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Jun
02

Best Fragrance Oils for Candles


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Best Fragrance Oils for CandlesBest Fragrance Oils for Candles

I’d say that we at Natures Garden know candles pretty well. That’s why we realize many of the frustrations of finding the right fragrances for room scenting. While it is not too difficult to find a great fragrance with a that you enjoy, sometimes you just want a fragrance that is stronger than the garden variety fragrance oil. It’s just a fact of life that some fragrance oils are better suited for certain products and crafts. So, we decided to share some love with our candle making customers by compiling a list of some of the Best Fragrance Oils for Candles. These scents are some of the exceptional aromas for candle making. In fact, some of these scents will be so strong that you won’t be able to believe it! So, take a chance on the scents that you like best and see just how much better our strongest scents can perform in candles!

Best Fragrance Oils for Candles Mango Papaya Fragrance Oil Best Fragrance Oils for Candles Mango Papaya Fragrance Oil

Tropical room scents often make for wonderful room scents. So, this tropical delight will really shine as a candle scent, as it has a very strong, long lasting scent. The Mango Papaya Fragrance Oil is a yummy tropical fruit scent with a blend of freshly ripened mango and juicy papaya. Further, this happy fruit scent would be perfect for adding a bright scent to a room or maybe even a few rooms at once.

Best Fragrance Oils for Candles Mango Papaya Fragrance Oil CandleWe recommend using three drops orange liquid candle dye or a small amount of shredded orange color block per four pounds of wax for this tropical room scent.

Best Fragrance Oils for Candles Black Cherry BOMB Fragrance Oil Best Fragrance Oils for Candles Black Cherry BOMB Fragrance Oil

We all like our room scents to be strong enough to smell up our house, right? Well, this scent will absolutely deliver! The Black Cherry BOMB Fragrance Oil is an amazingly strong scent of a delightful black cherry aroma that is not too sickening sweet. So, anyone looking for a nice fruit scent for their candle creations has come to the right place! This scent is strong and yummy enough to delight even the pickiest candle makers.

Best Fragrance Oils for Candles Black Cherry BOMB Fragrance Oil CandleWe suggest a dark cherry hue from six drops of burgundy plus a drop of black liquid candle dye per four pounds of wax or shred an ample amount of a burgundy and black color blocks into your melted wax.

 

Best Fragrance Oils for Candles Fresh Brewed Coffee - Worlds Best Fragrance OilBest Fragrance Oils for Candles Fresh Brewed Coffee – Worlds Best Fragrance Oil

Coffee lovers beware, this is going to be a scent you will not get over soon. The Fresh Brewed Coffee – Worlds Best Fragrance Oil is a carefully formulated scent that smells just like real coffee with heavy base notes of chocolate. Further, this scent has wonderful effervescent coffee top notes, and incredible scent throw!  This fragrance is so strong; you will want to cut back on the amount you use in your applications. While concentrated in the bottle it may smell odd, as it is too strong. However, this fragrance oil is the perfect coffee aroma for candles that is true and strong!

Best Fragrance Oils for Candles Fresh Brewed Coffee - Worlds Best Fragrance Oil CandleWe think this scent should be used in a dark brown candle with five drops brown liquid candle dye or a small amount of shredded brown color block per four pounds of wax.

Best Fragrance Oils for Candles Cinnamon Sticks Fragrance OilBest Fragrance Oils for Candles Cinnamon Sticks Fragrance Oil

Lovers of spice scents are really in for a treat with this next fragrance oil! The true to life Cinnamon Sticks Fragrance Oil, naturally, has the aroma of freshly ground cinnamon bark. The only thing we can think of with a more true cinnamon scent is actual, fresh cinnamon. However, we think our scent would be a really close second. Obviously, this fragrance oil would be perfect for creating homemade spice candles that are sure to impress!

