The patchouli plant is indigenous to some parts of Asia. It is used for its medicinal properties as well as for its characteristic scent. Patchouli has been used to treat everything from diarrhea to the common cold to snakebites. Patchouli soap is a product that contains patchouli essential oils in a soap base and is used for cleansing or washing the face, hands, and body. Alternatively, patchouli soap may contain patchouli bark. Known for its fresh woodsy scent, patchouli soap has a strong, distinctive smell, typically and ideal soap for men and women alike.
Because patchouli has conditioning properties, it is considered a non-drying soap ingredient. It is believed that patchouli can also serve as a natural insect repellent. The scent of patchouli has been used for centuries and enjoyed a burst of popularity in the late 20th century.
Many people choose to make their own patchouli soap at home. By adding patchouli essential oils or patchouli bark to a melted soap base, a wonderful homemade soap can be created. A large mold can be used to produce a soap loaf which can be cut into slices. The melted soap can be poured into smaller molds for individual sized bars instead. Goat's milk soap is commonly used as a base for patchouli soap. There are also vegan soap bases which are composed solely of plant-based materials.
Sometimes other essential oils are added to patchouli soap. Common scents which blend well with patchouli include sandalwood, bergamot, lavender, and vanilla. The lingering smell of patchouli can remain on the user's skin for hours after bathing, making it a good choice for a lasting woodsy scent.
In addition to soap and perfume, the scent of patchouli has found its way into body lotions, incense, candles, and sachets. It is believed to have a relaxing and calming effect, which makes it ideal for aromatherapy. Patchouli was also a favorite among the 1960s hippie generation.
Patchouli has been introduced in the Caribbean where it is cultivated for use in perfumes and soap. Because it flourishes in warm to tropical climates, patchouli is ideally suited to the Caribbean. It is a sturdy plant which thrives in hot weather. Patchouli can be grown from either seeds or cuttings.
Multiple online retailers and many health food stores sell patchouli soap. It normally is available in a variety of scent combinations and is usually inexpensive. A quick Internet search should reveal plenty of options from which to choose.