How to Make Vanilla Infused Oil
There's nothing more heavenly than the warm and sweet aroma of real vanilla. I associate it with cool fall evenings with apple pie and ice cream and holiday gatherings with cinnamon vanilla cookies.
Searching the internet, you'll find a selection of vanilla fragrance oils, absolutes, extracts, and flavoring with a wide price range. I love my Cinnamon Vanilla Sugar Scrub but I'm on a budget and can't always afford the high quality I need.
The true aroma is difficult to find in natural body care products because there is no vanilla essential oil. The vanillin and other aromatic compounds have a very delicate structure which cannot be separated by water and is destroyed by steam (the typical process to extract essential oils). The volatile organic compounds in the vanilla bean require the usage of solvents to extract them.
- Carrier oil of choice, I love Jojoba Oil for this infusion
- 3-4 High-quality 6" vanilla beans. They should be dark, and the bean should have consistent coloring on the entire bean.
- 8 oz Amber glass bottle and cap
- Fine cheese cloth for straining
There are several different methods to infusing vanilla, however I prefer to let the sun naturally infuse the oil. Slow and steady always gives me the perfect results. As far as which oil to use, there's no wrong answer. I like to use jojoba or almond oil to easily add into my favorite skincare recipes but any carrier oil will do!
- Split the vanilla pods lengthwise, scooping out the tiny seeds with the end of the knife.
- Put all of your vanilla pieces into an 8 oz jar and fill remaining space in the jar with your oil of choice.
- Tighten the cap, write the date on the top, and shake everything up.
- Place jar in a sunny, warm windowsill and shake at least once each day for at least a month. The longer you let it infuse, the more intense your vanilla oil will smell.
- Strain the oil using a cheese cloth and mesh strainer. You may need to repeat this process more than once. Make sure and squeeze out every precious drop of oil!
- Pour your oil into glass bottles and store in a cool dark place until you're ready to use them.
Recipes with Use Vanilla Infused Oil:
I love using vanilla infused oil to make lotion bars, sugar scrubs, and lip balms. If you're feeling adventurous, check out my recipe for mini lotion bars! It calls for lemon balm infused oil but you can easily substitute your vanilla infused oil!
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