patch·​ou·​li | \ pə-ˈchü-lē also ˈpa-chə-lē \
variants: or less commonly patchouly

Definition of patchouli

: a heavy perfume made from the fragrant essential oil of a southeast Asian mint (Pogostemon cablin) also : the plant itself

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There's Hermoine, which smells of cedar and thyme; Sabrina, which smells of patchouli and bergamot; and Willow, which smells of palo santo, a wood known for its protective properties. Sophie Saint Thomas, Allure, "11 Halloween Beauty Launches for Spooky Makeup and Skin-Care Products," 9 Oct. 2018 Intoxicating flowers and sharp citrus contribute to the warm feeling Diptyque has channeled into the fragrance, which is composed of orange blossom, angelica root, patchouli, and juniper berry. Shannon Barbour, The Cut, "Diptyque’s Latest Additions Will Transport You to a Mediterranean Utopia," 9 May 2018 Essential oils are no longer the domain of hippies who like the smell of patchouli. Rebecca Straus, Good Housekeeping, "6 Times You Should Never Use Essential Oils," 12 Jan. 2017 For skin care: Lavender, carrot seed, rose, rosehip, frankincense, geranium, tea tree, ylang-ylang, and patchouli. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Essential Oils for Beginners: How to Use Them Safely in Your Beauty Routine," 7 May 2018 Other notes include patchouli, which belongs to the mint family, and vanilla, which adds a feminine touch. Kara Thompson, Town & Country, "Byredo's Bibliothèque Perfume Is Here to Stay," 3 May 2018 Other notes come from orris root blended with patchouli; its inherent headiness is tempered by the freshness of jasmine. Kavita Daswani,, "Designers behind Proenza Schouler find fresh inspiration on a road trip from L.A. to West Texas," 19 Apr. 2018 Choose from oil blends such as Pick-Me-Up (essence of peppermint, grapefruit and orange) or Grounding (vetiver, patchouli and lavender). Kavita Daswani,, "Heading to Coachella? Here are some packing tips," 7 Apr. 2018 Tempo is a free-spirited blend of patchouli, sage, violet, and maté. Sarah Spellings, The Cut, "A Perfume Professional on What Happiness Smells Like," 2 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of patchouli

1845, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for patchouli

Tamil paccuḷi

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English Language Learners Definition of patchouli

: a perfume that is made from the oil of a southeast Asian plant

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