Vanilla Bean Bliss: Unveiling the Sweet Benefits of Vanilla

by BiE - Beauty in Everything
Vanilla Bean Bliss: Unveiling the Sweet Benefits of Vanilla



Imagine dipping into a bathtub infused with the sweet, aromatic scent of vanilla. Doesn't just the thought of it sound delicious and heavenly? Well, to validate your fancy, this ancient spice is more than just a flavouring agent that boasts a rich history of pampering your skin with its aromatic, soothing and calming properties.

Vanilla’s journey into the realm of skincare transcends time and cultures. From Egyptian queens to Aztec rituals, this ancient spice found its place in the dynamic world of skincare due to its alluring scent and skin-healing properties. With the growing popularity of everything natural in the skincare industry, these vanilla beans are experiencing a renaissance and have manoeuvred their way to the shelves of luxury & best skincare brands, DIY skincare recipes and best skincare routines. Let’s explore its origin as well to gauge a deeper understanding of this ancient spice.

The Origins of Vanilla

Vanilla, derived from the orchid genus Vanilla, primarily Vanilla planifolia, is native to Mexico and Central America. It grows as a vine, often climbing trees in tropical rainforests. The intricate process of pollination, primarily by a specific species of bee, is essential for vanilla bean formation.

Coming from a family of orchids, this flavouring agent is extracted from pods in the form of beans. These beans are then crushed and dried and extracted with the help of alcohol to produce vanilla extract. This aromatic spice is extracted from two types of vanilla beans: Madagascar Vanilla and genus vanilla indigenous to the country of Mexico and Belize. Due to high vanillin content, the beans extracted from the Madagascar vanilla beans have become highly sought-after. Their rich aromatic fragrances, skin-enhancing properties and familiar Vanilla profile makes a hit ingredient in the realm of skincare. But what exactly makes it a favoured ingredient in the best skincare routines and does it benefit your skincare treatments?

Holistic Benefits of Vanilla

Vanilla maybe renowned for its flavour but it also offers a range of benefits:

  • Soothing and Relaxing: The captivating aroma of vanilla isn't just for the senses, it can lull you into a state of calm and peace within minutes. Scientifically it has been proven that vanilla’s scent can activate your parasympathetic nervous system, promoting relaxation and serenity to reduce stress and anxiety. Imagine dipping into a bathtub of hot water infused with vanilla bath salts and lighting a vanilla scented candle for soothing aroma after a long day- a spa-like experience from the comfort of your home.

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  • Nourishing & Hydrating: Beyond its aromatic allure, vanilla is identified as a hydration hero as well. Vanilla extract and oils are packed with vitamins B and E known for their hydration and softening properties. Loaded with antioxidants and other minerals this skin hero also protects the skin from harsh environmental stressors to keep the skin looking soft, supple and radiant. Dry, flaky skin doesn't stand a chance from this sweet saviour. Vanilla extract can also brighten up your dull skin due to Vitamin B. This extract can be incorporated into best skincare routines for dry skin to reveal moisturised, brighter and healthier skin.

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  • Antioxidant and Anti-inflammatory: We all are aware how our skin loses 1% collagen every year as time marches on. Ageing skin alleviates the signs of ageing like fine lines and wrinkles. Rich in antioxidants, vanilla beans help combat these pesky molecules responsible for ageing your skin. Vanilla extract can reverse your ageing process due to its high content of antioxidants and can be incorporated into the best skincare routines. It also promotes a more youthful glow, tightens and firms your skin for a radiant appearance.

DIY Vanilla Skin Care Recipes

Many people incorporate vanilla into homemade skincare recipes for its nourishing and aromatic properties. DIY skincare recipes using vanilla extract, vanilla-infused oils, or ground vanilla beans can be used to create luxurious masks, scrubs, and hair treatments.

1. Honey and Vanilla Face Mask for Acne

Vanilla and honey are powerhouses of antioxidants and healing properties, and help treat many skin concerns like acne, dark spots, blemishes and acne marks. It also treats dry skin and perhaps is incorporated into the best skincare routines for dry skin.

  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract.
  • 1 tablespoons of Honey
  • Mix both the ingredients to form a paste and apply it on your face for 10 minutes
  • Rinse off with lukewarm water and you’ll serve yourself a fresh face smelling like a sumptuous cake.

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2. Vanilla and brown sugar scrub to unclog pores.

If you are wondering how a vanilla and brown sugar scrub can fight off all the dead skin cells and treat acne, shocking right? But here’s how:

  • Pick 5-6 vanilla pods and scrape them out.
  • Take fresh vanilla extract, mix with fine brown sugar, and some lemon juice; this helps in removing dead skin cells and unclogging the pores.
  • Massage the scrub on the face for 5-10 minutes and then rinse with lukewarm water to get rid of all the oil.
  • These all work great together in getting rid of dead cells, and wrinkles and brightening up your face.

With their antioxidant properties, they are the best fit to use once every week. When mixing all three together. You will not only end up smelling good but your skin will also feel radiant and soft with these homemade skincare recipes.

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Supplementary Tips and Factors to Consider

The content level of chemicals in vanilla extract is slightly on the higher side due to its strong flavour and fragrance properties. Perhaps, it is always advisable to do a patch test on your skin before applying it directly to the face to avoid any irritation or rashes. Applying a heavy dosage of vanilla extract or oil on the face can lead to serious irritation or rashes on the face.

Also many manufacturers sell the cheaper version of the extract to meet with its inflated demand in the market. The population of vanilla orchids that provide the natural benefit is comparatively less and takes time to produce them. Perhaps, it is advisable to always buy premium quality vanilla extract or oil rather than economising your needs and succumbing to the cheaper product for optimum benefit and results.

Refrain from applying vanilla extract in your eyes as it can prove to be fatal for the delicare cornea and lead to inflammation in the eyes. However, there is no conclusive scientific evidence of its harmful effects on the skin. Use an appropriate amount of the vanilla extract or oil on the face, and if you feel any irritation remove it immediately and consult an expert if the itching persists.


We've uncovered the myriad benefits of vanilla beyond its delightful flavour. From its rich cultural history to its versatile applications, vanilla proves to be a truly multifaceted ingredient. Its timeless allure extends far beyond its taste and aroma and the comforting fragrance & soothing properties, evoke feelings of warmth and relaxation, making it a beloved staple in kitchens, spas, and homes around the world and making it a favoured ingredient in the best skincare brands. So, get ready to be enchanted by the pleasant aroma of vanilla that instantly calms your mind, reduces anxiety and treats your skin concerns offering overall health benefits.

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