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Product Notice, August 2, 2021: The soap safe usage rate for this fragrance oil has been impacted by recent regulatory changes. While this fragrance has not been changed in any way, the International Fragrance Association (IFRA) amended use standards that impact this fragrance.

The information displayed in the Properties section on this page is accurate; however, you may receive a bottle with the soap safe usage rates allowed before the IFRA change. These bottles were printed prior to the regulatory change and are being phased out. You have until May 10, 2022, to use the product at the prior usage rate for any existing products while you reformulate. 

Learn more about IFRA 49: What Candle and Soap Makers Need to Know and IFRA 49: Soap Usage Recommendation Changes.

Generally associated with the flower child era of the 1960s, Patchouli is making a comeback! This fragrance oil begins with rich spice notes of ginger, cinnamon, and clove that give way to a strong core of patchouli with traces of jasmine. Warm, woody base notes of oud, amber, and even more patchouli add to this earthy, nostalgic scent.

Create high-end candles, melts, and reed diffusers with this sophisticated blend of cedarwood, clove, and patchouli essential oils. Lightly scented soaps, scrubs and lotions give off a timeless scent all year long. While exquisite on its own, patchouli is a favorite for blending with other fragrances by adding a rich base note. Patchouli is an upscale free spirited fragrance that works beautifully in modern settings.

This fragrance is infused with natural essential oils, including patchouli, clove, and cedarwood.

Blends well with: Palo Santo, Amber Noir, Lavender, Rose Petals

Alternative branding ideas: Woodstock, Flower Child

Note Profile:
Top: Ginger, Cinnamon, Clove
Middle: Patchouli, Jasmine, Cedar
Base: Patchouli, Oud, Amber

Suggested Colors: Ivory, Green, Burgundy
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Note: Bottles filled by weight, levels may vary.


Candle Safe Yes Usage: 3-10%
Soap Safe Yes Usage: 2-6%
Vanillin Content 0%
Soy Performance
Flashpoint > 225 °F
Phthalate Free Yes
Prop 65 Warning Required No
Diffuser Base Compatible Yes; Up to 25%

*Usage amounts are recommendations only. Individual usage amounts can vary based on your desired fragrance strength, wax type, soap base, or lotion base. See IFRA certificate for max usage levels.



Average Rating:

(based upon 43 reviews)


I don't know what real Patchouli supposed to smell like but from all the review I've read and the sample I have from another company. It should be wonderful and I'd love to try it. I love all of the FOs I ordered from Candle science so far so I jump in with the 16oz. I received it today and it definitely don't smell like any of the review descriptions. It smells like vitamin B-Complex, if you ever take it you'll know what I'm talking about. Very strong Chemical/Medicine/Hospital type smell. I don't know if I got the bad one or not but definitely not a fan.

Tikky D.

Smells Really Nice

I will totally buy this again. I'm into complex scents in the 'musky', 'earthy', and 'herbal' categories. Candle Science's "Patchouli" oil has a nice strong scent throw. It smells a little like "Library" to me, but with a touch of coolness, like a hint of fresh mint leaf. I diffused this oil in the house and had no complaints at all. I truly enjoyed it.



The Patchouli scent is really nice. It’s strong but not overpowering. I have tried other brands and by far this exceeds all others. A lot of people mention a cinnamon scent.... I think it’s more of a hint of clove at the end. I don’t know what the plant smells like, but I had a friend who loves patchouli tell me to stick with this one.



I ordered a 1oz sample and threw it in 1-lb of IGI 6006. CT and HT are wonderful, but the fragrance reminds me more of RC Cola (or similarly big-branded cola soda) than Patchouli. I guess I was expecting the Head Shop / Hippie style. I still like it though, but I have to pitch it as a soda-scent. Another instance where the FO is quite good (similar to Frankincense and Myrrh), but the branding is way off.


Top Seller

I absolutely adore this scent. I know a lot of people think it isn't a true Patchouli, and they are right. To me, it is better. It isn't a choking scent, but it is strong. A little goes a long way. And people who want Patchouli but don't want to smell 100% like granola, this is perfect. My customers adore this blend so much.


All I smell is cinnamon

I was really hoping for a warm, rich, spicy aroma, and all I smell is cinnamon in this one.


