Below are the lavender essential oil varieties we distill on our farm. They are listed from the varieties we distill the most to the least.
Species: Lavandula X Intermedia – Cultivar: Grosso
This is one of the highest oil producers of all lavenders. The oil has more camphor (the scent in Vick’s vapor rub) than the angustifolia (English/sweet smelling) oil varieties. Some prefer this lavender oil because it is what many think of as the traditional lavender smell. It is not overpoweringly sweet but is a strong pleasant scent. Grosso blends well with citrus essential oils like lemon. Grosso is a beautiful smelling oil and a great place to start. It is often used in products because of its strong smell, large volume of oil, and cost to purchase.
Species: Lavandula Angustifolia – Cultivar: Melissa
Like the hint of spice in the taste of this lavender there is a small hint of vanilla and spice in the scent of the oil as well. The oil is a unique smell but very sweet and fragrant. A favorite variety for its unique lavender scent and a favorite of ours! This is also an excellent oil producer for a true lavender. This is the personal favorite variety of our distiller, Zion Hilliker.
Species: Lavandula X Intermedia – Cultivar: Super
A fantastic smelling lavandin oil. The sweetness of this oil is often confused for an angustifolia oil. We love this oil because of its unique sweet scent and because it is a hybrid it produces a fair amount of oil. A super plant is not much to look at, so this is a variety ripe for distillation. Super is an excellent oil producer, not quite as much as Grosso but still a great producer.
Species: Lavandula Angustifolia – Cultivar: Royal Velvet
As a low producer of oil, it is often difficult to find, but this variety of oil is a standout. The scent is sweet and inviting. It is a classic English lavender smell with which you can’t go wrong. Sweet, soft, and a classic lavender smell.
Species: Lavandula Angustifolia – Cultivar: Folgate
A very common angustifolia oil variety. Folgate produces well for an angustifolia and the scent is very calming with a very very slight hint of mint (Lavender is in the mint family). The scent is like other angustifolias in it’s sweetness but differs with its hints of citrus and mint. Kristy’s personal favorite lavender scent on our farm.
Species: Lavandula Angustifolia – Cultivar: Maillette
A fantastic smelling oil! Maillette is sweet and has one of the highest contents of linalyl acetate, the key ingredient in the lavender scent. It is a favorite in the aromatherapy arena and is a favorite “therapeutic” variety. Maillette is a poor oil producer and not much to look at. Quality over quantity here.
Species: Lavandula Angustifolia – Cultivar: Royal Purple
Very similar to Royal Velvet with a softer more powdery scent. The oil is an excellent choice but not a favorite of our because it produces very little oil. Royal Purple is also a very poor oil producer.
Species: Lavandula Angustifolia – Cultivar: Hidcote Pink
A very good oil producer for an angustifolia. A rich, sweet smelling oil that is a favorite among perfumers and aromatherapy. The oil is high in linalyl acetate (the main ingredient in the lavender scent) and has a very sweet cotton candy like scent. If you want to indulge in lavender, this is the oil!