Are you on the hunt for a new signature scent with an earthy aroma? Try one of these best-selling patchouli perfumes for women!
Patchouli is a member of the mint family, which often gives perfumes an earthy, spicy undertone with a hint of sweetness. Although many describe the smell of patchouli as an acquired taste, when used right, the result can be magical and complex – there’s just something about patchouli perfumes that we can’t resist.
Recent years have seen a resurgence of patchouli, with many best-selling new fragrances being created with this warm yet mysterious herb as a fragrance note, such as Byredo’s wonderful Bibliothèque perfume.
As fragrances are often complex, you may be surprised to discover what other best-selling perfumes have a note of patchouli in their intricate bouquet of scents. We’ve done the groundwork for you and scoured the internet for the 21 best patchouli perfumes for women that will make a lasting impression – keep on reading to find your next signature scent!
The Best Patchouli Perfumes For Women
1. Chanel Coco Mademoiselle Eau De Parfum
This sparkling, bright scent was created to capture the essence of a young Coco Chanel – modern, powerful, and daring. The top note of this scent is orange, middle notes are grasse jasmine and May rose. Bottom notes are patchouli and vetiver.
The Chanel Coco Mademoiselle is modern and sensual, yet surprisingly fresh. It’s a very “bright” scent, and fashion lovers will understand how it’s meant to capture the essence of a fashion trailblazer like Coco Chanel. This scent is perfect for daytime wear, since it’s very light. Fashion enthusiasts, minimalists, and classy ladies will love this perfume.
2. Tom Ford Bitter Peach
Tom Ford has so many incredible perfumes with a patchouli base, that it’s hard to choose a definite winner. With this said, we are partial to the Bitter Peach fragrance, which is a unique blend of sweetness, warmth and woodiness.
The intoxicating scent is reminiscent of a boozy, bitter peach, akin a little to the scent of the stone inside the fruit itself. The complex fragrance opens with top notes of peach, blood orange and cardamom, followed by middle notes of rum, cognac and jasmine, which wrap around a base of patchouli, vanilla, tonka bean, sandalwood and vetiver.
It is much less a fruity scent than you might expect; after all, most Tom Ford fragrances are created to be unisex. With this said, we would say that it’s definitely a more feminine than masculine scent.
As with most Tom Ford fragrances, the Bitter Peach has great sillage and is very long-lasting.
3. Gucci Guilty Pour Femme
This rich scent is a modern combination of florals and musks, focusing on more natural scents like patchouli, pink pepper and mandora. The opening notes are those of mandora, an exotic fruit, followed by floral notes of lilac and geranium oil at the heart, and patchouli and amber at the base.
The Gucci Guilty For Her perfume is unique, particularly because of the use of exotic mandora fruit, which pairs perfectly with more the more natural and musky note of patchouli. This perfume conjures an Audrey Hepburn-esque elegance, with a bit of Marilyn Monroe mystery.
This scent simply smells like the golden age of Hollywood – glamorous, fabulous, and sexy. Film lovers, book lovers, and art lovers are sure to love this scent. It can be worn for day or night.
4. Byredo Bibliothèque
Byredo’s intriguingly complex unisex fragrances have been gaining a lot of traction lately, with their minimalist perfume bottles being the perfect accessory to flaunt on Instagram.
The Bibliothèque perfume is one of the brand’s best sellers, and stands out with its uniqueness – this patchouli perfume is laser-focused on not being like “other” patchouli perfumes. As you could imagine from the name of the perfume, this scent is reminiscent of velvety books in the library, which have been spritzed with just the right amount of citrusy sweetness.
When you first apply the perfume, you’ll instantly pick up on the sweet top notes of peach and plum, which are complemented by middle notes of violet and leather accord. The base notes of musk, patchouli, and are woodier, bringing complexity and depth to the scent experience,
The scent is perfect for the bohemian soul who wants a signature scent, or a city girl looking for something different.
5. Jimmy Choo Eau de Parfum
This high-end, sweet scent is extremely luxurious, and from the first spritz, you’ll feel the “luxe.” The top notes are pear, and middle notes are orchid. Base notes are patchouli, for a sensual lingering smell on the skin.
This patchouli scent is anything but down-to-earth – the Jimmy Choo Eau de Parfum is perfect for a big night out, a fancy event, or a first date. Three words that are used to describe the scent are “glamorous, seductive, and sensual,” and we have to agree.
This perfume is extremely alluring and femenine, and thanks to the undertones of patchouli, mysterious as well. This perfume is a perfect pick for girls who love to dress up, cocktail parties, weddings, or anyone who has an extremely luxurious taste in fragrance.
6. Jo Malone English Pear and Freesia cologne
This fruity-floral scent is perfect for autumn and cooler weather. Top notes are king pear and freesia, while the bottom notes are of white patchouli. The freshness of pear combined with florals and amber patchouli creates a truly luscious scent.
Jo Malone colognes and perfumes were actually created to be combined and layered, so you can create your own signature scent. We could see the English Pear and Freesia cologne pairing really well with more florals for day, and with a heady sandalwood for evening.
