Lavender Extract And Oil


Fragrance Synthetic and Natural

No known benefits

Lavender Extract And Oil description

Widely used plant that’s a member of the mint family. May be listed by its Latin names _Lavandula angustifolia_ or _Lavandula officinalis_. Primarily a fragrance ingredient, it may have beneficial properties for skin but is also a potential sensitizer due to its fragrance components. The oil form is more likely to aggravate skin than the extract form, especially if you can detect lavender’s distinctive scent. In-vitro research indicates that components of lavender oil, specifically linalool and linalyl acetate, can have damaging effects on skin in as low a concentration as 0.25%. When exposed to air, these components oxidise, meaning their potential for causing a reaction increases. If you’re wondering why lavender oil doesn’t appear to be problematic for some people, it’s because research has demonstrated that you don’t always need to immediately see or feel the sensitising effects for your skin to suffer damage.

Lavender Extract And Oil references

  • British Journal of Dermatology, August 2014, pages 292-297
  • Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, May 2008, pages 191-202
  • Contact Dermatitis, April 2008, pages 143-150 and January 2008, pages 9-14
  • Cell Proliferation, June 2004, pages 221-229
  • Journal of the Society of Cosmetic Chemists, January-February 1992, pages 49-54

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Ingredient ratings


Proven and supported by independent studies. Outstanding active ingredient for most skin types or concerns.


Necessary to improve a formula's texture, stability, or penetration.


Generally non-irritating but may have aesthetic, stability, or other issues that limit its usefulness.


There is a likelihood of irritation. Risk increases when combined with other problematic ingredients.


May cause irritation, inflammation, dryness, etc. May offer benefit in some capability but overall, proven to do more harm than good.


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