Vanilla Absolute Oil

vanilla flower Vanilla planifolia

Vanilla absolute oil.....

The vanilla plant is a vine native to Mexico that grows up trees in the tropical forest. They produce a trumpet shaped, celadon colored flowers. One flower produces one fruit. The delicate flowers bloom for one day and if they are not pollinated they drop to the ground and no fruit is produced. The only way the vanilla flower can be pollinated is by the small Melipona bee.

When the plant is grown in cultivation the flowers have to be hand pollinated. In 1836, the Belgian botanist Charles Francois Antoine Morren discovered the pollination process by the Melipona bee. He succeeded the following year to artificially pollinate the flower. The process was attempted on Reunion, but failed. In 1841, a 12 year old slave named Edmond Albius discovered a pollination technique that worked. Vanilla was soon taken to the neighboring islands of Madagascar, Santa Maria, and Comoro, where by 1898 200 tons of beans were being produced per year.

The ancient Totonaco Indians of Southeastern Mexico were the first to discover vanilla.

Vanilla absolute and Vanilla extract are 2 completely different products. Vanilla extract is for food flavoring purposes and Vanilla absolute is reserved exclusively for perfume.

Pots of Cacti, San Miguel De Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico
Pots of Cacti, San Miguel De Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico

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Botanical Name - Vanilla planifolia

Common Method Of Extraction - Solvent extracted

Parts Used - Vanilla beans

Note Classification - Base

Aroma - Rich, sweet, balsamic, vanilla-like

Largest Producing Countries - Madagascar and Mexico

Traditional Use – Vanilla absolute oil is used as a fragrance ingredient in perfumes, especially oriental types.

Properties - Balsamic.

Benefits - Perfumery.

Blends Well With - Balsams, benzoin, bergamot, frankincense, jasmine, lemon, mandarin, opopanax, orange, patchouli, rose, sandalwood, vetiver, and ylang ylang.

Safety Data - Vanilla absolute oil isn’t for internal use.

Tiled Facade of the Church of the Virgin of the Assumption in Libres, Puebla, Mexico
Tiled Facade of the Church of the Virgin of the Assumption in Libres, Puebla, Mexico

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