I am one of lavender’s biggest fans. A fanatic, quite possibly. I could be the president of The Official Lavender Fan Club, if ever a club existed. Now, with that said, I cannot continue to talk about the wonders of all things lavender without mentioning the fact that there are both good and bad lavender scents out there. I have run into lavender candles, soap, lotion, you name it, that is combined with other scents or is so offensively artificial that they fall under the “bad lavender” category. I like anything that smells and tastes like REAL lavender. That is the requirement.
Clearly, I’m a passionate lover of this plant, and I could prattle on about it, but I’ll spare you. Keep reading to see how I get my lavender fix every day.
My Favorite Lavender Products
Burt’s Bees Candle
I mentioned these candles in a blog post already (because they are just that fabulous): My Current Top Five. This lavender scent in particular, is the best I’ve ever found in candle form thus far. And let me tell you, I sniff a lot of candles!
Trader Joe’s Dryer Sachets
I haven’t used dryer sheets in a long time. In fact, all I use is those spiky little dryer balls, and nothing else. I get headaches from fragrance very easily, so I prefer to use products that are unscented. I saw these at Trader Joe’s, and I couldn’t resist giving them a try. One you use a sachet around 10 times, the directions say to sprinkle the contents onto your run and vacuum them up! Now I have clothes and a carpet that smell delightful. ;) The lavender scent does not linger, which is a positive and is important to me, but might be disappointing to some.
The Lavender Cookbook by Sharon Shipley
This cookbook was a total surprise for me. I ordered it used off of Amazon because I was curious, and it was really cheap… and it’s now one of my very favorite cookbooks! It has a huge range of recipes, from chicken dishes, vegetable sides, and desserts, of course. So far, every recipe I’ve followed has been a winner! I’m planning to do a more in-depth review of this cookbook in the future, so check back if you’d like some more information. Meanwhile, just know that I adore this cookbook, so if you see it, buy it.
Trader Joe’s Lavender Salt Scrub
This scrub is fantastic and inexpensive… my favorite qualities. It smells exactly like a lavender plant, without any artificial scent. In fact, it says on the packaging,”this product is so full of natural ingredients, you could eat it” (I cannot imagine that it would taste very good). Normally, I’d recommend you make your own scrub, because it’s more cost effective, but this one is such a great price for the amount (around $6 for 20 oz), that I don’t mind recommending it to those of you who do not want to make it yourselves.
Due to the effective salt granuals, use very gentle pressure when you’re exfoliating so you don’t irritate or scratch your skin! The slightly oily residue will leave you feeling soft and moisturized after your shower or bubble bath. Oh, and speaking of bubble baths…
Dr Teal’s Pure Epsom Salt Foaming Bath in Sooth & Sleep with Lavender
I know that I just recently talked about the Dr Teal’s Foaming Bath product in a blog post (My Bubble Bath Essentials), but I love it so much that I’m going to mention it in this post as well. I have used Dr Teal’s products for many years now,
Andalou Naturals Lavender Thyme Body Lotion
Andalou Naturals is a great body and skin care brand! You can find products at health food stores and online at stores like Vitacost or iHerb at a discounted price. I found this lotion for a song at Grocery Outlet (seriously love that store!). It smells wonderful and moisturizes well… really exactly what I want in a lotion. It isn’t heavy or ultra-moisturizing, but for those of us with normal skin, it is just right. I think it’s a bonus that the packaging comes with a pump for easy application. It’s good to appreciate the little things. To top it off, this is organic, fair trade, gluten free, and cruelty free.
Dry Sparkling Lavender Soda
I tried this beverage a while back on a whim… it was at the start of my lavender love phase… and I’m officially addicted. I’m not much of a pop drinker, but I still enjoy carbonated drinks from time to time, and this one is great because it has simple ingredients and very minimal sugar. It’s a dry soda, but it’s too dry for me. Thanks to the bit of sugar and the lavender flavor, it’s slightly sweet and subtle. I think it pairs well with anything! I found this in a four-pack at Fred Meyer.
Lavender Honey Yogi Tea
This tea is delightful! Honey and lavender certainly pair well together in this cozy, subtle, relaxing cup of tea. In fact, I have to repurchase this tea more than any other kind in our house, because both my husband and I like it, as well as our guests. :) I’m not even a tea drinker (I generally prefer coffee), but I really enjoy this warm beverage. I like to add a bit of honey for sweetness or brew two bags at a time for stronger flavor. I’ve seen this available at several different grocery stores, so give it a try next time you see it!
Have you eaten anything flavored with lavender? What is your favorite unique flavor and/or scent? Please share!