This classic essential oil will inevitably become one of our most popular with its garden-fresh bouquet and Lavender notes. With an aroma that is sharper than other Lavender plant ‘cousins’ it is ideal for use in soaps, salves, fragrant perfumes and uplifting body massage oils.
This plant is a hybrid of True and Spike Lavenders and the plant is grown mainly for the production of essential oil of Lavender. True Lavender Lavandula angustifolia yields an essential oil with sweeter top-notes, whereas Lavandin, (Lavandula × intermedia and also known as Dutch Lavender), contains higher levels of camphorous terpenes, adding sharper top-notes to the aroma. There are a wide variety of Lavandin varietals; this one is among the most popular.
The Lavandin's are widely cultivated for commercial use, since their flowers tend to be bigger than those of English Lavender and the plants tend to be easier to harvest, but Lavandin oil is regarded by some to be of a more base-quality than that of English Lavender, with a perfume less sweet. On the commercial market, Lavandin is typically used in the detergent, soap and body care industries as it is a bit less costly than alternatives. It yields a high amount of essential oil due to a larger flower stalk, and is less complex in its chemistry than Lavender.