Patchouli perfume was very popular in the 1960s, and still continues to captivate hearts, as it has a strong earthy fragrance. It is an integral part of perfumes, oils and incense as well. It is derived from the patchouli plant, which is a small bushy herb that belongs to the mint family. The plant grows to a height of two to three feet and bears pale pinkish-white flowers. The plant is native to the tropical regions of Asia, like India, Thailand, Indonesia, China, Malaysia, Mauritius, Philippines, Vietnam, and West Africa. The fragrance is made by distilling the leaves to prepare the essential oil, which is used in perfumery. The scent of patchouli is heavy and has a natural feeling. The fragrance lasts for a long time, and can be used by men as well as women. Its oil and incense gained immense popularity in the US and Europe, during the 1960s and 1970s, especially due to the hippie movement.