Best Fragrance Oils for Candles Cinnamon Sticks Fragrance Oil CandleWe recommend using three drops brown plus one drop red liquid candle dye per four pounds of wax or shred a small amount of brown and red color block into your melted wax.

 

Best Fragrance Oils for Candles Lilac Fragrance OilBest Fragrance Oils for Candles Lilac Fragrance Oil

Speaking from experience, there is nothing then the fragrant aroma of a fresh lilac bush wafting through your home. While you could buy your own floral plant, the Lilac Fragrance Oil is the next best thing. This scent is nothing but the true aroma of a freshly blooming lilac bush. Plus, the scent is strong and perfect for creating candles that really go the distance. Thus, this floral fragrance oil is a perfect choice for home scenting.

Best Fragrance Oils for Candles Lilac Fragrance Oil CandleWe suggest that you use two drops purple plus a tiny bit of red liquid candle dye or a small amount of shredded purple and red color block per four pounds of wax.

 

 

Best Fragrance Oils for Candles Blueberry Muffin Fragrance Oil Best Fragrance Oils for Candles Blueberry Muffin Fragrance Oil

There is nothing better than a delicious food scent in a homemade candle and this tasty fragrance really sets the bar! Our Blueberry Muffin Fragrance Oil has a strong aroma of freshly baked muffins of the, you guessed it, blueberry variety. The fragrance has some top notes of juicy tart blueberries with orange zests, middle notes of butter cake, and base notes of vanilla and almond. Further, this scent is actually one of the strongest fragrance oils that we carry! Talk about a great candle scent!

Best Fragrance Oils for Candles Blueberry Muffin Fragrance Oil CandleThis candle should be a dark blue from six drops of blue plus one drop black liquid candle dye per four pounds of wax or shred an ample amount of a blue and black color block into your melted wax.

 

Best Fragrance Oils for Candles Pomegranate Fragrance OilBest Fragrance Oils for Candles Pomegranate Fragrance Oil

Further, we have another wonderful fruit scent that would be perfect as a room scent. The Pomegranate Fragrance Oil is a perfect for providing a bright, sweet candle aroma. Plus, this fragrance oil contains purely the wonderful aroma of freshly sliced pomegranate. So, pomegranate lovers or anyone that is looking for a strong, fruit scent that really lasts should try this scent out in their candle recipes.

Best Fragrance Oils for Candles Pomegranate Fragrance Oil CandleWe suggest using four drops red plus one drop burgundy liquid candle dye or a small amount of shredded red and burgundy color blocks per four pounds of wax.

Best Fragrance Oils for Candles NG Vanilla & Lavender Type Fragrance OilBest Fragrance Oils for Candles NG Vanilla & Lavender Type Fragrance Oil

Lavender and vanilla are both well known and enjoyed scents. Plus, these two aroma work very nicely together. The NG Vanilla & Lavender Type Fragrance Oil is a relaxing and tranquil, but don’t let that fool you as it is a perfect candle scent! This unique scent is a memorable blend of fresh lavender, fresh vanilla beans, with orange zests and patchouli. This scent is strong enough to be a great candle, yet remains a tranquil scent by the nature of its ingredients.

Best Fragrance Oils for Candles NG Vanilla & Lavender Type Fragrance Oil CandleWe recommend creating a light purple from one drop of purple liquid candle dye or a small amount of shredded purple color block per 4 pounds of wax.

Best Fragrance Oils for Candles Fruity Rings Fragrance OilBest Fragrance Oils for Candles Fruity Rings Fragrance Oil

Any fans of sweet scents will go crazy for this fragrance oil! This Fruity Rings Fragrance Oil smells just like a freshly poured bowl of the well loved, sugary breakfast cereal. Plus, this scent is very, very strong! This aroma of lemon rinds, lime, and grapefruit; middle notes of lemongrass, lily, and verbena; and base notes of vanilla sugar creates the perfect combination that I simply can not get enough of. This scent is perfect for creating irresistibly delicious scented candles!

