Most of us equate Patchouli with Hippies. Rumor has it that it was used to mask the smell of marijuana.
Personally, I don’t believe it. I believe that it was the earthy and natural smell that drew these “Earth Children” to it and their drive to be different from mainstream America.


What is Patchouli?

Patchouli (Pogostemon cablin) is a bushy herb and a relative of the mint family. Its green leaves can be mistaken as mint but its pale purple and sometimes pink flowers are what distinguish it from its relative.
The Patchouli plant is native to the tropical regions of Asia.
Today it is cultivated in many countries including Indonesia, India and the Caribbean.

Patchouli Plant, Patchouli Flower

How to Use Patchouli

The majority of us use it as a perfumed body oil. Like a fine wine, it ages very well. The older it is the better it becomes.
The scent mellows out as the oil becomes thick and resinous. A lot of high-end perfumes and colognes contain Patchouli because
it grounds other scents that may not be so appealing on their own.
Did you know it is a great insect repellent, an aphrodisiac and has been used in the treatment of dermatitis, eczema, dry and/or oily scalps?  

So, whether you use Patchouli for its medicinal purposes or like me, you just love the scent, visit our website
to see how we incorporate it into so many of our products.Psychedelic Peace Symbol



The Laughing Mermaid will be closed from April 15th to April 20th, 2019 for Spring Break. All orders will be fulfilled after April 20th.