Botanical Name: Vanilla Planifolia
Plant Part: Fruit
Extraction Method: Solvent Extraction
Description: Vanilla is a perennial herbaceous climbing vine that can grow up to 25 meters (82 feet) high and that is native to Central America and Mexico. In cultivation the deep trumpet-shaped flowers of the vanilla must be hand-pollinated; while in Mexico the native humming bird do the work. The green capsules or fruit are picked, cured, and the immature vanilla pod or bean is fermented and dried to turn it into a fragrant brown vanilla bean. Our variety is a ten-fold bourbon; this refers to the concentration of the oleoresin.
Color: Dark brown mobile liquid.
Common Uses: Vanilla Oleoresin is considered a premiere sensual aphrodisiac and one of the most popular flavors/aromas. One of the most popular aromas, it has a comforting and relaxing scent. A major ingredient in many oriental perfume profiles, it can work well in creams and lotions. However, one of its constituents, vanillin, makes it turn brown and spotty in soaps and candles, so is not advised.
Strength of Aroma: Medium
Blends well with: Bergamot, Grapefruit, Lemon, Mandarin, Orange, Sandalwood, and Vetiver.
Aromatic Scent: Vanilla is one of the most well known scents. The oil has a rich, sweet, vanilla odor.
History: After civil wars and reduced availability, the price of vanilla essential oil has risen to the point of most absolutes. Nonetheless, the true oil is recognized as being well worth the price.
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