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 1,000 MT being produced in France alone each year.
The lavandin plant is a more robust hybrid and grows well at lower altitudes meaning larger plantations on a more commercial scale can be managed successfully.
Read more about lavandin grosso and other lavender’s in our Elementary Essential Oils section.
An acute shortage continues to prevail since French producers have nil stocks, leading to insufficient supply in the global market. In addition, there are two major hurdles, namely obtaining quality approval is difficult since almost all samples analysed this season have been adulterated; secondly, it is difficult to obtain firm offers for any volumes.
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