You should find answers to common questions about Lavengel®, its usage, and its storage on this page. For all matters related to shipping and refunds, please visit our Shipping + Returns page.
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The short answer: magic and science juice. The longer answer: Vitamin E TPGS (D-alpha-tocopherol polyethylene glycol succinate), deionized distilled water, lavender oil (Lavandula angustifolia), Vitamin C (Ascorbyl Palmitate), and Zinc (Zinc-L-Aspartate). It has a consistency slightly thicker than honey and is water-soluble.
No, and we are adamant about that. Lavengel® is made out of the highest quality ingredients that we can source to create this incredible nutritional gel.
Make sure the skin is clean and dry before applying (use a mild soap and water to clean, and gently pat to dry). Apply the gel 2 to 3 times per day to the affected skin area - for example, in the morning and before bed.
Remember - and we’ll keep saying this - a little bit goes a long way. All you need is a thin layer for the gel to work.
If you are applying Lavengel® to a dog, keep the pupper distracted for a few minutes so that the gel has a chance to absorb. Once they notice the lack of irritation, they tend to leave it alone. Obviously, if they lick it off, you'll want to reapply it.
If Lavengel is submerged in water or for some time, it will dissolve, so you will need to reapply it (e.g. after a shower, swim, or workout).
First of all, you (and your pupper) should notice a significant reduction in pain or irritation almost immediately upon applying it to the skin (try it on a fresh mosquito bite for noticeable results). Now, how quickly the overall skin disruption will clear up depends on its type, severity, and treatments (if any) used in conjunction with Lavengel®. Speaking from the experience of using the gel on its own, we've seen and received word of results as soon as 1-2 days on cuts, minor rashes, minor burns, hotspots, fluid-filled blisters, etc. With consistent administration, positive improvement (such as decreased redness, swelling, size, level of irritation, etc.) is nearly always noticed within 3-5 days. The more severe cases will require a week or more of consistent application to get the skin back to normal. To be perfectly frank, if you apply Lavengel® faithfully and consistently for ten days and don’t notice any positive improvement whatsoever, send it back for a refund and consult a doctor.
You don't need to bandage the affected area after you've applied the gel, but you can do so. However, if the affected area is within a high-impact area (say, around your fingers, joints, or areas constantly rubbed by clothing), a bandage would be advisable.
Ideally, a tube of Lavengel® should go wherever you (and your pup) go, and a second tube is kept at home in a medicine cabinet or first-aid kit. We do recommend that you store it in a cool, dry place to maintain the viability of the gel. Storing it in the fridge is also OK. We do not recommend storing the product in a hot car, as high temperatures decrease the viscosity and may diminish the viability of the gel over time.
We have used an accelerated aging test (elevated heat exposure) to determine our initial shelf life (2 years) for Lavengel®.
Heat will decrease the viscosity of the gel, and prolonged exposure to hot temperatures may decrease the effectiveness of the product. So, we advise against keeping it in your car during the summer.
Because Lavengel® is water-soluble, it is (unfortunately) not waterproof or sweat-proof. This property helps it to absorb into the skin at a faster rate, but it comes at the cost of resistance to external moisture.
It doesn't typically stain fabrics. If you get some on your clothes, it should come out in the wash because it's water-soluble.
Lavengel® is contract-manufactured for RTD Neutraceuticals, LLC by Applied Laboratories, Inc. in Columbus, Indiana. Applied Laboratories, Inc. is a GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) plant and creates a uniform, unadulterated, and consistent product. They took our initial laboratory procedure and converted it to use commercial-scale equipment.
The short answer: God. The longer answer: They are all sourced from North American vendors and are produced and verified for purity under cGMP (Current Good Manufacturing Practices).
The date of expiration should be imprinted on the end of the tube.
By FDA regulation, our current shelf life is 2 years from the manufacture date. However, we are currently testing retained samples from manufacturing. The samples are kept and tested over time to determine the actual shelf life of the product.
We are still some time away (later 2021 and beyond) from having a new validated shelf life.
