I made this infused carrier oil a few months back and I loved how it turned out! I love the scent of Vanilla and I have never made anything like this. This was super easy and I tried making it 2 different ways.
-Vanilla bean ( Spice supplier) I used 3 vanilla beans.
-4oz of a Carrier oil of your choice (Almond, Jojoba, Sunflower). Just be aware of the shelf life of the oils you choose, as some oxidize sooner than others.
-A sanitized, dark glass container, or a mason jar you can pour the oil/ vanilla bean into. Make sure you have a secure lid and you will need to let it sit for about 2 months.
In one product, I used 1.5 vanilla beans and cut them up and then put into the dark bottle. They were hard to cut and they fly around, so just make sure to be aware… it does get a bit messy on the counter. Cut the hard ends off the vanilla beans and slice them down the middle lengthwise. Scrape the beans from the inside with a small spoon. Cut up the remaining outer pod and combine with the oil and let it sit for about 2 months or depending on the odor strength you like. The 2nd batch I made with just the full sticks without cutting them up and then let it sit for about 2 months on the counter.
I loved how this turned out and it smelled so good! I really liked the blend with the vanilla bean cut up into small pieces. When you cut up the bean, the aroma expands more and you can smell a stronger scent! The other blend with the whole beans is not as strong. So if you like a more mild aroma, you may like this technique better! I loved the stronger, sweeter smell in the first batch with the chopped up beans!
You can add pretty much any of your favorite dried herbs with the oils. Dried Rose hips, dried orange peels, peppermint, lavender. The list goes on.
After about 2 months or sooner, when you like the scent…you can use a strainer to drain the dried herbs and voila you have a nice, scented- infused carrier oil! Did you know Vanilla is loaded in antioxidants and is a stress reliever? This would be nice to use before bedtime or when you are feeling stressed!
Hope you enjoyed reading!