Patchouli is an effective anti-inflammatory for the skin, helpful in healing cracked or inflamed skin, acne, dermatitis and eczema.
It is said to tone and tighten the skin, and is used in many anti-wrinkle blends. At the same time, it helps regulate oily skin and dandruff.
It is an excellent base note for perfume blends and is generally considered an aphrodisiac. In small quantities it has a mildly sedative effect, while in large quantities it may be stimulating.