Best Fragrance Oils for Candles Fruity Rings Fragrance Oil CandleThis fruity scent should be colored with two drops red liquid candle dye or a small amount of shredded red color block per four pounds of wax.

Best Fragrance Oils for Candles Patchouli Fragrance OilBest Fragrance Oils for Candles Patchouli Fragrance Oil

Some natural candles deserve a scent that fits its ingredients. So, we have a perfect fragrance oil for any candle makers that enjoy earthy notes and more natural smelling scents. The Patchouli Fragrance oil is strong, long lasting and perfect for candles. The aroma is exactly an earthy aroma of true herbal patchouli. Thus, this scent will be well loved by those that enjoy earthy scents, such as patchouli, as it is strong enough to fill a home.

Best Fragrance Oils for Candles Patchouli Fragrance Oil CandleWe recommend using two drops brown and three drops orange liquid candle dye or a small amount of shredded brown and orange color blocks per four pounds of wax.

 

Best Fragrance Oils for Candles Fresh Cut Roses Fragrance OilBest Fragrance Oils for Candles Fresh Cut Roses Fragrance Oil

Floral scents can be used to create some lovely scented candles, but not all fragrances are created equal. This floral scent is strong enough to make the list of candles scents and smells absolutely divine. Our Fresh Cut Roses Fragrance Oil is the truest possible rose scent available on the market! It was difficult to discover, but after all that time we knew when we hit the winner. This scent has captured the gorgeous aroma perfectly and is not easily duplicated.

Best Fragrance Oils for Candles Fresh Cut Roses Fragrance Oil CandleWe suggest using two drops red liquid candle dye or a small amount of shredded red color block per 4 pounds of wax for this scented candle.

 

 

Best Fragrance Oils for Candles Ocean Mist Fragrance OilBest Fragrance Oils for Candles Ocean Mist Fragrance Oil

Those looking for a cool musk fragrance oil for candle making just came to the right place. The Ocean Mist Fragrance Oil is a very strong, aquatic scent that performs perfectly in candle waxes. This scent is a complex bouquet of carnations, lily of the valley, and hyacinth; underlined by oakmoss and white musk. So, if you enjoy the sound of this scent and would like to create candles, try it out. This fragrance oil is sure to perform exactly as you’d expect the best fragrance to perform, which is amazingly!

Best Fragrance Oils for Candles Ocean Mist Fragrance Oil CandleThis cool scent is perfect for a candle colored with three drops blue plus one drop green liquid candle dye or a small amount of shredded blue and green color blocks per four pounds of wax.

Best Fragrance Oils for Candles Peppermint Patty Fragrance OilBest Fragrance Oils for Candles Peppermint Patty Fragrance Oil

This scent is absolutely delicious, just like a real peppermint patty! The scent of our Peppermint Patty Fragrance Oil is of creamy peppermint and vanilla with a strong down of bitter sweet chocolate. So, candles that use this strong scent will have both the scent of decadent chocolate and the cool aroma of fresh mint. Overall, this scent would create amazingly delicious food scented candles.

Best Fragrance Oils for Candles Peppermint Patty Fragrance Oil CandleAppropriately, this scented candle should be colored like chocolate. So, use five drops of the brown liquid candle dye or a small amount of shredded brown color block per 4 pounds of wax.

Best Fragrance Oils for Candles Black Raspberry & Vanilla Fragrance OilBest Fragrance Oils for Candles Black Raspberry & Vanilla Fragrance Oil

Also, you can try out a scent that is irresistibly sweet and delicious. The Black Raspberry & Vanilla Fragrance Oil is a scent that has an enticing blend of blackberries and raspberries, with middle notes of white floral greenery, and bottom notes of musk and vanilla. Not only is this scent delicious, but the fragrance is quite strong and lingers as well. So, this would be perfect for creating some deliciously scented candles that are sure to get some appreciation.

