Lavender Essential Oil (South African) (Cape Lavender)

Lavender Essential Oil (South African) (Cape Lavender)
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Botanical Name: Lavandula angustifolia

Main Constituents:
Linalool: 31.3%
Linalyl acetate: 31.63%
Camphor: 6.1%

Plant Part: Flowers

Origin: South Africa

Processing Method: Steam Distillation

Description / Color / Consistency: A thin, clear, colourless to pale yellow liquid.

Aromatic Summary / Note / Strength of Aroma: A top note of strong aroma, this Lavender has a floral scent that is sharper and more camphoraceous than Lavender French, and smells more like Lavender Spanish.

Blends With: Bay, Bergamot, Chamomile, Citronella, Clary Sage, Geranium, Jasmine, Lemon, Mandarin, Orange, Palmarosa, Patchouli, Pine, Thyme, Rosemary, Rosewood and Ylang-ylang.

Product Abstract: The Lavender plant is a woody evergreen shrub, up to 1 meter tall, with pale green, narrow linear leaves and violet 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'. Differences in soil, altitude and temperature, precipitation and seasons contribute to subtle changes in the scent from one lot of Lavender to another.

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.

NOTICE: This item is listed under California Proposition 65. California residents will receive this product labeled accordingly.
IMPORTANT: All New Directions Aromatics (NDA) products are for external use only unless otherwise indicated. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease, and it should not be used by anyone who is pregnant or under the care of a medical practitioner. Please refer to our policies for further details, and our disclaimer below.

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Rating: Star
I am generally pretty picky with lavender, as I don't particularly like the scent. The essential oil always smells flat and dull when compared to the fresh plant material. With that in mind, I do enjoy this variety of lavender. It has a slight camphor smell, which I appreciate in lavender oils (it makes them smell fresher to me). It is not nearly as camphorous as spike lavender, which makes it more versatile. The aroma and the price point make this a winner for me!

By: Delanie, Northfield, Minnesota
Date:
Loyal Customer Since: 09-Mar-2017


Rating: Star
This is one of the best Lavender EOs that I have come across! Out of the bottle the scent is true to the Lavender flower - herbaceous, slightly camphorous, sweet and very very floral. I made CP soap with it and the scent is still strong 4 days later. Not overpowering and can blend well in any formulation. I am LOVING this EO even better than French lavender!

By: Kristen N, Long Beach, California
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Loyal Customer Since: 11-Sep-2013


Rating: Star
This is a nice lavender. Somewhat camphorous with floral underneath. Works well in cold process soap. Great price.

By: Rebecca, Redington Shores, Florida
Date:
Loyal Customer Since: 25-Aug-2013


Rating: Star
I've tried several types of lavender essential oils over the years and so far this is not only the least expensive I've tried it's also my favorite. Smells just like freshly picked lavender flowers and doesn't have that typical medicinal smell. I'm already about to order more. Very pleased with this one. Soaped beautifully in CP soap.

By: Jennifer, Irondale, Missouri
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Date:
Loyal Customer Since: 10-Apr-2016


Rating: Star
I love this essential oil. It isn't a strong medicinal smelling lavender but instead smells like fresh lavender flowers. It soaped very nicely in my CP soap recipe. I will be ordering more.

By: Jennifer, Irondale, Missouri
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Date:
Loyal Customer Since: 10-Apr-2016


Rating: Star
OMGosh! Delish! I personally LOVE this Lavender & will have on my reorder list in the future! There's just to many Lav's to choose from, so I went on price & reviews..Very happy with it!

By: Scott-Kimberly, Hamilton, Indiana
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Date:
Loyal Customer Since: 18-Sep-2014


Rating: Star
Fairly typical lavender scent. I don't love the smell of lavender, but it blends really well with other scents.

By: Suni, Lehigh Acres, Florida
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Date:
Loyal Customer Since: 16-Nov-2012


Rating: Star
I have always purchased the Bulgarian lavender in the past, but as the price of that has risen substantially I found myself looking for a more economical alternative. I rebottle and sell EOs and so price is a factor as much as quality. Since the Bulgarian was a top seller for me, I researched NDA's other options and settled on this one for being the most similar in terms of active ingredients and therapeutic value. The scent is somewhat different, but since I am not fixed on having it be floral or perfect for perfumery, it works just fine. Most of my customers buy for the EO's beneficial effects, not simply the scent. And I love the price point, which makes it easy for me to bring top quality EOs at affordable prices to our local market.

By: Christine, Delray Beach, Florida
Date:
Loyal Customer Since: 07-Apr-2013


Rating: Star
I do like this lavender, but find it to be much more menthol-smelling and a little more camphorous than other lavenders I have tried. Nevertheless, I personally enjoy it and think it will work well in several of my products, especially those focused on therapeutic use and those that require masking of other scents (should work quite well for this). I must say, however, that I am a little disappointed *only because* other reviewers described it as being sweeter or more floral than French or Spanish, and I disagree entirely (perhaps it's just this batch. . .). I so happen to need a more floral smelling lavender right now for a couple of formulas, and I think I'll have to buy a different variety for them. I'm still giving this five stars, however, because of all I mentioned in the above paragraph, and it was fantastically priced, and because I should have tried a few out to find the most floral before committing to a big bottle.

