Lavender

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Lavender
Lavender
Lavender

Lavender is a flowering plant in the mint family Lamiaceae, native to the mountainous zones of the Mediterranean, where it typically grows in sunny and stony habitants. Today it grows all around southern Europe, Australia, and the United States, boasting its woody branches covered with gray-green narrow leaves and small violet flowers, known for their strong and relaxing odor.


The English word “lavender” probably comes from Latin lavare, meaning “to wash.” The origin of the modern name refers to the ancient tradition of using lavender in perfumed oils for bathing, as practiced in the times of the Roman Empire. Another possible interpretation stems from the earliest known English name for this herb— livendula. Livendula is the Latin name for a livid or bluish color, and bears a strong reference to the violet flowers of lavender.

Since ancient times, lavender has been used as a natural remedy in herbal and aromatherapy. People used to fill pillows with lavender to promote a good night's sleep and chase away nightmares. This herb was also used to improve mood, reduce anxiety and soothe stomach irritations. During World War I, the essential oil of lavender was used to disinfect the surfaces in hospitals, while many folk recipes mention lavender as an excellent remedy for insect bites and burns.
 


This lovely plant also has a culinary use, adding a floral and sugary flavor to most dishes. Lavender syrup and dried lavender buds are used to make lavender scones and marshmallows, while high-quality Monofloral honey, produced from lavender nectar, remains one of the most precious gourmand delights.
 


The essential oil of lavender is widely used in production of perfumes and body-care products. Depending on the variety, lavender essential oil can have a very sweet or distinctively sharp aroma. French lavender (Lavandula angustifolia), for example, has a sweet floral aroma while Dutch lavender (Lavandula intermedia) contains higher levels of camphor and other terpenes, having a very strong aromatic and sharp odor. Essential oil extracted from Lavandula intermedia is named Lavandin. This hybrid lavender has completely different chemical and therapeutic properties, even though it finds its use in the perfume industry for its refreshing notes.
 

Lavender essential oil is obtained by distillation from the flower spikes. Lavender oil of premium quality is produced in France, where Lavandula angustifolia grows in its natural habitant at an altitude of 600-1500 m. Distillation process usually takes place in small local distilleries yielding around 100 t of pure lavender oil yearly. This oil is used in fresh, sweet and floral fragrances, and especially in Fougère types of perfumes,  distinguished by their herbal lavender top notes and oakmoss base. In its pure form, lavender oil is a colorless or pale-yellow liquid, but its exact odor varies depending on the source of lavender, the altitude at which it is grown, and the very distilling techniques.

Lavender Absolute is green and rich in odor, having a distinctively herbaceous smell that reminds of the natural scent of flowering lavender. The absolute is sweeter but less floral than the essential oil and offers a sugary, herbaceous and soothing woody connotation to the composition. Just like the lavender essential oil, it makes a nice olfactory harmony with citruses, and especially bergamot, oakmoss, patchouli, pines, rosemary, neroli, orange blossom and sage.

A lavender note is commonly used in production of colognes and perfumes for men, lending its dry and balmy base to some of the most prominent fragrant compositions such as Azzaro pour homme from 1978, and more contemporary Hugo Boss Bottled Night from 2010. Lavender is a main note in vintage creations such as Royal Scottish Lavender by Creed and English Lavender by Atkinsons.