The Crack Corner

Not sure why this scent is getting such a bad rap... possibly people are looking for the dusty incense aroma, of literally a stick of incense? This is a amazing true patchouli LEAF scent. I’ve tried probably 10 other brands & none compare to the true to scent patchouli leaf you get with this one! If you’re looking for a classic incense vibe add some nag Champa to it, for the dusty type aroma, other wise you will get the leafy patchouli vibes from this. Definitely strong at 10% in 464. I think people are judging out of bottle, but that’s not a true form (eye roll)


True Patchouli

Patchouli is such a specific scent! This is the best I’ve smelled so far. It’s great in candles and had a great throw. So good! This is a staple in my fragrance cabinet.


Best Patchouli Ever

Patchouli has always been one of my favorite fragrances. There’s so many versions out there. Candle Science has this one spot on. It’s a perfect Patchouli. I use it alone and as a blender! So so good!


No depth

I absolutely love patchouli. But, this FO has no depth. It is not full-bodied like real patchouli should be. CS, I really need you to create a better patchouli - you are my #1 supplier!

Ancient City Candle Company

More cinnamon than patchouli

It definitely smells like the more dirty patchouli than sweet, which I adore both smells SO much. Although, the cinnamon is very strong in this too. It is like...idk a patchouli spice is what I would describe it as. Still going to use this of course, I just think taking out the cinnamon and maybe replacing it with jasmine would make this smell SO good.


Love it to be stronger

I like the Fragrance but it doesn’t have a strong enough hot or cold throw especially for blending with other FOs.
There’s so many Patchouli oils out there. One that most people are familiar with are the “Head-shop” variety, which to me is not real patchouli. Candle Science definitely tries to duplicate the more high end true Patchoulis.
I wish the FO was stronger on its middle and base notes. I feel it’s way too heavy on the top notes and smells more like Palo Santo minus a hint of lemon.
I have noticed that FOs that are woodsy and sometimes earthy from ALL vendors tend to not have the best throws.
All in all give it a try.

Sara B.

Very disappointed

The delivery was fast but this is MILES from the musky, sensual smell of patchouli. It is faint, delicate and flowery. I will use it and hopefully will change my opinion. Right now I strongly recommend not purchasing this weak attempt. It is anything but earthy.

Eli Rivers

Not bad

It may be odd but it isn’t bad - I know someone will like this. My partner really enjoys it - and yes it’s very earthy!

Hideaway Candles

Best Patchouli ever

Patchouli is on the top of the list of favorite
fragrances. Candle Sciences version is the closest that I’ve ever come across! It’s earthy and is great standing alone and a fabulous fragrance to blend with. This is a staple in my repertoire. Love!!!

Diana Gonzales

Perfect Scent

I have worn Patchouli as a perfume for several years and this smells exactly like the oils I buy.
It works very well in 646 soy wax. My clients (that like the earthy/masculine tones) LOVE this scent!
It's not overwhelming or overpowering but it is an acquired smell.
So, if you're not an old hippie or into that kind of thing then I wouldn't recommend it!


Best Patchouli Ever

What a perfectly wonderful Patchouli! You have to be a lover of Patchouli to know a great one! Trust me this is amazing. I use this to blend with other fragrances and I’m never disappointed. It’s a great on its own or to blend with. Candle Science, you did a great job on this one! Please never discontinue this!

Diana Gonzales

Smells Great!

This FO *does* smell like patchouli. I've bought patchouli FOs from a couple of different vendors and they smelled nothing like patchouli at all. In my soaps, I use quality dark patchouli and aged dark patchouli oils from Indonesia, and this FO smells just the same to me. Haven't used in a product yet, but I'm sure it will be fine, and I will be ordering a larger bottle soon. Love this!


Read Description Before Buying!!!

