When you hear the word "lavender," you immediately think of the fields full of characteristic purple flowers in Provence or the fresh, floral scent of clean laundry. Lavender is an herbaceous plant native to the Mediterranean regions and belongs to the Lamiaceae family. Very resilient and capable of surviving adverse weather conditions, lavender grows spontaneously and develops into a shrub, usually reaching a maximum height of about half a meter. Its highly fragrant purple flowers appear between June and July and are characterized by a fresh, intense, and persistent fragrance.
Appreciated since ancient times, lavender was used by major civilizations throughout history. The ancient Egyptians used it to prepare balms and ointments for mummification, while the Greeks used it to scent the waters of thermal baths or in preparations for body care. Its use as a cleanser and deodorant gave it its name: "lavender" derives from the Latin term "lavare," meaning "to wash." During the Middle Ages, the plant spread throughout Europe thanks to wandering monks, and herbalists soon discovered that its flowers could be used to obtain a fragrant distillate with beneficial effects.
As a natural antiseptic, lavender possesses soothing and anti-inflammatory properties and boasts antidepressant aromatic qualities. Its scent has a calming and relaxing effect on the nervous system. The distillation process yields lavender essential oil, used in perfumery, known for its intense and persistent yet delicate and floral notes. Its aroma evokes feelings of freshness and cleanliness, particularly suitable for both masculine and feminine fragrances, especially in the summer.
An Aquaflor composition with lavender notes that is particularly suitable for the summer season is Oltremare cologne, an aquatic-fougère fragrance characterized by a sparkling aquatic accord and delicate floral hints. The freshness of citrus meets the unexpected boldness of white pepper in a revitalizing opening, while the marine and aromatic notes of the heart accompany us to the depths of the ocean, where sensual woods and mineral grey amber invigorate the body and mind. Oltremare is an immersion in freedom!