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As a member of the emerging United States Lavender Growing Organization, I encourage interested parties to participate in this growing industry. Many countries around the world have established organizations to further their education and marketing efforts. Now the USA is making strides to become an internationally recognized body.Click on logo to learn more.
We wanted you to all know about the care and selection of all of our ingredients used to create our "Niche" perfumes. Whole essential oils provide mysterious depth within the creation of a complete perfume.
Lavender alone has 130 identifiable compounds, rose has over 300. Many complex aromas combine to sing a new song. We encourage you to try our sample sizes to explore our perfumes on your skin.
Steam distillation requires harvested lavender blooms to be suspended above rising steam in order to lift oil from the bursting calyxes. The vapors then cool and liquify when passing through the condenser
After distillation the floating essential oil is separated from the hydrosol and bottled in glass for future use in perfumery. Some aging can improve oil quality.
Harvesting begins when the lavender blooms average two thirds flowering on most stems. Notice the tiny flowers at the tip of the oil bearing calyx.
Plant selection for perfumery begins with scent. Rub the blooming cultivar to smell the aroma. If you don't like it fresh you will not be happy with the essential oil at distillation