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


  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


  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.

I recommend making a fresh batch of salt scrub every few weeks.

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Dulcie June 8, 2017 at 8:17 pm

YUMMMMMMMMM! I made up some vanilla jojoba earlier this week and I take great pleasure in shaking that jar every day and giving it a deep ‘inhale’ every now and again! Can’t wait for it to be ready! Body goodness! Thanks, Andrea! You rock! ♥


Andrea Butje June 10, 2017 at 2:49 pm

Hi Dulcie!
I hear ya! I too love doing that!


Karma Bohnen March 13, 2017 at 2:15 am

I have read several good stuff here. Certainly worth bookmarking for revisiting. I surprise how much effort you place to create this kind of fantastic informative web site.


Andrea Butje March 14, 2017 at 8:18 am

Thank you so much! I am happy to hear you are enjoying the Aromahead blog!


Cindy January 12, 2017 at 9:46 am

I have dry skin so have avoided using salt in my scrub. Is it better to stick with sugar, or will the salt not be a problem?


Andrea Butje January 13, 2017 at 12:07 am

Cindy, scrubs are wonderful and a great way to exfoliate for your skin. Sugar is much softer and can be more gentle where there is a concern for sensitive skin. If the dry skin is cracked, salt can sting a bit.


Dee January 10, 2017 at 7:43 pm

Hello, Andrea!
I searched vanilla oleoresin online and the sites I read said that it wasn’t soluble with oil, only alcohol; am I misunderstanding something? Thanks for all you do!


Andrea Butje January 11, 2017 at 12:00 am

Hi Dee! That’s the great thing about Vanilla oleoresin – after a few weeks you’ll have the beautiful aroma infused into the Jojoba oil. Since it’s not water soluble, a ‘blob’ can lasts a long time and you can continually infuse a new batch of Jojoba. Just refill the bottle with Jojoba over and over – the ‘blob’ can be reused for at least a year.


Jay Fisher January 6, 2017 at 1:29 am

I’ve been searching and researching trying to find out if Aromahead carries anything similar to “On Guard” or “Breathe”. I sure Andrea must have something like this. Also do you not carry Myrrh? TY Jay Fisher.


Andrea Butje January 9, 2017 at 10:45 pm

Hi Jay!
Sorry we don’t actually sell products here at Aromahead Institute. There are many wonderful companies I can recommend where you can purchase essential oils – such as Myrrh. Here are a few I’ve worked with and I recommend:

Aromatics International –
Essential Elements –
Pompeii Organics –
Florihana (Europe) –
Aliksir (Canada) –


Emily December 16, 2016 at 3:49 am

Can this be done with a different carrier oil? I have almond, apricot, fractionated coconut, sesame, and also Shea butter. Guessing it will mix fine with Shea. More interested in infusing the FCO ideally.


Andrea Butje December 16, 2016 at 2:17 pm

Yes Emily! Absolutely! You can use any carrier oil you love! Let us know how it goes!


Annette February 3, 2016 at 1:47 pm

How many vanilla beans would I use for 8 oz of jojoba ? Do I need to cut up the bean?


Andrea Butje February 4, 2016 at 12:39 pm

Hi Annette – for 8 oz. of jojoba, one vanilla bean should do. No need to cut it up 🙂


Lisa January 19, 2016 at 5:03 pm

Hi there,

I am fairly new at oil infusion and I noticed you requested a gallon of jojoba oil.
I need to make much smaller amounts of this infusion can you please offer some suggestions?


Andrea Butje January 20, 2016 at 9:58 am

Hi Lisa – you can make as little as you want, it is a really casual recipe. I use a small blob in 8 oz of jojoba and then just refill the jojoba many times once its used up. It can be reused for at least a year. Hope this helps! 🙂


Lisa January 20, 2016 at 10:31 am

Hi Andrea,
Yes this helps a lot. I appreciate the clarity.


Andrea Butje January 21, 2016 at 8:46 am

You’re welcome Lisa!


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?


Andrea Butje July 3, 2015 at 4:28 pm

You’re welcome Sabrina! You can find Vanilla Oleoresin at Aromatics International –


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?


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! 🙂


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?


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! 🙂


Diane January 6, 2016 at 1:23 am

I’ve made quite a few bath salts with Dead Sea salt, Himalayan and Epsom salts. After a while they tend to break down and start desolving. Is that normal? Is there a way to keep it from happening?


Andrea Butje January 6, 2016 at 10:35 am

Hi Diane – we usually make bath salts fresh every few weeks, especially when we use salts that have more moisture.


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?


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.


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

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


Mindy April 10, 2011 at 8:16 pm

So easy and very luscious! Thanks for the recipes!


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