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Lavandula aka Lavender

*I’m taking a break from writing about Seattle Sights as I’ve received the package I’ve been waiting for from Bainbridge Island in Washington DC.

The Pacific Northwest is home to various florae. The lush vegetation begins the moment we exited the airport. I’m not a horticulturist nor a gardener so my knowledge of plants and trees are extremely limited. What I can say is that both sides of the highway leading to and from the airport were like mini-jungles with green and yellow foliage and creepers that seemed ready to snatch the cars passing by.

At the Pike’s Market, tulip stalls abound. The red and pink colored bulbs stood tall in their buckets. One stall that caught my eye was a lavender stall. There were no flowers but the stall was filled with lavender-based skin care products. I’ve been slowly weaning myself from a lot of the big-named commercial skin care so I’m always on the lookout for natural, less-chemically laden products. Note the adverb “slowly” as not all products claiming to be natural or organic were created equal.

Lavender is abundant in the Pacific Northwest and used in flower arrangement, skin care products, and cooking (never tried it). There are various festivals in July solely devoted to lavender. One of them is the San Juan Island Lavender Festival happening in July 15 and 16 this year.

According to trusty wikipedia, lavender is commercially cultivated primarily for its essential oils. The oils have antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and mosquito repellent properties.

I bought two small tubs of lotion since V and I both suffered from dry skin from the moment we arrived. My hotel-swiped lotion was no match for the low humidity of Seattle. Tip: Stock up on your favorite oils or lotions before visiting this part of the US and avoid cracked lips and itchy scaly skin.

In my little jaunt to Bainbridge Island (details in the next post), the bus driver recommended this little lavender shop along the main street. Pop in, I did after seeing people coming out with their little shopping paper bags. Late Mother’s Day present,  I guessed.

Pelindaba Lavender is a little gift shop. I only wanted one or two items but as always, it turned to a few more. The lady behind the counter was happy to answer my questions and informed me that I could have my products shipped to Boston. I tried placing her lilt and initially asked if she were from New Zealand, though the minute I asked, I knew I was wrong. She laughed and said it was Irish though the accent had been diluted over time.

Today, my box of lavender goodies arrived.


Me: (upon opening the box) Ooooh, bubble wraps. Oooh, small zip lock bags. Hmmm…nice packaging.

(Anyone who’s ever moved would know how important bubble wraps are. Anyone who’s ever traveled would know how important zip lock bag are. Canada-security are very generous in giving away free zip lock bags at the airport. I tend to get at least 4 since my plastic gets punctured and ripped after a few travels.)

I haven’t tried them yet but I have uncapped and smelled them. As they all contain lavender essential oils, the lavender scent is strong but not too overpowering.

Will update once I’ve used them.

Disclaimer: No, I’m not being sponsored.




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