Best Fragrance Oils for Candles Black Raspberry & Vanilla Fragrance Oil CandleThis sweet scent deserves something fun, so we chose to make the candle purple. Add six drops of purple liquid candle dye per four pounds of wax or shred a small amount of a purple color block into your melted wax.

 

Best Fragrance Oils for Candles Country Bumkin Fragrance OilBest Fragrance Oils for Candles Country Bumpkin Fragrance Oil

Another great spice scent is the fantastic blend of our Country Bumpkin Fragrance Oil. This scent is a perfect blend of sweet notes and strong spices to create an amazing scent for the home. This aroma is a blend of apples, candied yams, marshmallows, sweet cream butter, brown sugar, nutmeg, crushed cinnamon bark and fresh cloves.  Create your own scented candles with this fragrance oil and bring the country home to you!

Best Fragrance Oils for Candles Country Bumkin Fragrance Oil CandleA perfect color for this serene scent would be a lovely golden brown. So, use four drops of orange plus one drop of brown liquid candle dye per four pounds of wax or shred a small amount of an orange and brown color block into your melted wax.

 

Best Fragrance Oils for Candles Honeysuckle Fragrance OilBest Fragrance Oils for Candles Honeysuckle Fragrance Oil

Another lovely floral scent is the Natures Garden Honeysuckle Fragrance Oil. This floral is a perfect scent for spring. The aroma is a perfect dupe of a blooming honeysuckle bush. This fragrance oil has a scent of fresh ozonic honeysuckle blend with hints of jasmine, rose, and lilac, which makes a scent that is both lovely and strong for scented candles. Thus, those that enjoy floral candles should definitely try out this fragrance oil in their own creations. There is no way you would want to miss a scent this perfect for scented candles.

Best Fragrance Oils for Candles Honeysuckle Fragrance Oil CandleTo achieve a perfect honeysuckle color for these candles, you should use either one drop of yellow liquid candle dye per four pounds of wax or shred a small amount of a yellow color block into your melted wax.

 

Best Fragrance Oils for Candles NG Clean Breeze Type Fragrance OilBest Fragrance Oils for Candles NG Clean Breeze Type Fragrance Oil

Nobody can deny that clean aromas are perfect for creating room scents for the home. Not only does this make your home feel cleaner, but the scent is relaxing and lovely. Our NG Clean Breeze Type Fragrance Oil is the perfect clean laundry scent. While the scent is strong and clean, the aroma carries a fruity floral blend of peach, watermelon, neroli and jasmine on a dry down of aquatic notes and musk. Thus, this scent is a strong aroma that smells clean, fresh, and happy.

Best Fragrance Oils for Candles NG Clean Breeze Type Fragrance Oil CandleFor this scent. we recommend coloring candles with either three drops green and one drop blue liquid candle dye or a small amount of shredded blue and green color block per four pounds of wax.

 

Best Fragrance Oils for Candles NG Loving Spell Fragrance OilBest Fragrance Oils for Candles NG Loving Spell Fragrance Oil

Another kind of fruit scent that would be wonderful for creating candles would be the NG Loving Spell Fragrance Oil. This scent is blend of citrus scents that create a sweet, clean aroma. The fragrance oil is composed of sweet bouquet of mandarin orange, bergamot, and tangerine enhanced by hints of fresh peaches, strawberries, and raspberries on an undertone of white musk. Further, this scent is strong enough to create a perfectly wonderful and complex scented candle.

Best Fragrance Oils for Candles NG Loving Spell Fragrance Oil Candle

Those that may be looking for a color suggestion for this scent can try out our own coloring scheme. We chose an orange hue as this scent is largely citrus, like oranges. So, we would use four drops orange liquid candle dye or a small amount of shredded orange color block per four pounds of wax.

If you enjoyed these fragrance oils, then you can check out even more of our strongest fragrances by going to our Top Candle Scents category on the Natures Garden website.