This perfume isn’t too strong, so we recommend this pick for people who love perfumes but occasionally get headaches from strong smells.
7. Lancôme La Vie Est Belle
The name of the La Vie Est Belle perfume translates directly to “life is beautiful,” in French, and the experience of using this fragrance measures up to the name.
This is a warm and spicy scent, with top notes of iris, middle notes of patchouli, and base notes of vanilla. It’s a perfectly balanced warm floral scent that lingers on the skin with a warm patchouli scent. It’s super long-lasting, and wearers of this perfume report that they love the base notes of sweet vanilla for a hint of gourmand.
This perfume wears extremely elegantly, and while it could be worn at night, it’s a great daytime scent because it’s alluring but not too heavy or musky. This is a top contender for your new “signature scent,” a date night, or a confidence booster before an important meeting. La Vie Est Belle is an upbeat, energizing fragrance, perfect for the eternal optimist or life of the party.
8. The 7 Virtues Patchouli Citrus Eau De Parfum
Clean beauty lovers, get ready for the cleanest pick yet. The 7 Virtues Patchouli Citrus scent is composed of essential and fair-trade oils, all with individual aromatherapy benefits. This perfume actually boasts some aromatherapy benefits itself – it could improve your mood, reduce tension, and help you find your “zen.”
It’s an extremely calming scent, and the company said they wanted this scent to be modern, not a “hippy perfume.” It has top notes of sweet peony and rose geranium with base notes of patchouli and sandalwood.
This perfume is perfect for women who want to smell great but are interested in finding the cleanest, planet-friendly fragrances available. This fresh fragrance is also unisex and can be worn by both women and men.
9. Parfums de Marly Sedbury Eau de Parfum
Do you love to be transported to another place and time with scent? If so – this might be the one for you. This beautiful fragrance will transport you to the French countryside, with top notes of italian mandarin and lavender, middle notes of jasmine, and bottom notes of patchouli and vanilla.
The Parfums De Marly Sedbury perfume is named after the Sedbury Royal Mare, a legendary racehorse from the 18th century. This scent truly has an old-world feel, and we recommend for those who want to be swept away in daydreams of glam.
10. Vilhelm Parfumerie Stockholm 1978 Eau De Parfum
This perfume was inspired by summer in Stockholm in 1978, a city that was quickly becoming a cultural hub and a place for celebration and congregation. Top notes of this perfume are black pepper, lemon, and almond, and middle notes are geranium and rosemary. Patchouli and black amber make up the base notes.
The Stockholm 1978 scent smells like a warm, perfect summer evening under a lemon tree. The geranium notes make it extremely uplifting, and this perfume was made in France. This selection is an amazing summertime scent for day or night.
Those who want to smell slightly exotic and different from typical American perfumes will love this scent – the world traveler, the intellectual, and the fashion maven.
11. Sana Jardin Celestial Patchouli
Sana Jardin perfumes are inspired by all the natural, earthy scents the founder experiences in gardens, temples, fields, and palaces all over the world.
Celestial Patchouli has top notes of rose and jasmine, and middle and base notes of cinnamon, sandalwood, and patchouli. The florals combined with the warm, musky scents lead to a perfume that is balanced, relaxed, and even described as an aphrodisiac. It’s also phthalate, paraben, and formaldehyde free.
This perfume is perfect for those who love to be adventurous and explore, world travelers, and anyone who loves things that are slightly out of the ordinary. This intoxicating scent will make a statement and set you apart at parties, date nights, and concerts.
12. Henry Rose Dark Is Night
This perfume is seriously…. Sexy. And decadent. And yet again, clean beauty lovers, rejoice – this scent is even EWG verified to contain only the cleanest ingredients out there. Top notes are green grass, middle notes are vetiver and freesia, while bottom notes are the warm and spicy patchouli and vanilla.
This patchouli perfume has a decadent finish, thanks to the vanilla, which makes the wearer smell almost edible. This scent has been described as a “ride from sweet to sexy,” since the smell fades into a more sultry, smoky scent.
Reviews online call the Dark Is Night perfume the “sexiest scent in the world,” so this one is perfect for a night out, a romantic date, or when you just want to feel special. In our opinion, this is one of the very best patchouli perfumes for women.
13. Yves Saint Laurent Mon Paris Eau de Parfum
The Yves Saint Laurent Mon Paris is another one for the francophiles. Mon Paris was inspired by the city of Paris and its romantic nature. This sweet scent has top notes of red berries, pear, and white peony, while lower notes of patchouli and musk make this scent decidedly romantic – in fact, dangerously so.
This scent is perfect for a romantic anniversary date, a special night out with friends, or when you really need to make a good impression. We recommend this for those who love Paris, romance, fashion, and style, since wearing this perfume will make you feel instantly fabulous and luxe.
14. Gucci Flora Gorgeous Gardenia
This scent seems like a floral scent only, at first – but after a few moments, the warm patchouli scents float in for a sensual experience. The inspiration for this perfume actually comes from rock goddess Miley Cyrus and her rock’n’roll heart – both eclectic and floral.
