Trust me, these 8 patchouli perfumes are ideal for those who don't like smelling like everyone else

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Patchouli perfume: girl lying in a flower meadow
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When it comes to edits of the best fragrances in existence, patchouli perfumes often don't get the shoutout they deserve. While sweet scents like vanilla perfumes, coconut perfumes and rose perfumes often come out on top, the earthy depth of patchouli perfumes is often overlooked—and I think, as a note, patchouli is being slept on.

Whether it's a scent that showcases patchouli as its primary note, or a fragrance where patchouli lingers in the background to add depth, the popularity of patchouli's  deep, yet fresh, green edge has become incredibly popular in recent years.

Patchouli hails from a bush that grows mainly in India, of which the leaves produce an essential oil. It is typically found in woody perfumes to add a grounding element, as it has a sweet yet earthy smell that complements many other notes. 

Patchouli may even be residing in some of your favourite fragrances without your knowledge. But if you are looking for a new perfume that has a fresh, yet deep, crispness to it (that also smells different to anything else out there), I'd suggest taking a look at the following best buys. 

1. Victoria Beckham Beauty Portofino '97 Eau de Parfum

Victoria Beckham Beauty Portofino '97 Eau de Parfum

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Victoria Beckham Beauty Portofino '97 Eau de Parfum


Key notes: Amber, patchouli, musk, vetiver

New to the patchouli perfume world, Victoria Beckham's first foray into fragrance was undeniably a successful one. Our favourite from the small-but-mighty collection of three is Portofino '97, which is both fresh and woody/intense all at once. Inspired by VB's early romantic Italian trips with husband David, this blue bottle really tells a story. The patchouli is complemented by amber, musk and vetiver for a sexy, layered scent. 

2. Replica Maison Margiela On A Date 

Replica Maison Margiela On A Date

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Replica Maison Margiela On A Date Eau de Parfum


Key notes: Pink pepper, patchouli, musk

One of Replica's latest additions, On A Date is – you've guessed it – the perfect first date fragrance. It's sexy and rich, with pink pepper and musk, combined with our beloved patchouli plant for intensity. As it's on the slightly heavier side for a fruity perfume, we'd recommend this for the colder autumn/winter months rather than summertime. 

3. Lush Karma

Lush Karma

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Lush Karma


Key notes: Patchouli, Brazilian orange, pine

Lush's perfume collection really stands out in the crowded highstreet fragrance scene, with unique concoctions that come with friendly price tags. Karma is a bestseller, inspired by 1960s London and boasts notes of zesty Brazilian orange, woody pine and, of course, patchouli. 

4. Jo Loves Cobalt Patchouli & Cedar

Jo Loves Cobalt Patchouli & Cedar

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Jo Loves Cobalt Patchouli & Cedar


Key notes: Grapefruit, vetiver, patchouli, cedarwood, geranium

Jo Loves scents are truly special, created by none other than Jo Malone CBE herself. This one proves just how suited patchouli can be to both light, fresh perfumes and those earthy, woody winter fragrances. This is both light and refreshing and layered and rich, making a decadent and irresistible blend you won't be able to stop spritzing. 

5. Le Labo Patchouli 24 

Le Labo Patchouli 24

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Le Labo Patchouli 24


Key notes: Patchouli, birch, vanilla

Tired of Santal 33? Perhaps it's time to try a new Le Labo favourite in the form of the brand's patchouli offering. If smoky, leathery smells are your jam, you cannot beat this patchouli-powered perfume. Combined with vanilla for a slightly sweet, creamy twist, it's a joy for the nose.

6. Sana Jardin Celestial Patchouli

Patchouli perfumes

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Sana Jardin Celestial Patchouli


Key notes: Patchouli, rose, leather, cedar

This gorgeous perfume is like a warm hug on a cold day. It's leathery, woody and a little flowery, with rose as well as patchouli utilised. It's intense enough to make an impact and also stands the test of time, lasting throughout the day without continuous top-ups needed. 

7. Escentric Molecules Molecule 01 + Patchouli 

Patchouli perfumes

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Escentric Molecules Molecule 01 + Patchouli


Key notes: Iso E Super, patchouli

If you really want to get on the patchouli hype, why not invest in a scent that places the note front and centre? This one by Escentric Molecules offers a twist on its original fragrance, with an added woody, floral note of patchouli for that extra special edge. 

& Other Stories Act 1, Scene 3 Eau de Toilette

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Key notes: Patchouli, rose, amber, sandalwood

Another excellent store on the high street for affordable yet sophisticated perfumes, & Other Stories always unearths a new favourite. Patchouli-wise it's this bottle, which smells like amber, rose, leather and pomegranate. It has a certain level of drama, so it's a good one to wear to feel confident. 

Rebecca Fearn

Rebecca is a freelance beauty journalist and contributor to Marie Claire. She has written for titles including Refinery29, The Independent, Grazia, Coveteur, Dazed, Stylist, and Glamour. She is also a brand consultant and has worked with the likes of The Inkey List on campaign messaging and branded copy. She’s obsessed with skincare, nail art and fragrance, and outside of beauty, Rebecca likes to travel, watch true crime docs, pet sausage dogs and drink coffee. Rebecca is also passionate about American politics and mental health awareness.