Product Abstract: The Lavender plant grows to about one meter in height and produces long thin purple- blue flowers. The entire plant is covered with oil glands, which are in the star shaped hairs that cover the plant. Lavender has been used since ancient times, and the Romans added lavender to their bath water, hence the name from the Latin lavare, 'to wash'. Lavender 40/42 Essential Oil has the most floral scent of all the Lavenders and is a blend of various lavenders to achieve an economical product. While the vast majority of Lavender 40/42 in the market is synthetically compounded, our Lavender 40/42 is comprised of 100% natural constituents and is blended to match the ideal percentage of Linalool and Linalyl acetate esters, to release the best of Lavender's floral notes. Though this oil is generally not used for therapeutic applications, it is often the Lavender of choice for soaps, candles, perfumes and cosmetics.
Cautions: Dilute before use; for external use only. May cause skin irritation in some individuals; a skin test is recommended prior to use. Contact with eyes should be avoided.
Storage: It is recommended that oils packaged in metal containers (for safe shipping) be transferred into dark glass containers to maintain freshness and attain maximum shelf life.
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Rating: It's the midst of Coronapocalypse 2020 and I ran out of Lavender EO. I thought lockdown would be a marvelous time to test 4 Lavenders I'd not yet tried. Here is my review of each -- just the scent profiles, not how they mix -- with comparative notes for those uncertain about which to try in 2020.
[ 40/42 ] "Floral-Herbacious"
This is a great 40/42 and strikes a good balance between floral and fruity, with just enough camphor to give it that "herbal" character and make it feel robust and consistent. And the camphor, to my nose, leans the slightest bit toward minty, keeping it herbal without being too medicinal. I'm actually a little surprised by the nuance achieved in this as a 40/42. Definitely smells higher quality than other 40/42s I've tried before. Which is why despite being a long-time NDA customer, this is the first time I've tried their 40/42. In terms of quintessential lavender character, this is probably my go-to for affordability from now on.
[ Greek ] "Floral-Sweet"
The Greek lavender is my favorite. It smells the most like the dried lavender buds you can put into satchels, or if edible-grade, in tea and baked goods. It has a rather fine character, feels a bit delicate and refined, but still fresh; not matronly. Undiluted drydown on my skin gave a slightly musty note but still an overall fresh, sweet, identifiably lavender smell. A bit green, but not wet. More floral than fruity, but the sweetness smells almost-but-not-quite-ripe. Compared to the 40/42, I think the Greek is just a little fresher, real-plant, "I just got it at the Farmer's Market this morning" smelling. It's best to stand on its own, I think.
[ South African ] "Fruity-Dry"
At first sniff, the South African lavender confused me. It has a ripe fruit impression that kind of steals the spotlight on its opening. But sniff it a bit more, and let the tiny bit of camphor even it out, and it actually reminds me of a dry wine. Like it smells ripe and fruity at first, but is actually more mellow and fine. This reminds me the most of French Lavender. It's got a delicate coyness about it, like it might overpower or disappear under other scents. Whereas the 40/42 can stand alone or be part of a blend, confident in its quintessential "lavenderness," The South African Lavender probably needs to be the main focus in a blend, or if on its own, needs to be enhanced a little bit. It smells beautiful, but is just on the shier side.
[ Bulgarian ] "Fruity-Sweet"
The Bulgarian Lavender has the least camphor, which gives it more fruity/floral nuance, but surprisingly, is my least favorite of the 4 I am comparing. I personally like my lavender to have an herbaceous character -- it's what makes it feel "fresh" to me, and also kind of helps with the consistency of the smell both over time and in blends. Don't get me wrong! The Bulgarian lavender is gorgeous.. It smells like living lavender in the sun, still moist immediately following a rain. Like, just sniffing the bottle by itself, stimulates the most in my imagination. I still love it as aromatherapy in a diffuser, but on my skin, It is just a bit too fruity. Its undiluted drydown is musty and just a little indolic -- like wet soil or an old basement. Whereas the Greek lavender also has a bit of a musty drydown, it's not as "moist" or "wet" as the Bulgarian one. This Bulgarian lavender would probably shine best in a blend where you need the sweetness of lavender, but without the camphorus, herbacious notes. If you're going for more of a classic, quintessential lavender that stands on its own, I'd suggest one of the others.
