The variety of lavender products that are available is amazing. The produce of the lavender plant has therapeutic properties, is beautiful, is edible, and smells great!
Lavender scent is quite popular in many mass produced items, but the best place to find high quality, unique lavender products is in the booming cottage industry. Small scale manufacturers generate many hand made products with great care, and many of these are associated with lavender farms. With many of these enterprises the farmer, product developer, manufacturer and salesperson are all the same person. Since you are making a purchase directly from someone with such a vested interest in a product, you can usually be confident of superior quality and service.
Bath – Certainly one of the most popular categories of lavender products is bath related items. Lavender soap in various forms can be found from small scale manufacturers. Handmade bar soaps with moisturizers such as goats milk or shea butter and lavender scent give your skin a treat. Liquid soap, shower gel, shampoo and conditioner make every day special. Want a spa treatment at home? Try a long soaking bath with lavender bubble bath, milk bath or tub tea.
Body Care – Relax and be nice to your skin from head to toe! There are many lavender products that take advantage of the healing properties of lavender or simply the wonderful scent. Lavender massage oil , lotions, creams, or body butter will soothe dry skin. Smell good with lavender powder, perfume, deodorant or after shave. Give yourself a spa treatment at home by cleansing with salt scrub, sugar scrub or facial cleanser. Give your aching feet some relief with a lavender foot soak or foot balm. Going outdoors? Try lavender insect repellent, or a lavender skin treatment with aloe to heal sunburn.
Food Products – There is a huge variety of lavender food products available. If you would like to try cooking with lavender , you can season your food with herbs de provence or a lavender basil blend, or spice things up with lavender sea salt or lavender and lemon pepper. Try baking with lavender sugar or other lavender cooking basics such as herbs de provence oil or lavender vinegar. Lavender is available in many beverages such as your favorite tea, coffee or hot chocolate. It can be found as a special ingredient in lemonade mix or margarita mix. Lavender provides a unique taste to sweets such as chocolate, truffles or cookies. Favorites like chocolate chip, oatmeal, ginger, and almond lemon are available. Many jellies, jams, and marmalades are available with lavender, and you can find condiments with lavender such as salsa, chutney, or even honey. As you can see, the line up of lavender products of the culinary variety is quite impressive.
Home – Lavender’s wonderful aroma and its antibacterial properties make for an ideal ingredient in products around the home. For fresh smelling clothes you can find lavender laundry soap, dryer sachets, or clothes hangers. Also available are lavender based dish soap, furniture oil, carpet freshener, linen spray, and car fresheners. I even found an algae inhibitor for keeping ponds clear that is made from lavender.
Therapeutic Products – No discussion of lavender products would be complete without mentioning products intended to improve health through lavender’s therapeutic properties. Aromatherapy products would fall into this category including diffusers, burners, candles, and incense. There are therapeutic salves for pain and tension relief and a hand sanitizer to kill germs.
Pillows – Since lavender tends to have a relaxing effect and is often used as a sleep aid, some of the most popular lavender products are pillows. There are lavender eye pillows for blocking out light while you relax, neck pillows for relieving muscle tension and headaches, and dream pillows to slip inside your pillow case and help you sleep at night. You can even find pillows to rest your wrist on while you use your keyboard or computer mouse.
Pet Products – One of the more recent developments in lavender products is that many are now designed specifically for pets. Pet shampoo, pillows, litter box fresheners and dog biscuits are all available that include lavender.
Themed Products – With the recent rise in the popularity of lavender products, many people have fallen in love with everything lavender. For those of us who are “Lavender People” there are many products that do not have lavender as an ingredient, but are focused on the wonderful plant. Lavender colored and embroidered clothing, lavender themed jewelry, photos and paintings of lavender fields, and stationary with a light lavender scent can all be found. You can get a vase with lavender painted on it to hold your fresh lavender blooms. Hot pads for handling hot pans and ceramic tile are available with lavender designs. You can find books about lavender and books about cooking with lavender. As you can see, there is no shortage of products available to satisfy your lavender desires.
Plant Products – Last, but certainly not least on this extensive list of lavender products are those from the lavender plant itself. If you are growing your own lavender you might have these already or mighteasily make them. Obviously the lavender plants themselves can be purchased, but you can also buy fresh cut or dried flowers depending on the season.
The buds of the lavender flowers are popular in making sachets, pomanders and pot pourri. Culinary lavender buds are used in cooking. Another twist on an old tradition is to use lavender buds instead of rice as a wedding toss.
Fresh lavender is often used in making crafts such as wreaths or wands that will dry and make a long lasting, beautiful, aromatic decoration for the home. Lavender stems are popular for use as fire starters or add flavor to foods by tossing them on the fire of an outdoor grill.
Lavender oil is distilled from plant material into lavender essential oil . This oil has many uses from aromatherapy to pain relief to an aid in sleeping. It is indeed the key source of lavender that is included in many of the products mentioned on this page. The hydrosol, or lavender water that is a by-product of the distillation process has many uses also, such as a linen spray or deodorizer.
Even if you are a “Lavender Person”, there are probably lavender products mentioned here that you didn’t know were available. The versatility of this plant and the products that are derived from it are simply amazing. There are likely many products that escaped my extensive research, and many more that will be developed in the future. As I hear of new products I’ll do my best to include them here.