By: Amber, Canon City, Colorado
Date:
Loyal Customer Since: 31-Jul-2014


Rating: Star
Love it! Perfect in every application! I love NDA! Why bother with 40/42 that doesn't have the therapeutic properties of the other Lavender EO's when this one is so cheap?

By: Tammi, Kent, Ohio
Date:
Loyal Customer Since: 02-Aug-2013


Rating: Star
I was ordering the Spanish lavender before, but I like this one better. It's a bit lighter, more sweet and less camphoraceous / herbaceous. LOVE it! I'll be buying a 16 ounce!

By: Ginger, Puyallup, Washington
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Date:
Loyal Customer Since: 07-Feb-2014


Rating: Star
I ordered Lavender So African, Spanish, and Spike (Spain) and So African is by far my favorite. I will reorder this for sure in the future, it's my ideal lavender essential oil fragrance.

By: Sherriannelle, Jersey City, New Jersey
Date:
Loyal Customer Since: 26-Nov-2014


Rating: Star
I love this Lavender Essential Oil! I've tried 3 Lavender essential oils from NDA and while all of them were great this is my favorite. Will be buying again!

By: Sarah, Temecula, California
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Date:
Loyal Customer Since: 27-Sep-2013


Rating: Star
I love this Lavender! It is fresh & green without being overly cloying! It works wonders in my lotions and I also add it to my laundry with wonderful lasting results instead of chemical softeners/fragrances!

By: Melissa, Concrete, Washington
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Date:
Loyal Customer Since: 20-Sep-2011


Rating: Star
By far my favorite of the lavender species I have tried. Amazing therapeutic quality and aroma for the price. Ill definitely continue restock this variety!

By: Shana, Cape Coral, Florida
Date:
Loyal Customer Since: 30-Jan-2013


Rating: Star
It is alright, however I tried the cheaper Spanish Lavender first and liked it much better. This one seemed a little green smelling and different than the lavenders I previously tried with other companies. I re-ordered the Spanish the next time.

By: Diana, Marina Del Rey, California
Date:
Loyal Customer Since: 08-Jul-2012


Rating: Star
I love this variety! Not as mentholated as others I have tried! Good choice for lotions and soaps!

By: Melissa, Concrete, Washington
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Date:
Loyal Customer Since: 20-Sep-2011


Rating: Star
I am a huge fan and grower of lavender and I was happy to receive this lavender as it is sweet and floral, very similar to the plants I have growing in my yard and 40/42. I typically buy Bulgarian, but since it is a little pricey, I think I am going to continue to stock the cape lavender EO from here on out.

By: Lisa, Pellston, Michigan
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Date:
Loyal Customer Since: 03-May-2008


Rating: Star
Very strong ! A little goes a long way!very nice!

By: Heather, Miami, Florida
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Date:
Loyal Customer Since: 02-Mar-2011


Rating: Star
Had some reservations about this lavender based on the cheaper price, but I'm happy to say the scent is quite mild and sweet - and this lavender performs just as well as the more expensive varieties. I use it in everything from toners to hair rinses. Great product at an affordable price. Will order again :)

By: Carrie, Waterford, Michigan
Date:
Loyal Customer Since: 04-Nov-2011


Rating: Star
I prefer this Lavender over the French Lavender, which is the only other one that I've tried from this site. It's still very typical smelling lavender, but it's sweeter and milder. I usually find lavender a bit sharp for my taste, so it makes sense that I prefer this. Otherwise, lavender is so useful for so many different reasons. For example, I get headaches pretty frequently, and they don't respond to Motrin or Tylenol, both of which usually work well for my other aches and pains. However, I did have good results sniffing this for several minutes. I also use it a lot in skin products for my combination skin and in shampoo for my slightly oily hair. I don't use it as much in perfume, because I find that the scent is not my favorite, but it's great to have, nonetheless.

By: Lauretta, San Diego, California
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Date:
Loyal Customer Since: 19-Jun-2010


Rating: Star
sweet,not medicinal smelling at all, but with all the therapeutic properties. My favorite to use now.

By: Jeanette, Ogdensburg, New Jersey
Date:
Loyal Customer Since: 12-Aug-2011


Rating: Star
We just tried this variety of lavender for the first time, after our previous supply was discontinued. The description of scent is accurate, being sweeter and less camphorous. For the variety of products we use it in, from soap to lotions and bath bombs, it is perfect. Don't be concerned about the relatively low price, if this is the type you're after!

By: Eric, Rhododendron, Oregon
Date:
Loyal Customer Since: 30-Mar-2011


Rating: Star
The analgesic properties of the South African seems to be superior to the Barreme and Croation. I find the softer scent more enjoyable too. At this price I'll likely make this my standard Lavender. Well done ND.

