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Are “lavender essential oil” and “lavandin essential oil” the same?

By March 4, 2018 No Comments

Nope. The term “lavender essential oil” is correctly used only for the essential oil derived from the “English-type” lavenders, which are cultivars of the species Lavandula angustifolia. On a world-wide basis, “lavender oil” is mostly distilled from non-specific varieties, so one could interpret “Lavender Essential Oil” as “generic essential oil from Lavandula angustifolia”. In contrast, “lavandin essential oil” is derived from cultivars of the “French-type” hybrid species Lavandula x intermedia. In comparison to lavender oils, the lavandins tend to produce oils of somewhat less overall complexity and with a discernible camphoraceous quality. Since the oils of the English and French lavenders are substantially different in composition, the terms “lavender oil” and “lavandin oil” are not interchangeable. Currently, with the bulk of global lavandin essential oil coming from the the variety “Grosso”, one will often see it labeled simply as “Grosso essential oil”.