Soothing and fragrant
Sometimes called "lavender green" (in reference to its vibrant colour) this absolute is renowned in perfumery for its herbal and sweet lavender scent. Its aroma is widely reputed to promote calm and restful sleep.
Lavandula angustifolia is a perennial, shrub-like plant that's part of the mint family. The flowers are picked as soon as they start to open and can be used fresh or dried, distilled or infused. Regardless of how it is processed, lavender has been used to soothe, balance and cleanse the skin for centuries.
To make this absolute, the flowers are first soaked in a solvent to obtain a waxy material called ‘concrete’. It is then washed with ethanol to separate the fragrant lavender green liquid from the wax.
Lush buy lavender absolute from a distiller based in sunny Provence, a region in the south of France. They use flowers from several different European countries depending on availability (mainly France, Ukraine and Bulgaria).
Planting begins after March and April each year, when the risk of frosts is over and distilling takes place from late-July to mid-August. Each plantation will remain in place for roughly a decade before a period of three years gives the soil time to regenerate fully.
Many of the traditions - such as the fireplace fueled with lavender straw - continue as they always did, but today the harvest is completed by machine not sickle. What once was a time-consuming, labour-intensive process has been revolutionised, so Lush's supplier is now able to obtain 500 tonnes of high-quality lavender and lavendin oil each year. Some of these exquisite oils head over to Poole to be added straight into your products.
You won’t need a ticket to experience Provence this year, A French Kiss will do...