Lavandin cultivation developed in Provence from the 1930's. As this variety could grow at lower altitudes than true lavender, its cultivation increased considerably in the second half of the century. Lavandin yields a much higher amount of essential oil than true lavender. However, the essential oil is less "fine" and more camphorous. Several varieties have been chosen for different industrial uses: grosso, abrial, super.
Lavandin essential oil, obtained by distillation of the flowers, is rich in linalyl acetate. It is therefore endowed with soothing and sedative properties. It also has softening, refreshing, toning and antiseptic qualities. In perfumery, it is used for its penetrating, sweet and camphorous scent.