Name Lavender, Spike Essential Oil, France
Category Essential Oils
species Lavandula latifolia (L.) Medikus (L. latifolia Vill.), fam. Lamiaceae
Method Steam Distillation
Lavender, Spike Essential Oil, France
Lavender, Spike Essential Oil, France, (Lavandula latifolia), is also referred to as Aspic Oil or even Spike Oil. The Plant is common throughout the Mediterranean where it grows wild. In terms of quality, Spain and France produce the best oils. North Africa varieties have not been successful. The aroma is similar to Hybrid Lavender but its penetrating camphor-like nuances are commonly compared to Eucalyptus and Rosemary. Lavender Spike essential oil is certainly much harsher and less floral than true Lavender with slightly woody low notes, however it blends tremendously well. Prior to 1930 Aspic Oil was a preferred Lavender substitute in the soap industry but the success of Hybird Lavender supplanted Aspic production. As a soap additive Lavender Spike oil is powerful and stable. Lavender Spike essential oil blends well with pines and firs. Some of the natural constituents are linalool, linalyl esters, cineol, pinene, camphor, terpene alcohols, and geraniol.