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The difference makes all the difference..
on May 16, 2013
Being new to working with essential oils, I initially chose Eden's Garden based on reviews and price point, and I haven't been disappointed until purchasing this lavender oil. My impression on opening the bottle was that it didn't smell quite right: certainly not like the lavender in Gramma's garden that scented my childhood days. Since it is the oil of lavender, and not the plant itself, I figured that explained the disconnect, and since I had bought it for the oil's disinfectant and healing properties, the scent wasn't paramount, and I used the oil.
When it was time to reorder, I noticed E.G. offered an organic lavender oil, and sent away for that. Night and day difference! With more knowledge about oils under my belt, I checked the Latin genus name on both bottles and found that different cultivars are used for the organic and non-organic versions of the oil. The non-organic oil is from the Lavandula angustifolia plant, the organic oil uses Lavandula officinalis. The organic version has the incredible scent I remember so well, as well as the healing properties Lavender oil is famous for. The non-organic version, despite its less lovely scent, still works well as a healing agent: after spilling scalding water on my hand I applied the oil, and within a few hours there was no sign of redness, blistering or pain whatsoever. A magical oil no matter which cultivar is used, but since the organic version has both that exquisite scent and healing properties, it is worth the extra cost. I have noticed that E.G. tends to use different cultivars in their organic/ non-organic oils pretty much across the board, whereas other companies offer organic and non of the same genus. Whether that's a good or bad thing, I don't know, but it's something to be aware of as you choose: the organic version may not be the genus which is most effective or suited to your needs. For example, their non-organic version/cultivar of Eucalyptus is my go-to formula when using this brand. An internet search offers some information about the different cultivars, their chemotype, and which genus is most useful for your needs, and it always pays to check the Latin nomenclature to make sure you are getting the oil you want.