As of March 2021, Lavengel® is only available for sale in select, locally-owned health food stores, local pet supply shops, and veterinary clinics.
Simply put, it will likely be some time before you find us in a supermarket. Yet, because we are a small business, local proprietary shops and stores hold a special place in our heart, and we are always looking for more of them to consider trying our gel and stocking it on their shelves.
No, not at this point in time. But, a very small amount (teardrop size) goes a long way when you massage it into the skin. You do not need a large amount of the gel to get results--a thin film is all that’s necessary.
As of now, we only offer bulk discounts to approved vets and retailers. For those fine people who are interested in becoming a retailer, see our Become a Retailer page.
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Lavender oil is a composition of fatty acids and is not soluble with other water-loving (soluble) components. We transform lavender oil into a water-soluble oil, allowing it to be incorporated into Lavengel®. That way, it can interact with the other ingredients to reduce pain and itching and enhance skin repair.
We've developed and tested a version that doesn't contain lavender oil, and we've shown that it has the same efficacy in assisting the repair of disrupted skin, sans the lovely lavender scent. At this time, we are not able to offer that version commercially.
Not currently. Lavengel® is considered a topical nutritional supplement by the FDA. Simply put, FDA approval requires an immense amount of explicit research (i.e. monetary capital) that is currently outside of our scope.
Yes, as of February 9, 2021, RTD Neutraceuticals, LLC (parent company of Lavengel®) has been issued United States Patent #10,912,759, formally titled, "Topical Gel Compositions for the Treatment of Staphylococcal Infections." Click or tap here to see it in full.
Oh, yes. Several research trials are currently underway, helping us to further elucidate its mechanisms of action and find more issues that it is effective against.
It was tested and researched for ten years prior to commercialization because we wanted to offer a truly effective, verified, consistent, and stable product. Did taking that approach cost more time and money? Yes, but we wanted to ensure the safety of the product for dogs and their best friends.
We’ve got a heap of research, links to studies, and plenty of nerd-tastic information for you on our View Research page.
Veterinarians have reported using Lavengel® on many issues, including dermatitis (irritated skin) in all of its many forms:
- abscesses (especially from S. aureus)
- acral lick dermatitis (lick granulomas, caused by obsessive licking, especially on the paws)
- acute moist dermatitis (hotspots)
- atopic dermatitis (rash due to allergies)
- bee and wasp stings (effectiveness may depend on level of allergy to venom)
- contact dermatitis (from constant rubbing or between skin folds, as in bulldog breeds)
- cuts, sores, wounds, animal bites
- dry skin spots
- fungal rashes
- in-grown hairs
- insect bites
- itchy/irritated ears
- post-surgical incision lines (can help prevent infection and reduce scarring)
- scrapes and abrasions
- spider bites (in one case of chihuahua-mix named Buddy, Lavengel® successfully halted the necrosis caused by a brown recluse bite and helped heal the hole left behind, saving Buddy's life)
- Staphylococcus pseudintermedius and MRSP infections
- warts of various types
As our friend, Dr. Karen Stone, DVM, puts it, "[On] anything that's causing redness, irritation, and is itchy to the dog, we've used it."
People have reported using the gel topically with success on a variety of things:
- acne of various types
- bee and wasp stings (how much it helps may depend on the person's level of allergy to the venom)
- burns (everything from stove and curling iron burns to radiation burns from radiation therapy for breast cancer treatment)
- canker sores
- chiggers, or berry bugs (Trombiculidae)
- cold sores (Herpes simplex - because it helps with both shingles and cold sores, which are caused by the Herpes virus, Lavengel may help with its genital cousin. However, we do not know for certain and can make no claims.)
