Santa Ynez Lavender Co. story


Santa Ynez Lavender Company (SYL) was founded in 1998 by Kim Brown and family. Based in Santa Barbara County, Calif., SYL grows and distills lavender (grosso) on our certified* organic farm in the heart of the Santa Ynez Valley and manufactures a line of natural personal care products and certified essential oil. Selecting high-grade, natural ingredients that are gentle, effective and free from animal testing, SYL offers health and beauty products with unique and genuinely therapeutic properties to soothe the skin and heal the mind.


I've always had a love for nature and growing flowers. Some of my fondest memories are gardening with my mother. I suppose it's in my blood going back generations of farming in Illinois.

In the mid-1990s, I was working as a geologist in metropolitan L.A., cleaning up contaminated soil and groundwater, while starting my own family. Searching for an idealic home led us to the Santa Ynez Valley and this ranchette in the midst of vineyards and glorious open space. Innately I knew… where better to raise my family than on a farm? An old-fashioned, nature-based lifestyle contrasted against my professional world of hazardous waste; albeit cleaning up and restoring the environment.

Concurrently, work took me to Napa where I took note of interspersed lavender fields. This sparked an idea… I'm now living in a burgeoning wine region with a bit of land to realize my childhood dream of flower farming. There wasn't any lavender growing in our area, so it was an experiment to see if the climate was conducive. We started back in 1998 as the first organic lavender farm in Santa Barbara County with a small crop of 1,500 plants and embarked on this journey to promote a "lavender and wine-country lifestyle" along the California Central Coast. For the past 15 years, we've worked within our community to develop lavender farming knowledge, and managed the installation of new crops, a part of what now encompasses approximately 30 acres of world-class estate-grown lavender located in Santa Barbara, Santa Ynez and San Luis Obispo. I was so excited to be a pioneer in the development of an American lavender industry.

As the first harvest neared, our thoughts turned toward how to best utilize this distinctive perennial crop. Along with fresh bouquets, we hand-prepared dried bunches, sachets and potpourri. In order to extract the essential oil from the lavender, we purchased a still. Soon we were distilling our own 100% pure organic oil. Subsequently, we were inspired to add it to perfumes, lotions, soaps and bath salts. Our focus turned to developing wholesome, authentic products using innovative, natural ingredients as a logical added way to deliver our lavender oil's inherent therapeutic qualities.

Lavender oil is long-known to cure what ails the entire family; young, old and everyone in-between. It is an aromatic herbal plant with natural medicinal properties. From baby baths to stress relief, essential oil of lavender is remarkably versatile. It stimulates and supplements the body's healing forces, is antimicrobial and antiseptic. Among myriad uses, pure oil can be simply applied topically as a remedy for itch or pain, blemishes, inflammation, headaches, as an insect repellant, and even to brighten dull hair as well as keeping skin looking young and fresh.

The journey for Santa Ynez Lavender and the Browns has been marked with satisfaction of life dreams. Memories of barbecues with family and friends at the forefront and annual harvests of purple and green serving as a colorful backdrop with community and involvement interwoven. After experiencing the loss of a close family friend to breast cancer, my daughter decided to help raise local awareness. Starting in 2008, as a student at Santa Ynez High School, Alexandra began donating October proceeds to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Her goal is to help contribute toward research for a cure and promote educating women about the disease.

Throughout our 15 years, we have grown lavender and raised our family on the farm while keeping our standards in harmony with our ideals and core values. Santa Ynez Lavender Company hopes you love our products as much as we enjoy making them.

*certified by California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF)

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