Patchouly, Patchouli, Pachouli 2

Patchouly scented soap on the left and control on the right.

Patchouly Fragrance Oil scented soap on the left and control on the right. Don’t expect a discoloration with our fragrance oil.

How do you spell the name for this deep, long-lasting scent?

We have recently been asked to change the spelling of our essential oil because we spell the name wrong. All three ways of spelling patchouly are correct and considered appropriate so it is a matter of preference. When MMS started the majority of our suppliers spelled this oil with a Y and not an I. Many of our reference books used both I and Y. It was rare for us to find the spelling without a T but it did exist.

The reason we went with a Y is that our suppliers spelled their products with a Y and not an I. We looked over many sources and found many trends were showing spelling to change from Ys to Is and we felt this was a linguistic trend and not representative of the product in a historical fashion. Language is an amazing, yet dynamic, thing. When I was a child it was drive-through and not drive-thru. It was also doughnut and not donut.

Aside from these examples, what items do you see that are changing in the spelling as we grow older? I want to hear of your patchouly stories, opinions and linguistic changes you have observed.

Happy spelling day!


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About Tina

I started in 1996 with the help of my husband. Now I get to help people make all kinds of soaps and bath and body products. I think my favorite things to make are lip balms and lotions/creams. Of course I get most of the soap technical support questions because that is my strong knowledge area. Glad this blog is here!

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2 thoughts on “Patchouly, Patchouli, Pachouli

  • Diana

    Like you Tina, I’m old school and tend to s-p-e-l-l words correctly and not short them. I think its the new generation way of doing things since they text a lot. They tend to short words or spell words any way they like. Keep “Patchouly or Patchouli” either way. I haven’t worked with this essential oil yet. But I’m looking forward to making soap with this EO. (Oh, my I actually abbreviated a word, I’m wondering if I’m like the next generation. Lol.)

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    • Tina Post author


      HAHAHA! I am so like you! I mostly spell out and use a few acronyms. If I turn the wayback machine to when my children were teens and I didn’t understand text speak I remember charging them the $ 0.25 per text message it cost on our plan if I couldn’t understand their encrypted messages. I didn’t go by 140 characters, I needed to know what they had to say. I think about this now and laugh by how much it frustrated me and how much I send texts now.

      Goodness, things do change!


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