Patchouli is grown in India and China but the bulk of the oil traded comes from Indonesia. The production is in the hands of numerous small farmers for whom it is often a secondary crop and thus a separate source of income. They can distill the herb and keep some small stock of oil as a form of saving. They sell to collectors all through the year depending on their need for cash. The dark oil is becoming rarer as the old iron drums and pipes used as distillation equipment are gradually being replaced by steel, which produce a light coloured oil.
Category Essential Oils and Extracts
Regional Availability Worldwide
Harvest Period Year round
Natural Status EU Natural
Organoleptic Descriptors balsam, woody, earthy, weedy, old wood
Common Applications heather, spice, cedar, chanel #5, benzoin
Appearance Pale yellow to yellow liquid
Optical Rotation -65.0 to -48.0
Refractive Index @20℃ 1.5060 - 1.5150
Specific Gravity @20℃ 0.952 - 0.977
Flash Point ℃ 87°C
Shelf Life (months) 12
Storage Recommendations Sealed containers in a cool dark place. Check quality before use.