missed out on this oil. I recently joined OOTM (2 days ago). I hope this became available to everyone one day.

    1. Kameka, not to worry! You can always call in to place an order for a previous OOTM if it’s still in stock (this one is) 1-800-917-6577 😀

  14. Love this one! The therapeutic uses are wonderful and the smell is amazing! I made my husband a beard oil and balm and also a soap with this oil. I actually think he loves it more than me!

  15. I’m loving this oil! I have a perfume “curing”, I’ve also used in diffuser & can’t wait to try this master blend!

  16. I am new to EO and don’t quite understand what the Master Blend is for? What book do yall recommend for someone who is new to EO and trying to learn. There are so many books out there, it is hard to choose. Thanks.

    1. Christy, the master blends is mentioned here to be more useful for you. Since this oil is an absolute, and needs very little oil for it’s benefits, we give instructions for making a blend of the oil diluted at 10% in carrier oil. This is the list of recommended books that are easy to understand for the beginner-intermediate user:

      1. The Complete Aromatherapy and Essential Oils Handbook for Everyday Wellness by Nerys Purchon & Lora Cantele

      2. The Essential Oils Handbook by Jennie Harding

      3. The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy by Valerie Ann Worwood

      For more advanced information:

      1.Essential Oil Safety by Tisserand & Young

  17. This is an amazing OOTM! I love the scent. I’ve mixed it with the sea fennel into a carrier of meadowfoam & apricot for a facial serum.

    1. Sandy, the green leaf tool is to help you remove the orifice reducer (plastic piece that the oil drops out from). Since this is a really thick oil, it can be more easily used with the orifice reducer off then using the dropper. Just be sure when storing that you take the glass dropper out, as the oil can start to eat through the rubber

  18. I’m not a fan of regular Patchouli but the Green Patchouli is wonderful! Looking forward to trying the 10% master blend. That will make this oil so much more accessible and easy to use on a regular basis.

  19. I adore the smell of this oil, so far I have only used it in my diffuser with vanilla (added a few drops of vodka to the oils first, then put in my diffuser with water), but it smelled amazing. I have a recipe for a perfume I am going to make tomorrow using it, can’t wait! I think I may need to order another bottle, but I think I have ordered 4 times this month already.

  20. I had never heard of green patchouli before this month & as a fan of patchouli, I wasn’t disappointed! I personally think it smells like fall – perfect choice for September!

  21. I got my Green Patchouli Absolute earlier this month and I love it! The sachet sounds amazing, I’m going to have to try it!!! Thank you for the tip with the Master Blend. 🙂

  22. I love this absolute! The rich earthiness smell really left me up. I can’t wait to start blending with it. The fact that it has such a long shelf life is a huge bonus!

  23. Oh I am so excited to get this oil I can not wait!!!!! While I love patchouli it is sometimes just too strong but I am lookong forward to experiencing it on a new level. I love making new things and as soom as my oil arrives I am going to do that master blend and make some satchets 😀

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