What are the benefits of Lavender Essential oil?
Lavender essential oil is known for its classic fresh scent. Historically Egyptians used it as perfume and Romans used it for bathing. It’s no wonder that this essential oil has withstood the test of time. Today many aroma therapists use lavender to improve sleep, reduce stress and anxiety. There is just something very intoxicating about this essential oil.
When we look at the makeup of lavender it is packed with antifungal properties which would be beneficial for combatting inflammation. It also helps to cleanse the skin without irritation making it a wonderful natural ingredient for homemade soap.
Lavender Oil Uses and Benefits
- Reduce anxiety and stress – In the world of aroma-therapy, Lavender is the go-to ingredient when working with clients suffering from stress and anxiety. As a product maker you are not able to make any claims on the healing benefits of essential oils without FDA approval and testing. Knowing the history of the oil and how other industries use it is a great way of understanding how and why your customers are looking for this particular ingredient. Please do not make any product claims that because your product contains a particular ingredient that it will heal anything. Instead focus on the benefits to the skin.
- Improve skin complexion and tone by slowing the affects of aging – Due to the high content of antioxidants Lavender Essential oil can improve the appearance of the skin. According to the folks over at healthline this is a powerful yet complimentary component of the plant itself.
The flower itself has antioxidants to help combat free radicals and reduce overall stress. These effects may also have soothing capabilities for skin that’s stressed out and dull-looking.
Is lavender soap a good seller?
This happens to be one of my best selling soaps over at Natural Soap By Zakia and once you smell the lavender you would understand why. Many people are familiar with Lavender and because of it’s positive benefits coupled with the classic smell it does not require much discussion. I infused organic lavender buds in olive oil and add Lavender Essential oil in my highly popular triple butter blend recipe to create an aromatic spa like experience with Lavender Tranquility handcrafted soap.
Usage in Soap
When using quality essential oil that has not been diluted or altered you want to be careful not to get it directly on your skin. Be sure to wear gloves when handling this ingredient. A general rule of thumb is to use between .5 and 1 ounce per pound of oil in your soap recipe. Remember you generally need less essential oil in hot process soap as it is not added until the saponification process has completed.
You really can’t go wrong with lavender by itself or blended with other essential oils. Try it our in your next recipe and see how you like it. Some people love it, others hate it. Only you can decide if you actually like it.
Remember to avoid making any claims in your marketing or labeling. Just because an essential oil is known for benefits you cannot transfer those same benefits to your product without FDA approval. Check out this post for a little more on Lavender Essential oil in bath and body products.
Until Next Time…