By:Nicky, Los Angeles, California Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 28-Apr-2012
Rating: I hate to give this product only two stars. But as with the other reviewer I am also not happy with the price increase. I do love the way this lavender smells and I use it in many of my products. Unfortunately because of the cost I will definitely be using it less.
Rating: I love this product but am not happy with the change of price. I bought 11 pounds for $278.51 in 2017. It then went up to $500.39. Thats almost a 100% increase in price in 2 years. Going to have to swap my scents as this is too large of a jump to justify.
New Directions Aromatics Response:
Hi Calli, we truly understand your concern. Unfortunately, due to the nature of our products, market pricing can fluctuate drastically depending on crop yields and availability from our suppliers. We do our best to provide the most competitive pricing possible to our customers and will continue to try and pass on savings, despite changing global prices.
By:Calli, New York, New York
Date: Loyal Customer Since: 24-Sep-2015
Rating: Unfortunately this is my least favorite essential oil. It does not smell of lavender and carries a chemical undertone. I had to check my receipt again just to make sure I didn’t order the fragrance oil. Sorry ND this 40/42 is a no go for me.
New Directions Aromatics Response:
Hi Sha, thank you for your feedback. At NDA, we pride ourselves on offering pure, natural products of the highest quality. We kindly ask that you please contact our Customer Service Supervisor to help us investigate further in order to determine whether or not there might be a problem with the batch. Have a great day!
Rating: VERY satisfied with this lavender. I have ordered from multiple different companies trying to find a lavender that smells great AND is reasonably priced. This is by far the best. It does not smell synthetic. Perfectly sweet, floral and herbaceous. Sticks well in my CP soaps and blends nicely in my other sprays. Not necessarily what I use for more medicinal applications, but it's perfect for what I need.
Rating: I use this lavender EO in my CP soaps and the scent comes through nicely. I recently reorder since this is one I use often.
By:J Anthony Glick, Gap, Pennsylvania
Date: Loyal Customer Since: 16-Jul-2015
Rating: I'm not as crazy about this Lavender 40/42 as others are. It seems to only vaguely smell like "true" lavender. However, it sticks well in CP Soap and I've had others smell it who seem to enjoy it more than I do.
Rating: I think this one is ok. The cheapest. But next time i will try a different one, maybe it worth couple more bucks. Happy will use it but wont get it again, will try other lavender. Stick with NDA everyone.
By:Shane, Powder Springs, Georgia Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 07-Mar-2016
Rating: Have been using this oil for the last 4 years and couldn't be happier with it. The scent is completely consistent and a nice blend of floral and herbaceous. Blends well with everything!
Rating: I keep coming back for this oil because I love it. Not only is the price fantastic, but the aroma is pleasant, just the right balance of medicinal and sweet floral. It works great in my cold process and hot process soaps and also in my lotions, however it does thicken liquid soap considerably, so I would not recommend using this in liquid soap.
By:Lisa, Pellston, Michigan Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 03-May-2008
Rating: This is FABULOUS!!!! It smells like the Lavender 40/42 I used to get 10-12 years ago. I am so happy to have found this again. All of the lavender 40/42 that I purchased in the intervening years was extremely weak. This one is as I mentioned, fabulous! I hope you are always able to stock this one!
Rating: I've been using the Lavender 40/42 for a little over 3 years... It stays true to scent and is an absolutely lovely fragrance!
By:Kristeen, La Crescenta, California
Date: Loyal Customer Since: 10-Sep-2011
Rating: I've been buying this Lavender 40/42 from NDA for many years because 1) price is outstanding, 2) the scent is very authentic and long lasting. I have a lavender based business and I use a lot of Lavender essential oil and rely on NDA as they deliver every time!
By:Laura, Placerville, California
Date: Loyal Customer Since: 11-Jan-2008
Rating: WONDERFUL smell! I love it!
