NOW Foods Organic Essential Oils Lavender -- 1 fl oz
I bought the oil to use with my new wool dryer balls. My laundry smells heavenly and there are no deposits on the clothes. So much better than scented dryer sheets. The house smells fantastic and so does the laundry room. I like knowing it's organic as it comes in contact with my family on all our clothes.
May 10, 2015
Great scent & healing properties (4/5 green stars)
I use lavender oil mostly for application to the skin after cuts, minor burns, or insect bites. It definitely eases itching from insect bites (or a cat scratch) and it also speeds up healing of cuts or grazes or small burns. It also has calming properties and can be used to aid sleep. I think it’s important to choose an organic option when buying a plant essential oil, both for the environmental impact and the quality of the oil itself (pesticides or herbicides may end up in the oil when extracted from conventionally grown plants, depending on the extraction method used).
This Now Foods oil is extracted by steam distillation (the preferred method for most oils), followed by analysis by gas chromatography (the best way to determine the composition of essential oils). There is no absolute standard for the composition of plant essential oils – the oil from a particular plant species such as lavender will vary in composition (i.e. the relative proportions of the terpene components) depending on many factors (cultivar of the plant, growing conditions, location, age, etc.). Which brings me to the labeling of oils as “therapeutic grade” etc. by certain manufacturers (Eden, doTerra, Young Living). This is purely marketing – the phrases don’t carry any weight. The best approach is to judge by the results rather than the wording on the bottle.
There’s no doubt that Now Foods are a big high-tech operation (you can do a video tour of their facilities on their website) and that may not be so appealing to some people. However, their modern equipment for both oil extraction and quality control is not necessarily a bad thing when it ensures a good product that can be cleanly made. Now’s plant in Nevada is LEED Silver certified (LEED is a green buildings certification program) but I feel like they could do more (and achieve LEED gold status). For example, they use solar panels, but these only provide 2% of the facility’s electricity needs. Overall I think their grade on sustainability is better than average (Now Foods was rated as a “Corporate Hero” in The Better World Shopping Guide).
I looked at the competition to find alternatives to Now Foods that may be more sustainable and Mountain Rose Herbs looks like the best bet. They are carbon-neutral and have an impressive zero waste and recycled packaging policies. 1 oz of organic lavender direct from Mountain Herbs costs about the same as this Now Foods oil. However, I have not tried their oils so I can’t comment on the quality.
So, overall I’ll give the Now Foods Organic lavender 5/5 gold stars for quality of the product and 4/5 “green” stars based on the social-ethical-environmental aspects of producing it. They lose 1 green star because Now Foods could make more effort to conserve energy or use green energy (compared to a company like Mountain Rose).
September 27, 2014
Organic makes this a plus over other brands
Tried this over brand because it is organic over my usual brand Aucia.
The negative is that right out of the bottle the smell is a bit too strong and it take a few minutes before it dissipates to a more pleasant smell. It works well for calming the mind but I will research more to see if the organically grown lavender is a must.
August 7, 2014
Wonderful lavender oil. Not much really to say about it except that it is good quality and very pleasing to use. No hesitations about purchasing again. Great to add to almost anything to impart the relaxing smell of lavender.
April 27, 2014
Love the NOW Foods Brand
I keep several bottles of organic lavender essential oil in my house and when I travel because of its excellent ability to heal burns. I keep one bottle in the kitchen and one by my ironing press in my sewing room. It is one of the few essential oils that can be put directly on the skin. I also make my own deodorant with it and organic food grade coconut oil. This 1 oz. bottle cost about the same as .5 oz bottles from other brands.
March 19, 2014