Oct
19

Patchouli Fragrance Oil


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Patchouli Fragrance OilPatchouli Fragrance Oil – Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Patchouli Fragrance Oil is a true and earthy scent by Natures Garden. This aroma is a beautiful and natural scent of patchouli. This fragrance oil is very true to its name with this fresh and earthy scent.

What Does Patchouli Fragrance Oil Smell Like?

This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is an earthy aroma of true herbal patchouli.

How Do Our Customers Use Patchouli Fragrance Oil in Room Scenting Recipes?

Our customers can create all sorts of homemade room scenting products with this earthy patchouli fragrance oil. Recipes of potpourri, incense, and reed diffusers can include a fragrance concentration of up to 50% for this herbal scent. Homemade cleaning products homemade can potentially be scented with up to 3.4% of this fragrance oil. Also, aroma beads that use this scent will have a nice, strong scent retained.

Patchouli Fragrance Oil Candle Color SuggestionMoreover, candles and wax tarts can both be created using our patchouli fragrance. These wax products made of either paraffin wax or vegetable waxes and can include up to 10% of patchouli scent. If you are thinking about which color would be best in your wax products for this scent, then we would like to suggest for you to use either 2 drops brown candle colorant and 3 drops orange liquid candle dye per every four pounds of wax that is used or a small amount of shredded brown and orange color blocks into your melted wax. Just as long as you aren’t crayons as a substitute for coloring your candle products, as they have been known to clog wicks.

How Do Our Customers Use Patchouli Fragrance Oil in Bath and Body Recipes?

All kinds of different bath and body creations can be made with this fresh herbal fragrance oil. This includes bath gels, bath oils, lotions, bath bombs, perfumes, various soaps, and many other related products, which can all include a maximum of 5% for this fragrance oil.

Patchouli Fragrance Oil Cold Process Soap ResultsCold process soaps that adhere to the body safe fragrance maximum will perform well for this fragrance oil. Our Cold Process Soap Testing Results have shown that this patchouli fragrance oil is pretty good for making soap from scratch. A batch of soap that uses this scent will have no acceleration, no ricing, and no separation. Also, the soaps will not have any discoloration and the scent retained after the soaps cure will be good. If you are still looking for a good color to pair with this earthy fragrance oil, then we would suggest using brown soap dye and orange soap colorant. However, you can use any shade of liquid soap dye in the amount that makes you happy. Just remember to never use candle dye in any of your soaps.

Patchouli Fragrance Oil RecipeFinally, are you ready to use Patchouli Fragrance Oil in your own homemade cosmetic recipes? If you enjoy natural products and herbal scents, then you’re going to love our Patchouli Infused Hair Conditioner Recipe! This homemade conditioner recipe is a refreshing and herbal treat for your hair!

 

Sep
08

Sweet Patchouli Fragrance Oil


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Sweet Patchouli Fragrance OilSweet Patchouli Fragrance Oil – Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Sweet Patchouli Fragrance Oil is an original, earthy scent by Natures Garden. This natural smelling aroma is a combination of earthy patchouli, fresh grass, and sweet lavender with licorice, amber, and crisp menthol to form a fragrance oil that is absolutely perfect for products that need a touch of masculine and sensual scents. One of our customers was very surprised by this aroma as they have never enjoyed patchouli in the past but this fragrance oil has won over this Pennsylvania soap maker. In fact, this individual has found this scent to be beautiful and soap absolutely perfectly!

What Does Sweet Patchouli Fragrance Oil Smell Like?

This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is an earthy blend of Patchouli and Green Grass intertwined with Fresh Lavender and hints of licorice with crisp notes of menthol softened by amber making this masculine fragrance Sexy! An NG Original Scent! 

How Do Our Customers Use Sweet Patchouli Fragrance Oil in Bath and Body Recipes?

Our customers can include this earthy fragrance oil in their various homemade bath and body recipes. Bath oils, bath gels, lotions, body butters, perfumes, bath bombs, and other related bath and body creations can include up to 5% of this fragrance oil.

