Lavandin, Grosso - Organic
- Botanical Name: Lavandula hybrida
- Origin: France
- Process: Steam Distilled Essential Oil
- Plant Part: Flowers
- Cultivation: Cultivated, Certified Organic
- Use: Aromatherapy / Natural Perfumery
- Note: Middle / Top Note
- Aroma: Fresh, camphoraceous, herbal/floral, clear, penetrating, green; a fine quality Lavender hybrid that is a cost-effective substitute for “true” Lavenders.
- Contraindications: Dilute prior to use.
- Certificate of Analysis
Organic Lavandin Grosso
Our high quality, organic Lavandin essential oil is grown in France and possesses a wonderful aromatic balance between herbal, floral, and camphoraceous notes. Organic Lavandin Grosso is suitable for use in a narrower range of applications than Lavender and is a cost-effective substitute for Lavender in scenting personal care and home care products.
For those interested in an explanation of the difference between True Lavenders and Lavandin:
True Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia = L. vera = L. officinalis) grows at a high altitude, Spike Lavender (Lavandula spica = L. latifolia) at a lower altitude on the same sunny hills in the south of France. When these two plants are cross-pollinated, there are several hybrids that appear, namely Lavandin abrialis, L. grosso (the most common), L. intermedia, L. reydovan and L. super. Two important advantages of these hybrids: they are more easily grown, and they have a significantly higher yield of essential oils than true Lavenders, thus they are less costly.
However, for the true Lavender lovers, these oils contain much less complexity in their chemistry and therefore differ in their uses as well as their aromatic profile. According to Mindy Green, co-author of Aromatherapy – A Complete Guide to the Healing Art, Lavender has about 160 chemical constituents while Lavandin has only 60. Lavandin certainly has a Lavender-like aroma, but its properties do not cover as broad a spectrum as does the properties of true Lavender. For example, Lavandin is suitable for use as an antiseptic and for addressing respiratory conditions, joint inflammation and muscular pain, but does not have the same calming, sedative action that true Lavender has. Lavandin is not less potent, it just has different applications.
Aromatic Profile: Fresh, camphoraceous, herbal/floral, clear, penetrating, green.
Appearance: Clear, water-white, very mobile liquid.
Use: Aromatherapy, natural perfumery, body care, incense, cleaning/room fragrance, and as a single scent.
Blending Suggestions: Add drop by drop to your blends until the desired effect is achieved.
Blends Well With: Bergamot, Cedarwood, Chamomile, Citronella, Clary Sage, Clove, Geranium, Jasmine, Labdanum, Laurel Leaf, Lemon, Mandarin, Oakmoss, Orange, Patchouli, Rose, Rosemary, Thyme, Vetiver. We also recommend blending the different types of lavenders we carry to create a unique, complex lavender accord.
Safety Considerations: Dilute before using. A patch test should be performed before use for those with sensitive skin.
Customer Reviews for Lavandin, Grosso - Organic
- Less complex is not necessarily bad Review by M.
- I agree that this is a simpler, more linear aroma than the true lavenders. However for perfumery blending, that can be a good thing, depending on what you want. Perhaps easier to work with for less experienced blenders too (me), and in any case, it's always nice to have different "tools" that give different results. Don't be too quick to dismiss this beautiful oil in your ingredient list (I think it's a good "clean" bright lavender in masculine fougères for example). (Posted on 7/23/14)