By: David, Plaistow, New Hampshire
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Date:
Loyal Customer Since: 18-Aug-2008


Rating: Star
I'm so happy this lavender came back into stock. It's still my favourite, and this time I ordered 2 - 100 ml bottles. Along with some other lavenders I haven't tried yet. Just for comparison's sake. I don't have lavender "problem". Really. Just because I ordered 4 different kinds this time?? Nah.

By: Jesse, Toronto, Ontario
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Date:
Loyal Customer Since: 09-Nov-2005


Rating: Star
I really love this lavender. I ordered 3 different kinds and while all are good or better, this one is by far, my favourite, so far. I will definitely be purchasing a larger bottle next time. I anxiously await it's re-stocking. And will order another lavender I have yet to try. along with this one. As a lavender "junkie" (one who actually day dreams of laying in a field of the stuff) I'll get around to trying all of NDAs lavenders.

By: Jesse, Toronto, Ontario
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Date:
Loyal Customer Since: 09-Nov-2005


Rating: Star
Strong floral and sweet aroma. My body butter customers love this scent as a favorite. I mix it up with some of your Carrier oils and Essential oil of Chamomile for a very silky, thick lotion.

By: Kim, Plano, Texas
Date:
Loyal Customer Since: 28-Apr-2009


Rating: Star
I LOVE this lavendar. I have used the French and the Bareme, which I also really like, but this has less camphor and seems sweeter. It is a nice change, but I will keep using the Bareme, too. They are all good to me!

By: Mary, Kansas City, Missouri
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Date:
Loyal Customer Since: 04-Feb-2007


Rating: Star
This is not a typical lavender (angustifolia, dentate, etc.). It is a completely different phenotype called Lavender Marie (look at the data sheet). The smell is special, radiant and fruity, with not noticeable camphor undertones, it is definitely a luxurious aroma. I checked the data sheet and the GC plot (on top of this webpage) and indeed, the essential oil contains the components that one expects to find in a typical lavender essential oil. This one, however, is a more fragrant variety. It should display the normal healing properties of a lavender (Bulgarian or French lavander e. e.) but since it is high in esters, I would use it for a relaxing bath,in the diffuser or as a mood perfume rather than for burns or joint pain.

By: Carlos, Ottawa, Ontario
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Date:
Loyal Customer Since: 09-Nov-2005


Rating: Star
Wonderful product. Excellent price. As many have mentioned, it works amazingly well in healing burns. It has saved me a lot of pain from burns in the kitchen. I recommend this to everyone as a must have in any home. This product is specially good for young children because they are always so scared to put anything on after an injury. It smells good, it doesn't hurt or sting, and it heals the skin so fast.

By: Adriana, Azusa, California
Date:
Loyal Customer Since: 12-Feb-2010


Rating: Star
This Lavender is really great for Arthritic pain , I've witness many of my customers and new people at shows put on this product and within an half an hour returned and buy the product because it relives pain so well.

By: Richard, Toronto, Ontario
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Date:
Loyal Customer Since: 09-Nov-2005


Rating: Star
I like to add a few drops of oil to my hot tub. I have tried many different lavender fragrances and found that the South African lavender to be just right--sweet, floral, pleasant. The aroma of this lavendar enhances the relaxation acheived in my hot tub sessions.

By: Emilyx, Wichita, Kansas
Date:
Loyal Customer Since: 12-Jun-2009


Rating: Star
I actually found this lavender to smell a bit more musky than the Barreme---not at all what I was expecting given the prior reviews.

By: Karina, Richmond Hill, New York
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Date:
Loyal Customer Since: 14-Sep-2007


Rating: Star
Very nice and sweet. All lavenders seem to work about the same so I give this a definite thumbs up if you prefer less astringent smelling lavender. I love the fact that it such a useful, beautiful smelling little herb!!!

By: April, Flagstaff, Arizona
Date:
Loyal Customer Since: 31-Jan-2009


Rating: Star
This lavender is great. I just can't go without this one...in fact I keep coming back for more. It really has 101 uses.

By: Louis, Faison, North Carolina
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Date:
Loyal Customer Since: 06-Mar-2008


Rating: Star
I've always loved Lavender to create a relaxing atmosphere. I thought it had to be bitter to be lavender. This one is actually sweeter than what I'm used to, and I really like it! It compliments so many of my blends, and I've loved using the suggested blends on the site. I'm using it in cleaning products, the shampoo, conditioner, and the bath salts.

By: Gretchen, Phoenix, Arizona
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Date:
Loyal Customer Since: 05-Jul-2008


Rating: Star
Fantastic quality. Has a very nice sweet lavender sent. I use this with clients in labor, and they always comment on how relaxed they feel. Great product!!

By: Louis, Faison, North Carolina
  Top Reviewer
Date:
Loyal Customer Since: 06-Mar-2008


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