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!
The global demand for lavandin essential oil is quite high. The price of lavandin grosso post the 2019 harvest was considered very high. As a result, very few transactions took place. Currently orders are being placed for antiseptic products. This is not expected to have an effect on the market in the short term. But there are several industries in the sector which have been hit by the slowdown
Currently there is a fall in the price of lavandin but even at these prices few transactions are taking place. Generally, buyers rely on their stocks and wait for the market price to stabilise. Time will tell whether the prices will drop further or will stabilise as many buyers seem to be running out of stock.
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