3 DIY Patchouli Scents That Don't Smell Like Old Hippies

Publish date:
October 26, 2014
patchouli, DIY, body oils, essential oils, almond oil, blending body oils

I love the earthy aroma of patchouli, especially in the fall. But the fragrance is definitely not for everyone. I've heard it described a number of ways, from spicy, nutty, and warm to pungent and smelling like old hippies.

If you don't enjoy patchouli in its raw and unadulterated form, there are some great DIY essential oil blends that combine the scent with other complementary essential oils.

As colder temperatures approach, here are three body oil blends that I enjoy. The first is sweet and feminine, the second is fresh and woodsy, and the third is earthy and herbal.

STEP 1: Choose the carrier oil that you will incorporate your essential oil blends into.

A carrier oil is needed because putting essential oils directly onto your skin is a big no-no and can cause serious damage. I enjoy using sweet, nourishing almond oil for the base of my body oils. It's filled with vitamins, it absorbs easily into the skin, and it has a light, nutty scent that doesn't overpower. I would also recommend grape seed oil, coconut oil, sunflower oil, sesame oil, and jojoba oil, though the latter can be a tad expensive.

STEP 2: Gather the following equipment and ingredients.


  • Measuring cups
  • Droppers
  • Small glass bottles to store body oil


  • Sweet almond oil, or whatever carrier oil you've chosen
  • Essential oils (see blends below)
  • Vitamin E (optional)

STEP 3: Start mixing!Sweet & Feminine: lavender, orange, patchouli

  • 1/2 cup sweet almond oil (this will yield 4 ounces of body oil)
  • 12 drops lavender essential oil
  • 8 drops 10-fold orange essential oil
  • 4 drops patchouli essential oil

Pour the almond oil into the bottle, add essential oils, and shake well. For extra decadence, add a few drops of vitamin E into the mixture.

I absolutely love the therapeutic benefits of these essential oils. Patchouli is known to have a grounding and balancing effect on emotions, while lavender is calming and orange is extremely uplifting.

Fresh & Woodsy: patchouli, cedarwood, spearmint

  • 1/2 cup sweet almond oil
  • 8 drops patchouli essential oil
  • 8 drops cedarwood essential oil
  • 8 drops spearmint essential oil

See instructions above.

Both men and women can appreciate this blend. I find the spearmint to be highly stimulating, and cedarwood is a known insect repellant.

Earthy & Herbal: patchouli and rosemary

  • 1/2 cup sweet almond oil
  • 12 drops patchouli essential oil
  • 12 drops rosemary essential oil

See instructions above.

I enjoy how rosemary’s herbal scent really complements patchouli’s earthy aroma, and it's great for keeping alert and focused. Rosemary is also amazing for hair care: regular use can help stimulate hair follicles, treat dry and flaky scalp, and of course leave your strands smelling delicious.


Do you love patchouli as much as I do, or is it not your cup of tea?