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Tenacious P – A paean to Patchouli By Tanya Moulding

PLAYING WITH PERFUMED PRISMS SEASONS – Patchouli helps connect us to the rhythmic energies of nature, so it can be blended easily to enhance the season you are in or a perfume for your 'seasonal wardrobe': I find patchouli rich, dark and humid in quality and makes a natural partner to the seasons of diminishing light, Autumn and Winter with their associated materials such as mushroom, vetiver, tobacco, oakmoss, jasmine, tuberose, carnation, cistus, mandarin, frankincense, ginger absolute, myrrh, benzoin, vanilla with tree and conifer oils such as juniper, black spruce, fir.

Patchouli is a seasonal magician, and with inspired blending, it can shapeshift, throwing off its heavy, woollen cloak of darker months and taking a flighty tiptoe through the light-filled days of Spring and Summer. Lift heaviness and elevate earthy elements with piercing spices, light woods, sheer, sparkly citrus notes and fresh leafy herbals. Reveal the sheer, green aspects for inspiration and connectivity: violet leaf, rosemary, lavender, lavender absolute, geranium, grapefruit, petitgrain, galbanum, clary sage, bergamot. For spiced-up Summer sophistication and intrigue, look to vanilla, black pepper, pink pepper, nutmeg, cumin, jasmine, tuberose, neroli, saffron and cardamom, bergamot, grapefruit, sweet orange, bitter orange.

Depending on your approach and intention, Patchouli can be incorporated into many aromatic vehicles for wearing or scenting the space: Anoint oil Spray perfume Oil perfume Auric veil spray Body oil Potpourri (dried herb and/or essential oil) Incense blends (dried herb and/or essential oil) Candles.

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Read the full Article in the Perfume Special 2023 edition (10.3) E. available in the shop. 

Read the full Article in the Perfume Special 2023 edition (10.3) E. available in the shop.

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