Cultivating lavender inspires well-being every day.
Nathalie Nasseri, General Manager
Since its foundation, the Bleu Lavande product portfolio reflects our desire of wellness, purity and authenticity. Bleu Lavande is continually seeking to transpose the beauty and the soothing properties of lavender through its exclusive range of products for the body and home.
Our product development team uses natural ingredients and develops products in the respect of the environment and your well-being. Our products are manufactured in Canada, are paraben free, petroleum product and artificial fragrance free and are not tested on animals.
Prior to 1999 - the research stage Several trips to growers in France, Australia and New Zealand, to gather information about what might be needed to grow lavender in Quebec.
1999: The land on Applegrove Hill in Fitch Bay is prepared - logging, ploughing, harrowing and soil amendment. Construction of the distillery.
2001: Sowing the first 60,000 lavender plants.
2002: 80% of the plants do not survive the winter due to the extreme cold and very little snowfall. 15,000 plants need to be replaced. We learn our lesson. Every winter thereafter, the plants are covered with straw to protect them.
July 2004: Bleu Lavande opens its doors to the general public. Some 30,000 visitors enjoy the very first fields of lavender.
2010: The fields are enlarged to accommodate 100,000 lavender plants.
2012: Bleu Lavande changes ownership and is now in the hands of a group of investors who love lavender and the Eastern Townships!
2013: The administrative offices move to Magog in order to be closer to the workforce. In the meantime, the lavender farm in Fitch Bay continues to welcome visitors during the summer months.
2017: Cultivation techniques continue to improve. Straw is replaced with isothermal canvas to better protect the plants during the winter. Unfortunately, it becomes increasingly difficult to attract employees to work at the lavender farm in Fitch Bay.
2019: A momentous decision! The lavender farm will move to Magog to be closer to the labour force and to attract more visitors. In Magog, the Bleu Lavande team will also be able to work together, Instead of being split between two locations.
Summer 2020: Final season for the Fitch Bay farm. In spite of the restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 virus, 90,000 visitors show up! At the same time, construction begins on the lavender farm at its new location in Magog.
Spring 2021: Opening of the new Bleu Lavande in Magog with its many attractions for tourists.
Our passion for lavender
Once you discover the many benefits of lavender essential oil, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it. A precious potion that offers a soothing sensation to the body, mind and soul, it is a must in any wellness ritual…
True lavender essential oil is the most popular essential oil in aromatherapy essential oil rankings. It is used topically or through inhalation.
Our passion for lavender
Historically, it is also known to have antibacterial properties and was widely used and loved for its powerful and seductive fragrance.
The word lavender is believed to stem from Latin LAVARE which means TO WASH. Romans used lavender to scent their baths, beds, clothes and even hair as it was said to deter bugs, lice and bed bugs. They also discovered its medicinal properties.
Our lavender essential oil is 100% Lavandula Angustifolia (true lavender) as indicated on our label ingredient list. Lavandula Angustifolia is the top quality lavender which can qualify for ISO 3515 certification and carries the most well-being benefits through its purity. Other hybrid lavender oils are very common in the market and available at a much cheaper price.
European countries producing lavender have a specific norm for guaranteeing its quality: ISO 3515. ISO stems from International Standards Organization. It has very strict requirements and references to ensure that 100 % of the oil is pure and has not been adulterated. Our oil is tested by an external laboratory to guaranty its grade.
The yield of Lavender oil is about 0.5%, which means that 200 kg of lavender flowers are needed to produce 1 kg of essential oil. There is over 2 times the amount of lavender oil sold worldwide than what the world crop has to offer. Many essential oil companies will blend their oils with natural chemicals to reduce cost to meet specific commercial grade lavender specifications. Since many countries do not have legislation on the declaration, they communicate their oils to be pure and natural which is not the case.