How bad is lavender, really?
I know that this has come up in here before, because there's a broken link to it in an article from 2011 (linked below), but since I can't read that anymore, I thought I'd ask.
I know that Paula Begoun/Paula's Choice/Beautypedia basically thinks that lavender is the devil. Of course a main selling point of their products is no fragrance, ever, but they seem to have a bigger problem with lavender than most other scents.
Then there's this article that claims to debunk that perspective, but it's also written by someone with an agenda, as an advocate for aromatherapy and essential oils.
As a researcher myself, ideally I would read all the literature personally and come to my own conclusions, but I have plenty of (totally unrelated) research do, so that's probably not the best use of my time. I'm curious as to where The Beauty Brains (and others) stand on the benefits and risks of lavender in skin care products. It seems to be an extremely common fragrance ingredient. I wonder if because people associate the scent with relaxation, they think that the oil must be gentle? How much damage is likely to be done to skin? Does it have any actually useful purpose?
(ETA: I messed up the formatting of this somehow and ended up deleting the last part. I added it back in. Hopefully it still makes sense.)