Lavender Perfumes

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La Nuit de l`Homme Yves Saint Laurent
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Encens et Lavande Serge Lutens
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Antiheros Etat Libre d`Orange
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4711 Acqua Colonia Lavender & Thyme Maurer & Wirtz
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Ma Cherie O Boticario
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Organic Certified Lavender Fragrance L`Occitane en Provence
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Lavender Therapy The Healing Garden
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Pur desir de Lavande Yves Rocher
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Essence Lavender Donna Karan
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Lavanda L`Erbolario
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Anat Fritz Classical Anat Fritz
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Lavender Floris
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Les Naturelles: Lavande Fragonard
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Benessere Notte Collistar
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Lavender Demeter Fragrance
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Lavanda Ambrata Santa Maria Novella
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Lavender Marks and Spencer
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Vanilla & Lavender Parfume de Vanille
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Wild Lavender Melvita
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Touch for Men Fred Hayman
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Russian Lavender Novaya Zarya
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Swiss Guard Swiss Guard
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Lotus Lavender Aromatic Durance en Provence
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Water Bath Lavender Natura
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Lavande-Cassis Outremer
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Ambre & Lavande Accord Parfait
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Calming Lavender Taylor of London
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Blue Caviar Axis
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Old English Lavender Water D.R.Harris
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Alfazema Provençal Phebo
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Lavender Demeter Fragrance
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Lavender Avon
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Agua Lavanda Antonio Puig
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Lavender Natural Scent Apivita
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Agua de Alfazema Companhia da Terra
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Lavender Caswell Massey
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Tobacco Portland General Store
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Lavandula Vera Parfums Berdoues
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Les Fleurs de Provance: Lavande Molinard
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Blue Lavender Novaya Zarya
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Lavande Norma Kamali
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Lavanda Natural Companhia da Terra
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Luxury Lavender Water Taylor of Old Bond Street
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Lavender Durance en Provence
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Lavender and Lace Parfums Valjean
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The Spirits of Lavender Bonny Doon Farm
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Lavender Elizabeth W
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Lavender Elizabeth W
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Floral Water Lavender Melvita
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Lavande des Princes L.T. Piver
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Knackered Cow Cowshed
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Lomani Original Lomani
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Black Market Shirley May
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Carib - Spiriti del Tabacco Segreti di Lucca
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Lavande Envoutante Florame
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Groovy Life by Esprit Summer Edition Man Esprit
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Wahaj Nabeel
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No. 01 Provencal Ete Frau Tonis Parfum
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English Lavender Harvey Prince
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Fire Inubi
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American Crew Sport American Crew
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Petr Prudence Paris
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Eau de Provence Cattier
1.5
Bulgarian Lavender Saint Charles Shave
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Hesperide Patyka
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Le Pret-a-Parfumer Couture Yang: Oriental Wood Parfum Sur Mesure
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Varens Lavande Ulric de Varens
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The University of North Carolina Men Masik Collegiate Fragrances
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Old English Lavender Rose & Co Manchester
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Loriani Testa Maura
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Lavender Woods of Windsor
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UDV Blue Ulric de Varens
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Lavender Crabtree & Evelyn
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Agua Lavanda Antonio Puig
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Pour Un Homme de Caron Caron
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Lavender and Italian Lemon Potter & Moore
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Cuba Grey Cuba Paris
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Body Fantasies Signature Clean Lavender Vanilla Parfums de Coeur
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Lavender Eau de Cologne L`Occitane en Provence
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Agua de Lavanda Agua de Sevilla
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Lavender L`acqua Di Fiori
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Panama Panama 1924
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Agua de Lavanda Phebo
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Black Suede Essential Avon
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Mon Numero 4 L`Artisan Parfumeur
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Night Spice Shulton Company
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Jeans Pour Homme Roccobarocco
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Rocky Man White Jeanne Arthes
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Twilight Lush
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Woods Abercrombie & Fitch
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Eau de Lavande Annick Goutal
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Lavender Water Geo. F. Trumper
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Gendarme 20 Gendarme
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Lavanda Imperiale Santa Maria Novella
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1902 Lavande Parfums Berdoues
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Lavander Spa Yardley
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French Cade Lavender Voluspa
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Fougere Murdock London
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Fig and Lavender Durance en Provence
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Scout West Third Brand
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Lavanda Sensual Natura
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Aqua Allegoria Lavande Velours Guerlain
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Lavande Royale Roger & Gallet
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Lavande & Vetiver Jeanne en Provence
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Lavander Tea No.362 Gap
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Acqua di Colonia Lavanda O Boticario
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Dulce de Lavanda King`s Palace Perfumery
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Lavander Bronnley
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Aspen Discovery Coty
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Essential Oil Palette Melange Perfume
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Soulmate Men s.Oliver
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Perfetto Uomo Bi-es
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Lavande Jardin de France
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Patchouly Lavandula Teufels Kuche
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Lavanda Envolvente Natura
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Derby Club House Armaf
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Thaty O Boticario
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Lavande Molinard
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Incense Lavender Compagnie de Provence
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Offrez-lui Galimard
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Black John Player Special
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Vanilla Lavender Lavanila Laboratories
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Le Male Jean Paul Gaultier
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Luberon Maria Candida Gentile
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Impact Pour Un Homme Caron
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Always Calm Demeter Fragrance
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Acqua Lavanda Pop O Boticario
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Lavande DSH Perfumes
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Living Lavender Esperienze Olfattive
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Hit Orange Dzintars
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Xodo Natura
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Eau de Lavande Diptyque
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Hermessence Brin de Reglisse Hermes
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Gris Clair Serge Lutens
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Tommy Summer Cologne 2006 Tommy Hilfiger
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English Lavander Caswell Massey
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Pour un Homme Millesime 2014 Caron
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Le Male Capitaine Collector Jean Paul Gaultier
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Vintage Naturals 2009 Lavender Demeter Fragrance
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UDV Blue Ulric de Varens
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Samba for Men Perfumer`s Workshop
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Gaia Botanical Perfume Esscentual Alchemy
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Antartic Yves Rocher
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Aqua Aromatica Lavande Florascent
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Infinite Moment for Him Avon
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Blue Lavender Acca Kappa
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Ashlemah Bvlgari
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Le Coupe Lomani
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Night Axe
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Gucci Guilty Studs Pour Homme Gucci

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