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The striking purple blooms of the lavender plant can be distilled to produce an essential oil with a distinctive fragrance. However, lavender has many beneficial qualities in addition to its aroma. Lavender essential oil is found in many skin care products due to its soothing, healing and antiseptic qualities. 

Cleansers for the face and body that contain botanical ingredients may include lavender on their lists of active ingredients. The antiseptic and antibacterial properties of lavender can help purify the skin while minimising irritation. 

Moisturisers containing lavender can soothe skin that has become irritated and inflamed. Lavender's anti-inflammatory action makes it a particularly useful ingredient for skin care products that target breakouts, eczema, psoriasis, and rosacea.