Vetiver is a perennial grass native to India, closely related to other fragrant grasses such as lemongrass. It’s cultivated for aromatherapy and for erosion control. When vetiver fibers get wet, they release aromatic oils.
Purchases of this vetiver bath mat support local artisan who harvest the roots. Vetiver growth holds soil together to diminish mud slides in heavy rains.
If the scent diminishes, simply soak the mat in water and let air dry; the aroma will be revived.