This is our premium Treehouse Oil of Spike Lavender from the lavender farms in Southern France – pure Oil of Spike Lavender – no added chemicals, no synthetics – an authentic natural product! It is listed by the FDA as (GRAS) “Generally Recognized as Safe”, and has a long history of use in painting. It generally used a drop or two at a time. Sometimes we are asked if Oil of Spike Lavender is a paint thinner or an oil painting medium. It depends on how it is used. We have a separate article covering this question. Also, here is an article on What Makes a Great Artist Thinner? and an 18-page toxocologist report, commissioned by The Art Treehouse.
- Contains no OMS, mineral spirits, turpentine, or synthetic chemicals.
The Art Treehouse Oil of Spike Lavender has been analyzed for Natural Product Authenticity by the University of Georgia Center for Applied Isotope Studies, and they have concluded that it has “no addition or dilution with fossil fuel derived material”. The CAIS is the international gold standard lab for the emerging field of biobased product determination using the ASTM D6866 method for testing.Our Oil of Spike Lavender also meets the International Organization for Standardization ISO 4719 standard which defines representative and characteristic components for Lavandula Latifolia. A complete GC-MS (Gas Chromatography – Mass Spectrometry) showing all the natural plant oil components of our Oil of Spike Lavender is included with each order.
- Works great with Canada Balsam and other resins
- Increases the flow of the brush
- A true Biobased Art material – sustainable and renewable
- Excellent for glazing and fine detail work
Oil of Spike Lavender was used by Leonardo as well as the Netherlands painters, Dürer and Rubens used it to enrich colors. Pacheco, in his Arte de la Pintura published at Seville in 1649, advised artists to moisten just the tip of the brush in lavender oil. Sometimes the artist would fully dip the brush hairs in the Spike Oil so that the brush strokes would be smoother. Oil of Spike Lavender was the medium of choice from the fourteenth century on. It has an appealing uplifting scent, and only a small amount is needed – a drop or two at a time. This 100% pure Oil of Spike Lavender is harvested directly from the lavandula latifolia flowering plant – one of the 47 species of the genus lavender in the mint family lamiaceae.
- Works with the paint to increase adhesion
- Extends uniform pigment particle dispersion
- Great with all brands of oil paint
- Gives enhanced clarity to the paint
- Has a rich historical tradition of use in painting
Spike Lavender is a natural oil, and that means it varies over time, altitude, temperature, moisture, etc. Sometimes it is darker or lighter in color, has different smells, etc. There are actually many variations around the world. The same is true of walnut oil, linseed-flax oil, poppy oil, and safflower oil – not to mention all the resins used in art. Petroleum-based naptha is a product of refined chemistry and only varies when a new refined product is introduced. Not so with oils from plants. As with all materials that evaporate into the air, Oil of Spike Lavender should be used with adequate ventilation, even though OSHA does not set a limit for it. Authentic Oil of Spike Lavender varies according to the season because it is a 100% natural oil.