Leighvander Lavender Essential Oil
Leighvander oil is distilled by the steam distillation method. It is harvested annually and distilled usually late January or by mid February. We use vintage machinery.
We produce Lavender intermedia grosso, which is the main lavender essential oil used world wide. We also produce from Lavender angustifolia Graceleigh, which is one of our own cultivars developed at Leighvander. It produces a soft herbacous oil with floral/herb notes. We also produce a lovely blend of mixed angustifolias from the fields, called Leighvander Essential oil blend.
Due to the climate conditions of Marlborough we produce very good clean quality oils and have won numerous oil awards. We sell in 10-100 amounts of by arrangement in larger quantity.
The original idea has evolved as time has gone by and Elsie has become passionate about this magical herb, which is widely thought of as 'the most quintessential cottage plant'.
Angustifolia varieties are Elsie's favourite and have bought about the breeding of new varieties. Lavendula angustifolia Thumbelina Leigh is a charming miniature lavender.
The intensely compact flower heads are very similar to Grape Hyacinth. The altitude and hot dry summers provide ideal conditions for the research of plants. Essential oil trails from Thumbelina Leigh have been absolutely stunning though this is not the direction of this species.
It's habit is neat and compact with mid green fine fragrant foliage. Flowers are intensely bright and beautiful with very compact thumb to ball shape heads. After the first flowering usually December the plant should be cut back by half and shaped to the desired form and a second flowering will occur.
This fabulous species is proving to be a world favorite, mainly due to its intense color, compact growth and early summer flowering.
It is available worldwide in leading garden centers and here at Leighvander Cottage, we fright New Zealand wide. Please contact for details.