Vetiver Oil Indonesian has its origins in antiquity, with use dating back to the earliest days of perfumery. The oil is steam-distilled from the dried and washed roots of the Vetiveria zizanioides grass, which has its origins throughout India, Indonesia, and Sri Lanka. Its extensive historical use has kept the material in high demand almost everywhere, and vetiver supports a wide variety of local growing communities within the regions it is cultivated. The aroma of vetiver oil is sweet, earthy, and woody, often compared to wet wood or damp soil. Beyond its utility as a fixative ingredient, vetiver is extremely popular among high-class perfumers, especially those developing woody, amber, or other masculine fragrances. Indonesian vetiver oil is often paired with ingredients such as lavender, clary sage, and green patchouli absolute.