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Distilled from a variety of the lavender plant family, this fragrant oil is a thinning agent with properties similar to turpentine but has a greater tendency to oxidize or gum and does not evaporate as readily.
Characterized by Holbein as a “dissolving oil,” this painting oil can be used with any professional oil colors.
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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
from San Francisco
Comments about Holbein Spike Lavender Oil:
So far I really like the lavender oil. It is a good medium for oil paints and its non toxic and makes my studio smell good. But it might prove too expensive for me over time. I will see how long it last.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Substitute for English Turp/Sansodor
from Los Angeles
I bought this because I want to use tried and true materials for my mediums. English turpentine as a solvent smells and gave me a headache. Though pricey, this product smells too - very strong, I still need good ventilation. HOwever, the studio smells great afterwards, and I don't need to use turp or Turpenoid for my glazes or mediums anymore. I also don't need a lot of it. The mediums are very satisfactory.If you're doing very drippy loose paint work this is going to get expensive.
A fantastic alternative to turpentine
from Melbourne, Australia
Spike lavender oil is an excellent alternative to solvents.I was looking for a product to use in place of turpentine and after some research discovered Spike Lavender Oil. This is the first time I've used this product and I'm really pleased with it. It mixes with the paint in a similar way to turps, makes cleaning brushes easy, and smells amazing. It's great to be able to paint in my living room without filling the space with toxic fumes from solvents. My only concern is that with the quantities I use it (for washes and thinning paint), I'll finish the bottle too quickly and need to buy more. It is much more expensive than other solvents (although this is a very competitive price).
(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
from Comox, BC, Canada
I use the lavender oil to thin paint and clean brushes. This is what artists used traditionally before the invention of toxic thinners and it works amazingly well. The bonus is that it is not toxic and your studio will smell great. Beats thinners any day.
(5 of 13 customers found this review helpful)
I'm testing this alternative to linseed
from Wauconda IL
I learned of Holbein Spike Lavender oil in an Art discussion group on line. Used as a medium an alternative to OMS to maintain color brightness without fumes. It does smell wonderful like a perfume as it's made from the plants. There is warnings on the label however warning of an eye irritant and other issues of toxicology should you ingest; call the poison clinic.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
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