This oil has a relaxing vanilla aroma and easily melts into the skin, leaving no oily residue. It’s ideal to use during a partner massage or as a full-body moisturizing perfume. I use this oil as a scented base oil when making vanilla creams and lotions.
3 long (6- or 7-inch) vanilla beans (or substitute 100 drops vanilla essential oil)
1 ½ cups jojoba base oil
Recommended for: all skin types, even oily
Use: as desired
Follow with: moisturize body after bath or shower if necessary
Prep time: approximately 10 minutes, plus 2 months to complete infusion
Blending tools: glass jar; strainer, coffee filter, or nylon stocking; shake bottle prior to use
Store in: glass bottle or plastic squeeze bottle
Yield: approximately 1½ cups
Slice the vanilla beans lengthwise, scrape out paste from each pod, and add it to a pint-size or smaller glass jar. Chop the empty bean pods into 1-inch pieces and add to the jar. Pour in the base oil. (Add the essential oil now if vanilla beans are unavailable.) Cap the jar and shake the mixture for 1 minute.
Store the jar in a dark place for 2 months to allow the vanilla essence to infuse the oil. During this time, shake the jar every day for 10 to 15 seconds.
After 2 months, strain the oil through a tight-mesh strainer, coffee filter, or nylon stocking, then pour the oil into an elegant glass storage bottle (though a plastic squeeze bottle is more convenient for use). The finished oil will have a deep, round vanilla fragrance.
Note: Jojoba base oil will harden in a cold area. To soften it, simply leave it at room temperature for an hour or set the bottle in a shallow pan of hot water for 10 minutes.
No refrigeration is required, but for maximum fragrance, please use within 2 years.
Application tips: For bath oil, add 2 teaspoons to running water. Use as needed for a body or massage oil.
Excerpted from Organic Body Care Recipes (c) Stephanie Tourles. Used with permission of Storey Publishing.