how is lavender essential oil made

Lavender Essential Oil

How is lavender essential oil made? What does it do? Learn more about how Puracy uses lavender essential oil in its range of personal care products.
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  • Derived from: lavender
  • Pronunciation: (\ˈla-vən-dər\)
  • Type: Natural

What Is Lavender Essential Oil?

Our lavender essential oil is derived from lavandula angustifolia. This small shrub is native to the Mediterranean but grown all over the world.

Multiple varieties of lavender offer different scents and popular options include:

  • Lavandin
  • Lavandula stoechas
  • Lavendula dentate
  • Lavendula mailette

How Is Lavender Essential Oil Made?

Like most essential oils, lavender oil production begins with distilling the flowers to capture its fragrance. Depending on whether steam or a water-steam combination is used, the volatile elements of a plant move through a condenser, cool into a liquid, and lavender essential oil can be skimmed from the water surface.[1]

What Does Lavender Essential Oil Do?

Most understandably, lavender oil imparts personal care products with a fresh, natural scent. Lavender has been used for its calming effects and can be found in countless lotions, shampoos, bath products, and baby products.[2,3] Research also shows that it may help with dermatitis, inflammation, and wound healing.[4,5]

Why Puracy Uses Lavender Essential Oil

We use lavender essential oil to delicately fragrance several of our products. It is a more healthful alternative to synthetic perfumes and phthalates.

Is Lavender Essential Oil Safe?

The EWG provides lavender essential oil with a "2" on its safety scale.[3] Puracy uses lavender 40/42 in its products, which contains 40% linalool and 42% linalyl acetate. A lower lanilool content is considered safer for sensitive skin. [6]


[1] National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy
[2] Moss M. et al. “Aromas of rosemary and lavender essential oils differentially affect cognition and mood in healthy adults.” International Journal of Neuroscience, 2003, 113:15–38
[3] Environmental Working Group
[4] Altaei, D.T. “Topical lavender oil for the treatment of recurrent aphthous ulceration.” American Journal of Dentistry. 2012 Feb;25(1):39-43
[5] Silva, G.L., “Antioxidant, analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects of lavender essential oil.” Anais de Academia Brasileria de Ciencias 2015 Aug;87(2 Suppl):1397-408
[6] American College of Healthcare Sciences