Pyrex Journal of Biomedical Research (PJBR)

December 2016 Vol. 2(6), pp. 35-40

ISSN: 2985-8852

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Making of Perfumes from Essential Oils Extracted from Lavender Plant Collected from Egerton University, Main Campus Njoro, Kenya

Paul Njenga Waithaka1*, Eliud Mugu Gathuru2, Benson Muriuki Githaiga2 and Jane Mbithe Kwoko2

1School of Biological Sciences, University of Nairobi, P. O. Box, 30197-00100 Nairobi, Kenya.
2Department of Biological Sciences, Egerton University, P. O. Box, 536 Njoro, Kenya.

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Accepted 13th December, 2016


A study was undertaken to extract essential oils from flowers and leaves of the Lavender plant (Lavanda officinalis) using water distillation method. The extracted oils were further mixed with different proportions of methanol, ethanol and formaldehyde to make perfumes. Although there was no significant difference in the amount of essential oils extracted from flowers and leaves of the lavender plant (P=0.08), flowers gave higher yields of essential oils than leaves. In addition, there was no significant difference in the percentage composition of the different compounds in the essential oils extracts from flowers and leaves (P=0.46). Moreover, a mixture of methanol and formaldehyde gave the highest quality of perfumes in the final products compared to when methanol, ethanol or a mixture of ethanol and formaldehyde is used. Lavender plant is a potential source of essential oils for making perfumes. There is a need for testing the essential oils of lavender plant from Egerton University for other uses such as their antimicrobial properties.

Keywords: Quality Control, Quality Assurance, Accuracy, Performance, Clinical Laboratory, Sudan.

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