By:Chana, New York, New York Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 09-Feb-2014
Rating: I use the Lavender 40/42 in my cold processed soaps and lotions, it's a wonderful essential oil and there is never a problem when I make the soaps! I wouldn't use any other lavender essential oil.
By:Bonnie, Spokane, Washington
Date: Loyal Customer Since: 11-Aug-2010
Rating: This is a great addition to lotions and shampoo. It smells just like a fresh field of lavender. I wish it had more therapeutic properties, but sometimes I mix this with the South African Lavender to get a great smelling, very therapeutic lavender.
By:Sarah, Temecula, California Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 27-Sep-2013
Rating: This is a fabulous Lavender for CP soap! Nice strong lavender scent, sticks well, has never caused me any problems with accelerating trace, nor ricing, seizing, etc. Blends beautifully with many other EOs and FOs. Super price on the 16 and 33 oz sizes (and larger... I may be going with the next size up next time!) Thanks once again, NDS for carrying great ingredients at great prices!
Rating: Love this oil. This one has a very STRONG smell so a little bit is what you need. I love the quality and use it to massage my dogs to relax them. It seems to help as afterwords the fall asleep very well.
I will definitely be ordering it again once I finish my 3.3oz bottle. Love the price so thanks NDA!!
Rating: Ordered a huge bottle of this oil to take advantage of the price drop, but after reading more into the standardization process of the oil, I'm a bit concerned about how natural it actually is.
The oil smells floral, as the description notes--the floral pleasant comes from the Linalyl acetate added to the oil. Standardizing the oil gives the oil a consistent floral scent, but the naturalness of the Linalyl acetate added is questionable.
If you're concerned about the naturalness of your lavender oil, consider other lavender oils. I prefer the Spanish Lavender Oil.
By:Steven, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 11-Dec-2011
Rating: This is my go to Lavender. I use if for everything from aromatherapy sprays to soap making, the price is excellent and the scent is beautiful sweet floral that is great on its own or in a blend.
By:Lisa, Pellston, Michigan Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 03-May-2008
Rating: This is the first time I have ordered from ND and I am very impressed. I had not ordered the 40/42 before and right after I got it my daughter-in-law called and said my son was having trouble sleeping and could I blend some oil. Since 40/42 was listed as not being as therapeutic as other Lavenders I was a little concerned but it smelled so wonderful I went ahead and blended it with some Bergamot, and a touch of Chamomile and it worked great. However, with your great price on the Bulgarian right now I've ordered some of that to try since it is a higher grader therapeutically. Can't wait to get it. I loved the smell of the 40/42 so anxious to compare it with the Bulgarian and French ( I ordered some of that too)
By:Carolyn, Pleasant Grove, Utah
Date: Loyal Customer Since: 07-Mar-2013
Rating: One of my new customers was browsing the table a the farmers market and zeroed in on this new Lavender. She picked up a bar of CP soap and said "this one is really good". She's from France and used to fields and fields of the French Lavender. Way to go ND, thanks!
Rating: This is a lovely lavender. Normally I order the croatian, but it doesn't seem like it's here any more - this one is a bit less camphorous than croatian but still has that freshness to it. To me this is only slightly sweet so I like the balance a lot.
Good job ND! Great product!
By:Jaipreet, Livermore, California Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 09-Oct-2011
Rating: I love this oil. It smells great in soap, shampoo, massage oil and candles. My kids love the massage oil mummy makes :)
By:Jagjit, Brampton, Ontario Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 09-Nov-2005
Rating: Probably not the normal use for this on this page but I am using the lavender oil & dried lavender flowers as an ant repellent. Food grade diatomaceous earth around all the baseboards & across the window sills & patio door topped with a liberal sprinkling of dried lavender flowers. A few drops of lavender oil into the tracks of the windows & I think that I will be the only ant-free unit in the building! Bonus? Doesn't harm my 2 footed or furry footed family.
