• Derived from: lavender
  • Pronunciation: (\ˈla-vən-dər\)
  • Type: Natural

What Is Lavender essential oil?

Lavender essential oil is an oil derived from the lavender plant lavandula angustifolia, which is a small shrub native to the Mediterranean but is grown all over the world. It is a perennial that lives about 10 years. [1,2]

What Does Lavender essential oil Do in Our products?

Long known for its calming effects, lavender oil also gives our products a fresh, natural scent.[3,4] It is often found in facial moisturizer, shampoo, bath products, baby products and other items.[5,6,7,8]

Why Puracy Uses Lavender essential oil

We use lavender essential oil in several of our products as a fragrance. It is a better alternative to synthetic perfumes and phthalates. The FDA has deemed lavender generally recognized as safe (GRAS), and Whole Foods deems it acceptable in its body care and cleaning products.[18,19,20] Research shows the antibacterial ingredient helps dermatitis, inflammation, and wound healing.[21,22,23,24,25]

How Lavender essential oil Is Made

Lavender oil production typically begins by chopping and drying lavender flowers. The mass is then placed in distillation machinery that pushes steam or water through the plant material. The oil and other components rise and are funneled into a condenser, which cools the vapor to liquid. The oil floats on the water, where it is siphoned off.[9,10] It is important to note that there are different kinds of lavender oil. Lavender 40/42, for example, contains 40% linalool and 42% linalyl acetate, which is what Puracy uses in its products. Other companies use Lavandin, which is from Lavandula Hybrida.[11] Another type of lavender oil is from spike lavender, which is also called Lavandula latifolia.[12] Other lavender oils are made from Lavandula stoechas, Lavendula dentate, and Lavandula mailette.[13,14,15] All have different scent and taste qualities, though varieties that have lower lanilool content can be better for use on sensitive skin.[16,17]

Certifications

Sources

[1] World Health Organization
[2] National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service
[3] World Health Organization
[4] 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
[5] Environmental Working Group
[6] Environmental Working Group
[7] Environmental Working Group
[8] Environmental Working Group
[9] National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service
[10] National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy
[11] Environmental Working Group
[12] Environmental Working Group
[13] Environmental Working Group
[14] Environmental Working Group
[15] Environmental Working Group
[16] Home and Garden Television
[17] American College of Healthcare Sciences
[18] Food and Drug Administration
[19] Whole Foods Market
[20] Whole Foods Market
[21] Seo, Y.M., Jeong, S.H. “Effects of Blending Oil of Lavender and Thyme on Oxidative Stress, Immunity, and Skin Condition in Atopic Dermatitis Induced Mice.” Journal of the Korean Academy of Nursing 2015 Jun;45(3):367-77
[22] Altaei, D.T. “Topical lavender oil for the treatment of recurrent aphthous ulceration.” American Journal of Dentistry. 2012 Feb;25(1):39-43
[23] Ben Djemaa, F.G., et al., “Antioxidant and wound healing activity of Lavandula aspic L. ointment.” Journal of Tissue Viability 2016 Nov;25(4):193-200
[24] Sienkiewicz, M., et al., “The biological activities of cinnamon, geranium and lavender essential oils.” Molecules 2014 Dec 12;19(12):20929-40
[25] 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

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