Dare we say, the most relaxing scent you’ll ever smell!
What is lavender?
The plant genus Lavandula includes about 47 species of flowering plants. Most famous for ornaments and fragrant extracts is the Lavandula angustifolia species, from which Lush’s lavender oil and absolute are obtained. It is a shrub-like perennial that grows long, slender stems topped with a cluster of purple flowers - small yet very fragrant.
What are the benefits of lavender?
- Lavender’s scent is floral, strong but somehow delicate, comforting and elegant.
- Lavender’s essential oils are naturally antimicrobial, balancing and soothing, a great combination to calm skin conditions such as acne.
- The flowers are filled with linalool, a substance known for its sedative effects on the nervous system.
- The dried little flowers can make a gentle natural exfoliant when rubbed on the skin.
Did you know?
René-Maurice Gattefossé, a French chemist from the early 20th century, accidentally discovered lavender oil's soothing and healing properties. Legend has it that he severely burned his hands during tests in his laboratory and immediately immersed them in lavender oil (which was nearest to him at the time). His hands healed so well that he became passionate about the properties of essential oils, and is now recognised as the ‘father of modern aromatherapy’.
Where does Lush source lavender from?
Lush sources lavender oils from a French distiller based in the warm and sunny region of Provence. We also purchase dried strands which may have different origins depending on the manufacturing site where your product was made. To find out more, browse your Lush product’s list of ingredients and click on the ones you are interested in. This should take you to a page full of details!