Steam-distilled from the fresh flowers of the Lavandula latifolia plant, Lavender Oil Spike is is native to the western Mediterranean, originally produced in Portugal and Spain. The oil’s aroma is stronger than traditional lavender types, with a pungent and camphoraceous top note that differentiates spike lavender from its more delicate counterparts. The plant’s hardiness and resistance to disease makes it much more durable for farmers, and spike lavender was eventually crossbred with mountain lavender to create the hybrid plant “lavandin abrialis.” In perfumery, lavender oil spike is mainly used for its high linalool content, imparting a floral and herbaceous odor with sweet, somewhat woody undertones. It blends well with other floral or herbal ingredients, including patchouli, rosemary, and geraniol.