Vanilla oleoresin smells rich, warm, sensual, and sweet—just like luscious, intoxicating vanilla! The aroma has an intensely soothing effect. This 30-fold oleoresin is a thick, molasses-like substance that’s water soluble, but doesn’t dissolve in oil. It’s made when wildcrafted bourbon vanilla bean pods are put into a pressurized environment with an organic solvent (ethanol). Once the rich, aromatic plant material is extracted (the oleoresin), the solvent is removed with a vacuum process. A small amount of vanilla oleoresin goes a long way to infuse oils and butters with exotic scent.
Benefits and uses
The long, green, freshly-picked vanilla bean pods from the Vanilla planifolia vine are carefully fermented over a period of time prior to extraction. The vanilla oleoresin produced is a dark, luscious brown color, and thicker in viscosity than honey. This oleoresin is concentrated at 30-fold, rather than the more commonly available 10-fold. Vanilla oleoresin is almost 100% moisture free, which means it does not easily oxidize and will remain in excellent therapeutic condition for years and years, if stored properly in a dark space at room temperature. However, if stored in the refrigerator it will crystallize and will need to be brought to room temperature before blending.
We love putting a small dime-sized dollop into 16 ounces of jojoba and letting the vanilla oleoresin infuse into the jojoba oil for about a week or longer. Vanilla infused carrier oils are lovely to blend with, as the carrier takes on a gentle, exquisite vanilla aroma after the infusion process is complete. You can easily reuse this dollop of vanilla in another infusion or in a new aromatherapy blend. Therapeutically, vanilla oleoresin can help support a healthy digestive system.
Emotionally and energetically, vanilla oleoresin encourages and calms. It can help alleviate feelings of anxiousness and help balance the body, mind, and spirit, especially during more challenging times. It is incredibly uplifting, especially when one is experiencing situational anxiety or depression. This oleoresin is often used to heighten the senses and is popular in blends for spicing things up in the bedroom.