Chelsea Classical Studio Lavender Spike Oil Essence™, distilled from lavender, is a historically documented alternative to turpentine. It can fully dissolve resins for varnishes, and mix with paints and mediums. It is a safer, natural alternative to turpentine and petroleum mineral spirits, and it has a distinctive lavender scent. The usage of CCS Lavender Spike Oil Essence and Turpentine are nearly identical. Both are oil painting solvents that are used to thin oil paints and mediums, and to make varnishes like damar.