TRENDS

Harvesting the Right Fragrance: Lavender Oil

October 16, 2020

With the harvesting season in full swing, we take a look at one of the most commonly used fragrance ingredients — Lavender Oil. Harvesting season for this crop takes place late summer through early fall. Reaping is conducted in the morning, as this allows the essential oil to be more fragrant. The essential oil is obtained from the flower spikes of the plant through steam distillation, and is available in the following two forms.

 

Lavender Flower Oil

lavender next to an oil bottle

Color:  Pale yellow

 

Primary Notes:  Hints of amber with a fresh, sweet, floral odor and woody undertone

 

Pairings:  This oil pairs nicely with floral and citrus oils

 

  • Cedarwood

  • Clove

  • Clary Sage

  • Pine

  • Geranium

  • Labadanum

  • Oakmoss

  • Vetiver

  • Patchouli

 

Main Constituents:

 

  • Linalyl acetate

  • Linalool

  • Lavandulol

  • Lavandulyl

  • Acetate

  • Terpineol

Lavender Spike Oil

lavender and bottles of oil

Color:  Almost colorless to pale yellow-green

 

Primary Notes:  Characteristically a rough odor, similar to cineole and camphor

 

Blends:  This oil blends well with spice oils, especially clove

 

  • Rosemary

  • Sage

  • Lavandin

  • Eucalyptus

  • Rosewood

  • Lavender

  • Petitgrain

  • Pine

  • Cedarwood

  • Patchouli

  • Spice Oils

 

Main Constituents:

 

  • Cineole

  • Camphor

  • Linalool

  • Linalyl acetate

 

Our  partner farm network  shows the planted Lavender from 2020 is less than the 2019 season. Currently there is a minimum of 50 MT produced, however until reaping is complete the total amount remains undetermined. At this time, the harvest and price are expected to remain stable.

 

The largest industry for Lavender Oil is aromatherapy; with increasing consumer demand for natural and organic ingredients in personal care products, Lavender Oil can be found as a fragrance ingredient in several key categories. The chart below highlights the top six personal care categories for product launches containing lavender as a fragrance (Innova Market Insights):

 

a pie chart showing the uses of lavender

 

 

Understanding harvesting trends can help create a fluid supply chain and ensure smooth production. To stay current on harvesting trends for essential oils, get in touch with us today!