Vanilla Infused Jojoba

by Andrea Butje on April 10, 2011

Vanilla infused jojoba oil

Making your own vanilla infused jojoba is easy!

Add about a half of an ounce of vanilla oleoresin (1 tablespoon) to a gallon of jojoba (3.75 litres). After about two weeks, your jojoba will be infused with the rich aroma of the vanilla.

You can let this oleoresin sit in the gallon until you finish using the jojoba. I’ve refilled that same gallon jug with more jojoba, and the vanilla continues to do its magic!

If you don’t have the oleoresin, you can use about 10 fresh vanilla bean pods (see photo). After the two weeks of infusing, take the pods out of the gallon jug of jojoba. You’ll need new ones if you want to start the process again.

Lip Balm
a delicious and soothing vanilla and citrus lip balm

10 drops distilled Lime (Citrus aurantifolia)
5 drops Sweet Orange (Citrus sinensis)
1 oz (28 gm) Beeswax (Cera alba)
1 oz (30 ml) Vanilla-infused jojoba wax (Simmondsia chinensis)
2 oz (56 gm) Coconut oil (Cocos nucifera)
Lip balm tubes (the size is about 5 ml)
Lip balm tray

Directions:

  1. Melt 1 oz (28 gm) beeswax and 1 oz (30 ml) vanilla jojoba in a double boiler.
  2. Once melted, add 2 oz (56 gm) coconut oil.
  3. Once melted, take off the stove and add the Lime and Orange essential oils.
  4. Stir and pour immediately (or use a pipette or dropper) into lip balm tubes (this is easiest if you have a lip balm tray for holding the tubes while you pour).

For a double boiler, try a Pyrex measuring cup rested in a soup pot filled halfway with water. This recipe makes about 24 sticks if you use a 5 ml size tube. How many tubes you fill will vary according to how high you fill them, and how exact you (and your scale) are when you weigh your ingredients.

Vanilla and Lavender Salt Scrub
a skin soothing shower scrub

3 oz (84 gm) salts (I like 2 oz/56 gm of pink Himalayan salts mixed with 1 oz/28 gm of Epsom salts)
3 oz (90 ml) vanilla jojoba (Simmondsia chinensis)
1 oz (28 gm) dried organic lavender flowers
15 drops Lavender essential oil (Lavandula angustifolia)
4 oz (120 ml) jar

Directions:

  1. Grind all the salts and the lavender flowers in a small coffee grinder until they are a fine texture. (I have a separate grinder reserved for bath salts, as coffee tasting like vanilla and lavender bath salts can be a bummer first thing in the morning!)
  2. Add the vanilla jojoba to the salts and stir.
  3. Add your essential oils and mix.

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Mindy April 10, 2011 at 8:16 pm

So easy and very luscious! Thanks for the recipes!

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Q. Taylor June 18, 2013 at 7:00 pm

what is the shelf life if I use vanilla pods instead of the oleoresin?

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Q. Taylor June 18, 2013 at 7:02 pm

What is the shelf life of the oil if I use vanilla pods instead of the oleoresin?

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Andrea Butje June 18, 2013 at 9:46 pm

As long as you remove the pods within a week or two the shelf life is indefinite, as jojoba is a wax.

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pat tyson December 12, 2014 at 1:15 pm

i have make bath salts a few times and have found if they sit in a glass container for very long they become very hard and have to be chiseled out. any suggestions?

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Andrea Butje December 17, 2014 at 10:02 am

Hi Pat – try using a different salt that has more moisture in it, like Dead Sea Salts. Let me know if that helps! :)

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Chrissy April 16, 2015 at 6:24 pm

I purchased Vanilla Oleoresin 20 Fold to use in making oil based perfumes (which I’m very new at doing and just learning) and later learned it’s not soluble in oils. Would your method of infusing the Oleoresin in jojoba oil work as a good strong vanilla scent to use in my perfume blends?

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Andrea Butje April 23, 2015 at 3:53 pm

Hi Chrissy – yes, I would recommend using the oleoresin to make an infused oil. It smells amazing! :)

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Sabrina July 2, 2015 at 7:54 pm

Thank you for this information! I have never heard of vanilla oleoresin, is there a trusted source you would recommend?

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Andrea Butje July 3, 2015 at 4:28 pm

You’re welcome Sabrina! You can find Vanilla Oleoresin at Aromatics International – https://www.aromatics.com/products/balsamic/vanilla-oleoresin

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