How Our Lavender Oil Is Extracted
The beautiful petals of this pleasantly aromatic flowering shrub are organically grown on select farms in New Zealand.
Our farmers wait for exactly the right moment in the season to harvest their lavender. They typically wait until the flowers are bright purple in full bloom, just on the verge of turning grey or brown before harvesting as this yields the highest ester content in the oil.
Where the lavender is grown is very important. You don’t want lavender essential oil derived from a plant that is grown next to a busy road or near factories where the air is much more polluted.
Lavender grown at high altitudes in the fresh, clean air yields the highest quality oil.
Once the lavender is harvested, the farmers load all of the stems and flowers into a still. When the still is full, a boiler creates steam from purified water that is gently funneled into the still.
The steam slowly rises to the top of the still and heats the lavender to a point where the oil glands of the plant burst and release their small pockets of oil. Steam distillation is usually at a lower temperature (than 100 degrees) which further enhances the quality of the essential oil. Distilling at a lower pressure can also improve quality.
Once the steam condenses back into water, the water (now carrying the oil with it) is collected and placed into a holding tank. As time passes, the oil and water separate with the oil rising to the top where it can be collected and carefully filtered into 100% pure lavender oil.
The most coveted, most valuable (and thought to be the most therapeutic) oil is that which is collected during the first part of the distillation period. The resulting oil is called “first distilled.” This is the oil that we use in our products.
Our Commitment to Quality
Every batch of Lavender oil we receive is tested for purity and quality. Each batch of essential oil can differ, even from the same producer. Because essential oil is extracted from plants, it can be affected by many factors such as the weather, the seasons, and human error… a bit like fine wine.
This is why we carry out batch testing even if the batch is from the same supplier so we can guarantee consistent quality.
The farms we’ve chosen to work with consistently provide incredibly pure, high quality oils. We regularly review our producers with a stringent set of quality guidelines that we’ve developed in partnership with our industry experts and their 20+ years in the industry.
“Even an oil which is quite truthfully described as pure may be of poor quality, and therefore of less value therapeutically. IF AN ESSENTIAL OIL COSTS MUCH LESS THAN YOU WOULD NORMALLY EXPECT TO PAY FOR IT, the oil may well be athird or fourth distillate from a batch of plant material which has already yielded the greater part of its properties to the first or second distillation.”
What About Organic Certification?
Our mission is to provide you with the purest essential oils that contain the therapeutic properties you need to support yours and your family’s health.
Sometimes this means the oil is certified organic but acquiring an organic certification can be quite costly to farmers, which means many choose not to obtain it. Oils derived from plants that are organically grown or wildcrafted are still free from man-made chemicals despite not being certified. This means the oils can be of equal or better quality than comparable certified organic products and often at a lower price.
We also commit to sourcing single origin essential oils for transparency and quality.
How We Package Our Lavender Oil
Our lavender oil is fresh off the still and comes in a 10ML blue glass bottle and is sealed to protect the precious oil within. The bottle also comes with an orifice reducer built in so you can dispense the oil one drop at a time.
During the shipping process, special canisters prolong and protect the quality of the oil from light and temperature during transit from around the globe and we ensure a quick turnaround time from producer to bottle, with minimal shelf time to maintain quality and purity.
We typically recommend storing your oil below room temperature in a cool, dark space. Some people prefer to keep them in a small refrigerator of their own.
The Tests We Run On Our Oils To Ensure Quality
All of our oil is constantly tested for purity. The testing provides us with key data about what constituent compounds are in the oils and at what volumes.
Gas Chromatography (GC)
Gas Chromatography (GC) describes the analytical separation technique used to analyze volatile substances in the gas phase. In GC, the components of a sample are dissolved in a solvent and vaporized in order to separate the analytes by distributing the sample between two phases: a stationary phase and a mobile phase. GC provides us key data about what compounds are in oils and how much of each component is present.
Mass Spectrometry (MS)
Mass Spectrometry (MS) is an analytical chemistry technique that identifies the amount and type of individual molecules present in a sample by measuring the mass-to-charge ratio. A mass spectrometer has three essential functions: Ion source, Mass analyzer and the Detector. The Ion source is where the sample is ionized. Once the sample is ionized, the mass analyzer sorts and separates the ions according to the mass and charge. Once the ions are separated and sorted then the separation is measured in the detector where a results chart is displayed.