Lavender is the purple/blue flower that we use in, basically, everything. In Sweden, we usually have it at home in pots, but if you go south in Europe, for example, southern France, you will find it in incredible purple fields. It is pure magic, both for your eyes and nose. The name originates from the latin’s lavare, which translates to wash. Very suitable name, since this was what the Romans did, they washed in lavender water. And we, kind of, still does. Nowadays, lavender is used in both soaps and detergents. In addition to washing, it has also been used in food, beverages, perfume and also to keep molds and other small animals away from sheets by putting a small pillow filled with dried lavender in the linen closet. What about the smell? Imagine something fresh, but at the same time earthy and woody, with a small hint of something floral and fruity. C’est lavande.
In perfume, the lavender is frequently used. In fact, it is a must in a Fougère. But what most of us do not yet know is that the lavender has an unknown twin, the lavender. Lavender, as we know it, was originally called English lavender because it was planted for use in the English perfume industry. Lavandin, on the other hand, was planted for use in the French industry and therefore called French lavender. This has no significance now since the two grow in both places.
Separating the lavender from the lavender is a fun game for teachers at perfume schools - not as fun for the student, since separating the two takes a lot of practice. The difference is small, but not impossible to find. The lavender contains more camphor and has, therefore, a more medical scent than lavender which is more floral, sweet and delicate. If you cannot distinguish the scent, maybe the appearance is easier. Lavender grows its flower on one single stalk while the lavender splits into three with one larger flower and two smaller ones on the side.
Are you super curious to try lavender in perfume? In March we have selected the perfect Cologne for all decades, and the best part - it includes lavender.