With so many different fragrance oils featuring vanilla, you’re sure to find just the right blend for your project. What about essential oils? Can vanilla ever be natural?Good question! It is not possible to make 100% pure vanilla essential oils. This is a very unfortunate and short answer. Although vanilla scent can be created synthetically in a laboratory, essential oils cannot be extracted from the vanilla bean because of its natural properties. Before you say, “Bu, bu, bu, I’ve seen it in the stores,” there is a way to extract scent from the vanilla bean, but it’s not considered an essential oil. Read on to find out the hows and the whys of vanilla absolute and extracts.Based on the definition from the International Organization for Standardization, essential oils are defined as “a product obtained from a natural raw material of plant origin, by steam distillation, by mechanical processes from the epicarp of citrus fruits, or by dry distillation, after separation of the aqueous phase — if any — by physical processes.” Click here to read this statement, which is included in their vocabulary of aromatic natural raw materials (ISO/D1S9235.2) 😊
There are four types of vanilla: vanilla Co2 Total Extract (the best quality), vanilla Absolut (when vanilla is extracted using a solvent such as alcohol), vanilla Dilution (when vanilla or absolute is mixed with a carrier oil), and vanilla Tincture (when the beans are soaked with an alcohol base). Due to the many forms of vanilla, it is important that you read labels. The higher the percentage of vanillin in the product, the better. An ounce of vanilla absolute, or Co2 extract oil is more than $100. A high amount of vanillin is required to make a vanilla oil that you can use on your skin and internally for medicine. Adelita Zragoza of Thiruvananthapuram in India provided valuable insight.
This Gya Labs oil is a favorite among buyers. It’s also the least expensive. It’s a therapeutic grade oil, so the scent is more potent than some others. It’s a good one to add to your favourite skin care products or carrier oils (such as jojoba or coconut). “One drop is all you need,” writes one customer, who recommends mixing it with other essential oils. “My favourite combo right now is vanilla and peppermint … You really can’t go wrong. Citrus, cinnamon, and anything can go with vanilla. It has a true vanilla scent, not the fake play-doh vanilla smell.” (edited by Britton Rosenberg on June 14, 2021)
Aromaweb.com It also explains how to not use essential oils or absolutes internally, and not to apply any undiluted essences on the skin, without an aromatherapy specialist’s advanced knowledge. AromaWeb’s Guide on Diluting Essential Oils provides general information about dilution. Use oils only under guidance from a certified aromatherapy practitioner if you are pregnant, breast-feeding, or suffering from any type of liver damage. You should use oils safely with children. Always read all the recommended dilution rates for children. If you are pregnant, have a medical condition, or take medication, consult an aromatherapy specialist before using essential oils on children. AromaWeb recommends that essential oils be thoroughly vetted before you use them. Rodney Young and Robert Tisserand provide detailed information about oil safety. Rheanna Rivera, Mathura (India) last modified this page 26 days ago