I fully agree that this is absolutely not JUST Patchouli, and if I were to buy this FO without reading its product description and/or reviews first, fully expecting it to be as it is named: "Patchouli", yes, I'd be in for quite the surprise... And maybe even upset. BUT... If I were looking for a FO with aromatic notes that described a "Witches Brew"-type scent to a "T" (and not just ANY "Witches Brew", but one that rivaled the likes of the original MW "Witches Brew"; arguably THE BEST "Witches Brew" on the face of the planet!), I'd be doing a happy dance the second this outstanding FO tickled my olfactory senses... Which I did, and which IT did!! This is a 5-Star FO, disguised as a 3-star one due to a 2-way misconception; A name not quite fully conveying its aromatic notes, and a misunderstanding that a straight patchouli FO would carry notes such as clove, cinnamon, jasmine & Oudh. This is an absolutely FABULOUS "Witches Brew"-type scent that blows all typical "Witches Brew" FO's out of the water! Is it straight patchouli? Definitely not, but It's PRECISELY what I hoped it was going to be when I ordered it based off its aromatic notes & reviews!! If you're looking for an EXQUISITE "Witches Brew" to set your products apart from all the other ho-hum "Witches Brew" FO's out there, you've just found it!! If you're looking for straight, unadulterated patchouli scent, you may want to skip this one. I fully feel this SUPERB fragrance oil could easily earn the 5-star rating it so very much deserves if the name were changed to better reflect its full aromatic bouquet, and/or if prospective buyers fully took into consideration its very accurate product description (and listed aromatic notes) prior to making a purchasing decision. For what I was looking for, this FO didn't just meet my expectations, it exceeded them!


Candle Guy

I bought this scent because I wanted to make my own version of a Patchouli candle I buy in stores. I HATE this scent. It smells so weird. Too bad I bought 4oz and I don't see myself working this scent.

Terry Harris

Worth a try

I really enjoy the scent of patchouli essential oil. This fragrance has the essence of patchouli, along with other scents - I call my candle Cedar + Patchouli. I have actually tried to discontinue the candle, but it continues to get purchased so I keep making it!


I love it but it's not patchouli

I love this fragrance. It has amazing cold and hot throw in soy wax and smells enchanting. That being said, this is not patchouli. Scents like sandalwood and patchouli need to be straight up what they are and not blended because people are a bit fanatical. Please don't discontinue it. Maybe rename it like antique sandalwood becoming library. The same people who hated antique sandalwood enough to make faces and act repulsed now buy library from me and really like it. I am forever searching for a patchouli fragrance oil that actually smells like a true patchouli, come to think of it I have never found a candle that smells like true patchouli, maybe it can't be done.


I don't like it

I love the smell of patchouli, my perfume and candles I always tend to get stuff with this notes, i read the reviews but added this as my free scent, and yes its terrible. I am new to candle making and so far have ordered at least 35 ( here to buy more as I type) and will have to say this is the first scent that I am disappointed in. I mixed it with a few other scent and still did not like it. I still want to try patchouli but would have to order from a different place.


Please work on this

If you read the reviews(candle science)
the consensus on this is pretty clear,
its not patchouli PLEASE re work this
I need a good patchouli scent!!!
Thanks ;b

Lucky Rooster Candles

Not patchouli at all

As in a title, it's just far from patchouli scent. Disappointed.



I’ve been searching for a good Patchouli fragrance oil for YEARS!!! Nothing has ever come close to the essential oil fragrance at all.. until NOW!! Thank you, thank you, thank you!! This is the absolute closest you’ll get to the real fragrance of Patchouli. I’m amazed and so happy!


Smells So Bad I Can't Use It

Typically I will take a chance on any and every scent by CandleScience because this website sells phenomenal products. However, this scent was awful, it does not reflect the description on the website. It has sort of a dry musty sock scent (no Jasmine or cedar or amber or anything written). I am super disappointed and will be returning my 8oz container.



I’ve searched high and low for a true Patchouli fragrance oil. This is the perfect blend to mix with other fragrances to create unique scents! I love it alone or use it often to add a twist to other fragrances ! I’m not sure what the other reviews are all about but for anyone who knows what a true Patchouli smells like this is it!!

Diana Gonzales

Great Witches Brew Scent

This doesn't smell like a pure patchouli note, but it does smell like a classic fantasy "witches brew" fragrance concept, which is a combination of patchouli and warm spices. This blend is heavier on the patchouli than the spices, making it an especially earthy and awesome "witches brew" scent. Having it named as just "Patchouli" is misleading and would explain the negative reviews. If this fragrance was marketed as a "witches brew" interpretation, though, it would be a 5 star fragrance, for sure.