Further, homemade soap recipes can be created with this fragrance through the method of cold process soap. Our Cold Process Soap Testing Results have revealed that this aroma is great for this method of creating soap. A batch of soap that uses this scent will have no separation, no acceleration, and no ricing. The final product will have a strong scent in soap and the bars will discolor to a tan shade. When coloring your bath and body creations with this scent, then we would recommend that you use green soap colorant. If you want to use another method for coloring your products, then just make sure to avoid including candle dyes in these products as they aren’t body safe.

How Do Our Customers Use Sweet Patchouli Fragrance Oil in Room Scenting Products?

Homemade room scenting products can be made by our customers with this masculine fragrance oil. Both potpourri and incense can include a maximum of 50% of this patchouli aroma. All kinds of homemade cleaning product recipes can be scented with no more than 5% of this fragrance. Additionally, aroma beads can be made perfectly by including this scent.

Moreover, candles and other wax based room scenting products can be created with this sweet scent for men. As long as these products are made of either vegetable waxes or paraffin wax they can include up to 10% of this fragrance. Both Joy Wax and WOW wax can use this aroma perfectly in their creation. Also, this fragrance can be use to create scented soy wax candles. Those who would like to color their candle creations can take our advice to include either five drops of green liquid candle dye. Alternatively, per four pounds of wax add a small amount of a shredded green color block in your melted wax. Those choosing to color their creations differently should know that crayons will not work as crayons will clog your wick.

Apr
08

Flower Child Fragrance Oil


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Flower Child Fragrance OilFlower Child Fragrance Oil – Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Flower Child Fragrance Oil from Nature’s Garden is a truly herbal blend, showcasing the incense aromas of patchouli and sandalwood.  Take it back to the Hippie days with Flower Child Fragrance Oil.  The origin of the term “Flower Child” as a synonym for hippie has its roots in the mid-1960’s after the film version of H. G. Wells’s The Time Machine. The film was characterized by anti-war themes and featured a futuristic society bestowing flowers as a symbol of piece.  This concept was taken by the mainstream media and used to describe the idealistic young individuals who gathered in San Francisco.  These young Hippies were gathered for the Summer of Love in 1967.  Flower children went around, passing on the belief that the world needed to embrace peace, bestowing flowers on those with whom they talked.  Embrace peace and patchouli with Flower Child Fragrance Oil!

What Does Flower Child Fragrance Oil Smell Like?

Flower Child Fragrance Oil is the aroma of the incenses frequently burned by “hippies.”  Earthy wisps of herbal patchouli and sandalwood billow up from this fragrance oil like freshly lit incense.

How Do Our Customers Use Flower Child Fragrance Oil?

Flower Child Fragrance Oil can also be incorporated into your bath and body products.  Bath gels and oils were found to perform well when the recommended maximum of 5% fragrance oil is incorporated.  Soap makers can use 5% fragrance oil in cold process and melt and pour soap recipes.  We even have our FUN Swirl Soap Recipe using our Flower Child Fragrance Oil and melt and pour soap!  Our Cold Process Soap Testing Results show that this fragrance oil had a good scent retention in cured soap and did not discolor.  The soap experienced no ricing and no separation.  There was no acceleration. If you wish to color your bath and body products, we would recommend using purple and blue soap colorant in the amount that satisfies you.  Remember not to use candle dye in any of your bath and body products as they are not body safe.

Enjoy this incense aroma with a wide variety of products. Our customers create prominent room scenting products with this fragrance oil.  Room scenters can utilize up to 50% of this fragrance oil in projects like incense and potpourri recipes.  This fragrance oil is also nice and strong in aroma beads.  Homemade candle crafters can use Flower Child Fragrance Oil up to 10% with vegetable waxes and paraffin wax.  This earthy scent will smell amazing in Joy Wax, Wow Wax, and is very strong in soy waxes.  If you would like to color your candles, we would recommend three drops of purple and three drops of blue liquid candle dye per 4 pounds of wax.  Alternatively, you can also color your melted wax with a small amount of purple and blue color blocks.  We never recommend using crayons to color your candles as they will clog your wick.

