Why is pure lavender essential oil so expensive?
The entire process, from harvest to completion, takes approximately three hours, and anywhere from 10-30 lavender plants. Each run of lavender produces a different amount of oil, depending on a multitude of factors, including the lavender variety, weather conditions/yield that season, how tightly the still was packed, etc. A three hour run can produce as little as 60ml or more than 700ml of lavender essential oil. Part of the nuance of lavender farming is taking good notes, doing good research, and paying attention to your crops to determine which lavender to distill and when to distill it. Think of it this way: it takes 50 lbs of plant matter and three hours of distillation time (not including the time to grow and care for the plants), just to produce a bottle or two of oil. That’s a lot of lavender love!