Welcome to Cette Petite Maison

My name is Carol-Ann and I am a maker and crafter of all kinds of things and with Cette Petite Maison (This Little House) I hope to share a little bit of my life here in the beautiful rural Quercy Blanc area of France and introduce you to some of my neighbours and their wonderful produce.

I am trying a embrace a simpler lifestyle, working towards sustainability so I am offering a small range of items, made, grown and harvested locally by neighbours and friends and I hope that the phrase Products with Provenance resonates.

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Monday, January 28, 2019

Lavender and Lavandin what is the difference?

If you love Lavender Essential Oil, then it's quite important that you know the difference.

Lavandula angustifolia is a true Lavender used for it's wonderful Perfume and Essential Oil properties but there are over thirty-five other types of Lavender plants. The most common sustituate for Lavender is Lavandin which is the most similar to Lavender, but also includes its own varieties. Lavender essential oil can be derived from any and all of these, so it’s important to know what the differences are between ‘Lavandula angustifolia’ and other lavender varieties.

If they're both varieties of lavender and both produce essential oil, what makes different types of lavender plants so different? Lavandin is less expensive, and and quite a different oil with its own unique and different uses from Lavender Essential oil. The Lavandin variety are still 100% natural, but the problem occurs when someone confuses their ‘Lavandin’ as 100% Pure Lavender Essential Oil.

These are some key differences between Lavandula Angustifolia and Lavandin varieties, so you can make informed decisions about your Lavender essential oil before purchasing:

- Although the two lavender plants types have similar aromas, they have a vastly different chemical composition.

- One key difference between the two lavender plants types, Lavender essential oil and Lavandin essential oil, is that Lavandin oil contains a much higher percentage of camphor. Typically Lavandula angustifolia essential oil contains between 0%-0.6% camphor, whereas Lavandin oil contains between 6%-10% camphor. Obviously this has an effect on the individual aromas of the oils, with the Lavandin oils giving off a stronger and more pungent scent, whereas Lavandula angustifolia oil produces a more subtle, sweet, floral aroma and which is why Lavandula angustifolia is used in the perfume industry and Lavandin is not.

However, this does not mean that oils from the Lavandin variety should be disregarded. The higher camphor content means that Lavandin oil can be more effective at clearing congestion, effective insect spray, and freshening rooms and deodorizing than Lavandula angustifolia essential oil. It should not however be used on cuts or burns (which is one of the benefits of using ‘Lavandula angustifolia’) because of the high levels of camphor, which can further cause tissue scarring.

As legends say, the French scientist Gattesfosse burnt his hand in a chemical experiment a few decades back, and later accidentally dipped his hands in the oil of Lavandula angustifolia and was able to feel relief from his severe burns, leading to the invention of this sub-sect of science, Aromatherapy.