One of the first things I learned when I was creating the formulation for AloeVender is that there are many kinds of lavender essential oils. Each has different properties, and some are less desirable than others. This is not a comprehensive list of all varieties of l, rather a compilation of the types of Lavender Essential Oil that are commonly used today.
Lavender (40/42) - Lavender (40/42) is an essential oil that is a blend of several types of lavender where the blend contains 40-42% aroma esters. Lavender (40/42) is not considered to be a highly therapeutic essential oil, but it is commonly used in many products because of its consistent floral aroma. Soap and lotion makers often use this essential oil to maintain consistency in the scent of their products.
Lavender (Bulgarian) - This essential oil is considered to be highly therapeutic. It is also considered to be the nearest in aroma to fresh lavender. Both of these traits cause it to be highly sought after for both therapeutic uses and to add scent to products.
Lavender (French) - This essential oil is derived mostly from lavender grown in the Provence region of France. It has a very floral scent and is considered to be very therapeutic. Lavender (French) is widely used in aromatherapy. We use this essential oil in several of our products.
Lavender (Maillette) - This variety is from a hybrid variety of lavender. The flowers on this variety of lavender are typically blue in color and are commonly grown throughout Eastern Europe. This is considered to be a very therapeutic essential oil.
Lavender (Moldova) - As the name indicates, this essential oil is derived from lavender grown in the Eastern European country of Moldova. It generally has a sweet, earthy aroma.
Lavender (Mont Blanc) - Like Lavender (Population), this lavender is grown at high altitudes. It is grown in the Western European Alps at altitudes of 15,000 feet and above. It is considered to be a very highly therapeutic essential oil.
Lavender (Population) - This essential oil is a premium blend and is considered to be highly therapeutic. It is a blend of lavender that is all grown at elevations of 3,000 feet or higher. The dry climates and long days of sunlight create a mellow, sweet essential oil. We are using this premium blend in products that we will be introducing in the very near future.
Lavender (South African) - Sourced from South Africa, this essential oil has a strong floral scent, and has stronger camphor notes than other lavender essential oils.
Lavender (Spanish) - This is considered to be an inferior grade of lavender essential oil and is not considered to be a therapeutic oil. It typically has a medicine smell.