Like Awesome

I was very skeptical about getting this because I heard a lot of people don’t like patchouly but if you’re from that Stone Age 1960s model like person. You’ll love it. I made several cases and sold out in two days now have request for soap. This is one of my top si I was very skeptical about getting this because I heard a lot of people don’t like patchouly but if you’re from that Stone Age 1960s model like person. You’ll love it. I made several cases and sold out in two days now have request for soap. This is one of my top scents!

Southern Dezires

Not patchouli at all

Don't be confused about the name, but this fragrance is completely hopeless. Nothing to do with patchouli. It smells more like a medical ointment.

Arianna from Zapah_lab

Doesn't smell like patchouli

I think this is another case of mixing too many other scents in with the FO, when you just want patchouli


Smells really off

I purchased a sample to use with another scent but when I opened the bottle it smells rancid? I sent a message to Candkescience and they checked their supply and said it was fine. I’m not sure why it smells so bad but pachouli is not this smell.

I was hoping for a nice pachouli like the good old days. I will have to look elsewhere to find it I guess.



Does not smell like true patchouli, just smells like spices.


Tranquility soy candles by Patti

Great Scent...reminds me of the 60’s...I love it..hey all you baby Boomers give it a try. Thumbs up for me


Best Patchouli FO

This is by far the only patchouli fragrance oil I have ever liked. It’s 99% like a true patchouli E.O., it has a little spice cinnamon-y scent but it’s very small a faded. I love it!


Decent, nothing to write home about

Patchouli is earthy and spicy, and like a previous reviewer, I also get hints of chocolate. It reminds me a bit of CS Antique Sandalwood, slightly dusty, faded and soft, no sharp edges or unexpected notes. In a soy/paraffin candle at 10% has a limited cold and hot throw. This FO is pleasant enough, but has that generic candle-y fragrance that is nothing to get too excited about and won't sell your high-end candles if that is what you are looking for.


Loved the scent but faded to nothing

I was very happy with this scent (I'm not a real patchouli fan). I used the max amount for CP soap and it smelled heavenly - however after cure it had faded to almost nothing! If you stick your nose right on the soap you can BARELY smell it. I am SO disappointed! I really liked the scent when it went in and I was afraid I was making it too strong... NOT! No, it's probably not as musty as real patchouli but I liked it that way, now it's nothing. :(


Give it a try...

I buy ALL of my FO from Candlescience, except for my personal fav Patchouli. So when I saw it was a new addition I went straight for a 4oz without even a tester! Needless to say you can smell the Patchouli, it is not the first thing I smell though. I smell strong Clove and maybe chocolate? one customer said licorice. It is a good scent, just not what I would consider patchouli. I have sold 1, over the other brand of patchouli I use. This is of course just my opinion, but I would def give it a try, I know I will be ordering another bottle to see if maybe a different scent in a different batch :)


I was so excited to hear that my favorite oil supplier introduced Patchouli to their list (and so were my customers)! It is very subtle and not too earthy with hints of spice. As far as performance goes, the scent throw in soy is very light and a little disappointing. I tried it in foaming hand soap and the scent is much stronger and you're able to smell all of the noted scents! I was really hoping for a stronger scent in my candles.


Give this one a chance! Not overly earthy to me, but hint of spice, and with a slightly (but not too!) sweet licorice fragrance underlying. It's bohemian and I love it! I wasn't a fan of Nag Champa or Vetiver, and I typically love the earthy incense scents. This one exudes a more subtle spice aroma. While I do think this scent is good for year-round, I can more easily see this in a Fall/Halloween line-up. The "Witches Brew" comparison is spot on (and check the reviews for that one while you're at it!).

Mississippi Moon Candle Co.



Patchouli identical to the essential oil is not possible as far as I can tell. However, this scent is not meant to be that. This is a spicy blend with a patchouli base. I have made Autumn candles with this scent, from a different supplier for many years. There is a big name brand candle co that has a candle scent named Wiches Brew, and this is it.


Stick with the Essential Oil

I was excited to try this Patchouli blend, but boy was I disappointed. I hoped it would be better when I put it in the wax but honestly, all I can smell is Eucalyptus. I will not be purchasing this product again. I'll be sticking with my essential oil from now on.