Harvesting the Right Fragrance: Lavender Oil

October 16, 2020

With the harvesting season in full swing, we take a look at one of the most commonly used fragrance ingredients — Lavender Oil. Harvesting season for this crop takes place late summer through early fall. Reaping is conducted in the morning, as this allows the essential oil to be more fragrant. The essential oil is obtained from the flower spikes of the plant through steam distillation, and is available in the following two forms.


Lavender Flower Oil

Color:  Pale yellow


Primary Notes:  Hints of amber with a fresh, sweet, floral odor and woody undertone


Pairings:  This oil pairs nicely with floral and citrus oils


  • Cedarwood

  • Clove

  • Clary Sage

  • Pine

  • Geranium

  • Labadanum

  • Oakmoss

  • Vetiver

  • Patchouli


Main Constituents:


  • Linalyl acetate

  • Linalool

  • Lavandulol

  • Lavandulyl

  • Acetate

  • Terpineol

Lavender Spike Oil

Color:  Almost colorless to pale yellow-green


Primary Notes:  Characteristically a rough odor, similar to cineole and camphor


Blends:  This oil blends well with spice oils, especially clove


  • Rosemary

  • Sage

  • Lavandin

  • Eucalyptus

  • Rosewood

  • Lavender

  • Petitgrain

  • Pine

  • Cedarwood

  • Patchouli

  • Spice Oils


Main Constituents:


  • Cineole

  • Camphor

  • Linalool

  • Linalyl acetate


Our  partner farm network  shows the planted Lavender from 2020 is less than the 2019 season. Currently there is a minimum of 50 MT produced, however until reaping is complete the total amount remains undetermined. At this time, the harvest and price are expected to remain stable.


The largest industry for Lavender Oil is aromatherapy; with increasing consumer demand for natural and organic ingredients in personal care products, Lavender Oil can be found as a fragrance ingredient in several key categories. The chart below highlights the top six personal care categories for product launches containing lavender as a fragrance (Innova Market Insights):




Understanding harvesting trends can help create a fluid supply chain and ensure smooth production. To stay current on harvesting trends for essential oils, get in touch with us today!