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© 1992 Society of Cosmetic Chemists
Journal of the Society of Cosmetic Chemists, Vol. 43, No. 1, 49-54


Percutaneous absorption of lavender oil from a massage oil
W. Jäger , G. Buchbauer , L. Jirovetz , M. Fritzer

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In the present study, the percutaneous absorption of the essential oil of lavender from a massage oil was investigated. It was shown that lavender oil penetrates the skin of a male subject. Within five minutes of finishing, the massage traces of linalool (1) and linalyl acetate (2) as the main constituents of lavender oil could be detected in the blood. After 20 minutes, 100 ng\/ml for 2 and 121 ng\/ml for 1 showed up as the maximum concentration. Within 90 minutes, most of the lavender oil was eliminated. The sedative and relaxing effect of lavender oil after a massage may be based on two different ways of incorporation: the inhalation of fragrant molecules and the penetration through the skin.

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© 1992 Society of Cosmetic Chemists
Journal of the Society of Cosmetic Chemists