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So You Hate Lavender… Now What?

Lavender, one of the most popular essential oils out there, is universally loved, right? Well, not exactly. There are some out there who hate Lavender. We hear you! Maybe you don’t like the smell, or maybe you find it not so relaxing. No matter what it is about Lavender that doesn’t work for you, we’ve rounded up the best alternatives available. That way you can still enjoy all the benefits essential oils have to offer, sans Lavender.

Floral Aroma

Lavender field

One of the first things anyone notices about Lavender is its incredibly sweet, floral, herbal scent. It’s useful in blends, not only for its floral quality but also for being a great top to middle note that can really help bring a blend together. If you’re looking to add something fresh and floral, there are a few other options you can use. Clary Sage, with its earthy, fruity and floral aroma that is both nutty and herbaceous, is an excellent alternative. Or you can use Geranium Bourbon for its green, rose-floral, herbaceous scent.

And for those of you who only mildly dislike Lavender, you can always try Lavender Fine for Lavandin for a slightly different take on a classic.

Don’t forget to check out our Fragrance Wheel! It’s a great resource any time you’re looking for a substitute with a similar fragrance.

Relaxation and Sleep

Woman just waking up

Besides its distinctive aroma, Lavender is famous for it’s calming, soothing and relaxing properties. It’s in everything from bath bombs to linen sachets to just about every relaxing or sleep blend you can find. Which is unfortunate for those who hate Lavender. But the reason it is especially calming is because of its high Linalool and Linalyl Acetate content. Other essential oils that are high in both these chemical constituents are Clary Sage and Petitgrain. Although Petitgrain has a more uplifting quality, it’s still a great option as it helps calm the mind and balance the emotions. Here are some more fantastic, relaxing oils you can use when you need to unwind or are looking for a peaceful night’s sleep.

If you’re looking for a great sleep blend without Lavender, then Sweet Slumber is the blend for you!

To learn more about the chemical constituents in your favorite oils and find easy substitutions, check out our Constituent Chart and Substitution Chart.

Soothing the Skin

woman using face cream on her face

Finally, Lavender is the go-to choice when it comes to skincare. It helps smooth wrinkles and reduce the appearance of scars. It’s also great for soothing irritation, sunburn, and minor cooking burns. Now, if it’s the smell you’re not a fan of, it’s understandable why you wouldn’t want to use it on your face. Luckily, there are plenty of other options to help with these issues.

If you’re looking to help with wrinkles and scars, resinous oils like Myrrh, Frankincense Frereana, and Elemi are all fantastic options. Helichrysum Italicum is also prized for its ability to help rejuvenate and smooth skin. And lastly, there’s Carrot Seed. Although it has a distinct aroma of its own, its a must-have for your skincare routine.

When it comes to burns, Lavender is unrivaled. So it might be worth it to use it anyways, even if you do hate Lavender. But if you still need an alternative, you can always use Helichrysum and Frankincense to help soothe your skin.

To join a fantastic community of essential oil lovers, be sure to check out our Safe Essential Oil Recipes (SEOR) Facebook Group.


35 thoughts on “So You Hate Lavender… Now What?”

  • I love Lavender so much, but when my son is around I cannot wear or diffuse it because he is allergic. 🙁 So, for that, I thank you for the substitutions.

  • Thank you for this post. I dislike lavender, but it’s one of the most useful oils. Great to have some substituions.

  • I hate lavender and pretty much all essential oil scents. I find them to be way too strong and very off putting. It’s like when someone walks into a room where they put on too much “granny perfume”. It just bothers you, rather than makes you want to be around them.

  • Lavender makes me agitated, I despise the smell… nothing relaxing there. And they put it in everything, so grrrr. It smells like chemicals to me. I like warm amber smells and also rosemary and balsam fir, and blood orange is a great smell. Lavender and geranium can give me headaches and I feel sick with those smells.

  • I use healing balm for my burns. It works great and no lavender needed. I would love to see another article done for those who hate sage and jasmine.

  • Great information. I use lavender for its amazing benefits but not so much the scent. Excited to try out these swaps

  • I always use lavender oil on my burns. I’ll have to start using it on my face for a boost to my skincare too!

