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Make Vanilla-Infused Body Oil

Make Vanilla-Infused Body Oil

I happen to find vanilla incredibly sensual—its aroma is so deliciously soft and round, with just the subtlest edge for tension. I always seem to have vanilla beans infusing something or another in my kitchen: Raw sugar, vodka, honey.

Vanilla has become a hot fragrance in the beauty market, so I thought I’d give some body oil a shot. This super simple formula was inspired by the great body care book Organic Body Care Recipes by Stephanie Tourles (Storey Publishing, 2007), and calls for only two ingredients, plus a few months of infusing time. Jojoba oil is a fantastic-fantastic (did I tell you it was fantastic?) moisturizer and all around miracle that has many uses and works for all types of skin. Infused with deep, fragrant vanilla just makes it all the better. Use it as a massage oil, or for a full-body moisturizing scent.

3 long vanilla beans
1 1/2 cups jojoba oil

1. Slice the vanilla beans lengthwise and scrape the seeds from each bean, and add it to a glass jar. Chop the empty bean pods into one-inch pieces and add to the jar. Cap the jar and shake the mixture for one minute.

2. Store the jar in a dark place for two months to allow the vanilla essence to infuse the oil. During this time, shake the jar every day for 10 to 15 seconds.

3. After two months, strain the oil through a tight-mesh strainer, coffee filter, or nylon stocking, then pour the oil into an elegant glass storage bottle.

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Melissa Breyer, Senior Editor, Care2 Healthy and Green Living

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Melissa Breyer

Melissa Breyer is a writer and editor with a background in sustainable living, specializing in food, science and design. She is the co-author of True Food (National Geographic) and has edited and written for regional and international books and periodicals, including The New York Times Magazine. Melissa lives in Brooklyn, NY.


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4:07AM PST on Nov 25, 2012

wow...this stuff is great

8:53PM PST on Nov 17, 2012

Beth, Joy perfume is my fave and Bath and Body Works had a scent of Fresh Vanilla, a few years ago that they discontinued that I loved as well Avon had a Midnight Frost that was out of this world. I may have to give this a try!

6:22AM PST on Jan 25, 2012

I actually meant 'awesome' below. And thanks a lot for the recipe! It is very inspirational.

6:16AM PST on Jan 25, 2012

Hey, I have tried this recipe and it is super for home SPA. I have also made a few other oil infusion recipes that are mostly for healing rashes, skin irritations, sunburns, fungal infections and etc. Now, that the summer is coming, try carrots infused in oil! It helps the skin get tanned easily, rejuvenates and soothes it. Awsome! :)

11:19AM PST on Dec 8, 2011

mmm, sounds nice

6:39PM PST on Nov 24, 2011

great... thanks

6:34AM PDT on Jun 1, 2011

Sounds easy to make ( apart from the maturing time). :)

9:33PM PST on Jan 22, 2011

I have a small wholefood shop and just gave a customer a vanilla pod someone had paid for more than a week ago but not taken with him. I was searching for ways for her to use it. The one really grabbed her attention.


5:48AM PDT on Oct 27, 2010

Going to try this. I taught my great niece when she was little that the best smell in the world was JOY perfume and the second is vanilla! She still remembers and says it all the time especially when she and I are baking!

6:03PM PDT on Jun 18, 2010

A trip to Paradise...

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