Homemade fragrance oils provide you with a variety of uses from aromatherapy to bath and beauty. Capturing the powerful scent of vanilla in a scented oil proves to be an easy task that doesn't require very much time. Homemade vanilla fragrance oil can be used in perfumes, lotions, soaps, candles, potpourris, air fresheners and virtually anything else you want to infuse with its fresh, sweet scent.
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Things you need
- Vanilla beans (in pods) (1 pound)
- Distilled water (1 gallon)
- Double boiler
- Glass bowl
- 59.1ml carrier oil
- 113gr jar with lid
Pour the water into the bottom reservoir of the double boiler.
Add the vanilla beans to the water.
Place the basket of the boiler into the reservoir and place the glass bowl in the very centre of it. It should be just above the water line.
Put the lid of the double boiler on, upside-down. Make sure the handle of the lid is pointing over the glass bowl.
Fill the top of the lid with ice. Turn on the stove and let the mixture simmer for about an hour. Make sure to dump the lid and add more ice, frequently. While the contents of the pan simmers, the oils of the vanilla will drip from the centre of the lid, into the bowl.
Collect the glass bowl containing the concentrated vanilla oil. Pour the oil into the glass jar. There should be about two ounces of scented oil.
Add about two ounces of carrier oil to the vanilla bean oil. This creates a fragrance oil that is safe for a variety of body and home craft uses. Coconut oil, hemp oil or straight vegetable oil prove useful as carrier oils.
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