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Lavender 40/42 Essential Oil

Lavender 40/42 Essential Oil

There are over 40 species of Lavender plants and each of those possesses different characteristics based on the plant itself, the region in which it is grown, and the conditions it experiences before harvest. All of these things, combined with the variables in the distillation process itself, play a part in creating differing aromas in the essential oils extracted from the plants. Lavender Essential Oil is extremely popular and is an ingredient that often plays a large and important role in the final aroma of many scented goods. Variation in the aroma of lavender could have a noticeable effect on the finished product. There are some applications, such as soapmaking and other batch-made products, that are made over and over again and would benefit from a scent that can be consistent from one batch to the next. Lavender 40/42 Essential Oil is an amazing product that can help to achieve that consistency.

Lavender 40/42 Essential Oil was created to achieve a standardized Lavender aroma that can be replicated, batch after batch, with very little variation. It was formerly made by combining a variety of different distilled lavender oils to reach a ratio of 40% Linalool and 42% Linalyl Acetate. More recent advances now allow the isolated compounds of Linalool and Linalyl Acetate to be added to Lavender Essential Oil to reach the desired 40/42 ratio.

Linalool and Linalyl Acetate are the two primary components of Lavender Essential Oil that are responsible for the classic Lavender aroma. 

Linalool is a monoterpene alcohol that is found in many herbs, including Lavender. It has been found to contain beneficial calming and soothing properties as well as a unique aroma that can be described as fresh, floral, and woodsy. Linalyl Acetate is a phytochemical that is found in many flowering plants such as Lavender. It is the acetate ester of linalool, which means that the two often occur together. Linalyl Acetate has a sweet, herbal, and floral scent. The balance of 40% Linalool and 42% Linalyl Acetate results in a consistent, distinctive fresh floral aroma that is instantly recognizable as lavender.

Isolating these compounds and adding them to different Lavender Oils also allows Lavender 40/42 Essential Oil to be more cost-effective. The prices of different Lavender oils can vary from year to year depending on the harvest in the significant cultivation areas. The ability to augment different oils to reach the correct ratio, means Lavender Essential Oils with different chemical compounds can be used and the 40/42 balance can still be achieved. This allows for the production of a Lavender Essential Oil whose cost is less affected by a fluctuating market. 

Here are a few recipes that benefit from the aromatic consistency of Lavender 40/42 Essential Oil…

Frolic in the Field Roll-On Perfume


  • 10 ml Amber Glass Roll-On Bottle
  • ⅓ oz of Fractionated Coconut oil
  • 12 drops of Lavender 40/42 Essential Oil
  • 8 drops of Litsea Cubeba Essential Oil


Add the essential oils to the bottle. Fill the rest of the bottle to the top with fractionated coconut oil. Replace the rollerball and cap, and gently shake and roll across your skin. 

Farm Fresh Melt and Pour Soap


  • 1 lb Goat Milk Melt and Pour Soap Base
  • 5 ml of Lavender 40/42 Essential Oil
  • 50 drops of Rosemary Essential Oil
  • 40 drops of Lemon Essential Oil


  • Heat Safe Bowl
  • Pot or Double Boiler
  • Spoon or Rubber Spatula
  • Heat Safe Soap Molds
  • 99% isopropyl alcohol in a misting spray bottle


Chop the soap base into smaller pieces and add to a heat-safe bowl. Place the bowl on top of a pot with a few inches of water in it. Bring the water to a bowl and gently melt the soap, stirring occasionally. Remove the soap from heat and add essential oils and thoroughly stir everything together. Pour into the molds and mist the top with 99% isopropyl alcohol to dissipate any air bubbles. Allow to cool and harden at room temperature for at least two hours. Remove the soap from molds and wrap tightly for storage.

Herbal Power Natural Deodorant 


  • 4 oz Glass Jar
  • 6 tablespoons of Shea Butter
  • 3 tablespoons of Baking Soda
  • 5 tablespoons of Arrowroot Powder
  • 25 drops of Lavender 40/42 Essential Oil
  • 15 drops of Sage Essential Oil
  • 10 drops of Tea Tree Essential Oil


Add baking soda, arrowroot powder, and shea butter to a large bowl. Work the shea butter into the powders with your hands until the mixture reaches a crumbly, dough-like texture. Whip the mixture together using a hand mixer until smooth. It may seem too dry at first but it will come together after a minute or so. Transfer the mixture to a clean jar and store it at room temperature. To use, scoop out a pea-sized amount of deodorant and rub it into the armpit until it’s absorbed.

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