  • I go through phases of liking and not being able to stand the smell. I have noticed that I don’t have this aversion to the plant therapy EO thus far. Whoo!

  • Wow – lavender does not help me sleep – so this is great. In addition it would be fantastic to have a few recipes for sleep diffusing that do not include lavender. Thanks

  • I don’t hate lavender, I’m just highly allergic. Even in as a mild blend, my asthma flares up in minutes. It’s frustrating because 99% of calming and sleep blends contain it. Plant therapy, please offer the same blends with something other than lavender.

  • Lavender has always been a scent I avoided because it resulted in an instant migraine. PT’s lavender EO does not give me a migraine but I still do not love the smell. I can handle it in most blends but I’m still trying to develop a love for it because of all it’s amazing benefits. Thank you for sharing alternatives for us reluctant lavender users. 🙂

  • Thank you for the list of alternatives. Bergamot is my favorite go to for relaxing and uplifting. Lavender fine is on my wishlist. Looking forward to trying it.

  • I’ve come to tolerate lavendar more as I’ve gotten older, but I still love the recommendations for alternatives. Sandalwood and Frankincense tend to be favorites.

  • I’m personally not a big fan of the scent of Lavender by itself, but it does give some of my diffuser blends a wonderful aroma. My favorite bedtime blend is lavender, clary sage, and peru balsam in equal amounts. I have also used it on minor burns, and so far it has prevented scarring on my skin.

  • I started out hating Lavender! I bought it to make gifts for someone that loved it. I had to laugh a few months later when it was the very first oil in my collection, that I finished. It’s funny how much our sense of smell changes and develops.

  • The only thing I will use lavender in, is pain blends, the pain relieving benefits are great, however, it keeps me awake, and isn’t a scent I enjoy, so, I will only use it for daytime use, and when I can mask the scent with other oils. And, I see a theme, but, Clary Sage, and Geranium (all of them) also are on my list of least favorite oils. However, Ho Wood, Petitgrain, Neroli, on the list of favorites…
    I am so grateful that there are so many choices for those of us who are not fans.

  • (I will try this again….my inital connection got closed). I was not a fan of lavender for a long time but now have also gotten to appreciate its calming aroma and helpfulness in so many ways. You mention Ho Wood as a comparable substitute. I use it in my diffuser at night and it is so relaxing. I have been using carrot seed oil for a long time in a facial mix. I add in clary sage, elemi, sea fennel and frankincense mixed into avocado oil. It not only smells good but my facial skin loves it.

  • Thank you for this! I’ve never been a fan of lavender; I get awful headaches if I’m around it very long. I’m going to print out and save the charts for future reference. You guys are so helpful!

  • I love lavender! I even got my husband interested in EOs. He has a hard time relaxing and sleeping so I blended lavender, ylang ylang and vetiver and it works really well for him.

  • I love the fragrance wheel! Thank you so much, i printed it out and saved it to my desktop for easy reference. perfect!

  • Hi! Burned myself on the stove a little bit ago (minor). Tore a small piece off my aloe plant, squirted lots on the area and added a few drops of Frank…instant relief! Question: I have Lavandin not Lavender…and read that the former does NOT help with burns. Is this true?

    1. You are correct, Lavandin is not the best choice to help with burns. Also, we do recommend diluting your Frankincense in carrier oil or in our Aloe Jelly as fresh Aloe won’t properly emulsify essential oils.

  • I didn’t like the smell of lavender at first and also it didn’t seem to help me relax. I like it nowadays as I have gotten “accustomed ” to it and now I can actually appreciate it. Also I enjoy blending organic passionflowers with oranically grown lavender buds to create a calming and relaxing herbal tea that I drink before bed sometimes.This is another way that I benefit from this remarkable herb. It works for me. ^^

  • Thank you! I think I’m allergic to lavender (I seem to get itchy eyes when it’s around) so it’s great to see a list of the alternatives.

  • Thank you for this! I am not a lover of lavender, but I love the benefits. It’s very helpful to have these alternatives with similar benefits!

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