Patchouli is a herb, a fragrant herb with egg-shaped leaves and square stems. When the scent is added to a bar of soap, Patchouli Soaps are often described as sweet, spicy, and woodsy all at the same time. Other words used to describe Patchouli soap include pungent, mossy, and musty.
Patchouli has long been believed to have a relaxing effect, and using patchouli soap in the tub or shower can certainly achieve that goal. It is said that in high doses Patchouli can act as a stimulant, while used in lower doses it can act as an Antidepressant or sedative. Patchouli can be also used to sharpen focus and improve concentration. Patchouli is considered to be Anti-inflammatory, Antiseptic, and Astringent. Patchouli and natural patchouli soap have also been positively linked to improvement of several skin disorders, from reducing chapped, cracked skin and scar tissue to reducing irritation caused by eczema.