June 27, 1998 |
First came the new Volkswagen Beetle with its $15,000 price tag. Now another cornerstone of '60s chic is draining wallets. Costs are soaring for patchouli oil, the pungent, earthy scent that drifted onto the scene during the hippie heyday of the Grateful Dead, love beads and reefer madness. Today, patchouli still lingers as a popular bohemian fragrance, and traces are found in everything from Giorgio perfume to sensual massage oils to Gillette Foamy shaving cream.