The Gucci Flora Gorgeous Gardenia is marketed to free-spirited women full of positive energy, and we would agree – the florals are high-energy and positive, while the warm patchouli notes are truly for the boho and the free.
15. Givenchy L’Inderdit Eau de Parfum
Some patchouli scents begin in a more floral place. This is not one of them. In fact, this selection has some serious warmth to it, with orange blossom and jasmine contrasting with bottom notes of vetiver and patchouli. This scent is for the true individual – the one who stands out from the crowd.
The contrast between the floral and the woody scent is stunning, leaving a lasting impact. The L’Interdit perfume is actually a homage to Givenchy’s first perfume in 1957. This scent is perfect for the daring, the bold, and someone who isn’t afraid to be unapologetically themselves.
16. 19-69 Kasbah Eau de Parfum
This perfume was inspired by the vibrant, warm party scene from Marrakesh in the 60s and 70s. This perfume has a nice gourmand twist to it, with notes of white honey, patchouli, and sandalwood.
The name of the perfume and the color refer to a fortress in North Africa. The scent was meant to capture the dynamics in Marrakesh – color, music, interior, and even the drug scene. The 19-69 Kasbah is perfect for the individualist, the creative mind, and the international traveler. This scent is intoxicating, unique, and complex – just like the wearer.
17. Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb
This perfume is – you guessed it – very floral, hence the name. Top notes are jasmine, orange, rose, with middle and bottom notes of vanilla and patchouli. The Flowerbomb scent is very rose-heavy, which is perfect for those who are always searching for that perfect rose perfume.
The addition of patchouli adds an unexpected mystery to this otherwise fresh and bright scent, which is the perfect balance. We love this scent for warmer months of the year, and in our opinion, it’s the perfect perfume to wear to special occasions such as a wedding.
We see this perfume for women who want to take it up a notch – you’ve always smelled good, but now you want people on the street to ask “what IS that?” when you walk by. This is it THAT perfume.
18. Mizensir Mythique Vetyver Eau de Parfum
This pick is a bit more pricey, but for a good reason. Italian citrus notes of bergamot and Sicialian lemon open the fragrance, while geranium and earthy patchouli make up the middle and base notes. The Mythique Vetyver Eau De Parfum could be considered unisex – it’s sultry, smoky, yet fresh, thanks to the citrus scent.
You would smell great in this, but your boyfriend might try to steal it from you. This is a very clean, together scent, perfect for daily wear – certainly someone’s “signature scent.” We love this scent for girls who love clean, modern fashion, simplicity, and minimalism.
19. Calvin Klein Everyone
The Everyone perfume is a clean, green and fresh unisex fragrance that is perfect for those wanting to feel refreshed and included. Calvin Klein has stated that the scent is aimed at the new generation, particularly those who want to express themselves without any limitations.
With citrusy top notes of orange oil and warm ginger, middle notes of blue tea accord and base notes of musk, cedar, amber and patchouli, this aromatic citrus fragrance is great to wear during the daytime.
It’s a relaxed scent, so it pairs well with warm weather, beer on patios, and concerts. If most perfumes are too girly or floral for you, consider this patchouli perfume. Concert-goers, free spirits, and nature-lovers will absolutely love this scent.
20. Pacifica Himalayan Patchouli Berry
This budget-friendly option is only $22 – far less than other patchouli perfumes on this list! The scent opens up with fruity notes of grapefruit and is followed by geranium, sugar notes and a white patchouli note to tie everything together.
The Pacifica Himalayan Patchouli Berry was inspired by the Festival of Colors in Nepal, which is celebrated at the full moon before the spring equinox. This scent is bright, fruity, and slightly musky, and it actually contains no parabens or phthalates.
Clean beauty lovers looking for a patchouli perfume will adore this scent, which is created with natural and essential oils. This scent could be considered a “patchouli light,” because it’s a very airy scent that is perfect for day or night.
If you love clean beauty but still want to smell good, consider this patchouli perfume for a day on the lake, a date night, or even just to feel pretty at home in your pajamas.
21. Dior Patchouli Imperial
This fragrance by French luxury fashion brand Dior is inspired by exotic scents of the east – the imperial city. The fragrance is commanding, sensual, and awakening to the senses. It combines the scent of wood with incredibly fresh citrus notes for a modern twist on the stereotypical patchouli scent.
The patchouli notes are combined with smoky amber for a warm, sexy smell. Top notes are citrus and coriander, middle notes are frankincense, and base notes are patchouli. The Dior Patchouli Imperial perfume is for those who love the truly exotic, the mysterious, and the rare. If you don’t want to smell like absolutely anybody else, this perfume is for you.
The smoky scent pairs well with sundown, evening events, and important occasions – a little goes a long way. Commanding, bold, and strong, the Patchouli Imperial is one of the best patchouli fragrances if you’re looking for a distinct strong scent that is on the masculine side.
We hope you enjoyed this list of popular perfumes perfect for the patchouli lover! Did we miss any must-haves? Let us know in the comments below!