Pogostemon Cablin Leaf Oil
If you are into perfumes, you must know patchouli as an important essential oil in the perfume industry. It boasts a pleasant woody, earthy and camphoraceous scent and has fixative properties (makes the fragrance long-lasting).
Its composition is pretty unique: it does not contain any of the EU's 26 most common fragrance allergens, but its most important components are patchoulol (30%) and alpha-patchoulene (6%) which are responsible for its aroma and antifungal properties.
Among essential oils, the allergen profile of patchouli counts as pretty good (much better than ylang-ylang or lemongrass oils), but if your skin is sensitive, it's still best to avoid it.
Show me some proof
- The Journal of Supercritical Fluids, Feb 1, 2009, Comparison of extraction of patchouli (Pogostemon cablin) essential oil with supercritical CO 2 and by steam distillation
- Contact Dermatitis, Nov 1, 2010, Contact allergy to essential oils: current patch test results (2000–2008) from the Information Network of Departments of Dermatology (IVDK)