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« on: December 22, 2011, 07:14:40 AM »

I had an idea of making a soap with the concentration of mostly vanilla bean.  Has anyone every tried infusing pure vanilla bean into oil?  And if so was the sent strong enough that you did'nt have to add any EO to the batch? Thanks for your help
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« Reply #1 on: December 22, 2011, 01:48:59 PM »

Hi. Yes, I have done something like this. Vanilla and neroli are my favorite scents and tough to hold in CP soaping. What I did was infused olive oil with vanilla beans for MONTHS! The oil smelled so lovely and I was very excited to use it. I used my basic soap recipe with the vanilla-infused olive oil and apricot oil. I added a minor amount of ground apricot seeds for exfolliating properties which I hoped would help retain the vanilla scent. Also, I had purchased a very small bottle of vanilla essential oil from Mountain Rose Herbs which was atrociously expensive and added a few drops of this precious stuff at trace. It is one of the most beautiful soaps I have made to look at but I would say at best the scent is mild - some people can't even detect the vanilla. My advice would be to save the expensive ingredients for salves and/or body oils. I ended up purchasing some vanilla FO to satisfy my vanilla soap fetish.

If you find a way to make the vanilla stick without FO I'd love to hear about it!! 
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« Reply #2 on: December 22, 2011, 05:41:16 PM »

Where can you get vanilla beans?
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« Reply #3 on: December 22, 2011, 06:32:52 PM »

You can get vanilla beans from your local grocery store in the spice isle. They usually come as 2 beans for about $15.  You would slice the pod down the middle with a sharp knife and scrape the beans (inside) with the knife. 

I'm all about using great ingredients, especially those with skin-loving benefits.

Besides being a powerful antioxidant, vanilla essential oil is used for skin care as well. A few drops of vanilla oil when added to any face pack prevent damage of the skin cells, due to the toxic action of pollutants and toxins. Vanilla bean may help with label appeal.

Blending: Essential Oil of Vanilla blends well with essential oils of Orange, Lemon, Neroli, Jojoba, Chamomile, Lavender and Sandal Wood.

In CP soap vanilla may make the soap dark, you may also see specks of the bean, which is appealing.  If you go this route you may want to find a way to use the entire bean & pod like scraping out the beans inside and simmering the bean in the distilled water you will use for your soap and/or infusing the pod in oil for a few months. 

You can get .10 oz of Vanilla essential oil for about $16 or 2 oz of pure vanilla (thats used in homemake recipes) for about $12.
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« Reply #4 on: December 22, 2011, 08:50:22 PM »

Thanks for everyone's help.  So I'm thinking im gonna try infusing the vanilla bean by using a crock put.  I had purchased a 1/2 pound of Madagascar vanilla bean on amazon for about 30$ so ill take a pound of kukui nut oil and the beans put them in the crock pot for about 4 hours and see what we get.  Opulence i think splitting the bean open will help out a lot I'm also considering putting them in a food processor what do you think about that?
 
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« Reply #5 on: December 23, 2011, 07:16:31 AM »

local25l,
I love to use whole foods and fruits in my soap, so using the pod along with the beans make perfect sense to me.  I would first check to make sure there's nothing funky about the pod that would prevent you from using it on your skin. 

If you're going to put the pod in the food processor, you may want to put the whole bean in . . . I would think you would only take the beans out the middle if you were not going to use the pod in the soap. You probably will get a nice paste if you food process the entire bean.  You can then add your EO/FO to the paste. 

You definitely want to use the inside of the bean.  The vanilla beans, I believe, are inside.  Whenever I made vanilla ice cream or somthing using vanilla bean the instructions were always to cut the pod down the middle and scrape out the inside to use in the recipe.  To recycle or multipurpose the pod, I then infused it in sugar to make vanilla sugar.

Herbs like benzoin gum powder, oakmoss, and a few others are fixatives for fragrance, they also have skin-loving benefits.

Benzoin powder is an organic compound commonly used as a fixative in soap for fragrance. This means that the powder reduces the evaporation of fragrance from the soap. According to "The New Holistic Herb," you can use benzoin powder to treat minor canker skin wounds and sores. Additionally, you can use benzoin powder to protect your skin from irritation and infections.

I add the EO to the benzoin gum powder a few hours or so before I make the soap. 
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« Reply #6 on: December 26, 2011, 08:57:14 AM »

Opulence - great info!  Where do you buy the benzoin gum powder? Huh
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« Reply #7 on: December 26, 2011, 10:27:05 AM »

I purchased Benzoin Gum Powder (wildcrafted) from Organic-creations.com; I got 8 oz for $7.50.  Unfortunately, I not much of a rate shopper . . . I'm sure there are other sites who sell it, too.

Hope this helps.
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« Reply #8 on: January 03, 2012, 09:46:36 PM »

I was looking on ebay the other day and it looks like you can purchase vanilla bean at a reasonable price.  I haven't ordered any yet but it definitely on my wish list.
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« Reply #9 on: January 04, 2012, 04:53:06 AM »

I've gotten vanilla beans bulk from a herb vendor at my local flea market, pretty cheap. Maybe you have a local open-air market like that in your area?
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