- cow parsnip rash
- cuts, sores, wounds
- dry skin spots
- fever blisters (e.g. from fibromyalgia)
- fluid-filled blisters
- fungal rashes (e.g. candida albicans)
- in-grown nails and hair
- insect bites (excellent on mosquito bites)
- poison ivy/poison oak (with varying results, some say it helps immensely and others say that it did little to help; this may depend on the person's sensitivity)
- post-surgical incision lines (can help prevent infection and reduce scarring)
- Pseudomonas aeruginosa infections
- psoriasis (varies by type; some forms are caused by an auto-immune disorder; Lavengel® may soothe the irritation but cannot fully heal the lesion)
- scrapes and abrasions
- shingles (herpes zoster)
- spider bites
- Staphylococcus aureus and MRSA infections
- warts of various types
The list is steadily growing as people try it on different things.
First of all, Lavengel® is safe for dogs to lick. The ingredients in Lavengel® are nutrition-based and will be metabolized in the body as a nutrient - without messy internal side effects that chemicals can cause. That said, it is not intended to be ingested; it’s more effective when used topically. Hot spots are very itchy, and dogs lick the affected area in an attempt to heal it, especially when it involves their paws (dogs tend to lick their paws in general). Our observation is that once Lavengel® is applied, it is best to keep your dog busy for a few minutes so the gel can properly absorb. Once they notice the relief, they tend to leave the area alone. If they do decide to give it a lick, it’s typically a one-and-done trial. However, this may depend on the dog's temperament and the severity of the skin condition.
The ingredients in Lavengel® are nutrition-based; they are metabolized and used by the body. Assuming no lavender-based allergies, it's safe.
We do not recommend Lavengel® as a staple of your diet though; you'll find it doesn't have the most pleasant taste.
Lavengel® is NOT to be used on cats. While Lavengel® itself has not been proven harmful to them, a component of lavender oil (linalool acid) is found to be unhealthy for cats. Since Lavengel® contains lavender oil, we want to err on the side of safety. We are working on a different formulation that can be used on cats (and humans) that does not contain lavender oil.
This is currently being researched, but people have successfully used it on horses, birds (chicken and toucan), pigs, a bat-eared fox, and rodents. While the success list is growing, we have definitely ruled out cats. We are working on a different formulation that can be used on cats.
Yes, Lavengel® was originally created for humans. It is comprised of nutrients and is safe to use on your skin to assist in the healing of a myriad of different skin conditions. You should not, however, put it in your eyes or use it if allergic to lavender.
Yes, this is normal, and if anything, is one of the extraordinary benefits of Lavengel®.
People have reported that they notice a reduction in pain when applying Lavengel® to burns, shingles lesions, blisters, incision lines, and other issues.
These are not isolated incidents, as the Lavengel® team themselves have noticed this phenomenon. Our Intern, for example, applied the gel to a large blister that he had gotten on his heel from hiking. The gel actually softened the blister and numbed the pain greatly - he was able to wear shoes the next day without discomfort. On top of that, the gel helped heal it far quicker than it would have on its own.
Dr. Clark is currently conducting a study to better understand what and why this occurs.
As far as we know, yes. But, if your dog is a cat, then there may be a problem (see "Is Lavengel® safe for cats?").
We do not recommend using Lavengel® on large open wounds or fresh tattoos (within 6-8 weeks of getting it done, depending on how quickly the skin heals). The gel may cause the ink to muddle or be drawn out, distorting the tattoo.
By law, we currently have a 2-year expiration date on Lavengel®. We are testing our retained manufacturing samples to determine if and how fast the antioxidant capacity of the gel decreases over time. As we gather that data, we will adjust the shelf-life accordingly. We do not recommend using Lavengel® after it has expired, but we won’t tell you how to live your life.
If you (the human) are allergic, wear gloves when applying it to your dog. Avoid getting any of it on you. Obviously.
First off, avoid getting Lavengel® in your eyes. But if you do, flush your eyes with cold water to dilute and remove the gel (it is water-soluble). It may sting, but it should not be harmful.
No, and lighting it on fire is simply wasteful.
We can't verify the safety of Lavengel® if it is mixed with other creams, lotions, or products of any kind. If you decide to mix Lavengel® with anything, do so cautiously. Also, stop using the blend and consult a physician if any skin irritation occurs.
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