All About Vanilla Oleoresin

Some people think vanilla is boring. We think it is great! A lot of people often ask whether there is pure or natural vanilla essential oil.

The honest truth is, there is no pure vanilla essential oil available that is purely a vanilla essential oil. This may confuse you, since you might have seen 100% vanilla essential oils online or in stores.

All About Vanilla Oleoresin

Well, unfortunately, those that claim to be 100% vanilla essential oils are probably just vanilla scented oils.

The reason we can’t make 100% vanilla essential oils is that vanilla beans don’t allow for the distillation process which is what produces the essential oil.

This means that vanilla oils need a solvent in order for the properties of the vanilla to be released.

So instead, there are vanilla fragrances. There are two types of vanilla fragrance oils, one called Vanilla Oleoresin and the other named Vanilla Absolute.

If you want to find out more about Vanilla Oleoresin, you’ve come to the right place. This guide will tell you everything you need to know about Vanilla Oleoresin.

What Is Vanilla Oleoresin?

Vanilla Oleoresin is a partially solid concentrate. It is mainly made by removing the solvent from vanilla extract. You might find that instead of using ethanol for the preparation, using isopropanol is favored instead.

When making Vanilla Oleoresin, some aroma and the flavor is usually lost during the process of removing the solvent. Although, it is important to note that the essential oils do remain.

Vanilla oleoresin is not used in food products, instead, it would be used in things like perfumes or topical treatments.

Some places change the extraction process by combining the beans with other ingredients such as coconut oil.

Vanilla oleoresin is thicker than other vanilla extracts. Due to the consistency of vanilla oleoresin, it dissolves best in water or alcohol-based solutions. This thicker consistency makes it harder to dissolve in a carrier oil like jojoba oil.

What Are The Benefits Of Using Vanilla Oleoresin?

Vanilla Oleoresin can help soothe an agitated mind and lift one’s spirits. Vanillin is one of the compounds found in vanilla beans that give them their distinctive flavor.

Vanilla triggers happy memories for most people. Therefore, we can use vanilla Oleoresin to promote the feeling of being relaxed and also relieve any feelings of tension and nervousness.

Vanilla Oleoresin can also be helpful for promoting good sleep if used before going to bed.

What Other Essential Oils Can I Combine Vanilla Oleoresin With?

So we know that vanilla Oleoresin can be a bit of a hassle to mix with carrier oils, but what oils can we mix with vanilla oleoresin?

Amongst vanilla Oleoresin’s many benefits is its ability to complement so many essential oils. Vanilla is known for its rich and sweet smell. This makes it the perfect fragrance to combine with floral oils such as Lavender, Patchouli, and Sandalwood.

These blends are commonly layered together to create distinctive and wonderful perfumes.

What Can Vanilla Oleoresin Be Used For?

All About Vanilla Oleoresin

Vanilla Oleoresin can be used for a number of things. It is commonly used in perfumes and diffusers.

It can also be used in body sprays or house sprays. It can even be used in beauty or skin care routines, by adding it to moisturizers or baths.

Vanilla Oleoresin doesn’t mix well with soaps and candles. It can be a bit unstable and the scent might not be as strong as using Vanilla Absolute.

Also, the consistency of Vanilla Oleoresin is a bit odd for working with candles and soaps. Vanilla Absolute is better for soaps and candles as it is a more concentrated form of vanilla.

Vanilla Oleoresin Diffuser Recipes

One of the popular ways to use vanilla oleoresin is as a diffuser. Here are some blend recipes you can make at home.


If you want your home to smell like snickerdoodles, then this is the diffuser recipe for you. You will need:

  • 2 drops of cinnamon bark
  • 4 drops on vanilla
  • 1 drop of nutmeg
  • 3 drops of stress away

Stress away is an essential oil that has a mixture of different scents. This diffuser should help relieve symptoms of anxiety.

Cinnamon Vanilla

This diffuser recipe helps bring out the warm spices of cinnamon and vanilla. To make this blend, you will need:

  • 5 drops of vanilla
  • 10 drops of cinnamon
  • 1 drop of lavender

Chai Tea Blend

To make this blend, you’ll need:

  • 2 drops of cardamom
  • 4 drops of vanilla
  • 2 drops of cinnamon
  • 1 drop of ginger
  • 1 drop of clove

Vanilla Oleoresin Skincare: Whipped Vanilla Body Butter

For this recipe you will need:

  • 1 cup of Cocoa butter or Shea butter
  • 1 cup Coconut oil
  • 15 drops of vanilla oleoresin

You can whip up this whipped body butter in just minutes. Simply add the shea/cocoa butter and coconut oil to a pan.

Once melted, remove from heat and pour into a container. Place it in the refrigerator for about 30-45 minutes or until the mixture has cooled.

Then mix the vanilla Oleoresin into the mixture. Then use an electric whisk to mix until peaks form that are firm. The longer you whisk, the creamier the texture becomes.

If you don’t have an electric whisk, you can simply use a hand whisk and stir vigorously. Store in an airtight container.

Final Thoughts

Vanilla Oleoresin is a vanilla fragrance oil that can be mixed with other essential oils. There are so many uses for vanilla Oleoresin.

From making perfume blends to creating room sprays, there are endless possibilities. We hope you enjoyed reading this article about vanilla Oleoresin!

We hope you found this list of uses for vanilla Oleoresin useful. Please share this post if you found it helpful. Thank you!

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