• Derived from: vanilla
  • Pronunciation: (\ˈva-nə-lən\)
  • Type: Natural
  • Other names: Vanillin ex Vanilla Bean

What Is Vanillin?

Vanillin is the active ingredient in vanilla absolute essential oil, which is derived from the vanilla plant, or Vanilla planifolia. The vanilla plant is a kind of orchid that has vines and yellow-green flowers that produce brown pods.[1] The plant is indigenous to Central America and Mexico but grows throughout the world.[2]

What Does Vanillin Do in Our products?

Vanillin gives our products a fresh, natural scent. It is often found in moisturizer, lip gloss, bath products, conditioner, makeup, and other items.[2]

Why Puracy Uses Vanillin

We use vanillin in several of our products as a fragrance. It is a better alternative to synthetic perfumes and phthalates. Whole Foods has deemed the ingredient acceptable in its body care quality standards if there is documentation to show the source is natural.[3] Vanillin is commonly used in aromatherapy due to its calming effects, and research shows the ingredient is not a strong skin irritant or sensitizer.[4,5,6]

How Vanillin Is Made

Vanillin production starts by making vanilla oil. Vanillin content is usually what is responsible for the strength of the smell. It can be labeled as vanilla absolute or vanillin depending on the application. Vanilla oil production begins by drying and curing vanilla beans. However, what happens next depends on what kind of oil the producer is making. Generally, there are three types of vanilla oil:—Vanilla carbon dioxide, which is made by putting vanilla beans in a chamber, injecting them with CO2 gas, and then pressurizing the air in the chamber. This liquefies the CO2, which pulls the oil out of the pods. The CO2 then returns to gas, leaving the oil behind.—Vanilla oleoresin, which is produced via solvent extraction from macerated beans.—Vanilla absolute, which is made by extracting the oil via solvents. Vanilla essential oil/absolute is the most expensive, purest source of vanilla. It often comes in a paste and can cost upward of $8,000 per pound. 



[1] The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
[2] Environmental Working Group
[3] Whole Foods Market
[4] U.S. National Library of Medicine
[5Esoteric Oils
[6] Organic Facts

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