Friday, July 31, 2015

Lavender essential oils comparison and review

I received these items in exchange for an honest review. Blurb sources

Lavender has been one of my favorite scents since I was a kid and now that I think about it that might be because it's one of the few fragrances which always reaches my nose. Having little sense of smell is a unique experience I can tell you. Anyway, my mom always grew lavender and I remember very well harvesting and drying some as a teenager (I still have it somewhere!) 

Gopure Naturals provided me with a sample of their oil to review and then I got the chance to review a bottle of lavender oil from Radha Beauty and one from Sun Essential Oils so I felt this would be a good opportunity to review each one and compare them.

Sun Essential Oils French Lavender

French Lavender in a 2oz glass essential oil bottle. Comes with pipette for your convenience. Features & details
GET BETTER RESULTS WITH SUN ESSENTIAL OILS - With what we believe to be superior sourced and harvested ingredients, we think you will agree that our oils are by far the most effective on the market - a wonderful smell that can't be beat!
SUN PROVIDES THE BEST ESSENTIAL OILS - Yes, it's a matter of opinion, but we believe our oils to be the best and will provide anyone who doesn't feel the same way with an 100% pure, unconditional manufacturer refund, anytime. We think you will feel that you have never smelled an oil this wonderful...and that after you have smelled this oil other brands may have a distinct alcohol or chemical smell with a 'dry' scent and noticeable lack of depth.
LOVE THE SMELL AND FEEL GREAT - Fatigue and irritability are often a result of many factors that are difficult to pinpoint.  Clear your mind and relax with the wonderful smell of French Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)

When I first got this oil I was impressed because I could smell the oil through the envelope so I assumed the oil was just very potent. Wrong. It turns out the bottle was coated with oil on the outside. This oil did not come with a dropper (nor the pipette it claims to come with) at all so that was less than impressive for my first impression with this brand.

This scent is that which I typically associate with lavender- it is the French variety. I do believe this is the most potent of the oils I tried. At only 2 ounces it is also the smallest bottle. 

The label itself is rather amateur. It does state it is not for internal use, it lists the ingredient as drench lavender oil, gives the distributed information and suggested use. It does not give contact information, county of origin, whether it is pure or organic, whether it is tested on animals or not, and so on.

$9.99 on sale at Amazon

GoPure 100% Pure Lavender Essential Oil


LARGE 4 OUNCE BOTTLE and PREMIUM QUALITY GLASS DROPPER inside each bottle for ease-of-use - 100% GUARANTEE - Purchase with complete peace of mind, we are confident that our oils are by far the highest quality and most effective on the market.

  • PREMIUM QUALITY BULGARIAN LAVENDER OIL - 100% Pure Essential Oil - Gentle and More Effective Natural Lavender Essential Oil. No Toxins, No Additives, Unfiltered and Undiluted with no Fillers. Therapeutic Grade. Packaged in the USA
  • LAVENDER OIL BENEFITS: Pure Lavender Oil is known to improve mood, helps against insomnia and calms the mind, neutralizes stress and anxiety, relaxes. It strengthens and refreshes. Lavender oil also helpful is soothing the mind and body via aromatherapy. Great for DIY Skin care and should be diluted with a carrier oil such as Sweet Almond Oil, Fractionated Coconut Oil or Rosehip Oil.
  • LARGE 4 OUNCE BOTTLE and PREMIUM QUALITY GLASS DROPPER inside each bottle for ease-of-use - 100% GUARANTEE - Purchase with complete peace of mind, we are confident that our oils are by far the highest quality and most effective on the market.

This oil comes from Bulgaria so unlike French lavender it has a more bitter odor. I didn't care for the scent quite as much at first but I've found that I've gotten used to it so now it just smells like regular lavender to me. This oil is very potent. I've been keeping it next to my bed at night and I don't even have to open the bottle to smell it, it's that strong. It has a nice aroma and the product label has all of the information you really need. At 4 ounces, this bottle is a good size and should last quite a long time.

$16.95 on Amazon

Radha Beauty Lavender Oil

  • ONLY ONE INGREDIENT - 100% Pure Lavender Oil - No Fillers. The Highest Quality of Bulgarian Lavender Essential Oils Found Anywhere. 4 OUNCE BOTTLE - more value for your money!
  • HIGH QUALITY DROPPER & GUIDE - Comes with a QUALITY DROPPER for Your Convenience when dispensing and a FREE GUIDE of uses & benefits.
  • AROMATHERAPY & HEALING PROPERTIES - Radha Lavender oil is great for aromatherapy and relaxation. Great for headaches and promotes a sense of happiness.
  • MOST VERSATILE ESSENTIAL OIL - It can also be used for massage oils, bath salts and body wash.
  • WORKS OR YOUR MONEY BACK - Our Guarantee: We back our products up with a LIFETIME hassle-free money back guarantee, no matter where you buy our product. There is absolutely no risk to you when you order now! If you are not completely satisfied, simply contact us and we will give you a full refund, no questions asked (you do not even have to return the bottle). Our #1 priority is to make sure our customers are completely happy.
This oil comes with a 100% satisfaction guarantee and unlike my other oils this one claims to only have a shelf life of six months unfortunately. This one is also Bulgarian lavender so it has the more bitter scent than French lavender. I'm still learning about essential oils and the different processes and whatnot. This one is steam distilled which I guess explains the shelf life and weaker potency. The four ounce bottle is a nice size but since this isn't as potent as other oils I'm afraid it wouldn't stretch quite as far.

This oil does come with a free pdf file which is full of useful information. It gives details about the many uses of lavender oil, some of which I was not aware of. This is a really nice extra feature I wish other companies would offer.

$16.89 on Amazon

Although it is the most expensive I feel the GoPure oil offers the best bang for the buck. It might not be quite as strong as the Sun Essentials oil but it's close and you get twice as much for less than it would cost to get two bottles of the Sun Essentials oil.

I also want to mention none of these seemed to trigger a migraine at all so I don't know if lavender isn't a trigger for me or if I just got lucky.

These oils are obviously effective because I typed this post up on my phone to be edited and completed on the computer later and the end result of me smelling all of that lavender was me wanting to sleep :P

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