Lavandin itself has a history (dating back to the 1820s) of different species all with different compositions. The three most common being ‘Grosso’, ‘Abrialis’ and ‘Super’. In the past, the most common was Abrialis but this has evolved over time with ‘Grosso’ now being the dominant type with over 1,400 MT being produced in France alone each year.
Developed in the 1970's by lavender grower Pierre Grosso, the lavandin grosso plant is a more robust hybrid and grows well at lower altitudes meaning larger plantations on a more commercial scale can be managed successfully. Some of the larger plantations in France are amongst the largest commercial plantations of any essential oil in Europe. Lavandin is mechanically harvested and distilled in much larger volumes than its lavender counterpart. Taking France as an example, when we are comparing the economies of harvesting and distilling it’s the difference between 1,400 MT of lavandin versus 50 MT of lavender, almost 30 times larger! These economies bring a more cost effective product.
Lavandin is said to have a number of therapeutic benefits in particular antiseptic, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and analgesic properties.
Read more about lavandin grosso and other lavender’s in our Elementary Essential Oils section or watch the video below to see the 2016 harvesting and distillation!
2017 production was down around 15% on 2016 due to many plants being killed in an extreme drought experienced in the months leading up to the harvest. Also this will have an impact in 2018 as replanting needs to be established in many areas. It is estimated that total production will be around 1,200 MT.
During the later stages of 2017, prices peaked at levels not seen in recent times as traded oil hit close to €40.00 /kilo! It seems it will be difficult to secure additional volumes in the first half of 2018 without having to pay a significant premium as traders look to make higher margins on the reduced volumes from their 2017 allocations.
It’s hard to be optimistic about 2018 since we are already aware of the likelihood of a lower crop due to the damage caused in 2017 and with demand certainly on the increase!
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