By:Elizabeth, London, Ontario Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 09-Nov-2005
Rating: I used to buy the Barreme lavender (please, please, please bring this back NDA!) & decided to try 40/42 as an alternative. I was disappointed because this is a very sweet, powdery floral and I prefer a more "green" lavender like Barreme. Works well in CP soap, though, and also as a bug bite/sting treatment.
By:Stacey, Paris, Illinois Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 20-Nov-2011
Rating: I love this oil; the scent smells devine in my cp soap. Give it an A+!
Rating: I am rating this based on prevoius batches. It has always worked beautifully in my CP soap. Has anyone tried the new batch with the earthier topnote? Just curious as I have to reorder soon.
By:Sonya, Hammonds Plains, Nova Scotia Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 09-Nov-2005
Rating: Can't go wrong with lavender, great scent!
By:Marta, Ajax, Ontario Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 09-Nov-2005
Rating: Works well in handmade soaps. I always re-purchase this variety.
By:Rehman, Frederick, Maryland Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 22-Oct-2011
Rating: Such a lovely sweet smell. Not at all camphoraceous. This will definitely be my #1 Lavender!
By:Tara, Edmonton, Alberta Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 09-Nov-2005
Rating: I'm very satisfied with this lavender and NDA in general. I shopped around and appreciate their prices. I use this oil in one of my popular cosmetics and am using it in a couple different new blends that I'm developing. I like the therapeutic and insect-repelling property of lavender.
Rating: I absolutely love this lavender! I also have several of the other varieties of lavender, which I also love, but I especially love the floral sweetness of this particular lavender on my pillow at night as I drift off to sleep. It makes me feel so happy and calm. Especially appreciate that the price is affordable along with such great quality. Will continue to purchase repeatedly! Thank you!
By:Julie, Watertown, New York Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 18-Sep-2009
Rating: Excellent lavender! Very fresh and very true lavender aroma
Rating: Beautiful! I love it in my soaps and have for many years now. Goes really nice with French Rosemary in soaps too. This Lavender is fantastic.
By:Naomi, Chatham, Ontario Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 09-Nov-2005
Rating: Lavender 40/42 is one of my favorite scents and this one from New Directions is a wonderful quality. It has the true lavender scent without any sort of herby antiseptic smell, which is what I love about it.
I switched from a previous supplier after their prices went sky high and I'm glad I did-I think this one is much better even.
By:Ashley, Madison, Wisconsin Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 02-Nov-2011
Rating: Very nice scent! Works well in cold process soap.
Rating: Great product - many fans among my customers.
By:Rehman, Germantown, Maryland Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 22-Oct-2011
Rating: This oil works wonderfully in CP soap - excellent scent that holds well.
By:Nancy, Castleton, Ontario Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 09-Nov-2005
Rating: My absolute favourite for adding to bath salts, bubble bath &
Goat milk melt & pour.
By:Judith, Valleyfield, Quebec Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 09-Nov-2005
Rating: Love this Lavender. I am very excited about using it in my cp.
By:Lisa, Paris Crossing, Indiana
Date: Loyal Customer Since: 08-Oct-2010
Rating: Smells just like Lavender. Use it in our cp soaps and it holds up nice had a bar for 1 yr on our shelf and scent is still there. Recommend this laveder.
By:Derek, Portsmouth, New Hampshire Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 01-Jul-2011
Rating: This EO is great for CP soap--I have a batch curing, and for the first week I could smell lavender wafting up from the basement every time I walked into the house! I've also used it in facial masks with French green clay and some aloe vera juice with great results.
By:Marie, Calgary, Alberta Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 09-Nov-2005
Rating: Top quality lavendar scent. Holds well in CP soap, great in body oils and lotion sticks. Always my best seller.
By:Nancy, Castleton, Ontario Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 09-Nov-2005
Rating: I love the scent of this EO. I have purchased several Lavender EO from various sources in the past and must say that this one from ND, Lavender 40/42 is by far my favorite.
I have diffused it in my nebulizer.....divine....I've also used it to make my bath salts....sublime.