Customers also incorporate Flower Child Fragrance Oil into many other products.  One such product is homemade perfume.  Homemade perfumes perform well with this earthy fragrance oil when a maximum of 5% fragrance oil is used.  Homemade lotions perform very well.  We recommend homemade lotions adhere to a 5% fragrance oil maximum.  Homemade cleaning supplies also perform well with a maximum fragrance usage of 5%.

Jan
10

Patchouli


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patchouli essential oil Facts about Patchouli

In America, when most people hear the word patchouli, they immediately think of hippies, universal love for one another, and tie dyed peace signs. But patchouli is so much more than that and has quite an interesting history.

Deriving its name from the Tamil language (the official dialect of Singapore and Sri Lanka), patchouli means “green leaf”.  A robust and extremely fragrant plant; especially when rubbed, patchouli’s scent has been used for centuries in perfumes.

Belonging to the genus Pogostemon, patchouli is a green, leafy herb that is in the mint family.  Growing best in hot, tropical climates; patchouli thrives when it is not in direct sunlight and has the potential of reaching a height of 2-3 ft.  Contrary to common belief, patchouli is more than just leaves; the plant also has flowers that bloom in late fall.  These flowers produce seeds that can be harvested to produce even more patchouli plants.

There are two ways to grow patchouli.  The first is to attain cuttings from the mother plant.  These cuttings are then rooted in water and will cultivate additional patchouli plants.  The second way to grow patchouli is to plant the seeds of the flowers.  The only hesitance with this way is that patchouli seeds are very small and have to be handled with great care.  These seeds are extremely fragile and can be easily crushed, deeming them useless.

When it comes to harvesting patchouli, the leaves of the plant can be collected several times in one year.  However, the strongest scent/oil comes from the top 3-4 pairs of leaves in the patchouli plant.  In order to attain the extraction of patchouli essential oil from these leaves, the leaves must go through a steam distillation process.  This is typically achieved with dried patchouli leaves.  However, there are some claims that to achieve the highest quality of patchouli essential oil, fresh leaves should be distilled.  Ideally, close to where the leaves are harvested, ensuring true freshness.

There are other ways to obtain patchouli essential oil.  One is through a fermentation process.  This process involves bundling the dry patchouli leaves and allowing them to ferment for a long period of time.

The essential oil of patchouli is a rich, earthy aroma with a woody yet minty undertone.  One of the most notable characteristics of this essential oil is that it actually improves over time.  The two most sought out components of patchouli essential oil are patchoulol and norpatchoulenol.

Although, it is true that patchouli essential oil is vital to the perfume industry, patchouli also had another massive worth in history.  Patchouli is believed to be an insect repellent.  It was common place for silk traders of the oriental to pack the valuable silk that they were trading with dried patchouli leaves.  Not only did the leaves prevent the mating of moths on the traders’ silk, but also hindered the moth from laying eggs on the precious silk as well.

This practice, which had started as a means of protection for the silk, ended with patchouli being considered an affluent scent.  Historians now hypothesize that due to the fragrant nature of patchouli; much of the traded silk acquired the aroma during the long travel.  Before long the distinguished scent of patchouli marked authenticity in traded fabric goods although the vast majority did not know what it was called.

One of the possible explanations as to why patchouli was considered an upscale scent to Europeans of that time is due to a notable historical conqueror.  The infamous Napoleon Bonaparte attained some of these patchouli scented cashmeres, through his vast travels to Egypt.  He then brought them back to France.  This mysterious scent of patchouli and its origin were kept secret, and it was not until the year 1837, that the smell and the source were identified to the remainder of the western world.