By:Julie, Greenfield Park, Quebec Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 09-Nov-2005
Rating: I love Lavender 40/42 ,fits my needs and the price is great.
lavender products are always top sellers
Works great with incense sticks and cones.
Very relaxing and refreshing.
Great for dryer sheets when drying kids clothes. (Calms the kids down) :-)
Soap makers love this EO.
By:Eric, Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 11-Apr-2010
Rating: Diffused this last night in our bedroom and ahhhhhh, SO relaxing. This lavender just has such a serene quality to it - reminded me how much I love lavender!
By:Jennifer, Brampton, Ontario Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 09-Nov-2005
Rating: 40/42 Lavender has a beautifully familiar scent. I love the floral layer to this variety.
By:Jenny, St. Johns, Michigan Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 22-Aug-2010
Rating: I love Lavender 40/42. Honestly, I haven't tried any others from NDA, so I can't compare. However, my lavender products are always top sellers, no matter what other eos I mix it with. I'll be sticking with 40/42! In the words of one of my customers, "Oh, that's lovely!"
By:Cynthia, Mount Carroll, Illinois Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 08-Sep-2010
Rating: Not generally a fan of lavender, but when mixed with frankincense it is simply breathtaking!
By:Kia, Montreal, Quebec Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 09-Nov-2005
Rating: I am new to ND. I just got my order and I love, love, love this essential oil! I am blending it with sweet almond oil and adding both to a cream base. I use it as body cream for myself and my son's eczema. I will be ordering more from ND!!
By:Melina, Edmonton, Alberta Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 09-Nov-2005
Rating: This is the ONLY scent that I wasn't thrilled with...a little on the woody side for me...LOVE NDA though...wouldn't use anyone else!
By:Tiffany, Yucca Valley, California
Date: Loyal Customer Since: 14-Jun-2010
Rating: Awesome product and packaging...can't wait to use it in my next batch of soap!
By:David, Satellite Beach, Florida
Date: Loyal Customer Since: 14-Jul-2010
Rating: This is the best 40/42 I've worked with!! A lot of my customers who normally don't like lavender love this. An excellent oil.
Rating: I LOVE IT! USE IT IN MY SOAP, ALL MY FRIEND LOVE IT AND PRICE IS GOOD. I WILL KEEP TO HAVE IT ALL THE TIME
By:Ming, Diamond Bar, California
Date: Loyal Customer Since: 26-Apr-2010
Rating: Love this in my CP soaps and bath bombs. the scent is stronger than expected and loved by all my customers. One of my customers wont even use the soap because she would rather sniff it all day! Smells like the real thing.
By:Kristie, Portsmouth, New Hampshire Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 18-Nov-2009
Rating: Lavender 40/42 is used in my CP soaps. I love this lavender EO. The scent is beautiful. It combines well with so many other essential oils but is also fantastic on its own. Thanks!
By:Shannon, Comox, British Columbia Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 09-Nov-2005
Rating: A standard lavender oil, a bit more on the herbaceous and sharp/camphorous side of things. However that initial harshness seems to be fading with time. Great value.
Rating: This blend has a more camphorous smell to it than most lavenders. Great price though.
By:Johanna, Roseville, California
Date: Loyal Customer Since: 24-Jul-2009
Rating: I will be buying a larger bottle as it has an awesome fragrance. It fits my needs and at a much less expensive price. And as always the packaging was wonderful.
By:Rovenea, Buffalo, New York
Date: Loyal Customer Since: 28-Aug-2008
Rating: I bought this for cold process soaps and have been very happy. It smells wonderful and lasts a long time. It is also is great in sugar scrubs. Great value!
By:Caroline, New Ellenton, South Carolina
Date: Loyal Customer Since: 09-Sep-2006
Rating: Best price around. The oil itself is good quality. I have smelled better (or at least stronger smelling 40/42s) but for a considerably higher price. This oil gets the job done for cp soaps and doesn't break the bank. If you want a more nuanced or distinctive lavender NDA does offer almost a dozen different varieties. This one is just very basic and economical.
By:Kathryn, Lauderdale By The Sea, Florida
Date: Loyal Customer Since: 08-Mar-2009
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